ESS Vendor Relations Committee


Purpose & Origins

Providing a single point of coordination and communication for all ESS development activities.
Cultivating relationships with vendors who provide content to ESS members, especially small and specialized publishing houses.
Setting section budget priorities in collaboration with the Chair of ESS, the Program Committee, and the Membership Committee.

Maintaining a central list of ESS sponsors and contact information in the Vendor Directory.
Communicating acknowledgment of current ESS sponsors to the section.

Creation of the committee was approved by the WESS Executive Committee on Monday, June 27, 2016, during its meeting at ALA Annual in Chicago. The Vendor Relations Committee was known previously as the WESS Fundraising Committee.

Current Leadership & Members

  • Katie E. Gibson (Co-chair, July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024)
  • Manuel Ostos (Co-chair, July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024)
  • Claude Potts (Member, July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024)
  • Brian Vetruba (Ex-officio as Past Chair, July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024)

Agendas and Minutes

Vendor Relations Committee Internal Pages (Private page – available only to members of the Vendor Relations Committee)


For records from the previous WESS Fundraising Committee see this committee page.