Magazine article American Libraries

Neal-Schuman Joins ALA Publishing

Magazine article American Libraries

Neal-Schuman Joins ALA Publishing

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ALA President Molly Raphael and Neal-Schuman President Patricia Glass Sehuman signed an agreement December 23 to make Neal-Schuman Publishers part of ALA Publishing.

"We are very excited about Neal-Schuman joining the ALA family," said Raphael. "We look forward to continuing the tradition that Pat Sehuman and Jack Neal have established--as the best in library and information science education."

While joining ALA Editions, TechSource, and Huron Street Press under the ALA Publishing umbrella, Neal-Schuman Publishers, which was founded by John Vincent Neal and Patricia Glass Schuman in 1976, will continue to offer print and electronic publications under its well-known imprint.

Pat Schuman, who has served as both ALA President (1991-1992) and Treasurer (1984-1988), said that she and Neal "are extremely proud of the company we have built over the last 36 years. We see ALA as a perfect home for Neal-Schuman, where the imprint can continue to grow and evolve, serving a new generation of librarians."

Between January and the end of March, ALA plans on relocating Neal-Schuman operations from New York City to Chicago. Eight Neal-Schuman staff members will remain in New York during the transition. Plans for staffing in the Chicago office were not determined as of the end of December.

ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels told American Libraries that the acquisition of Neal - Schuman closely supports the Association's strategic goals, which include making the highest-quality library service available to all library users and making high-quality, affordable continuing education available to libraries.

ALA Editions authors have played a growing role in online CE for the profession, Fiels added, and Neal-Schuman's rich content and many author-experts will allow ALA to offer a much broader range of online and face-to-face learning and a growing list of ebooks. …

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