Books Development Committee Position

Deliverables and Expectations

  • Solicit, review, and approve recommendations for new titles, assuring adequate coverage of technical topics
  • Attend and actively participate in bimonthly teleconferences, in addition to an in-person meeting at ATCE
  • Review proposals and provide feedback in meetings and on the committee's SharePoint site
  • Help identify project managers for new titles, who will work with the author(s) or review work group (for reprints) and see the project through the process (committee members may also serve as project managers)
  • Help identify potential topics and authors/editors/reviewers for new book and reprint projects

Qualifications and Experience

When selecting new committee members, previous publications experience (writing and/or reviewing) is helpful, but not required; prior SPE volunteer service is also helpful. Ideally, the committee should have representation from industry and academia, service and operating companies, majors and independents, a variety of SPE Regions, and all 6 technical disciplines.

Expected Time Commitment

Time Required: 4-5 teleconferences per year (1-2 hours each), in addition to one in-person meeting during SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (2 hours); time needed to review proposals and respond to online discussion postings on a periodic basis (usually monthly to quarterly).

About the committee

This committee has 12 members who each serve 3-year terms. The chairperson and members are appointed by the President-Elect. The Chairperson is normally selected from among the senior members of the committee to serve one year as Chairperson-Elect, followed by 1 year as Chairperson. Membership strives to reflect SPE's six disciplines.

The committee has the following responsibilities:

  • provides oversight, coordination, and strategic planning for the society's book development programs
  • solicits, reviews, and approves recommendations for new titles, assuring adequate coverage of technical topics
  • selects a project manager for each book project to work with the author(s) or review work group (for reprints) and see the project through the process
  • provides oversight in conjunction with the project managers to assure that SPE quality standards are being maintained
  • carries out the policies of the SPE Board and Finance and Administration Committee with regard to SPE books
  • reports to the Board Committee on Print and Electronic Media, and will submit an annual report to that committee in June
  • recommends modifications to publication policy and programs to improve overall performance and efficiency.

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