The U.K. government is subsidizing a trade mission by 12 British educational and professional publishers who will investigate business opportunities in the American library market. The delegation, which is being organized by the Publishers Association, will be in the U.S. from June 10 to 17 and plans to meet with librarians and library companies in the Chicago area during the first three days of the trip. The group will also attend the ALA's annual conference in Atlanta where the publishers will have three booths in the Combined Book Exhibit collective.
Ian Taylor, international director for the PA, views the trip not only as a chance for U.S. librarians to learn about books not available from American publishers, but also as a "great educational opportunity for these U.K. companies." Among the publishers that will be part of the delegation are Alpha Science International, Frank Cass Publishers, HB Publications, Jessica Kingsley Publishers and Kogan Page Publishers.