Report on the Joint Meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society and the North Central Sociological Association (MSS/NCSA) Book Exhibit organized by Library of Social Science
Chicago, IL, March 23-26, 2016
by Hugh Galford
Dear Colleague,

My report on the MSS/NCSA meeting is to your left. TO VIEW PHOTOS, PLEASE SCROLL DOWN.


  • APA Books
  • Bayou Publishing
  • Baywood Publishing Co.
  • Brill
  • Cengage Learning
  • Centering Corporation
  • Charles C. Thomas, Publisher
  • U. of Chicago Press
  • Cornell U. Press
  • Edwin Mellen Press
  • Emerald Group
  • Guilford Press
  • Harvard Education Press
  • Kent State U. Press
  • Nehora Press
  • Northern Illinois U. Press
  • Pearson Education
  • Polity
  • Princeton U. Press
  • Russell Sage Foundation
  • Rutgers U. Press
  • Stanford U. Press
  • SUNY Press
  • Syron Academic
  • Temple U. Press
  • U. of Texas Press
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Verso Books
  • Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Worth Publishers/Macmillan Learning
Joint meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society and the North Central Sociological Association (MSS/NCSA)
March 23-26, 2016, Chicago, IL

MSS and NCSA are two of the leading professional organizations of Sociology scholars, students and practicing sociologists. This year’s exciting joint meeting brought together members from around the world, providing a collegial venue for presenting the latest research across all sociology disciplines. 1700 attended this year’s meeting.
Library of Social Science was pleased to create a book exhibit for this year’s joint meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society and the North Central Sociological Association, held at the Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile in Chicago.

Anne Eisenberg once again organized the exhibit space, known as The Commons, with aplomb. Held in the Chicago Ballroom, The Commons served as home to exhibitors, poster sessions, and even an ice cream social. Located near both registration and break-out session rooms, the Ballroom was a natural meeting and R&R space for attendees.

Clearly visible from all the Ballroom’s entrances, LSS’ tables received a steady flow of traffic throughout the conference. Many of the 1700 attendees visited the book exhibit multiple times to look through and mull over titles.

Several attendees complimented us on the number and range of books on display—from death and dying (Baywood) to one title asking “Can Tocqueville Karaoke?” (Emerald).

Students found the exhibit particularly exciting—many had never seen so many books in their field in one place and on so many topics.

Our exhibit consisted of nine tables. This made for a tight squeeze, but we got there in the end, displaying and promoting 461 titles from 30 publishers. Journals and catalogues (free for attendees to take) had their own table, as did textbooks for course adoption request.

Polity’s books again were a great hit with attendees—who were thrilled by the range of topics covered (Polity seemed to have something for everyone). Several professors were so impressed that they asked about using Polity’s titles as textbooks, given the books’ quality and price.

Chicago’s Secular Faith and Harvard Education Press’ Social Justice Art got a lot of attention during the meeting, as did APA’s Ethical Choices in Research and The Psychology of Hate.

Several speakers’ books were popular with attendees. There was a run on the exhibit following Lori Peek’s plenary presentation and author-meets-critics panel, for her Children of Katrina (Texas). SUNY’s Selling War, Selling Hope, by Anthony DiMaggio, was an attention grabber as well.

Gerry Cox was very pleased to see his titles on display, and happily brought friends and colleagues to our tables throughout the conference.

Other publishers whose books proved popular were Brill, Emerald, Kent State, Princeton, Rutgers, Stanford and Transaction.

Professors took full advantage of our textbooks for adoption display, placing many requests for review copies of titles from Cengage, Pearson and Worth/Macmillan.

We were joined in The Commons this year by Taylor & Francis, Kendall Hunt, Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington Books and Haymarket Books. Routledge is the new publisher (as of 2017) of MSS’ official journal, The Sociological Quarterly. Rowman & Littlefield is beginning a new series of Sociology textbooks—so editors were busy meeting and greeting current and future authors.

Library of Social Science would like to thank Anne and MSS for the support they provided in helping us put together the book exhibit.

And we would like to express our gratitude to the publishers who participated at the 2016 MSS/NCSA meeting. Without your books, there can be no exhibit.

Best regards,
Hugh Galford
LSS Marketing Manager

The Chicago Ballroom — Library of Social Science Book Exhibit’s MSS/NCSA home.
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The Ballroom: Site of the book exhibit.

Polity’s wide range of titles
was popular with attendees.

University of Texas Press: Publisher of Keynote Speaker Lori Peek’s Children of Katrina.

From the Netherlands to Chicago:
Brill’s elegance is ever-present.

Gerry Cox with his
Edwin Mellen title...

…and several of his Baywood books.

Some of Emerald’s titles.

One of our special clients—APA—with
an entire table of books.

Textbooks received an entire table to themselves, making it easy for professors
to find what they needed.
There was lots of attention for Cornell’s Buttoned Up and Women Without Men.