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FEATURED CONTENT: Opening Plenary: I Wish Someone Had Told Me This When I Was Starting Out: The Value of Mentorship

  • Opening Plenary: I Wish Someone Had Told Me This When I Was Starting Out: The Value of Mentorship
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  • 6.01.2016 - 6.03.2016
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  • Melanie Dolechek, David Thew, Jean Shipman, Ann Michael, Meredith Adinolfi and Nick Dormer

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Opening Plenary: I Wish Someone Had Told Me This When I Was Starting Out: The Value of Mentorship

Professional development is critically important for early career professionals in the scholarly publishing, library, and vendor communities. It’s easy for people at the beginning of their careers to feel a little lost. What career paths are available? How do you navigate institutional or commercial structures to gain experience? What skills should somebody at the beginning of his or her career be looking to develop?

During this session attendees will learn about some of the challenges and opportunities surrounding personal career development. Mentorship, formal or informal, is a critical component of career development as a source of feedback and support, and helps mentors better understand and advocate for early career workers. Representatives from the publisher, librarian, vendor, and consultant communities will talk about the benefits of mentorship from both sides of the relationship. Mentorship programs from SSP and the STM association will be discussed, with information about how to get involved.

FEATURED CONTENT: Keynote: David S. Kidder

  • Keynote: David S. Kidder
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  • 6.01.2016 - 6.03.2016
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  • Laura Ricci and David S. Kidder

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Keynote: David S. Kidder

David S. Kidder presents disruptive new findings about successful entrepreneurship in his bestseller, “The Startup Playbook”. Kidder, whose expertise lies in digital advertising and enterprise innovation, believes that the entrepreneurial spirit isn’t nor should it bestrictly for startups. On stage, he gives a raw, insiders look at the ideology and actions of today’s greatest entrepreneurs that any company can learn from.

In this session, David Kidder profiles today’s most well-known entrepreneurs (like TED, Zip Car and LinkedIn) and highlights their individual playbooks for company-building. He provides a very gritty and specific focus on the actions and decisions that led to their success. Kidder relays their stories, mistakes, common (and successful) strategies, wisdoms, breakthrough moments, management philosophies and techniques with radical transparency. From non-profit to for-profit, from tech and finance to flowers, shoes, and pantyhose, David will help attendees learn from market disruptors with experience surviving and thriving in todays economy.

FEATURED CONTENT: Keynote: Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour – Crossing Boundaries: Encouraging Diversity

  • Keynote: Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour – Crossing Boundaries: Encouraging Diversity
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  • 6.01.2016 - 6.03.2016
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  • Mary Beth Barilla and Margaret-Ann Armour

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Keynote: Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour – Crossing Boundaries: Encouraging Diversity

Progress has been made in increasing the diversity of people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. However, women are still a minority, especially in the physical and mathematical sciences and engineering, and in decision-making or leadership roles. How then can gender diversity in scientific publishing be increased? Many factors have been identified as slowing the movement of women into STEM related careers, among them the paucity of role models and mentors, parenting responsibilities, and lingering subconscious stereotypes that influence decision making, for example, in the selection of Board members. With increasing recognition of the value of having women reach their full potential in the workplace and the strong business case for diversity, action has been taken by community and professional organizations, by industry and by academe to address these factors and we are learning which interventions are most effective. Implementing some of these initiatives in scientific communications could help encourage gender diversity in the whole field of scientific publishing.

FEATURED CONTENT: Closing Plenary: Change is Already Here: Revolutionary Examples

  • Closing Plenary: Change is Already Here: Revolutionary Examples
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  • 6.01.2016 - 6.03.2016
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  • Kent Anderson and Faye Chadwell

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Closing Plenary: Change is Already Here: Revolutionary Examples

Scholarly publishing has undergone change not just for publishers, but for academics, libraries, funding agencies, and more, who are encountering new requirements, standards, and venues for making their work public. In this moment of transition, what have we been holding onto from the past that isn’t working any longer? What innovations honor traditions while moving them into the future? What new changes are happening that jettison established modes of scholarly publishing? Please join us for this frank conversation with an academic, a university press publisher, a publishing educator, and a librarian.