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FEATURED CONTENT: Keynote: Charles Watkinson-Associate University Librarian for Publishing at University of Michigan Library, and Director, Univeristy of Michigan Press

  • Keynote: Charles Watkinson-Associate University Librarian for Publishing at University of Michigan Library, and Director, Univeristy of Michigan Press
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  • 5.27.2015 - 5.29.2015
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  • Charles Watkinson

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Keynote: Charles Watkinson-Associate University Librarian for Publishing at University of Michigan Library, and Director, Univeristy of Michigan Press

Seriographs and Monocals: Rethinking Book Publishing in the Digital AgeIn the world of learned society publishing, academic books have traditionally been regarded as a bit of a backwater. However it is time to reexamine our assumptions about a business where the demands of digital scholarship are inspiring the creation of new formats, platforms, and business models. While inspired by advances in the journals arena, monograph publishers are creating unique solutions that suggest future directions for other publishing fields. New formats for mid-length argument are proving popular with authors and readers alike. Platform experimentation is being driven by author interest in integrating data with narrative and enabled by substantial investment capital. Demand-driven-acquisitions models for books are growing in influence leading to devastating effects on income for some and large margins for other players. At the same time, open access books are growing in number and serious exploration is afoot into the possibility of a producer-pays environment funded by academic institutions. This interactive presentation presents an overview of important changes in monograph publishing and explores their implications for innovation and impact across the landscape of scholarly communication.

FEATURED CONTENT: Keynote: The New Big Picture A Discussion with Ken Auletta and the Society for Scholarly Publishing

  • Keynote: The New Big Picture A Discussion with Ken Auletta and the Society for Scholarly Publishing
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  • 5.27.2015 - 5.29.2015
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  • John Inglis and Ken Auletta


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Keynote: The New Big Picture A Discussion with Ken Auletta and the Society for Scholarly Publishing

Hosted by John Inglis, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratoy Press

A conversation, in which audience members can participate, with one of Americas most informed and insightful commentators on the media business. The dialogue will range widely, touching on trends, technologies, companies, visionaries, and public attitudes and habits that are powerful drivers of change in todays communication landscape. Ken Auletta has written Annals of Communications columns and profiles for The New Yorker magazine since 1992. He is the author of eleven books, including five national bestsellers, notably: Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way; The Highwaymen: Warriors of the Information Super Highway; World War 3.0: Microsoft and Its Enemies; and Googled, The End of the World As We Know It.

FEATURED CONTENT: Keynote: Jennifer Lawton- Former CEO MakerBot Industries

  • Keynote: Jennifer Lawton- Former CEO MakerBot Industries
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  • 5.27.2015 - 5.29.2015
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  • Jennifer Lawton


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Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Lawton- Former CEO MakerBot Industries

Reflections on Leadership and SuccessJennifer Lawton, executive and serial entrepreneur, will reflect on the factors that have led to her career success. From founding and running top tech companies to owning and managing an independent bookstore chain, Lawton has a wide base of experience from which to share advice and observations. In her most recent role, Lawton was at the vanguard of innovation and disruptive technology, as three-dimensional desktop printing company MakerBot rose to the fore of consumer 3-D printing. She leveraged her own life experience as a successful entrepreneur to help grow the company, market it, and establish retail outlets, making 3-D printing a reality for the consumer. As with any success story, there were challenges to be overcome, and it is from this journey that Lawton will share the lessons she learned along the way.

FEATURED CONTENT: Mind the Gap: Addressing the Need for More Women Leaders in Scholarly Publishing

  • Mind the Gap: Addressing the Need for More Women Leaders in Scholarly Publishing
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  • 5.27.2015 - 5.29.2015
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  • Alice Meadows, Lauren Kane, Mady Tissenbaum, Angela Cochran, Sara McNamara and Ann Michael

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Concurrent 4F: Mind the Gap: Addressing the Need for More Women Leaders in Scholarly Publishing

As an industry, scholarly publishing attracts more women then men; indeed, 58% of SSP members are women. Despite their strength in numbers, there is a concerning dearth of female leaders in the industry’s most senior positions. Of SSP’s 68 organizational members, only 24% have female CEOs. Board leadership shows an even greater gap, with 17% of the 54 organizations for which data is available having a female chairperson.This interactive session will feature a moderated panel of women at various stages in their careers and representing a cross-section of the industrys organizations and publishing roles. Questions to explore will include: How can we move beyond mentorship to sponsorship? What are the limitations of current approaches to hiring and promoting senior managers? How can women who are already in leadership positions help pave the way for their successors? What advice can we give to young women starting out in scholarly publishing?