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Alison McGonagle-O’Connell joins Coko Foundation as Editoria Community Manager

March 21, 2018
By: Erich Van Rijn, University of California Press

We are delighted to welcome Alison McGonagle-O’Connell to the Editoria team as the new Editoria Community Manager. Alison has a long history in the publishing and technology industries, having held positions at Wiley, EBSCO, and Aries Systems. Most recently Alison was Global Product & Partner Marketing Manager at Aries, but Alison also spent a good amount of time as a production editor, so she is certainly no stranger to production workflows!

In this new role, Alison will be working closely with the Coko team—who have been helping us build Editoria—and will be managing the publisher, developer, and service provider communities for Editoria. Alison will play a key role in the evolution of Editoria, and will be driving and encouraging adoption and interfacing with members of the Editoria community.

Catherine Mitchell (CDL), the Coko team, and I look forward to working closely with Alison. She will often be tweeting updates as @editoriapub.

Follow us on Twitter to find out what’s happening with Editoria, and look for a email news (and a redesigned Editoria website) in the coming weeks. Please join us in welcoming Alison to the Editoria team!

Barbara Meyers Ford joins NFAIS staff.

Annapolis, MD — NFAIS welcomes aboard Barbara Meyers Ford as our new Director, Marketing and Communications. Barbara comes to NFAIS with a long history of contributions to the information community as a staff member, consultant, and active volunteer member. With a diverse background in several key organizational functions Barbara provides additional breadth and scope to our headquarters staff.

Barbara’s primary responsibilities will include membership development along with marketing strategies and implementation in support of NFAIS educational programming: annual meeting, seminars, virtual workshops, and webinars along with the popular “Lunch and Learn” series. She will oversee and manage NFAIS Advances as well as the organization’s website and social media, highlighting SEO and SMO respectively.

In addition, Barbara will handle media relations, sponsorships for the Annual Conference and Humanities Roundtable, and serve as liaison to the NFAIS Marketing Committee.

Barbara commented that, after having a 40+-year career with many and varied projects along the way, she is “quite ready to focus so much of my energies on a single organization, especially one such as NFAIS which I have always recognized as having a leadership role in the information community.”

“We’re very excited to have Barbara join the NFAIS staff,” shared NFAIS Executive Director, Marcie Granahan. “Barbara is one of the leaders in our field and understands our industry well. We look forward to the many contributions she’ll bring to expanding NFAIS as an organization and the advancement of information services.”

Barbara will devote 3 days/week to NFAIS and can be reached at 443-221-2980, Ext. 103or via email at bmeyersford@nfais.org.

About NFAIS (www.nfais.org) – The National Federation of Advanced Information Services ( NFAIS™) is a global, nonprofit, volunteer-powered membership organization that serves the information community – that is, all those who create, aggregate, organize, and otherwise provide ease of access to and effective navigation and use of authoritative, credible information. Member organizations represent a cross-section of content and technology providers, including database creators, publishers, libraries, host systems, information technology developers, content management providers and other related groups. They embody a true partnership of commercial, nonprofit and government organizations that embraces a common mission – to build the world’s knowledge-base through enabling research and managing the flow of scholarly communication. NFAIS exists to promote the success of its members and for more than 50 years has provided a forum in which to address common interests through education and advocacy.

NFAIS ~ 801 Compass Way, Suite 201, Annapolis, MD 21401 ~ 443-221-2980

Toni Gunnison named Journals Division Manager at University of Wisconsin Press.

After a national search, Toni Gunnison has been appointed manager of the Journals Division at the University of Wisconsin Press. Gunnison first joined UWP as journals marketing manager in 2007. Since March 2015 she has served as interim journals manager, following the departure of Jason Gray, who left to join the staff of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

The University of Wisconsin Press currently publishes fifteen journals covering a broad range of humanities, social science, and STEM areas. Titles include American Orthoptic Journal, Arctic Anthropology, Contemporary Literature, Ecological Restoration, the Journal of Human Resources, Land Economics, Landscape Journal, Luso-Brazilian Review, Monatshefte, Native Plants Journal, and Substance. The newest journals, put under contract during Gunnison’s tenure as interim journals manager, are Constitutional Studies, African Economic History, Ghana Studies, and Mande Studies.

“Toni is a strong leader whose skills, experiences, and vision for the future will greatly benefit the University of Wisconsin Press,” says Dennis Lloyd, director of UWP. “I am looking forward to working with her. Her knowledge of what the Journals Division has been—and what it can be—is unparalleled.”

Over the past eight years, Gunnison has handled diverse assignments for UWP, including journal and books marketing, project management for website and database renovations, and serving as liaison to content-hosting platforms such as HighWire, JSTOR, and Project MUSE.

As chair of the Digital Committee of the Association of American University Presses for the last two years, Gunnison is well versed in issues facing academic publishers as digital content continues to evolve. Gunnison says, “Our journals are in a strong position to face the changes in academic publishing. We’re eager to use our expertise as publishers to help journal editors and their staffs adapt to new ways of working, as well as making journal content more accessible and visible.”

At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Gunnison has served on several search committees and on the Equity and Diversity Committee of the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Education.

Dragonfly Sales & Marketing Leadership Team – Robert Pursell invests and becomes partner.

New Jersey (February 19, 2015) – Since its inception in 2010, Dragonfly Sales & Marketing Consulting has provided sales and marketing services to academic publishers, societies and libraries around the world. As Dragonfly enters its fifth year of consecutive growth, the company is preparing to grow its operations, serve its customers even more thoroughly, and increase sales in all of its territories. To meet its goals and expectations, Dragonfly is pleased to welcome its new partner and Vice President of Sales, Robert Pursell.

Robert (Bob) Pursell is a 20-year veteran in academic publishing. Most recently Bob worked at McGraw-Hill Education, where he was Marketing Director for the Medical Publishing Division. Prior to that, he was Associate Publisher for Advertising, Sales and Marketing for the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA), publishing division. He also worked in previous marketing management positions for Aspen Publishers, BoardSource, and Phillips Publishing International Inc.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have Bob as a partner at Dragonfly,” commented Tom Taylor, Dragonfly Sales and Marketing Consulting President. “His deep experience in the academic publishing industry, including creating and implementing major marketing and communications plans for many digital and print campaigns, gives him an innate understanding of the best ways to connect with our unique market.”

“I’m delighted to join Dragonfly,” added Bob Pursell. “I look forward to using my sales and marketing expertise to help Dragonfly continue to expand our business of providing academic publishers, societies, libraries and other organizations around the world with top-notch sales and marketing services.”

Dragonfly Sales and Marketing Consulting, Inc. provides the highest-quality sales and marketing services to academic publishing companies, societies and libraries internationally. Utilizing a global network of experienced professionals, Dragonfly directs the market development, launch, and sales of new and existing texts, represents societies and publishers to library consortia, and offers general sales and marketing services as needed.

Angela Cochran Installed as President of CSE.

Angela Cochran was installed as the 56th President of the Council of Science Editors at the CSE Annual Meeting on May 17, 2015. Angela is continuing to focus on the global initiatives set forth by the CSE board to expand it’s presence and offer resources to science editors everywhere. She is committed to carrying forth the vision of the Society to be indispensable in the communication of science.

Byron Laws, SSP Treasurer, has joined KiwiTech as Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships.

Peter Froehlich, former SSP Student Travel Grant Awardee, will be the new director of the Purdue University Press/head of Scholarly Publishing Services in the Purdue Libraries Publishing Division, effective May 1.

Lorraine Ellery has joined HighWire as Director of Business Development, based in the UK. Many of you may know Lorraine from her 17 years serving STM and professional publishers and intermediaries worldwide. Lorraine came to HighWire from Semantico, where she was Business Development Manager. Prior to that, she handled several roles at Swets, including Global Marketing Manager, Publisher Services; Publisher Sales Manager, Swets Gateway; and Senior Sales Manager, Swets Publisher Relations and Marketing. Before that, she was Regional Sales Manager for EBSCO Publishing, serving the UK library market.

Lorraine is an active member of ALPSP and the Association of Subscription Agents (ASA), serving as past Chair of the Marketing & Membership Committee. She’s super excited to be joining SSP through HighWire’s organizational membership.

Bio: http://home.highwire.org/team/lorraine-ellery
Press release: http://bit.ly/LEllery