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Helen Szigeti has been named SSP Program Director

HelenSzigeti2016February 23, 2016 – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) is pleased to announce that Helen Szigeti has been named as the organization’s Program Director.  She will assume her new role February 25.

“We are delighted to have Helen join SSP as our Program Director. Helen has a broad range of experiences that have allowed her to engage with the many diverse stakeholders that SSP represents,” said Melanie Dolechek, SSP Executive Director. “Because of her background and experience, she is well suited to work with our leadership and committees to help shape future training and development opportunities for scholarly communication professionals.”

The Program Director is a part-time position which works collaboratively with SSP’s programming-focused committees, the Executive Director, and the Board, in setting strategic direction for development of all educational programing of the Society, including the annual meeting, seminars, webinars, regional events, and training activities. Szigeti will be responsible for providing continuity, guidance, support, and standards for the SSP committees that are charged with developing educational and informational programs. She can be reached at hszigetissp@gmail.com.

Currently an independent e-publishing consultant, Szigeti has more than 20 years of experience in the scholarly publishing community and brings a well-rounded and thoughtful perspective on technology advancements within the information industry. Her unique experiences have provided her with a detailed knowledge of the research communication process as it affects all stakeholders: publishers, librarians, researchers, practitioners, students, and funders.  During her career Szigeti has worked at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Thomson Reuters, and HighWire Press, in roles which have included business development, consultative sales, new product development, publisher relations, project management, information literacy training, and library technical services. She has been an active volunteer, serving on committees for ALPSP and NISO and organizing conference sessions for SSP and The Charleston Conference.   Szigeti has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and a Master’s in Information Studies (MLS) from Drexel University.

“SSP programming has always been strong, and in the past two years it has become particularly impressive with the addition of new formats, new topics, and new methods of outreach,” said Szigeti. “I am thrilled to be stepping into the Program Director role and look forward to working with Melanie, the Board, and the extraordinary volunteers who make it all happen.”

About SSP – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), founded in 1978, is a nonprofit organization formed to promote and advance communication among all sectors of the scholarly publication community through networking, information dissemination, and facilitation of new developments in the field. – See more at: https://www.sspnet.org.

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