April 4, 2017 – Wheatridge, CO – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) has announced that twelve students and early-career professionals have been awarded highly competitive Fellowships for 2017. The Career Development Committee received more than 70 applications for these coveted positions. The Fellowship Program offers a wide range of career development and nurturing opportunities for students and early-career professionals in the scholarly communication industry. Benefits include year-round training opportunities, one- year complimentary SSP membership, free registrations to selected SSP events, an assigned industry expert as mentor, and participation in community forums and SSP committees.
“Not only do students and early-career professionals represent the future of our scholarly ecosystem” said SSP President Rick Anderson, “but they also bring a fresh perspective on current issues. Helping them to get involved in SSP is one of the most exciting things we do in this organization.”
SSP Fellowship recipients, aka the ambassadors of the Society, are expected to engage in SSP events, be actively involved in an SSP committees, participate in a Fellowship project and surveys, and work with committees to promote and highlight the Fellowship Program. The 2017 Fellows are:
Early Career Fellows:
Lois Jones, American Psychological Association, USA
Christen Pruitt, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. USA
Jennifer Lee, Royal Society of Chemistry, USA
Sai Konda, American Chemical Society, USA
Maggie Grossman, Northwestern University Press, USA
Ian Harmon, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Information Sciences, USA
Jessica Kirschner, University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Sciences, USA
Jerry Liu, University of Waterloo, Canada
Max Mosterd, Knowledge Unlatched, Germany
Franca Driessen, Oxford University Press, UK
Lucy Lambe, London School of Economics, UK
Lindsey Irish, Oxford Brookes University, UK
The Fellowships are funded through corporate sponsorship and from the SSP operating budget. Corporate Sponsors for 2017 include Kaufman Wills Fusting Consulting, Inera, Scholarly IQ, codeMantra and MDPI AG – Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute. Annual Meeting attendees will have an opportunity to support the Fellowship Program and update their profile photos at the same time by stopping by our Professional Headshot Studio, sponsored by RedLink.
Members and attendees can also donate to the Fellowship Fund when they join or register for the Annual Meeting. Those interested in supporting this program can donate online ($25-$100); Fellowship Sponsorship Packages are also available for $2,500 and include recognition at the Annual Meeting.
“This program would not be nearly as successful without the contributions of our generous sponsors and commitment of our mentors who volunteer their time,” said Melanie Dolechek, SSP Executive Director. “The Career Development Committee has done a tremendous job managing the program, recruiting and selecting Fellows and identifying mentors. They are very passionate about making sure the future leaders of scholarly publishing are positioned with the tools and resources that will help them succeed.”
About the Society for Scholarly Publishing – 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. SSP members represent all aspects of scholarly publishing — including publishers, printers, e-products developers, technical service providers, librarians, and editors. SSP members come from a wide range of large and small commercial and nonprofit organizations. They meet at SSP’s annual meetings, educational seminars, and Librarian Focus Groups to hear the latest trends from respected colleagues and to discuss common and mutual (and sometimes divergent) goals and viewpoints.
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