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SSP Announces Newly Elected Board Members for 2018-19 Term

April 30, 2018 Wheat Ridge, CO – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) 2018-19 election results are in. Join us in welcoming the following members to our Board of Directors:


Angela Cochran is the associate publisher and director of journals for the American Society of Civil Engineers in Reston, Virginia USA. ASCE publishes 36 technical journals across all areas of civil engineering. Prior to becoming journals director, she was the production director at ASCE overseeing all production aspects of journals, a monthly member magazine, and book products. She previously served as the managing editor of Cancer and Cancer Cytopathology at the American Cancer Society and as production manager for journals at ASCE. She also produced books for Globe Fearon, a division of Pearson, and for Appleton & Lange. She is past-president of the Council of Science Editors and a regular contributor and associate editor of The Scholarly Kitchen.


Alison Mudditt is the recently-appointed CEO of PLOS. Her current focus is on defining the next innovative frontier for PLOS. She is also a contributor to The Scholarly Kitchen blog and serves on the board of directors of ALPSP and the Advisory Board for the Authors’ Alliance. Before joining PLOS, she served as director of the University of California Press and Executive Vice President at SAGE. Her 30-year publishing career also includes leadership roles at Blackwell and Taylor & Francis, and volunteer Board and Committee roles for organizations including PSP, the American Heart Association, California State University and the Open Access Network.

Laura Ricci is the senior product manager for partnerships in the EBSCO eBooks division, where she has had multiple roles since joining the company in 2013. Previously, she was the senior market analyst of STM and Education and Training at Outsell, Inc., a research and consultancy firm focused on the information industry. Throughout her career she has enjoyed seeking unique learning opportunities, from a secondment in New Delhi with Pearson Education, to earning an MA in international publishing at Oxford Brookes University. She first presented in a pre-meeting seminar at the SSP Annual Meeting in 2012. Since then she has served on the Boston Regional Programming Task Force and Early Career Task Force, and has five years of experience on the Annual Meeting Program Committee. In 2016 she was a recipient of the SSP Emerging Leader Award.

Elizabeth R. Lorbeer began her role as the library director for Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) in 2013. Additionally, she is a board member of the Medical Library Association, a representative to the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies, and principal investigator to an NIH/NNLM Express Library Digitization Award grant. She regularly consults for publishers and vendors. In her role as associate professor, she teaches scholarly communications within the medical education program at WMed. She earned a master’s in library sciences from the University at Buffalo and then completed a master’s of education in higher education administration from Boston University.

These new board members will begin their terms at the end of the SSP 40th Annual Meeting in Chicago, in June.

About 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 focus groups to hear the latest trends from respected colleagues and to discuss common and mutual (and sometimes divergent) goals and viewpoints.

For more information, contact:
Melanie Dolechek, Executive Director
info@sspnet.org | +1-303-422-3914

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