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2005 Annual Meeting

Speaker Bios

Alix Vance

Alix Vance is Principal of Architrave Consulting, where she specializes in business development, operational assessment, and digital/data strategies for commercial and nonprofit organizations within and beyond the information industries. Earlier in her career, Alix was President of Paratext, Executive Director at CQ Press and SAGE, and Vice President of Business Development at Ebook Library. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, serves on the Editorial Board of Learned Publishing, co-authors the Webby Award-nominated blog, The Scholarly Kitchen, and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Developing Metrics Dashboards to Drive Strategy and Create More Persuasive Marketing Campaigns is a seminar Alix will be presenting to organizations in Washington DC and other locations (Fall/Winter 2010).

Barbara Lange

An active member of the scholarly publishing community, Barbara Lange is Staff Director of Product Management at the IEEE. For over 11 years she has worked to define IEEE Publishing’s online presence, focusing on tools to effectively deliver relevant content to users by leveraging new and emerging technologies. Previously, Ms. Lange worked at Springer Verlag bringing electronic media products to researchers.

An innovative thinker about bringing users and content together, she recently led a team of 15 Society publishers to launch scitopia.org a federated search tool. She is a member of the CCC Publisher Advisory Committee, the STM Spring Program Planning Committee, and is past Chair of AAP’s Electronic Information Committee.

Barbara Meyers Ford

Barbara is President of Meyers Consulting Services (MCS), established in 1983 to advise and assist professional and scholarly publishers, learned societies and trade associations, and their supplier communities. Her areas of major expertise and experience are management, marketing, new product development, planning, and research relating to association/society management and all forms of publishing. She held progressively more responsible staff positions with the National Rehabilitation Association, the Forum for the Advancement of Students in Science and Technology, the National Academy of Sciences, Capital Systems Group, Inc., the American Chemical Society, the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, Reliance Graphic Arts Consulting Group, and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

During her 30+-year career, Barbara has been active in industry organizations, holding numerous governance positions and being involved in educational programs. A few highlights of her service: one of the founders of SSP and served on its Board of Directors; past President of the Council of Science Editors; serves on the American Diabetes Association Publications Policy Committee; and served on the local chapter Executive Boards of the American Society for Information Science and Technology as well as the Women’s National Book Association. Barbara holds a masters degree in Science, Technology, and Public Policy with a specialty in technology assessment and a bachelors degree in Journalism with an emphasis in science, both from George Washington University where she is now adjunct faculty for the Masters in Publishing program.

Cara Kaufman

Cara is the co-founder of Kaufman Wills Fusting & Company, a leading management consulting company serving scholarly publishers since 2000. KWF offers a full range of professional services including strategy and innovation, epublishing and new media, and marketing and market research. KWF also assists clients with global rights and licensing, change management and productivity, and employee recruitment. KWF Editorial Services provides managing editor services on a contractual basis.

Carol Richman

Carol is Director of Licensing at SAGE. She has over fifteen years experience in professional and scholarly publishing, and her focus has been on electronic publishing and licensing issues and activities. Carol joined SAGE Publications in 2001 and has focused on delivering journal and book content via electronic means. Carol was instrumental in the development and launching of the SAGE Full-Text Collections as well as their new journals platform, SAGE Journals Online.

Additionally, Carol oversees all contracts and licenses related to journals and books with regard to copyright and delivery. Prior to joining SAGE, Carol was with Lippincott Williams & Wilkins as Director of Licensing where she implemented strategic policies regarding electronic delivery and also automated the Permission Department in order to streamline the workflow. Carol serves on the CrossRef Board of Directors and is a standing member of NISO; she is also a member of the CLOCKSS Board and the HINARI group. Carol frequently speaks at meetings on copyright issues, the delivery of content, creating electronic products, and new business models.

Charles Watkinson

Charles Watkinson is Director of Purdue University Press, a unit of Purdue University Libraries. He previously worked as Director of Publications at the American School of Classical Studies in Princeton, NJ. He has over 15 years experience in various scholarly publishing roles including management jobs in book distribution, marketing, and bookselling. By background an archaeologist, he also has extensive fieldwork experience in the Mediterranean region and has written and published on subjects related to the ancient world and on digital data. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Society for Scholarly Publishing and a member of the Library Relations Committee of the Association of American University Presses. He is currently working on an IMLS-funded research project on strategies for success in library-based publishing, in collaboration with colleagues from Georgia Tech and University of Utah, as well as Purdue.

Douglas LaFrenier

Douglas LaFrenier is Director of Publication Sales & Market Development at the American Institute of Physics, where, among other duties, he manages consortia sales for publishers on the Scitation platform. He has held previous positions at Macmillan, McGraw-Hill, the Scientific American Library, and Robert Ubell Associates, a publishing consulting firm in New York City. He is a member of the Special Libraries Association, the North American Serials Interest Group, and the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and is a former member of the SSP Board of Directors. Doug has been a frequent speaker at meetings of SSP, PSP, the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives, and the Charleston Conference.

Edward Colleran

Edward Colleran serves as the Senior Director of the International Division at Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), the world’s premier provider of copyright licensing solutions. He oversees strategic initiatives focused on CCC’s international activitiesspecifically, providing rightsholders around the world with new content licensing solutions and revenue-generating initiatives based on CCCs products and services. Edward also provides the vision for the advancement of CCC’s rights management services and is a key contributor on other long-term strategic issues facing the information industry.

An industry veteran, Edward is a member of the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) board of directors and also serves on the NA Steering and Copyright committees of ALPSP. Edward is also a past member of the board of the Society for Scholarly Publishers (SSP). He is a featured speaker and editorial contributor on issues such as navigating copyright requirements and the challenges and opportunities of managing content in a digital environment. A regular speaker at industry events, Edward has recently presented at the annual conferences of SSP, ALPSP and SIIA as well as London Online and the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Eileen Fenton

Eileen Fentonis the founding Executive Director of Portico, a not-for-profit organization which provides a permanent archive of electronic scholarly literature. Since Portico began operations in 2006 nearly 7,400 journals from 50 publishers have been committed to the archive and more than 6 million articles have been preserved.

Previously Eileen was Director of Production at JSTOR, where she oversaw the addition of more than 13 million pages to the archival collection. She has also worked in various positions at the Vanderbilt and Yale University libraries.

Eileen is a librarian and earned her Masters of Science in Information from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Kentucky.

Eileen Kiley Novak

Eileen Kiley, Manager of Archival Publications, Materials Research Society, is responsible for all aspects of print and online publication of MRS’s monthly archival journal as well as approximately 45 proceedings volumes each year.

Since joining MRS in 2000, Eileen has overseen the implementation of electronic peer review systems for both books and journals and has guided these publications through an array of changes to keep pace with new developments in publishing.

Prior to joining MRS, Eileen spent 5 years in book acquisitions at the University of Pittsburgh Press. She is an active member of the SSP Education Committee.

Evan Owens

“Evan Owens is Chief Technology Officer, Ithaka Electronic Archiving Initiative. Prior to joining Ithaka, he worked for the University of Chicago Press as Journals Division Electronic Publishing Manager and as IT Manager. At Chicago he was responsible for the planning and implementation of a wide variety of publishing projects, including SGML
editing, production, and typesetting, online journal publication, and web-based peer review systems.”

Greg Tananbaum

Greg serves as a consultant to publishers, libraries, universities, and information providers as owner of ScholarNext (www.scholarnext.com). ScholarNext clients include Microsoft, SPARC, and Annual Reviews. Among the highlights of his 15+ years in the scholarly communication industry, he has been President of The Berkeley Electronic Press, as well as Director of Product Marketing for EndNote. Greg writes a regular column in Against the Grain covering emerging developments in the field of scholarly communication. He has been an invited speaker at dozens of conferences, including the American Library Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing, the Association of Professional and Learned Society Publishers, and Online Information UK. He holds a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Yale University.

Jabin White

Jabin White is Director of Strategic Content for Wolters Kluwer Health’s Professional & Education Division. In this role, White is responsible for advising WK’s publishing teams on relevant technologies, collaboratively helping to determine product opportunities, and spearheading P&E’s digital content initiatives.

With a heavy background in XML theory and practice, White has spent most of his career evangelizing the benefits of markup languages and related technologies, including content management, workflow enhancements, and authoring tools.

Prior to joining WK, White served as Vice President, STM Sales for Scope eKnowledge Center, and VP of Product Development at Silverchair, Inc., a leading developer of information solutions for health care publishers.

Before Silverchair, White spent five years as Executive Director of Electronic Production at Elsevier, serving the Health Sciences Division. His group performed the production work for such products as MD Consult, Mosby’s Drug Consult, and The Official ABMS Directory of Board Certified Medical Specialists.

White started in health sciences publishing as an editorial assistant at Current Medicine, and learned SGML at Mosby in the mid-90’s, working on the drug reference Physicians GenRx. He has held electronic publishing positions at Mosby, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, and Unbound Medicine. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a BA in history and has a Masters in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University.

Jennifer Pesanelli

Jennifer Pesanelli, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
As the Director of Publications, Ms. Pesanelli, oversees the publishing operations for The FASEB Journal and Journal of Leukocyte Biology, as well as directs FASEB AdNet, SPCNet, and FASEB Dues and Subscriptions-three groups that provide advertising sales, institutional subscription sales and membership and journal fulfillment respectively to not-for-profit, society publishers.

Prior to FASEB, Ms. Pesanelli worked for a STM commercial printer in the management and marketing division. She has served on the SSP Education Committee for the past two years and managed seminars including the Researcher Focus Group and the Librarian Focus Group.

John Muenning

John Muenning is Publishing Technology Manager in the Journals Division of the University of Chicago Press. He began his career in 1987 as manuscript editor in the Journals Division. As an editor, he developed electronic editing procedures and WordPerfect macros that were used in some dark corners of the Press for more than a decade.

In 1994 he joined the fledgling IT department and began working on tools to support SGML-based editorial and production processes. His group has developed, maintained, and supported software for peer review, conversion of author files, copyediting, production tracking, typesetting, and electronic publishing.

John has also taught several courses in the publishing and editing programs of the University of Chicago’s Graham School of General Studies and was a co-author of the math and the documentation chapters in the 15th edition of Chicago Manual of Style.

John Unsworth

John Unsworth was named dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 2003. From 1993-003, he served as the first director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities and as a faculty member in the English department at the University of Virginia.

From 1989-2003, he was a faculty member in the Department of English at North Carolina State University, where in 1990 he co-founded Postmodern Culture,the first peer-reviewed electronic journal in the humanities.

Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson is the CEO/Publisher for the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. He has been the Executive Director of Product Development for the New England Journal of Medicine, the Publishing Director for NEJM, and Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics. He’s worked in healthcare publishing for 20 years, and has been a writer, editor, designer, copy editor, managing editor, and publisher. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Scholarly Kitchen, writes fiction under his pen name Andrew Kent, and has degrees in English and business.

Mady Tissenbaum

Mady Tissenbaum came to The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) as a copy editor in 1973 and over time has served as head of copy editing, desktop publishing, and IT. She has also been webmaster and Managing Editor. During that time, the organization doubled in size. She has been General Manager since 1998, her duties ranging from implementing Board initiatives to business policy, property management, human resources, and pension administration.

Mady served on the SSP Education Committee as a member from 2002-2004 and as Co-Chair from 2004-2006. She is currently Co-Chair of the SSP Membership Committee.

Mary Waltham

Mary Waltham founded her own consulting company (www.MaryWaltham.com) in 1999 to help scholarly publishers confront the rapid change that the networked economy poses to their business models and to develop new opportunities to build publications that deliver outstanding scientific and economic value.

Prior to creating her company, Mary was President and Publisher for Nature and the nature family of journals in the U.S. Earlier she was Managing Director and Publisher of The Lancet.

Mary has worked at a senior executive level in science and medical publishing companies across a range of media, which includes textbooks, magazines, newsletters, journals, and open learning materials.

A graduate in biology from QMC, University of London, Mary received her education in business administration at Henley.

Mary lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke is Executive Vice President for Product & Market Development at Silverchair where he leads platform development. Prior to joining Silverhchair, he was founder and principal of Clarke Publishing Group, a boutique consultancy focusing on scholarly publishing.

Michael held positions at the American Medical Association, where he was Director of Marketing and Product Development, the American Academy of Pediatrics, where he was senior managing editor of scholarly journals and executive editor of the journal Pediatrics, and at the University of Chicago Press, where he was senior production editor. He currently serves as vice-chair of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Scientific Publications Committee, which oversees the AHA’s journal publishing program. Michael holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado.

Peter Kaufman

Founder and president of Intelligent Television. He has been a World Policy Institute Senior Fellow in media and international affairs for 12 years, and serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the World Policy Journal. Prior to Intelligent Television, Kaufman served as founder and president of TV Books, where he developed and concluded publishing deals with television networks and independent television producers, literary agents, and authors around the world.

After he sold majority interest in TV Books to Broadway Video, Lorne Michaels’s television and film company, Mr. Kaufman served as Director of Strategic Initiatives at Innodata Corporation, the world’s largest provider of digital asset services and XML solutions. He also has served as founder and executive director of PUBWATCH, a nonprofit organization supporting book industries in Eastern Europe, and director of publications at the Institute for EastWest Studies.

Priscilla Markwood

At ASIP, Priscilla is responsible for government affairs and other communications related to science and publishing, as well as non-profit society management. She previously held publishing-focused positions at Cadmus Communications and FASEB. Priscilla served on SSPs Education Committee, which she co-chaired in 2006. She is presently North American Editor of Learned Publishing.

Stephen Abram

Stephen Abram, MLS, is President elect of SLA and the past-President of the Canadian Library Association. He is Vice President of Innovation for SirsiDynix and Chief Strategist for the SirsiDynix Institute. He was Publisher of Electronic Information at Thomson after managing several libraries. Stephen was listed by Library Journal as one of the top 50
people influencing the future of libraries. He has received numerous honours and speaks regularly internationally. His columns appear in Information Outlook and Multimedia and Internet @ Schools, OneSource, Feliciter, Access, as well writing for Library Journal. He is the author of ALA Editions’ Out Front with Stephen Abram.

Susan Kesner

Sue Kesner, a librarian by training, began her library career at the University of London and Stanford. Beginning in 1990, she has held various positions with SilverPlatter, including Director of Distributor Relations, during which time she managed annual U.S. distributor meetings where senior librarians, publishers and distributors discussed industry issues. Later, she took on publisher-focused roles, as Director of Publisher Relations for Infotrieve and now as Director of Rightsholder Experience for Copyright Clearance Center.

Sue is currently Chair of the SSP Professional Development Committee, is a Past President of SSP, and has also served on the Annual Meeting Program Committee and Organizational Membership Committee.

Thane Kerner

As co-founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Silverchair, Thane Kerner has since 1993 led the organization’s strategic development of platforms and professional services that focus on the intersection of technology with health care knowledge. Medical informatics, the semantic web, clinical information processes, and web-based learning are the foundations for a broad variety of Silverchair-created health reference products delivered via networked digital media. Thane serves on the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Publishers Division (PSP) of the Association of American Publishers; as Co-Chairman of the American Medical Publishers Committee; and on the National Library of Medicine’s Publishers Advisory Panel. He is an advocate for issues of concern to the health information industry, and a frequent speaker and moderator at industry conferences including the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) Top Management Roundtable, the Council of Science Editors (CSE), the PSP Annual Conference, the AMPC Medical Informatics Seminar, and the AMPC-National Library of Medicine Biennial Symposium.

Prior to establishing Silverchair, he was publisher of Experimental Hematology, the official journal of the International Society for Experimental Hematology. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Timothy Ingoldsby

Tim has been instrumental in the development of Scitation, the hosting service for physical science and engineering publishers. He is project leader of the multi-publisher project to develop a comprehensive set of Unicode-based fonts, the STIX Fonts. He was active in the founding of CrossRef and is Treasurer of ASIDIC.

Todd Carpenter

Todd Carpenter is Executive Director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), a non-profit industry trade association that fosters the development and maintenance of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and effective interchange of information used in publishing, research, and learning. Throughout his career, Todd has served in a variety of roles with organizations that connected the publisher and library communities. Prior to joining NISO, Todd had been Director of Business Development with BioOne. He has also held management positions at The Johns Hopkins University Press, the Energy Intelligence Group, and The Haworth Press. Todd also currently serves SSP as its Secretary/Treasurer.

Tom Richardson

Tom Richardson is the Director of Institutional Sales & Service for the New England Journal of Medicine. In this role, Tom is responsible for institutional sales and library relations around the world. He has been at the Journal for over 20 years in a variety of sales, marketing, business management, product management, and product development roles. Tom led the development of the NEJM Weekly CME Program and co-led the development of the Journal’s site license program. Tom is a longtime member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), and is currently a member of the SSP Organizational Collaboration Committee. In this role, Tom represents the SSP as part of the Chicago Collaborative (http://www.chicago-collaborative.org/) Tom is a frequent speaker at library and publishing industry events. In addition, Tom is a member of the international library rock band, The Bearded Pigs (http://beardedpigs.net), and is an actor performing in Boston-area community theater productions.

Victoria Reich

Victoria Reich is the Director of the LOCKSS Program, Stanford University Library, www.lockss.org. The 450 publishers preserving their content in the Global LOCKSS Network enable libraries to fulfill a core library mission – to build and preserve digital library collections. They have ensured their intellectual property and branding are available to authorized readers when their own web sites are unavailable. Using the award winning LOCKSS technology to build and preserve local collections, libraries are guaranteed perpetual access to authorized scholarly content while also delivering all reader traffic to the publishers’ web sites. Vicky helped to launch the CLOCKSS Archive and HighWire Press. She has extensive library experience, having held positions at Stanford University Libraries, the National Agricultural Library, the Library of Congress, and the University of Michigan. Victoria is on several Advisory Boards, including “Stanford Copyright & Fair Use”. She received the 2008 Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award.

William Silberg

Bill Silberg is Vice President for Publishing and Communications at the New York Academy of Sciences, a position he assumed in June 2006. He came to the Academy after spending three years as Senior Vice President for Communications and Publishing at The Commonwealth Fund, an independent, private foundation that studies and supports research on health care policy and social issues. At Commonwealth, he oversaw an overhaul of the foundation’s web site, dramatically increasing the Fund’s professional and public visibility.

Prior to joining Commonwealth in 2003, Mr. Silberg was Senior Vice President and Executive Editor at Medscape from WebMD, the online portal for health and medical professionals worldwide. Mr. Silberg joined Medscape in March after spending 13 years in publishing at the American Medical Association, the last four as Web Editor and Editorial Director for Medical News and New Media at JAMA. Previously, he served as Associate Director for Public Affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals and, prior to that, spent seven years with United Press International as a reporter, editor and bureau chief in Albany, NY; Detroit; Cleveland and Pittsburgh.