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2007 SSP TMR

Speaker Bios

Alma Wills

Alma is a partner in the Kaufman-Wills Group, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in services to scholarly publishers. She is US Editor Emeritus of Learned Publishing and a member of the Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins University Press.

Charles Nesson

Professor Nesson charted the early field of Internet law in 1997 when he helped found the Berkman Center. Nesson has taught evidence, criminal law, trial law, torts, and ethics for Harvard Law School and continues to incorporate cutting-edge technology into his classes. He graduated from Harvard College in 1960 with a degree in mathematics and received his JD from Harvard Law School in 1963, summa cum laude. Before joining the law school faculty in 1966, Nesson clerked for Justice John Marshall Harlan of the U.S. Supreme Court and worked as a special assistant to John Doar in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

Professor Nesson is currently leading a project for restorative justice in Jamaica. During the academic year, he teaches courses in Evidence and internet law, and recently began teaching the innovative new class Cyber One: Law in the Court of Public Opinion, which welcomes the participation of the internet community at large.

Christopher Lynch

Christopher R. Lynch is Vice President for Publishing at the Massachusetts Medical Society and Publisher, the New England Journal of Medicine. The Journal is the most widely read, cited, and influential medical journal in the world and the oldest continuously published medical periodical. Mr. Lynch has over 20 years of experience in product development, marketing, database and system development and project management with Fortune 500 companies. He has led the Publishing Division’s efforts to secure long-term financial growth and is now focused on expanding the Journal’s online value to the medical community. Mr. Lynch is a member of the Advisory Boards for Johns Hopkins University Press and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Press. He is an active member of the Executive Committee of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing, Division of the American Association of Publishers.

Christopher Meyer

Chris Meyer is Chief Executive of Monitor Networks, a unit of the Monitor Group focused on fostering business innovation through designing, growing, and learning from human networks. Chris writes and speaks about the trends shaping business and economic developments. His most recent book is It’s Alive: The Coming Convergence of Information, Biology, and Business (co-authored with Stan Davis).

He also co-authored the best-selling Blur: The Speed of Change in the Connected Economy and Future Wealth with Stan Davis, and he has contributed to the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Fast Company, Time, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Business 2.0. Chris’s recent research and consulting have focused on the development of the Adaptive Enterprise, helping companies create the capacity to sense, respond to, and adapt to changes in their business environments.

Emlyn Koster

Emlyn Koster, a science museum CEO for the past two decades, is currently at the helm of one of the museum field’s most relevancy-minded renewal projects. Internationally experienced and dedicated to improving the links between science and society, he is a prominent writer and speaker about the external responsibilities of science museums as well as an active contributor to their main professional bodies.

President and CEO of Liberty Science Center since 1996, he is leading the institution in a demand-driven $110m capital project under the banner of Connections: Our Community, Our World. In partnership with the region’s public and private sectors, this encompasses major expansion and renovation as well as extensive exhibition and program enhancement. New Jersey’s most visited museum and one of the New York City metro region’s top-rated cultural destinations, Liberty Science Center is in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, next to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Opened in 1993 and expanded by mid-2007, its innovative benchmarks for the science museum field feature inclusive approaches to audience, regional relevancy of onsite, offsite and online content, extensive involvement with preK -12 education and teacher professional development, and instructive applications of videoconferencing and cell phones.

Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the Center assisted in a wide variety of emergency roles that went on to shape thinking in the museum field about different roles when disaster strikes.

Geoffrey Bilder

Geoff Bilder joined CrossRef as Director of Strategic Initiatives in December 2006, prior to which he was a Publishing Technology Consultant at Scholarly Information Strategies Ltd. since October of 2005. He has over 15 years experience as a technical leader in scholarly technology. He co-founded Brown University’s Scholarly Technology Group in 1993 to provide advanced technology consulting on issues related to academic research, teaching and scholarly communication.

He later served as head of R&D in the IT department of Monitor Group, a management consulting firm based in Cambridge, MA. From 2002 to 2005, Geoffrey was Chief Technology Officer at Ingenta. He has since worked and consulted extensively with publishers and librarians on how emerging social software technologies are likely to affect scholarly and professional researchers.

Greg Tobin

Greg Tobin is President of the higher education mathematics group of Pearson Education, which includes the imprints Prentice Hall and Addison-Wesley. He joined Addison Wesley in 1994. Prior to AW, he worked for Houghton Mifflin (1986-1994) and Little, Brown (1981-1986).

Jenny Walker

Jenny is executive vice-president marketing for Credo Reference (formerly Xrefer) and is based in London, UK. Prior to joining Credo Reference in 2006, Jenny was corporate vice-president marketing for Ex Libris. Jenny has
a particular interest in standards in the library and information marketplace and has been actively involved in the development and deployment of standards such as the OpenURL and metasearch standards.

Jim Griffin

Jim Griffin is Managing Director of OneHouse LLC, dedicated to the future of music and entertainment delivery, and works as a consultant to absorb uncertainty about the digital delivery of art.

In addition to serving as an agent for constructive change in media and technology, he is an author, serving as a columnist for magazines, and is on the boards of companies and associations. He started and ran for five years the technology department at Geffen Records. Prior to Geffen he was an International Representative for The Newspaper Guild in Washington, D.C.

Jim Roberts

Mr. Roberts oversees the news operations of nytimes.com, managing a staff of reporters and editors on the continuous news desk as well as editors and multimedia producers in the Web newsroom. As he sees it, his mission is to bring the immediacy and interactivity of the Web to The New York Times, while spreading The Times’s journalistic standards, depth and authority to the Web. He joined The Times in 1987 as a copy editor and held a variety of editing jobs on the national, sports and metropolitan desks. He served as deputy metropolitan editor for regional news; national political editor, coordinating coverage of the 2000 presidential campaign, the election and the 36-day aftermath; and national editor. In 2006, he became director of continuous news and was later promoted to editor of digital news.

Jonathan Krim

Jonathan Krim is a longtime editor and reporter for print and online publications. He moved to WPNI from the newsroom of The Washington Post, where he had been a reporter covering technology issues. Prior to joining the Post, Krim was executive editor of TheStreet.com, an online financial news and commentary publication based in New York. Krim spent the bulk of his journalism career as a senior editor at the San Jose Mercury News in Silicon Valley. At various times during his 16 years in San Jose, he supervised business and technology news, local and state news, and investigative projects. Coverage that he guided won Pulitzer prizes in 1986 and 1990.

Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is the online publishing subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO). Its mission is to develop the company’s editorial products and businesses on the Internet and across all electronic content delivery platforms. WPNI’s flagship products include washingtonpost.com, Slate, BudgetTravelOnline.com, and Newsweek.com. The company is headquartered in Arlington, VA.

Joseph Berkery

Joseph Berkery founded Berkery Associates in 1980 because he had a strong belief that as the information revolution grew and became an essential part of peoples’ lives, there would be an ever increasing desire for information and entertainment. This need would create a long-term opportunity for information companies to grow through mergers and acquisitions. An investment bank that understood this marketplace would be singularly positioned to help its clients realize this unique opportunity.

In 1983 Joe joined forces with Noyes Partners, a specialized investment firm, creating Berkery, Noyes & Co. a full service investment bank exclusively serving the Publishing, Media and Communications industries. As President and Chief Executive Officer Joe has been credited with shaping through mergers and acquisitions some of today’s leading publishing and media conglomerates.

Judith Axler Turner

Judith Axler Turner, the editor of The Journal of Electronic Publishing <http://www.journalofelectronicpublishing.org> pioneered the many electronic publishing innovations made by The Chronicle of Higher Education in the late Twentieth Century as their Director of Electronic Publishing. She is also a vice president at TCG in Washington, DC, a federal management consulting firm. A reporter in her first career, she covered the growth of the Internet for The Chronicle and wrote one of the country’s first syndicated columns on computers. She was a reporter for several publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, the National Journal, and the New York Daily News.

Judy Luther

Judy created Informed Strategies in 1997 to apply a customer-oriented perspective to the design and development of electronic products and services. Her experience includes 12 years managing sales at the Institute for Scientific Information (now Thomson Reuters) and at Faxon, preceded by 13 years managing academic libraries.

With both an Executive MBA and an MLS, Judy is actively involved in industry initiatives in both the publisher and library communities. She was CoChair of the NISO Working Group that created SERU (Shared Electronic Resources Understanding) and led the creation of the Juried Product Development Forums within the Charleston Conference.

She serves on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Electronic Publishing, UKSG Serials, Against the Grain and The Charleston Advisor. Judy is a Past President of (SSP) and has served on the boards of the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) and the Association for Information and Dissemination Centers (ASIDIC).

Mary Ann Liebert

Mary Ann Liebert is president and CEO of the privately-held company that bears her name. Founded in 1980, the company is highly respected for its authoritative peer-reviewed journals in biomedical research, medicine,
science and law. Her knowledge and insatiable curiosity, coupled with remarkable prescience and speed has enabled the launch of publications focused on cutting edge research and applications. Prior to 1980, Mary Ann was Vice President of Marcel Dekker Inc. After her presentation at last year’s Charleston Conference, she was invited to pen her column in AGAINST THE GRAIN.

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.

Rex Hammock

Rex Hammock is president of Hammock Publishing, Inc., a Nashville, Tenn.-based custom publisher of magazines, newsletters and digital media for corporate and association clients nationwide. Hammock Publishing produces such award-winning magazines as American Spirit, distributed worldwide to the members of the noted woman’s organization, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR); and MyBusiness, distributed to the 600,000 members of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

Founded in 1991, Hammock Publishing now has offices in Nashville, Washington, D.C., and New York City and works with more than 150 freelance writers, photographers, illustrators and advertising sales representatives across the country.

Simon Alterman

As Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Simon Alterman is responsible for articulating the strategic framework for the Enterprise Media Group of Dow Jones and for finding business opportunities and acquisitions that offer the best potential for future profitable growth. Previously, Mr. Alterman was Vice President, Content, for Factiva, the former joint venture between Dow Jones and Reuters, which was acquired by Dow Jones in late 2006. In this position, he was responsible for the strategy and development of content in all Factivas product offerings. At Factiva, Mr. Alterman was responsible at different times for content operations, product development, business development, and the consultancy operations.

Mr. Alterman began his career as a journalist at Reuters in 1980 and was a correspondent in Mexico, Chile, Spain and Belgium. As Bureau Chief, News and Television, in Brussels, Mr. Alterman created the Reuters European Community Report, European Union Briefing and Belgian Financial Report services and built up the Reuters media business in Benelux. He held various roles in marketing and business development before becoming a founding member of Factivas executive team in 1999. Mr. Alterman is a graduate of Cambridge University.

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.

Tracey Armstrong

Tracey Armstrong joined CCC in 1989 and today is President and CEO of the non-profit organization. Tracey has been a key driver in CCC’s emergence as the largest provider of text copyright licensing solutions used throughout the U.S. and around the world. Since she joined CCC, the company has grown from 40 employees and $10 million in revenues to more than 200 employees and $163 million in annual sales.

Previously, Tracey served as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and Vice President of Transactional Services, where she led the development of numerous innovative service offerings, including Rightsphere, CCC’s Web-base rights advisory and management solution. Her early work in operations resulted in the creation of many of the company’s critical internal systems. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.