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2009 SSP 31st Annual Meeting, Marriott Baltimore Waterfront, Baltimore, MD

Closing Wrap-up Session


October Ivins
October Ivins is an independent consultant specializing in market research and pricing and marketing academic information products. She works primarily with societies, small publishers and university presses, helping them navigate customer expectations for electronic content. After a 20-year library career at UNC-Chapel Hill and LSU, she worked toward a library science doctorate at UT Austin focusing on pricing digital content and qualitative research methods. From 1998 until 2001, she was an executive at two dot coms. October is a frequent speaker at many library and publishing meetings, including ALA, ICOLC, NASIG, SSP, and TLA. She is active in ALA and is the current president of SSP.
Philip Davis
Phil Davis is an independent researcher and consultant in science publishing. He holds a Ph.D. in science communication from Cornell University (2010), has extensive experience as a science librarian (1995-2006), and was trained as a life scientist. His research has focused on the dissemination of scientific information, rewards and incentives in academic publishing, and economic issues related to libraries, authors and publishers. Phil is a prolific author of many scientific and popular articles on science communication and speaks regularly at national conferences. He has received rewards for his work in bibliometrics. He is located in Ithaca, NY. http://phil-davis.org
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.
Karen Schmidt
Karen Schmidt is University Librarian and University Copyright Officer at Illinois Wesleyan University. Prior to coming to IWU, Karen worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, where she was the Associate University Librarian for Collections. Karen has edited 2 editions on library acquisitions for ALA Press, and has a number of scholarly articles on library collection development and acquisitions, as well as library history. She has a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. Current targets of her curiosity include serious gaming in higher education, archiving of web content as primary source material, and how the evolving world of publishing affects academic libraries.
Diane Scott-Lichter
Diane Scott-Lichter is Publisher and Head of the Scientific Publishing Division at the American Association for Cancer Research. Prior positions include Senior Director, Publishing at The Endocrine Society and Publisher of Medical Journals for Blackwell Publishing in Malden, Mass. She has held positions in both journals and book publishing at the American Cancer Society, Elsevier Science Inc., Carden Jennings Publishing Company, and the American Chemical Society. Active in many professional associations, Scott-Lichter is the current President of the Council of Science Editors, and has been a member of its Board of Directors and that of the Society for Scholarly Publishing.
Adam Weiss
Adam Weiss is a successful educational podcaster and podcast consultant, as well as a sought-after digital media strategist. An expert interviewer and communicator, he aims to show that digital communication is more about story, presentation, and technique than fancy gear and tech toys.

He is the creator of the award-winning Current Science & Technology Podcast for the Museum of Science in Boston, which he hosted for more than two years. He now hosts the Simply Science video series for the education division of Nature and the JNCI Podcast for the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Adam also provides consultation on social networking, living with technology, web design and best practices, and general digital media strategy.