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2017 SSP 39th Annual Meeting

Closing Plenary: Dessert Course: A Discussion with the Scholarly Kitchen Chefs

Keynote/Plenary Presentations
Closing Plenary: Dessert Course: A Discussion with the Scholarly Kitchen Chefs

The Scholarly Kitchen Chefs will lead a wide-ranging discussion picking up on the themes presented throughout this years Annual Meeting and looking to the future and the changing roles of publishers, libraries, and research societies.


David Smith, The IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology)
David is currently Head of Product Solutions at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET). He’s responsible for most of the ‘techie’ things to do with scholarly product development. After he received his D.Phil. from the University of York, David decided to trade life as a scientist for a life in publishing. His introduction to scholarly publishing came via Vitek Tracz at Current Science Group and then BioMed Central. After that he spent 12 years in various roles at CABI in Oxfordshire before joining the IET. He’s been involved with the SSP for a number of years, first as an attendee of the annual meeting, then as an annual meeting committee member, as co-chair of the 32nd and 33rd meetings and most recently as Board Member at Large (2012 to 2015). When not involved in scholarly publishing, he likes to indulge in astronomy, tinkering with things, and restoring a 1960 1600 MGA that currently resides in his garage. Hes not on Facebook, but he does tweet (@drs1969).
Phill Jones, Digital Science
Phill Jones is Head of Publisher Outreach at Digital Science, where he works to improve understanding of the types of products and services that Digital Science and its various portfolio companies offer. Phill has spent much of his career working on projects that use technology to accelerate scientific discovery. He joined Digital Science from portfolio company ReadCube, where he held the position of VP of Business Development. Prior to Digital Science, he was the Editorial Director at Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), the first academic video journal. Phill is a member of several committees including the SSP annual conference and educational committees, the STM association early career publishers and future lab committees. In a former life, Phill was a cross-disciplinary research scientist. He held a faculty position at Harvard Medical School, working in bio-physics and neuroscience, despite having originally started out as a plasma physicist at the UK atomic energy authority. He has also worked as a microscopy consultant and scientific advisor for a number of startups and small companies.
Twitter Handle: @phillbjones
Todd Carpenter, National Information Standards Organization
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 held management positions at The Johns Hopkins University Press, the Energy Intelligence Group, and the Haworth Press. Todd is active on twitter @TAC_NISO and blogs regularly as a member of the Scholarly Kitchen.
Michael Clarke, Clarke & Company
Michael Clarke is the president of Clarke & Company, a management consulting firm working at the intersection of technology, business, and content. Clarke & Company focuses on digital strategy, product development, and market research related to STM and scholarly publishing. He is also a partner at STM Advisers, focusing on mergers and acquisitions in the STM marketplace. Prior to founding Clarke & Company, Michael was Executive Vice President for Product and Market Development at Silverchair Information Systems. He has held positions at the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the University of Chicago Press. He currently serves on the board of directors for Silverchair Information System and is a past board member of both the Council of Science Editors and the Society for Scholarly Publishing. A frequent contributor to the Scholarly Kitchen, Michael is a graduate the University of Colorado and the University of Chicago.
Robert Harington, American Mathematical Society
Robert M. Harington is Associate Executive Director, Publishing at the American Mathematical Society. Robert has overall responsibility for publishing at the AMS, including books, journals and electronic products, actively leading strategic growth and development of publishing at the AMS in addition to managing the publishing staff across all publishing, marketing, sales and production functions. Robert is a “Chef” for The Scholarly Kitchen Blog. Robert also serves on the MathJax Steering Committee. Robert came to the AMS from the American Institute of Physics, where he served as Publisher. He has forged an international career working in both non-profit and commercial settings, with rich experience across the United States, Europe, and Asia.  Robert holds a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Oxford, and a first-class honours degree in chemistry from the University of London. The AMS has maintained an active publishing program for over 100 years and has established a reputation as one of the top publishers of advanced mathematics in the world, with over 3000 books in print, 23 journals, and Mathematical Reviews(r) (MathSciNet(r)). The American Mathematical Society was founded in 1888 to further the interests of mathematics research and scholarship, and serves the national and international community through its meetings, publications, advocacy, and other programs. The Society’s offices in Providence, Ann Arbor, and Washington, DC employ 210 people.  There are 28,000 individual members and 570 institutions worldwide that benefit from membership in the Society.
Lettie Conrad,
In her 15 years of publishing experience, Lettie has led user-centered web and mobile product development, focused on driving research and analysis that enables evidence-based product management for a portfolio of global clients. Lettie Y. Conrad is a publishing and product development consultant, working as a senior associate with Maverick Publishing Specialists, as well as with a portfolio of independent global clients. She serves as North American Editor for Learned Publishing and as a member of NISOs Open Discovery Initiative, as well as a part-time information science doctoral student via a remote program at Queensland University of Technology via San Jose States iSchool. Read more about Lettie on LinkedIn, ORCID or Twitter.
Kent Anderson, RedLink
Kent R. Anderson is the CEO of RedLink and RedLink Network. He is a past-President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing and the founder of “the Scholarly Kitchen.” He has been Publisher for Science and the Science journals; CEO and Publisher for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery; an executive in the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Publishing Division; Publishing Director for the New England Journal of Medicine; and Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has served on numerous boards and advisory groups across scholarly publishing, and speaks occasionally. He is an award-winning writer and designer with a BA in English and an MBA.
Twitter handle: kanderson
Joseph Esposito, Processed Media
Joseph J. Esposito is president of Processed Media, a management consultancy working primarily in the worlds of publishing, software, and education. Joe’s clients include both for-profits and not-for-profits. A good deal of his activity concerns research publishing, especially when the matter at issue has to do with the migration to digital services from a print background. Prior to setting up his consulting business, Joe served as CEO of three companies (Encyclopaedia Britannica, Tribal Voice, and SRI Consulting), all of which he led to successful exits. Typically he works on strategy issues, advising CEOs and Boards of Directors on direction; he has also managed a number of sticky turnarounds. Among other things, Joe has been the recipient of grants from the Mellon, MacArthur, and Hewlett Foundations, all concerning research into new aspects of publishing.
Alice Meadows, ORCiD
Alice Meadows is Director of Community Engagement & Support for ORCID, a nonprofit organization whose vision is a world where all who participate in research, scholarship, and innovation are uniquely identified and connected with their works and affiliations, across disciplines, borders, and time. Alice is an SSP Board member and regular contributor to The Scholarly Kitchen and other blogs. She was the recipient of the 2016 ALPSP award for contribution to scholarly publishing.
Twitter Handle: alicejmeadows
Judy Luther, Informed Strategies
As an industry consultant since the start of the dotcom boom, Judy Luther brings an understanding of all stakeholders having worked in publishing, for intermediaries and in libraries. Her company, Informed Strategies LLC, offers market facing services for publishers, vendors, professional societies, standards organizations, startups and those seeking to connect users and content. Judy is a Past President of SSP and currently serves on behalf of SSP as the North American Editor for Learned Publishing. The journal is published by the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) and is also a benefit of SSP membership. Judy has earned both an MLS and an MBA.
Ann Michael, Delta Think
Ann Michael is President and Founder of Delta Think, a publishing consultancy focused on innovation in product strategy, development, and content management. Delta Think has worked with dozens of major commercial and non-profit scholarly and educational publishers as they clarified their business objectives, gained insight into their customers needs, defined new content products and business models, introduced new tools and technologies, and developed the skills and expertise needed to be successful in an ever changing publishing environment. Ann is currently President-elect of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), a frequent organizer and speaker at publishing conferences and events, and is a contributor to the SSP’s blog, The Scholarly Kitchen.
Twitter Handle: annmichael
Alison Mudditt, University of California Press
Alison Mudditt has been Director of University of California Press since 2011. Alison’s publishing career begin at 1988 at Blackwell in Oxford before joining Taylor & Francis Inc. in Philadelphia as Publishing Director of the Behavioral Sciences Division in 1997. Alison joined SAGE in 2001 as Vice President and Editorial Director, and was appointed Executive Vice President in 2004 where she led the SAGE’s publishing programs across books, journals and digital during a period of tremendous growth. Alison is a regular speaker at industry meetings and is currently Vice Chair of the Scientific Publications Committee and member of the Open Science Committee of the American Heart Association, and member of the Board of Directors of K|N Consultants. She has also served on the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the American Association of Publishers, and was Co-Chair of the Deans Leadership Council at California State University, Channel Islands.
David Crotty, Oxford University Press
David Crotty is the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversees journal policy and contributes to strategy across OUPs journals program, drives technological innovation, serves as an information officer, and manages a suite of research society-owned journals. David was previously an Executive Editor with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, creating and editing new science books and journals, and was a journal Editor in Chief. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing. David has been elected to and serves on the Boards of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, the STM Association, CHOR Inc., and the AAP/PSP Executive Council. As the Executive Editor of the Scholarly Kitchen blog, David regularly writes about current issues in publishing.
Twitter Handle: scholarlykitchen