Our debut series on the SSP OnDemand Library, the 2020 Professional Development Series offers presentations on current trends and issues in scholarly communications—from the impact of COVID-19 to diversity, equity, and inclusion in publishing--available at your convenience. New video presentations will be released each week; free materials and paid sessions can be accessed individually or as part of a group; all recordings may be accessed asynchronously, but registrants can also interact with presenters and fellow audience members during live screenings! Videos will be offered on the following topics: Business Models and Strategies, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Editorial Innovations, Ethics and Standards, Global Trends, Research Perspectives. Featuring panels of leaders in their respective fields, this series is a must for anyone wishing to keep abreast of the latest developments in the industry.
Principal, Kasdorf & Associates, LLC
Bill Kasdorf is Principal of Kasdorf & Associates, LLC, a publishing consultancy focusing on editorial and production workflows, XML/HTML/EPUB modeling, standards and best practices, and accessibility. He is a founding partner of Publishing Technology Partners. Bill is active in the W3C Publishing@W3C activity and co-chairs NISO’s Video & Audio Metadata Guidelines Working Group. He is a member and Past President of SSP and is also a member of BISG’s Workflow Working Group and IPTC. He received the SSP Distinguished Service Award, the BISG Industry Champion Award, and the IDEAlliance/DEER Luminaire Award. He is general editor of The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing and serves on the editorial board of Learned Publishing. Clients have included NEJM, National Academies Press, American College of Physicians, American Psychological Association, SAGE, Harvard, MIT, Toronto, Taylor & Francis, Cambridge, IEEE, Cochrane Library, Pearson, Cengage, VitalSource, World Bank, British Library, OCLC, ORCID, and the European Union.
Head of Partnerships, Knowledge Futures Group
Heather Staines is Head of Partnerships for Knowledge Futures Group, building open source infrastructure for publishers and libraries. Her previous roles include positions at Hypothesis, Proquest, SIPX (formerly the Stanford Intellectual Property Exchange), Springer SBM, and Greenwood Publishing Group/Praeger Publishers. She is a frequent speaker and participant at industry events including the COUNTER Board of Directors, the STM Futurelab, Society for Scholarly Publishing, the NISO Transfer Standing Committee, the NASIG Digital Preservation Task Force. She has a Ph.D. in Military and Diplomatic History from Yale University.
Publishing & Product Development Consultant, Maverick Publishing Specialists
Lettie brings nearly 20 years’ experience in scholarly publishing to her diverse portfolio of product research and development projects. She is dedicated to helping information organizations cultivate a user-centered, standards-compliant approach to digital publishing and academic programs. Her expertise lies in optimizing user engagement for content discovery and access of academic content platforms. Previously, Lettie played a key role in establishing the product management program at SAGE Publishing. Currently, Lettie is an Associated Editor for Learned Publishing, a ‘chef’ with the SSP’s Scholarly Kitchen blog, and Information Science PhD candidate at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.
Senior Acquisitions Editor, Elsevier
Simon Holt has worked in scholarly publishing for over a decade, and is currently Publisher in the books division at Elsevier in Oxford, UK. He is also Chair of Elsevier Enabled, a group representing colleagues with disabilities. As a visually impaired person, he has first-hand experience of both the benefits of inclusion to both organizations and individuals, and the challenges involved in making it happen effectively. He believes that true accessibility in publishing means access to the publishing industry for people of all backgrounds, alongside the accessibility of published materials. In 2019, Simon’s contributions were recognized by the SSP Emerging Leader award.
Accessibility Specialist, University of Michigan Library
Stephanie Rosen is Accessibility Specialist and Associate Librarian at the University of Michigan Library. She has worked at the intersection of higher education and accessibility for 10 years. Stephanie brings insights from disability studies into library administration and digital education. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Texas at Austin.
This session is about the accessibility of scholarly publishing to people with disabilities, both in terms of published materials and the industry itself. Around 15% of the global population has a disability, according to the UN, so it is important to consider how people with a disability are able to access our content, our platforms, and our workplaces. This session will provide an overview of recent advances in accessible processes and practices, both in terms of product innovation and people inclusion. It also offers an opportunity for discussion about how we can best increase disability inclusion within our own workplaces and products in a realistic way. Attendees will learn about some of the disability inclusion and accessibility initiatives that are currently taking place within the scholarly communications industry and gain practical takeaways to make their own products and workplaces more accessible and disability inclusive. The session offers a range of perspectives including product innovation, process design, content distribution, and publishing house. It will give insights from multiple angles, including service providers and employees with a disability. With an emphasis on collaborative efforts, it will show how different parts of the industry are working to increase accessibility and become more disability-inclusive, offering attendees focal points they can reach out to as they look to increase inclusions within their own organizations, platforms, and products. Diversity and inclusion is not a competitive sport, and it is by working together as an industry that we create cultural change, one step a time.