Session 3G

Industry Crossroads
SSP at 50: Envisioning a Diverse and Thriving Organization

As SSP approaches its 40th anniversary, there is much to celebrate in terms of the organization’s mission to be a welcoming and inclusive home for a diverse membership body. There is gender balance in both membership and leadership, and in speaking opportunities at SSP’s annual meeting and associated educational events. Moreover, SSP includes an increasingly broad spectrum of organizations and individuals working across all job roles and industry sectors, and is expanding outside of the US, Canada, and Western Europe. And the Board has recently approved a joint statement of principles on diversity and inclusion--along with 10 other membership organizations--as well as the formation of a diversity and inclusion task force.

However, diversity is multidimensional and, like the scholarly communications organizations it represents, SSP still has plenty of room for improvement. For instance, less than 10% of scholarly publishing professionals are people of color; people with disabilities are similarly underrepresented (and thus their needs are not amplified); and LGBTQ voices are often minimized. In addition, despite there being a thriving scholarly communications community outside of the traditional, West-dominated world, these voices are rarely heard.

Diversity is critical to ensuring that any industry can continue to thrive and succeed, and this session will focus on how SSP - and scholarly communications more widely - can evolve to become more inclusive, to appreciate diversity in all its forms, and to keep pace in the process. A panel of speakers, including current SSP President Jennifer Pesanelli, will identify some of the key challenges and opportunities, and discu
ss practical ways to address them. In an interactive discussion with attendees, we will draft SMART goals and targets for the SSP Board’s consideration. 


Alice Meadows, ORCiD
Alice is Director of Community Engagement and Support for ORCID, responsible for bringing together the why (communications and marketing for ORCID) with the what and the how (member and user support) through community engagement and outreach activities. She serves on the SSP Board, is Co-Chair of the 40th Anniversary Task Force and a member of the Diversity Task Force. Alice writes regularly for The Scholarly Kitchen and other industry blogs and publications, with a particular interest in gender and other diversity issues. She was the recipient of the 2016 ALPSP Award for Contribution to Scholarly Publishing. Twitter Handle - @alicejmeadows
Lauren Kane, BioOne
Lauren Kane is COO of the nonprofit scientific publisher BioOne. She oversees BioOne's sales program and the creation of new financial and dissemination models that increase library collaboration and researcher access. In addition, she helps BioOne's more than 145 participating societies, museums, and independent presses develop sustainable publishing strategies and maximize their publications' impact. Lauren holds an MBA and is an active member of SSP, ALPSP, and Boston Women in Information.Twitter Handle: @lauren_publish


Jennifer Pesanelli, FASEB
Jennifer Pesanelli is the Deputy Executive Director for Operations at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). She oversees multiple programs at FASEB including publications, FASEB's Science Research Conferences, Society Management Services, and campus operations. She has worked with The FASEB Journal for years and is currently working with colleagues on a new publication, FASEB BioAdvances. Through FASEB's Association Management Services program, Jennifer works with several other organizations, FASEB member and client societies, on their publishing efforts and helps support their needs ranging from vendor selection and contract negotiation to editorial policy and business model changes. She is the President of SSP 2017-2018.
Lettie Conrad,
In her more than 15 years of publishing experience, Lettie has led user-centered web and mobile product development, delivering product design, research, and analysis that enables evidence-based digital product management. Dedicated to optimizing the researcher experience with digital scholarly resources, Lettie has established her expertise in content discoverability and accessibility. She is currently a publishing and product development consultant working with a portfolio of global clients. Lettie serves as North American Editor for Learned Publishing and is a part-time information science doctoral student in a remote program at Queensland University of Technology via San Jose State’s iSchool. Read more about Lettie on LinkedIn, ORCID or Twitter. Twitter Handle - @lyconrad
Peter Berkery, Association of University Presses
Peter Berkery has been Executive Director of the Association of University Presses since early 2013. Berkery came to AUPresses from Oxford University Press, where he served for the previous five years as Vice President and Publisher for the US Law Division. Prior to that he worked for Wolters Kluwer for 11 years in a series of positions, publishing works on securities licensing examination training, securities law, taxation, and financial planning. He began his publishing career at a division of Thomson Reuters. Berkery has extensive experience in government affairs and association management. He has been Director of Government Affairs for the National Society of Accountants and Government Relations Counsel for the National Paint and Coatings Association, and has served as Assistant Executive Director and Staff Counsel for a division of the American Trucking Associations. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Counsel for Accountancy and Taxation, and as its President.
Charlotte Roh, Library Publishing Coalition
Charlotte Roh is the Scholarly Communications Librarians at the University of San Francisco, a Jesuit institution located next to Golden Gate Park with a social justice mission. Her expertise is in academic publishing, library repositories, copyright and author rights, and scholarly communication information literacy. Her publications focus on the intersection of publishing, librarianship, diversity, and equity. Twitter Handle - @CharlotteRock
Juan Alperin, Public Knowledge Project
Juan Pablo Alperin is an Assistant Professor in the Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University, where he teaches about the role of technology in publishing and in society. He is also the Associate Director of Research for the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), where he has worked on open source solutions for scholarly publishing for over 10 years. He's interested in a broad range of issues in scholarly publishing, technological and social, but has paid special attention to open access, the public's use of scholarly work, and in all things Latin America.