Session 4G

Industry Crossroads
40th Anniversary Session: Past Presidents and Founders Session

This year’s SSP annual meeting marks the 40th anniversary of the society. We take this opportunity to look back over the history of SSP, and of publishing as a whole, through the eyes, experiences, and memories of representatives of SSP’s history across the decades. Past presidents or founders from each decade since SSP’s inception will engage in a lively moderated roundtable discussion. SSP's next president will be part of the panel to offer perspectives on what the next 40 years may hold for the society. In addition, all past presidents will be invited to attend the session and share memories or comments during the audience Q&A.

Past can be prelude; past can be nostalgic; past can serve as a road map for both the smooth paths and the pitfalls of the future. As we mark 40 years of SSP, this session aims to serve as celebration and touchstone.


Emma Brink, Wiley
Emma Brink is an Editor at Wiley, serving as journal publication manager for a portfolio of society journals in the Health Sciences. Emma has been involved in SSP since 2014. She is a previous recipient of SSP’s Early Career Fellowship program and co-won SSP’s Emerging Leader award last year. She serves on SSP’s Early Career Subcommittee and Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.


Barbara M. Ford, Meyers Consulting Services
A co-founder, member of the first 3 Board of Directors & chair of several SSP committees, Barbara has been an active participant in the professional organizations serving industries related to the broad area of professional & scholarly communications. A past president of CSE, she has also served on boards, committees & task forces of AAP/PSP, ASIST, NASIG, NFAIS & WNBA. Barbara has worked for commercial & NFP organizations including Capital Systems Group, American Chemical Society, Chamber of Commerce of the U.S. & Reliance Graphic Arts Consulting Group. Barbara hung out her shingle as an independent consultant in 1983 DBA Meyers Consulting Services. Her goals are to assist clients to: develop effective strategies & plans, apply technology most appropriately, streamline processes & procedures, manage & negotiate more effectively, & successfully develop & market products, services, programs & publications.
Christine Lamb, NEJM Group
Christine Lamb is the Director of Corporate Marketing for NEJM Group, which includes the New England Journal of Medicine and a portfolio of other health care information products. She is responsible for brand management and governance, communications and media relations, social media marketing, and content development and engagement. Her past positions spanned editorial, marketing, product management, and business development with MIT Press; Little, Brown; and five innovative content delivery and technology start-ups. In each new initiative, she built the brand and drove the acquisition and distribution of high-value content in science, technology, medicine, business, and academic research to address the changing needs of individuals, libraries, and corporations in global markets. For over a decade, she served as a committee chair, on the board of directors, and as president of the Society for Scholarly Publishing. She was a member of the AAP-PSP Journals Committee and the founding chair of the Professional Development Committee. She graduated from Antioch College with a BA in Literature and Languages and an MS from Simmons College in Communications Management.
Bill Kasdorf, Kasdorf & Associates, LLC
Bill Kasdorf,, is Principal of Kasdorf & Associates, LLC, a publishing consultancy focusing on accessibility, XML/HTML/EPUB modeling, information infrastructure, and workflow. A Past President of SSP, Bill is active in the W3C (contributing to the development of Web Publications), the Book Industry Study Group (he is co-editor of the BISG Guide to Accessible Publishing), and the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC). He received SSP’s Distinguished Service Award, the IDEAlliance/DEER Luminaire Award, and the BISG Industry Champion Award. Bill has written and spoken widely on publishing technology and workflows. In his consulting practice, Bill has served large international publishers such as Pearson, Cengage, Wolters Kluwer, Kaplan, and Sage; scholarly presses and societies such as Harvard, MIT, Toronto, Taylor & Francis, Cambridge, and IEEE; aggregators such as VitalSource; and global publishing and library organizations such as the World Bank, the British Library, the Asian Development Bank, OCLC, and the European Union.
Adrian Stanley, Digital Science
Adrian is Vice President, Global Business Development at Digital Science, a technology company serving the information needs of the research, funder and publishing community, Digital Science offers Catalyst Grants and invests in start-up companies including well known brands such as Altmetric, Figshare, Overleaf and Dimensions, that simplify and support the research cycle. Adrian is also the incoming President for the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP); an Associate Editor for Learned Publishing; a Non Executive Director with Bioscientifica a society based organization that supports biomedical research, a Board Member of STEM Fellowship. He has held numerous volunteer committee/Chair roles with SSP and ALPSP over the last 20+ years working globally within scholarly communications and academic publishing.