Against the Grain Vol. 33 No. 1
111 River Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
BORN AND LIVED: Brooklyn via Italy, Spain, Sweden, and Germany.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES: PhD in Chemical Physics, then publishing.
FAMILY: I’ve got twin toddlers. Send help.
IN MY SPARE TIME: What’s that?
PET PEEVES: Scientific articles disseminated as PDF.
MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Article from PhD thesis selected as “10 Top Scientific Breakthrough” by Science Magazine in 2004.
HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS: Please tell me we are not using the PDF then.
Data Curation Librarian
University of Tennessee Libraries
1015 Volunteer Boulevard
236 John C. Hodges Library
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-4404
BORN AND LIVED: Born: New Orleans, LA; lived in Birmingham, AL, Atlanta, GA, and Knoxville, TN.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES: I have a BS in civil engineering from Georgia Tech (2000). I spent 10 years as a civil engineer designing wastewater treatment plants and pump stations around Georgia and Tennessee. Then I went back and got my masters degree in information science from the University of Tennessee (2013). I’ve been the Data Curation Librarian at the UT Libraries since 2013.
FAMILY: Married with one son.
IN MY SPARE TIME: I love to read, ride my bike, and hike in the beautiful mountains of east Tennessee.
FAVORITE BOOKS: What Should I Do With My Life? By Po Bronson. It’s a series of stores from people he interviewed about how they found their life’s purpose, all the twists and turns it took them on, and how their journey took them to unexpected places.
PHILOSOPHY: I’m not sure where I discovered this quote, but it’s my favorite: “You can’t answer a question someone isn’t asking.” It says to me that people will not hear what ever advice or criticism you have to offer if they are not ready for it. Give them time, and when they’re ready, the words will be received. It’s similar to the saying “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”
MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Initially it was passing the 8-hour professional engineer exam on the first shot. Then when I changed careers, I had to let that certification lapse which was hard. But now my greatest achievement is getting tenure and promotion at my currently institution.
GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW: I am working towards having a strong case for promotion to full professor, so that’s what I hope to achieve within five years.
HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS: Libraries will begin to make use of AI in the services to their patrons. You will see reference services offered by AI chat-bots. This isn’t the best for the librarians whose jobs they will replace, but I believe AI is going to be playing a huge role in library services and systems.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES: Jeff Lang is Assistant Director for Platform Development in The American Chemical Society’s Digital Strategy department, where he supports innovation and product development that explores the untapped potential of technology to enhance scholarship. Prior to this role, Jeff worked at ProQuest in many departments, including Product Owner for RefWorks and Community Manager of GradShare.com a graduate student support community. Jeff has degrees in Computer Science and Information Management and has spent the last 15 years at the nexus of technology and academic publishing services.
IN MY SPARE TIME: I love running in the Washington D.C. suburbs and especially when I travel. A long run during the latest snow storm was one of the highlights of my year so far (and rare occurance around D.C. lately). I have also taken advantage of the COVID commute this year to start cooking again. My favorite gift from the holidays was a conical saucier for making roux.
FAVORITE BOOKS: Generally sci-fi or fantasy. Anything by Neal Stephenson, Ursula Le Guin or Neil Gaiman.
PET PEEVES: Slow walking. Keep up.
HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS: I’m confident that five years from now, authors who want to publish the primary research data from their experiments will have many options for making it findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. Many more will publish that way because it is common and easy to do. More tools to interrogate all that data will become available through a web browser, making journal articles robust and dynamic when read online.
69469 Weinheim, Germany
BORN AND LIVED: Born in Iran, Based in Germany
PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES: PhD in Biopharmaceutics from Saarland University, Postdoc in Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. Currently editor at Wiley and part-time MBA student at Mannheim Business School.
IN MY SPARE TIME: Nothing unusual — reading, watching movies, playing videogames. 🙂
PET PEEVES: Doing mind-numbingly boring tasks!
MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: The launch of Advanced Intelligent Systems in 2019.
HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS: Open science and open access publishing will be more dominant. Technology will have a more significant role in scholarly publishing, revolutionizing submission and peer-review processes, and format/type of published articles.
Sr. Director of Strategy and Innovation
111 River Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
BORN AND LIVED: Manduria, Puglia, Italy.
IN MY SPARE TIME: Yoga, running, mindfulness.
FAVORITE BOOKS: Sum by David Eagleman, If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino, Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari.
PHILOSOPHY: If you really want to know — Stoicism, Atheism, Optimistic Nihilism.
MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: ASIS&T Best Dissertation Award.
GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW: Move publishing beyond the PDF (Note: this was same goal 5 years ago).
HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS: Somewhere beyond the PDF.
Director of Vendor Partnerships, Charleston Hub and Senior Consultant, Delta Think
106 Quaker Lane, Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: (610) 529-3118
BORN AND LIVED: Philadelphia, PA, Athens, GA, Winston-Salem, NC, Philadelphia, PA, St. Louis, MO, Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA.
EARLY LIFE: Eldest of three siblings, Catholic school, lotsa sports
PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES: 25+ year career spent in health sciences publishing and distribution at organizations large and small. Former President of the American Medical Publisher’s Association. Charleston Conference Director. Particular affinity for doing the hard stuff.
FAMILY: Married to Jabin White (yes, JSTOR Jabin White). Two adult children, Kate (23) and Tommy (19). Three dachshunds, Oliver, Scout, and Wellsie and one cat, Samantha.
IN MY SPARE TIME: Reading, running, dog walking, and cheering for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons!
FAVORITE BOOKS: The Color Purple, A Prayer for Owen Meany, A Gentleman in Moscow, These Truths, Harry Potter series (especially #4. #6 and #7).
PET PEEVES: Complacency, meanness.
PHILOSOPHY: True believer.
MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: I think the real magic comes when you get glimpses of a product or a project that you worked on making a difference for a student, clinician, researcher, or librarian. Those moments are special and are the best reward. And a good reminder that there is always more to do!
GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW: Figure out my second act.
HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS: Borrowing from Annette Thomas, as stated from the stage in Charleston 2019: open, connected, seamless.
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CORE MARKETS/CLIENTELE: Scholarly publishers.
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 470
HISTORY AND BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR COMPANY/PUBLISHING PROGRAM: Atypon was founded in 1996, driven by its founder’s desire to democratize scientific research by expanding its availability, which meant giving scholarly publishers the software that they needed to excel in a new — and often intimidating — digital environment. 25 years later Atypon is building new tools to make the workflows of practitioners, clinicians, and researchers more convenient and productive — from discovery and reading to collaborating and authoring.
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