In today’s episode, Tom Gilson, Associate Editor for Against the Grain, talks with Erika Valenti, North American Regional Director, Executive Vice President, Emerald Publishing as part of the “Views from the Penthouse Suite” series for the 2020 Charleston Library Conference.
Erika Valenti is Executive Vice President, North America for Emerald Publishing where she directs all aspects of the company’s development in the region, including sales, product introduction, brand presence, and corporate strategy.
Prior to Emerald, Erika was Global Sales Director for Publishers Communication Group working with clients including BioOne, American Society for Microbiology, the Royal Society, Geological Society of London, and Canadian Science Publishing; and she previously spent ten years in international sales and marketing roles at the MIT Press. She has considerable experience with sales management for books, journals and databases, emerging market entry strategies, library negotiations, and consortia relationships in the US, Canada, Europe, Brazil, India, China, and Southeast Asia. In her current position, she endeavors to focus and balance Emerald’s product, author, librarian, and user needs within the US and Canadian market.
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ATGthePodcast 125 – Conversation with David Durant, Federal Documents and Social Sciences Librarian, East Carolina University
Today’s episode features a conversation with David Durant. The interview was conducted by Matthew Ismail, Editor in chief of the Charleston Briefings and Conference Director at the Charleston Conference.
David Durant is Associate Professor and Federal Documents and Social Sciences Librarian at East Carolina University. He has a Master of Science degree in library and information services from the School of Information, University of Michigan, and an MA in history from the University of California, Los Angeles. He graduated from Library School in 1999 and has been at East Carolina since then. David began his career as a reference librarian and then moved on to collection development as well as being the Federal Depository Program Coordinator.
David wrote the very first Charleston Briefing titled “Reading in the Digital Age ” six years ago summarizing the debate over the perceived benefits and perils of reading in print versus digital formats. He does believe that there are differences in the types of reading fostered by print and digital formats. David believes that we need to stop thinking about a world in which we have only print or digital formats and that we need to integrate both formats into our planning to meet the needs of the full spectrum of readers and types of reading.
Today’s episode features a conversation with Anthony Watkinson. The interview was conducted by Matthew Ismail, Editor in chief of the Charleston Briefings and Conference Director at the Charleston Conference.
Anthony Watkinson is cofounder of CIBER Research and a former publishing executive. Anthony began his education as an Ecclesiastical historian studying the Church of England in the 19th century. His first job was as a librarian at Oxford University in the late 1960s. His next job spanned 11 years as a manuscript procurement editor for the Academic Press working with scientists. He then worked as a mathematical publisher for Oxford University Press where he eventually took over as head of Journals. He was approached by Thompson Corporation to be the publishing director at Chapman Hall, a small English publisher, where he worked for about a decade. Anthony has been self-employed since the late 90’s as an academic information scientist. In 2002 he helped found CIBER Research. He also has served as a Charleston Conference Director for many years and received the Vicky Speck ABC-Clio Leadership award in 2006. Anthony received a grant to help early career researchers from eight different countries.
Anthony talks with us about why working with researchers is crucial for Librarians and Publishers. He reminisces with us about the early days of the Charleston Conference, and he believes the Charleston Conference remains vital for helping Librarians, Publishers and Vendors understand one another and work together.
You can view the list of Anthony’s publications at http://ciber-research.com/Anthony_Watkinson_Publications.html
ATGthePodcast 123 – Conversation with Sarah Lippincott, Independent Consultant for Library Publishers
Today’s episode features a conversation with Sarah Lippincott. The interview was conducted by Matthew Ismail, Editor in chief of the Charleston Briefings and Conference Director at the Charleston Conference.
Sarah Lippincott is an independent consultant who was formerly the Program Director for the Library Publishing Coalition, an organization created by the Educopia Institute in 2013 to bring together a community of Library Publishers to share ideas and create a set of common practices.
Sarah is currently working with the Educopia Institute on a project called Next Generation Library Publishing. This program focuses on establishing initiatives to promote best practices around technology, publishing principles, ROI, and the necessary infrastructure for library publishers and their partners.
Sarah helps to empower libraries of any size who want to begin a Publishing Program, and she helps develop plans to expand the capacity for library publishing with smaller universities, universities that don’t have a history of publishing, and universities that don’t have a university press to collaborate with.
Sarah wrote about library publishing for the Charleston Briefings 5 years ago, and she talks with us about what has changed in Library Publishing since that time.
Today’s episode features a conversation with Ewoud Compeer of Oxford University. The interview was conducted by Matthew Ismail, Editor in chief of the Charleston Briefings and Conference Director at the Charleston Conference.
Ewoud Compeer is a Dutch biomedical scientist and immunologist. He’s been doing research in the US, The Netherlands, Australia and now in the UK at the University of Oxford. When studying the immune system, he looks at how the immune cells communicate with one another, and how they communicate so clearly and effectively. He is currently working with fellow colleagues to prove his own science and the societal impact his work is having and also to prove the work of others, aiming for a diverse research environment to create robust data.
Ewoud founded a not-for-profit organization for dissemination of science and scientists between the Netherlands and the UK. He’s also an eLife ambassador advocating for open science around the world. He says now is the perfect time to talk about the reproducibility crisis in science.
Today’s episode features a conversation with Francois van Schalkwyk, founder, African Minds. The interview was conducted by Matthew Ismail, Editor in chief of the Charleston Briefings and Conference Director at the Charleston Conference.
Francois van Schalkwyk is a researcher who worked in the academic space with scholarly presses. He also assisted some non-government led businesses with publishing, dissemination, and distribution of their materials to people who were interested in reading them. The intersection of these two interests led him to found African minds in 2012. Based in Cape Town on the Southern tip of Africa, African Minds is a not-for-profit trust with a public benefits mission and, from a publishing perspective, underpinned by an open access approach. Francois says all their publications are available open access on their website. He says their focus is on topics relevant to the continent and its development and Knowledge produced by African academics. He also discusses the issues they face with publishing books in the many different languages spoken in Africa. Francois says he will continue the work to build their lists, gain a presence and he hopes to publish monographs from other parts of Africa and more scholarly works.
This week, ATG the Podcast interviews Mitchell Davis, CEO and Founder of BiblioLabs, and Robert Miller, CEO of Lyrasis, about the recent purchase of BiblioLabs by Lyrasis. The interview is conducted by Leah Hinds, Executive Director of the Charleston Hub, and Tom Gilson, Associated Editor of Against the Grain. Topics range from the acquisition, to potential changes in corporate culture, the future of existing projects, how they both see the future of ebooks, and more.
The Charleston Conference is planning a very special “In Between” half-day virtual mini-conference event to explore important late-breaking developments that can’t wait til November for discussion! Our first panel will cover the Clarivate acquisition of ProQuest, and will be moderated by Roger Schonfeld of Ithaka S+R. The second panel is called “Exiting the Tunnel” and will feature reflections from savvy executives on what the bright lights of a post-Covid world offers to them. We hope you’ll join us on July 28 at 10:30 AM EST. Registration is open now on our website.
Registration Link for “Charleston In Between:” https://charlestonconference.regfox.com/charleston-in-between
Visit Charleston-Hub.com for more info.
The Charleston Conference is planning a very special “In Between” half-day virtual mini-conference event to explore important late-breaking developments that can’t wait until November for discussion. It will include a Panel on Clarivate’s acquisition of ProQuest and a panel where savvy executives reflect upon what the bright light of post covid offers to them. We hope you’ll join us on July 28 at 10:30 AM EST. Registration is open now on our website.
Registration Link for “Charleston In Between:” https://charlestonconference.regfox.com/charleston-in-between
In today’s episode we have an Interview of Anna Abalkina, research fellow, Freie Universität Berlin. The interview was conducted by Matthew Ismail, Editor in chief of the Charleston Briefings and Conference Director at the Charleston Conference.
Anna has recently written an article for the Scholarly Kitchen entitled “Unethical Practices in Research and Publishing-Evidence From Russia.” She has a background in international economics, but recently has turned her focus towards Academic Misconduct, Plagiarism and predatory and hijack journals.
Anna has been an expert at Disernet since its founding in 2013 and she is part of a network of Russian researchers. She joined because she found her own paper had been plagiarized. When she asked the journal to react, she was unhappy with their response and realized the lack of rights authors can have.
She said there is also wide plagiarism taking place in papers that have been translated from Russian to English and published outside of the Russian context by predatory journals.
The network has certain criteria on what predatory is and the colors and shadows of predatory and dishonest practices. They are trying to create a ranking of Russian journals to predict quality, honesty and fraudulent behavior patterns. She says corruption and potential damage to the Russian economy prevent the government from taking action against violation of ethical principles in the field of scientific publications. She says the threat has been underestimated against academic publishing and academic integrity, and she will continue her work with detection of hijack journals and creating a list of hijack journals that is timely and updated regularly.
In today’s episode we will feature audio from an interview of Trevor Naylor, Sales and Marketing Director, The American University in Cairo Press. The interview was conducted by Matthew Ismail, Editor in chief of the Charleston Briefings and Conference Director at the Charleston Conference.
Trevor began working in a bookshop when he was 18 years old, and has lived in Cairo for 12 years. He says the AUC Press recently celebrated its 100 year anniversary, but it wasn’t until the 1960’s and 70’s that they saw a publishing need at the University and then that side of the business took off. The press now has a very interesting and varied role and is a small and targeted business which allows Trevor the opportunity to be involved and to touch almost every part of the publishing process. He calls himself a “non-academic expert on Egypt” due to osmosis from the publishing industry there.
Trevor also talks with us about his work with nobel prize winner Naguib Mahfouz, known as the “Dickens of Egypt,” and how the AUC publishing his book, Palace Walk, and the subsequent world wide demand for this book led to a great increase in their publishing overall. The AUC Press also started the Creswell Collection of Islamic Arts. He says the AUC Press publishes books on Egyptology, Islamic studies and the Middle East for academic use and also for the curious public, and now some children’s books.
In today’s episode we will feature an interview with John Palfrey, President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. This interview is part of the popular “Views from the Penthouse Suite” series and was conducted by Tom Gilson, Associate Editor, Against the Grain, and Ann Okerson, Senior Advisor, Center for Research Libraries.
In this episode, John talks about his keynote presentation at the 2020 Charleston Conference titled “Do Librarians Matter and What Might Matter to Librarians?” He discusses the need for a digital public infrastructure, and how librarians can play a major role in the development of such an infrastructure. He says radical collaboration is needed among collection specialists, and librarians should pool efforts to fund the Digital Public Library of America and help set standards. He says collective, well coordinated action will give more power to librarians. John also discusses how librarians can use their well earned position of trust to combat misinformation.
John talks with us about his book Bibliotech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google. He says a reform of the Copyright Act is needed to make it easier for collection librarians to handle the digital side more effectively. He also gives his take on what libraries can do to better receive funding and support from large foundations for new ideas or projects.
Video of the Presentation is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV2uK1t8yzA