NISO/BISG 3rd Annual Forum
The Changing Standards Landscape:
Creative Solutions to Your Information Problems

Speaker Biographies

Michael Healy
Executive Director
Book Industry Study Group, Inc.

Michael Healy is Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG). Based in New York, BISG was formed thirty years ago with a mission to help develop a more informed, empowered and efficient book industry supply chain.

Mr. Healy has been involved extensively in the development and management of standards for the book industry and has worked in the book industry since 1983. Before taking up his current role at BISG he was for seven years Editorial Director of Nielsen Book Services, one of the world's leading providers of information, transaction and market-measurement services to the book trade.

He has chaired the international committee that revised the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) standard and is a member of the ONIX International Steering Committee and the ISO committee developing the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI).

Todd Carpenter
Managing Director
National Information Standards Organization (NISO)

Todd Carpenter joined NISO as Managing Director in September 2006. In this role, Todd provides leadership to NISO as well as focuses on improving constituency relationships, standards development, and operational procedures. Previously, Todd was Director of Business Development with BioOne, a not-for-profit online journal aggregator, where he served the goals of both libraries and publishers by enhancing the products, services, and distribution that BioOne provides to participant constituencies.

Leadership in collaborative initiatives and partnerships among libraries and publishers has been a key aspect of Todd's career. Prior to joining NISO, Todd was at the Johns Hopkins University Press, where he directed the marketing of their 60 academic journals and was closely involved in the growth of Project MUSE, JHUP's online aggregation of humanities and social science journals. He has also held marketing and business development positions at the Energy Intelligence Group, a news service covering the oil and natural gas industries, and the Haworth Press, an academic and professional publisher. Todd is a graduate of Syracuse University and earned a masters degree in marketing from The Johns Hopkins University.

Andy Weissberg
Vice President of Identifier Services & Corporate Marketing

Andy Weissberg is responsible for business strategy and opportunity assessment for Identifier Services strategic business unit of Bowker, including the U.S. ISBN Agency (, International Standard Text Code (ISTC) Agency, Digital Object Identifier (DOI) Agency, and the Standard Address Number (SAN) Agency. In this role, Andy has refocused business processes for automated identifier assignment and metadata provisioning for entire publisher and library customer segmentations. In addition, Andy developed – a comprehensive content identification, title management, online/social network marketing, and search engine optimization platform for the book publishing industry.

In April 2009 Andy was also appointed to the board of directors for the International ISBN Agency, the organization that promotes, coordinates and supervises the worldwide use of the ISBN system.

Prior to joining Bowker, Andy previously served as General Manager, Electronic Media for Advanstar  Communications’ Life Sciences Group. In this role, he worked collaboratively with continuing medical education (CME) leadership, editorial, sales and technology teams to advance Advanstar’s strategic focuses on interactive promotion, market intelligence and e‐learning.

Mark Bide
Executive Director

Mark Bide is the Executive Director of EDItEUR, the global trade standards organisation for the book and journal supply chains which also provides a management service to the International ISBN Agency. He is also the Project Director for the ACAP Project, and a Director of Rightscom, the specialist media consultancy. He has worked in and around the publishing industry for nearly 40 years, having been a Director of the European subsidiaries of both CBS Publishing and John Wiley & Sons. He is a Visiting Professor of the University of the Arts London.

Michael Smith
Executive Director
International Digital Publishing Forum

Michael Smith is Executive Director of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). Michael aims to help advance the interests of publishers, technologists, and readers by evangelizing the adoption of IDPF standards for electronic reading applications and products. Michael has over 20 years of book publishing and print production expertise. Prior to joining the IDPF, Michael was employed by Toronto based romance publisher Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. where he managed eBook and book production servicing North America, UK and Australian markets.

Suzanne Kemperman
Director, Publisher Relations
OCLC NetLibrary

As Director of Public Relations at OCLC NetLibrary, Ms. Kemperman manages publishing partner relationships worldwide for all OCLC licensed content products, including books, journals, databases, and audiobooks. In this role, she also develops and implements new business models and content strategies (including access and acquisition models).

John Cox
Managing Director
John Cox Associates

John Cox read law at Oxford University and then qualified as a barrister. But he has spent forty years in publishing, with The Open University, Butterworths and Scholastic. He joined Blackwell in 1990 as head of the subscription agency and then as Managing Director.  He was Managing Director of Carfax from 1994. He left Carfax when it became part of Taylor & Francis in November 1998 to set up his own consultancy, John Cox Associates, which specializes in scholarly and research publishing. His clients include trade associations, academic libraries and commercial and non-profit publishers, ranging from the largest commercial publishers to small learned societies.

Sue Polanka
Head, Reference and Instruction
Paul Laurence Dunbar Library
Wright State University

Sue Polanka is Head of Reference and Instruction at the Wright State University Libraries. She has provided reference and instruction services in public, state, and academic libraries for nearly 20 years. Her passion for reference and electronic resources spawned her eBook blog, No Shelf Required, a discussion of ebooks for librarians and publishers. She is Chair of Booklist's Reference Books Bulletin (RBB) Advisory Board and maintains her column, Off The Shelf, for RBB. Sue is a frequent contributor to Booklist and presents at many state and national conferences, usually on her favorite topic - eBooks.