NISO/BISG 8th Annual Forum:
The Changing Standards Landscape:
Managing an Increasingly Complex and Interconnected World of Content

Friday, June 27, 2014
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
ALA Annual Conference
Las Vegas, NV
Room: LVCC - N231-233

Speaker Biographies


Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, National Information Standards Organization

Todd Carpenter is currently Executive Director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), a Baltimore-based non-profit that fosters the development and maintenance of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and effective interchange of information used in research and learning. Working with NISO's broad constituency, Todd is working to improve the efficiency of the standards development process, extending the scope and participation of the community in standards creation and adoption, and enhancing the training and outreach programs NISO sponsors.

Prior to joining NISO, Todd had been Director of Business Development with BioOne, an online aggregator of scholarly journals in the biological sciences. Before joining BioOne, Todd was the Journals Marketing Manager at The Johns Hopkins University Press and participated in the development of Project Muse.

He has also held marketing management positions at the Energy Intelligence Group, a news service covering the oil and natural gas industries and The Haworth Press, a scholarly and professional publisher. Todd is a graduate of Syracuse University and holds a master degree in marketing from The Johns Hopkins University.



Len Vlahos, Executive Director, Book Industry Study Group

Len Vlahos is the executive director of the Book Industry Study Group, a national not-for-profit trade association whose mission is to create a more informed, efficient, and empowered book industry. Prior to joining BISG, Len spent nearly 20 years at the American Booksellers Association, where has served as ABA’s communications director, e-commerce director, education director, and most recently, chief operating officer. Len has worked for Internet marketing pioneer Yoyodyne, and for Kratz & Co. public relations. Prior to joining ABA, he worked in independent, chain, and university bookstores. 


Julie MorrisProject Manager of Standards and Best Practices for the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)

As Project Manager of Standards and Best Practices for the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), Julie oversees the activities of the various BISG Committees and Working Groups aimed at increasing efficiencies and reducing friction in the publishing industry, through the adoption and implementation of standards and best practices for metadata, digital products, and more.

Before joining BISG, Julie was Project Manager for the web production team at Columbia University's Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. She has also worked at D&M Publishers, Inc. in Vancouver as Digital Projects Coordinator, and as Communications Coordinator for She holds a Master's Degree in publishing from Simon Fraser University and a degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri. She enjoys writing and photography in her spare time.


James English, Director of the Library Simplified Project, New York Public Library; member of the Readium Foundation Board 

James English is the Project Director for Library Simplified, an Institute of Museum and Library Science (IMLS) Leadership Grant funded initiative aimed at improving library access to eBooks and digital content, as well as a recently appointed board member to the Readium Foundation. He's also served as the CEO and COO of two software development companies that provided a working knowledge and understanding of the importance of standards in the technology development world.


Michael Levine-Clark, Professor / Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Collections Services, University of Denver Libraries

Michael Levine-Clark is the Collections Librarian at the University of Denver's Penrose Library and has also held positions as a reference and documents librarian. He an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, and an MA in History from the University of Iowa. With colleagues from the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, he founded the open access journal Collaborative Librarianship, and currently serves as co-editor for scholarly articles. He has published and presented widely on various aspects of collections use and analysis, and is particularly interested in how these analyses can inform practice.

  Mike TaylorResearch Specialist, Elsevier Labs

For his first twelve years at Elsevier, Mike Taylor worked in book publishing. For the last six years, he has worked in the research and development group, Elsevier Labs, where he has tackled such diverse areas as question and answering technology, co-authorship networks and research identity. Mike worked on ORCID for two years, running up to its launch in October 2012, and has been championing its adoption throughout Elsevier. Successfully. Most of his time is currently occupied working on alternative metrics, running research programmes, and producing theatre plays in his home town of Oxford, UK