NISO/BISG 9th Annual Forum:
The Changing Standards Landscape:
Access or Ownership: Evolving Business Models and Your Institution

Friday, June 26, 2015
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
ALA Annual Conference
The Moscone Center
San Francisco, CA  
Room: MCC - 3012 (West Building)



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Speaker Biographies

Helen Atkins, Acting Publisher, Public Library of Science (PLoS)


Helen Atkins joined PLOS in 2013 as Director, Publishing Services, and is currently serving as Acting Publisher. She has more than 30 years' experience in scholarly publishing. Prior to PLOS, Helen was Editorial Director at AACR, and also worked at HighWire Press, and for Thomson/ISI (now Thomson Reuters).

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Peter Binfield, Founder and Publisher, PeerJ

Pete has worked in the academic publishing world for almost 20 years. Since gaining a PhD in Optical Physics, he has held positions at Institute of Physics, Kluwer Academic, Springer, SAGE and most recently the Public Library of Science (PLoS). At PLoS he ran PLoS ONE, and developed it into the largest and most innovative journal in the world.

He is passionate about academic publishing and believes that publishing needs to be in service to the academic community to best facilitate the rapid and broad dissemination of research findings.

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Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, National Information Standards Organization (NISO)

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.

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Franny Lee, Vice President, Business Development & Co-Founder, SIPX

Originally a composer and jazz musician, Franny was drawn to the fields of copyright and digital communication by experiencing firsthand its effect on the music industry. She has worked on a variety of complex copyright issues for over 10 years. Franny is a lawyer in both the United States and Canada, and has litigated digital rights and internet questions in the entertainment, media and communications industries, as well as worked in government agencies on copyright collective proceedings and orphan works applications. Franny holds a BFA from York University, LLB / JD from Queen’s University, and LLM in Law, Science & Technology from Stanford University. She served as Resident Fellow for the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, focusing on using technology to improve the copyright landscape and driving the research that led to the creation of SIPX, Inc. 

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Judy Luther, President, Informed Strategies

Judy Luther is an industry consultant who has worked in publishing as well as libraries. She has a deep appreciation for the importance of standards to maximize the value of the digital environment for all stakeholders. Her work for Frances Pinter, founder of Knowledge Unlatched, contributed to the success of their Pilot for collaborative funding of Open Access scholarly books.

Active professionally, Judy is a Past President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) and a current member of SSP’s Organizational Collaboration Committee. Judy also serves as the North American Editor for Learned Publishing, the journal of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP). To streamline the sale of licensed content, Judy and Selden Lamoureux spearheaded the development of the NISO Best Practice SERU (Shared E-Resource Understanding) which works as an alternative to a license agreement.

Judy has earned both an MLS and an MBA. 

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Stacey Marien, Acquisitions Librarian, American University Library

Stacey Marien has been at American University since 1999 and is currently the Acquisitions Librarian. Previously, Stacey was the Business and Economics Librarian. Prior to AU, she worked as the Business Librarian at Elon College in NC. Stacey has a BA Humanistic Studies from McGill University, an MBA from UMASS Boston, and an MSLS from the University of North Ccarolina, Chapel Hill.

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Julie Morris, Project 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.

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Lisa Nachtigall, Director of Sales Development Digital Books, Wiley

With over twenty-five years' experience in scholarly and trade publishing, Lisa Nachtigall is currently Director of Sales Development, Digital Books at Wiley. Lisa is responsible for the strategies and partnerships which drive digital book sales in all channels to all markets, and manages Wiley’s relationships with library ebook aggregators. Prior to joining Wiley, she led Oxford University Press in the creation of its online scholarly reference program as Director of Product Development. Lisa previously held the position of Sales and Marketing Director at Palgrave Macmillan, Grove's Dictionaries, and Blackwell Publishing. She was also Director of Publications for the Russell Sage Foundation, a leading social science research organization. Lisa lives in New York City.

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Kristen Ratan, Publisher at Public Library of Science (PLoS)

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Judith Russell, Dean of University Libraries, University of Florida

Judith C. Russell is the Dean of University Libraries at the University of Florida. She was formerly the Managing Director, Information Dissemination and Superintendent of Documents, at the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). Russell previously served as Deputy Director of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) and as director of the Office of Electronic Information Dissemination Services and Federal Depository Library Program at GPO.

She worked for more than 10 years in the information industry within marketing and product development, as well as serving as a government-industry liaison. Her corporate experience includes Information Handling Services (IHS) and its parent company, the Information Technology Group; Disclosure Information Group; Lexis-Nexis (then Mead Data Central), and IDD Digital Alliances, a subsidiary of Investment Dealers Digest.

She has an M.L.S. from Catholic University of America and a B.A. in English from Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross. 

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Peyton Stafford, VP, Library Services, Total BooX

Peyton specializes in working with book publishers and technology companies to create and implement successful library sales programs marked by rapid growth, solid profitability, and long-term sustainability. These have included a general book wholesaler, a public access computing firm, and a large print specialty publisher. He is passionate about discovering and creating new concepts to resolve difficult issues. Total BooX brings together his passion for creating new business models, his life-long love of books and learning, and his fascination with technology and how it can be used to make life better.

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Nadine Vassallo, Project Manager, Research & Information, Book Industry Study Group (BISG)

Nadine Vassallo is Project Manager for Research & Information at the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), a leading non-profit book industry trade association. She has managed a variety of research initiatives including BookStats and Digital Books and the New Subscription Economy. Prior to joining BISG in 2011, Nadine worked with Columbia University's Institute for Research on Women & Gender and Penguin Group USA, where she coordinated events for authors via the Penguin Speakers Bureau. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Alicia Wise, PhD, Director of Access and Policy, Elsevier 

Alicia holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and specialized in Iron Age archaeology. Since then she has worked to improve access in roles with the UK Joint Information Systems Committee, the Publishers Licensing Society, and the Publishers Association. She joined Elsevier in June 2010 and leads for it on open access, universal access, and research policy. She is currently on the board of the Accessible Books Consortium, CHORUS, and CLOCKSS. Alicia is very passionate about expanding access to information, and particularly enjoys developing successful partnerships across complex stakeholder communities. Her areas of expertise lie at the intersection of copyright and digital technology.