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Travis Alber has 15 years experience online. ReadSocial is her second startup; in her previous life she was a Creative Director at a design agency. She's worked with publishing startups like Flat World Knowledge, NetGalley, Electric Literature, Broadcastr, Bibliocommons, Fortnight Journal and Audible, as well as with Cisco, Sprint, Playstation, Wells Fargo, Macys, and Dodge. Travis recently contributed to Book: A Futurist's Manifesto. She's recognized by Drunken Boat and the Webbys; and has an MA in Interactive Multimedia.
Simon Bell is Head of Strategic Partnerships and Licensing at the British Library. Simon is charged with establishing strategic partnerships with both commercial and non commercial organizations in order to increase access to the collection through digitization. He has been with the British Library for a little over three years and has previously worked in various capacities within the publishing industry for Harper Collins, Oxford University Press, and Routledge.
Peter Brantley is the Director of the BookServer Project at the Internet Archive, a San Francisco-based not for profit digital library. He previously served as executive director of the Digital Library Federation, he is a co-founder of the Open Book Alliance and a member of the board of directors of the International Digital Publishing Forum, the standards setting body for digital books. He contributes regularly to several blogs on libraries and publishing, discussing transformations in media and information access.
Mark Coker is the founder of Smashwords, an ebook distributor. He's also an author, entrepreneur, angel investor and advisor to technology startups.
Mark and his wife Lesleyann co-authored Boob Tube, a satire on daytime television soap operas. Their book was rejected by every major New York publisher of commercial women's fiction, despite representation by a top NYC literary agency. The experience inspired him to start Smashwords, a free publishing platform that allows authors to instantly publish their work online.
For most of 2007, he wrote for VentureBeat, a technology business blog. Mark received his marketing degree from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. He tweets at http://www.twitter.com/markcoker and blogs at http://blog.smashwords.com.
Liza Daly is an experienced digital publishing entrepreneur and a founder of threepress, a platform to produce open source publishing tools, that was acquired by Safari Books Online in early 2012. She now serves as VP, Engineering at Safari Books Online - an on-demand digital library that provides access to thousands of technology, creative and business books, training videos and expert reference and learning materials from leading publishers like O'Reilly Media, Addison-Wesley, Peachpit Press, Cisco Press, Apress, Manning and many more. She was also the lead developer on major online products for Oxford University Press and has designed and engineered resources for Columbia University Press, Rosen Publishing and SAGE Publications. She has been a leader in identifying and capitalizing on emerging publishing technologies, from early work with the nascent EPUB standard to HTML5 webapp development.
Mitchell Davis is a publishing and media entrepreneur. Mitchell was a founder in 2000 of BookSurge (now Amazon's CreateSpace) the world's first integrated global print-on-demand and publishing services company. He is also founder & chief business officer of BiblioLabs a packager of historical content for print-on-demand and digital consumer platforms and founder of Organic Process Productions an award-wining independent documentary and philanthropic media company.
Larry Downes is author of the New York Times business bestseller, "Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance" named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the five most important books ever published on business and technology. His new book, "The Laws of Disruption: Harnessing the New Forces that Govern Business and Life in the Digital Age" offers strategies for success in the emerging world of information law. He is currently a Senior Fellow with TechFreedom, a non-profit, non-partisan technology policy think tank.
Rachel Fershleiser works on Tumblr's outreach team, specializing in publishing, nonprofit, and cultural organizations. Previously she was the Community Manager at Bookish and is the co-creator of Six-Word Memoirs and co-editor of the New York Times Bestseller "Not Quite What I Was Planning" and three other books.
Michael Gorrell is the Executive Vice President of Technology, and Chief Information Officer of EBSCO Publishing. He is responsible for managing all technology operations for EBSCO Publishing, as well as providing key leadership in strategic product direction for the EBSCOhost platform. Michael joined EBSCO Publishing in August 1994, coming from the high tech industry, specifically hired to help usher in the ambitious new service called EBSCOhost. He has been responsible for building a high performance system that meets the highest industry standards for performance and availability.
Michael has been instrumental in making usability testing central to the product design of the EBSCOhost platform, overseeing an industry-leading end-user testing program that has yielded tremendous feedback and enhancements to EBSCO's interfaces. In addition, under his direction, EBSCO Publishing has become the industry leader in website accessibility for users with various physical and visual disabilities.
Furthermore, Michael has led EBSCO Publishing's involvement in Internet2's Shibboleth project since 2002. He has also been a driving force behind EBSCO Discovery Service technical developments and directed the EBSCO Discovery Service beta program through to its successful conclusion in December 2009.
Following EBSCO's acquisition of NetLibrary, the technology teams were charged with the mission of integrating eBooks into the EBSCOhost platform and Michael Gorrell's direct involvement helped allow this to be accomplished within one year, including new functionality that had never before been available for eBooks.
Michael has lectured at universities, including the Eppes Lecture at the Florida State University Information Use Management and Policy Institute, and has spoken at many conferences, including The Charleston Conference, PLA (Public Library Association), The NISO Forum on Library Statistics and Performance Measures, etc. He has been published in library publications including Information Standards Quarterly and Against the Grain and has had interviews published in Charleston Advisor, Booklist and Network World.
John R. Ingram is chairman and acting CEO of Ingram Content Group which includes Ingram Book Company, the leading wholesaler and distributor to the book industry; Lightning Source Inc., the leading provider of print on demand services for publishers, and Ingram Digital. Mr. Ingram is a graduate Princeton University and earned his master of business administration degree at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management. He is a member of the Boards of Vanderbilt University, Montgomery Bell Academy, and The Harpeth Hall School.
TOC conference chair, and community manager, Kat Meyer is a book publishing industry veteran whose background includes 20 years of editorial and marketing experience working for regional and national trade and academic publishers, including: HMH, Communication Skill Builders, the University of Arizona Press, Rio Nuevo Publishers, and many others.
Prior to joining O'Reilly, Kat acted as Chief Content Wrangler for her company, Next Chapter Communications, where she reveled in two of her favorite past times: all things bookish, and all things social media. Among her clients at NCC were: SourceBooks, NetGalley, AllRomanceE/OmniLit, Adaptive Blue, the University of Arizona Press, Poisoned Pen Press, BookSwim, and a little company called O'Reilly media!
Richard Nash is VP of Community and Content of Small Demons and Publisher of Red Lemonade. For most of the past decade, he ran the iconic indie Soft Skull Press for which work he was awarded the Association of American Publishers' Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing in 2005. Books he edited and published landed on bestseller lists from the Boston Globe to the Singapore Straits-Times; on Best of the Year lists from The Guardian to the Toronto Globe & Mail to the Los Angeles Times; the last book he edited there, Lydia Millet's Love in Infant Monkeys, was selected as a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Last year the Utne Reader named him one of Fifty Visionaries Changing Your World and Mashable.com picked him as the #1 Twitter User Changing the Shape of Publishing. He has spoken on the history and future of reading, writing, and publishing across the world, from Melbourne to Toronto to Helsinki to Seoul-Chris Anderson characterizes his Publishing 3.0 talk as "the best I have ever seen on the future of publishing."
Brian O'Leary is founder and principal of Magellan Media, a consulting firm that works with publishers seeking support in content workflows, benchmarking and financial analysis. Brian writes extensively about issues affecting the publishing industry. With Hugh McGuire, he has edited "Book: A Futurist's Manifesto", a collection of forward-looking essays on publishing that is being published in three parts by O'Reilly Media. He is also the author of research reports on: the use of metadata in the book industry supply chain, territorial rights in the digital age and best practices in digital exports. Brian has studied the impact of free content and digital piracy on paid book sales and was the editor and primary contributor on a study of the use of XML in book publishing, two reports published by O'Reilly Media in 2009. Before founding Magellan Media, Brian served as senior VP and associate publisher with Hammond Inc., where he restructured editorial operations to benefit from the firm's prior technology investments. Brian came to Hammond after a 12-year career overseeing production and distribution operations at several of Time Inc.'s weekly magazines, including Time, Entertainment Weekly and People. Brian joined Time Inc. after earning an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He also holds an A.B. in chemistry from Harvard College.
Frances Pinter is the founder of Knowledge Unlatched - a not-for-profit company devising and implementing new business models in the area of scholarly book length publications knowledgeunlatched.org. She was the founding Publisher of Bloomsbury Academic and ran the Churchill Archive digitisation project. Frances is a visiting fellow at both the Big Innovation Centre and the London School of Economics. Previously she was Publishing Director at the Soros Foundation (Open Society Foundation) In the late 90s she established EIFL, a library consortium that now straddles over 50 countries. Earlier in her career she founded Pinter Publishers that also owned Leicester University Press and established the imprint Belhaven Press. She holds a BA from New York University and a PhD from University College, London.
Joanna Rahim started out at the BBC producing flagship programmes such as Start the Week, In Our Time and All in the Mind, as well as award-winning documentaries. She then moved into digital, where she has worked for the past ten years, as editorial director of iVillage UK, managing editor of AOL, acting editor then consultant to Yahoo! and head of content for Orange Broadband and Mobile. She is director of The Galton Lab (www.thegaltonlab.co.uk) whose clients include The Wellcome Trust, the NHS, ITN, Random House and other publishers.
Jan Wright, owner of Wright Information Indexing Services, has been indexing and taxonomizing since 1991. Her experience in indexing and book production includes her years as a professional librarian, as a print production specialist in the Aldus Corporation documentation department, her work at Visio Corporation on the development of online help indexes and translated indexes, and her work for several Apple, Microsoft and Autodesk departments in indexing, taxonomies, and controlled vocabularies. She has specialized in encoding and embedding indexing into documents, allowing single-sourcing, translations, and repurposing materials into multiple output formats and versions. Much of her work is done in InDesign, Framemaker, XML, and other embedding tools.
She has been a member of the American Society for Indexing since 1991, has won several awards from the Society for Technical Communication, and in 2009 won the ASI/H.W. Wilson Award for Excellence in Indexing for her index to Real World InDesign CS3, the first technical trade book to win the prestigious award. Since 2011, she has co-chaired the American Society for Indexing's Digital Trends Task Force, which is focused on eBook and device-based indexing. She ushered ASI into membership with the International Digital Publishing Forum in order to get indexes included in EPUB 3.0 specifications, and co-wrote the Charter Document for the IDPF's Indexes Working Group. In her DTTF role, she has focused on outreach to publishers, conversion houses, tool developers, and software manufacturers, and is serving as indexing's liaison to an Adobe InDesign working group focusing on better EPUB output. She can be reached at wrightinformation.com, facebook, and followed on Twitter at @Windexing.
The Age of Curation: Creating & Selling Value In a World of Ubiquitous Content
O'Reilly Media's Tools of Change and BiblioLabs in cooperation with The Charleston Conference presents Mini TOC Charleston, a one day event of conversation focusing on the thriving publishing, tech, and bookish-arts community.
Mini TOC Charleston is geared at librarians, large & small publishers, self-published authors, creative collectives, information hobbyists, journalists, historians, bloggers, or online experts seeking a better understanding what ubiquitous content means for the future of commercial publishing.
Our definitions and expectations of what commercial publishing is have changed over the past ten years. Today, anyone can publish; and beyond the philosophical reaction to whether this is "good or bad", the practical reality of managing today's information stream presents unprecedented challenges and opportunities. Content has become omnipresent. Developing efficient and high-value commercial systems for interested customers and content creators to share at the right time is the art and business of the future. What does this mean for the future of publishing?
Mini TOC Charleston Schedule:
|8:00 - 9:00am||Check-In, Coffee, Networking, and Welcome|
|9:00 - 9:30am||Importance of Voice in a World Crowded With Content (Rachel Fershleiser)|
|9:30 - 10:00am||A View on Ubiquitous Content and Commercial Publishing (John Ingram)|
|10:00 -10:30am||The Library Within Us (Brian O'Leary)|
|10:30 - 11:15am||Libraries in the 21st Century: Discussion on the Role of Librarian as Curator (Peter Brantley, Simon Bell, Michael Gorrell)|
|11:15am - 12:15pm||Lunch|
|12:15 - 1:00pm||Device Agnostic: Sharing Content and Collaboration Across Platforms (Liza Daly, Travis Alber, Kat Meyer)|
|1:00 - 1:45pm||The Age of Curation: Creating and Selling Value in a World of Ubiquitous Content (Jan Wright, Richard Nash)|
|1:45 - 2:00pm||Break|
|2:00 - 2:45pm||The Age of Avocation: Creativity and Commerce (Mark Coker and Larry Downes; moderated by Mitchell Davis)|
|2:45 - 3:30pm||The Three A's - Apps, Archives, and Academic (Joanna Rahim and Frances Pinter; moderated by Mitchell Davis)|
|3:30 - 3:35pm||Wrap Up and Announcements|
|6:00 - 7:00pm||Ignite|
We hope you can join us for this very special Mini TOC Charleston.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 8:00 AM - 3:35 PM (ET)
For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Scott Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is a Mini TOC?
So, you may be asking yourself, what is a mini TOC? Well, for one — it's smaller than the "big" TOC held in New York every year. The attendance for Mini TOC's are limited — at Mini TOC Charleston, we'll have a maximum crowd of 300 smart people. And small is good. While the focus at Mini TOC is on the intersection of technology and publishing — just like at the "big" TOCs — at Mini TOC the crowd is small, the atmosphere is intimate and informal, and all the emphasis is on attendees and presenters sharing the conversation.