Rafiq Ahmed is a Founder and CEO of Demibooks, a publishing technology company offering software platforms for creating and distributing interactive book apps. His experience spans mobile applications & services, user-centered design and consumer electronic products. In the past he has worked at Motorola Mobility, digital agency Sapient, mobile apps startup EssTec, and management consultants PriceWaterhouse Coopers. He is based in Chicago and can be reached on Twitter @mendicantraf.
Brian Bannon is the Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library. Previously he served as the Chief Information Officer at the San Francisco Public Library, where he managed digital strategy, information technology, web, media, and online services; and as Chief of the Branches, where he led the team responsible for building or renovating 24 innovative, sustainable libraries. He has also served on the Global Libraries Strategic Advisory Network for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and at the Seattle Public Library. In 2009, Brian was honored by Library Journal as an industry "Mover & Shaker" and in 2010 was awarded the Public Library Association Leadership Fellowship to the Wharton School of Business.
Nick Disabato is a designer and publisher from Chicago. He's probably most known for writing, crowdfunding, publishing, and shipping Cadence & Slang (http://cadence.cc, @slang), a small book about interaction design. Now he works with all sorts of people to publish Distance (http://distance.cc, @distance), a quarterly journal with three long essays about design and technology in each issue. He likes beer and you, but not in that order.
Brian Fitzpatrick started Google's Chicago engineering office in 2005. An open source contributor for over 13 years, Brian is the engineering manager for several Google products, a member of both the Apache Software Foundation and the Open Web Foundation, a former engineer at Apple and CollabNet, a Subversion developer, a co-author of "Version Control with Subversion", and a resident of Chicago.
JC Gabel is the founding editor and publisher of The Chicagoan and also edits and publishes books under the imprint Hat & Beard Press in partnership with Chronicle Books and Princeton Architectural Press. Previous to that, Gabel spent 15 years running STOP SMILING, the magazine for high-minded lowlifes. His writing has also appeared in Bookforum, the Oxford American, Playboy and Wallpaper.
Catherine Halley is the Director of Digital Programs at the Poetry Foundation, where she serves as Editor of poetryfoundation.org, and oversees the development of digital products, including the award-winning POETRY mobile app. Prior to joining the Poetry Foundation, she was the online editor at gURL.com and Domino magazine.
Clay Johnson is the author of The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption and director of engagement for Expert Labs. He was the co-founder of Blue State Digital, the firm that built and managed Barack Obama's online campaign for the presidency in 2008. After leaving Blue State, Johnson was the director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation, where he built an army of 2000 developers and designers to build open source tools to give people greater access to government data. He was awarded the Google/O'Reilly Open Source Organizer of the year in 2009, was one of Federal Computing Week's Fed 100 in 2010, and won the CampaignTech Innovator award in 2011.
Garrett P. Kiely is Director of the University of Chicago Press where he oversees a book and journal publishing operation as well as a print and digital distribution center. Prior to coming to Chicago in 2007, Garrett was President of Palgrave Macmillan in New York.
Jenny Levine is the Strategy Guide for the American Library Association, where she works on everything from ALA Connect (the Association's professional networking site) to ALA's national games in libraries initiatives and social media projects. She started the first librarian blog in 1995 and hopes to return to blogging again someday at her current site, The Shifted Librarian, a blog that has helped librarians understand the coming impact of ubiquitous, mobile, always-on internet (and hence ubiquitous, always-on information) on libraries and librarianship She is passionate about the ability of libraries to use social technologies to bring communities together around local content, social play, and Makerspaces, and helps librarians make connections between what's on the horizon and what's possible.
Brian O'Leary is founder and principal of Magellan Media, a management consulting firm that works with publishers seeking support in content operations, benchmarking and financial analysis. O'Leary writes extensively about issues affecting the publishing industry. With Hugh McGuire, he is editing "Book: A Futurist's Manifesto", a collection of forward-looking essays on publishing that is being published in three parts by O'Reilly Media. O'Leary is also the author of a research report on the impact of free content and digital piracy on paid book sales, as well as the editor and primary contributor for a study of the use of XML in book publishing. Both reports were published by O'Reilly Media in 2009.
Dominique Raccah is the publisher of Sourcebooks, the company she founded in 1987 as a source of financial information for bankers, which turned out to be about as interesting as it sounds. From that small start, Raccah has directed a continuously growing entrepreneurial company that morphed into a general trade house which happily produces everything from New York Times bestsellers in fiction, to number one titles in both baby names and college guides. Dominique is excited about creating the next generation book publishing company and currently serves as co-chair of the Book Industry Study Group.
Josh Schollmeyer is a founding editor of The Chicagoan and works by day as the Executive Editor and Director of Digital Content at Playboy. Previously, he served as deputy editor of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian magazine, Maxim and Chicago. His Chicago magazine profile of baseball analyst Steve Stone with a Peter Lisagor Award for excellence in feature writing.
Doug Seibold has been a writer, editor, and publishing professional in Chicago since 1986. He founded Agate Publishing in 2003. He established ProBooks, Agate's digital content development venture, in 2005. He acquired Surrey Books, now an imprint of Agate, in 2006. He blogs at blog.agatepublishing.com
Elizabeth Taylor is Literary Editor of the Chicago Tribune, and former President of the National Book Critics Circle. Elizabeth is editor of Printers Row Journal and Printers Row Fiction; she oversees programming for the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest, and directs the Tribune's Literary Prizes. She has served as a chair of the Harold Washington Literary Award committee, is on the Board of the high school literary magazine, Polyphony, and has served on four Pulitzer juries. With a keen interest in biography, she is the co-author (with Adam Cohen) of "American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley: His Battle for Chicago and the Nation," named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times.
Nell Taylor is the founder and executive director of Read/Write Library (formerly the Chicago Underground Library) and co-creator of The Printers' Ball, an annual inclusive event for the broadly defined small press community. She is an independent digital media consultant specializing in community-building and social engagement projects. She has written about culture, technology and occasionally wrestling for the Poetry Foundation's Harriet blog and others, and has spoken about Read/Write Library and preserving cultural memory at SXSW Interactive, MIT, Code4Lib and around Chicago.
Joe Wikert is a publishing executive with 20+ years of industry experience. He is General Manager & Publisher at O'Reilly Media, Inc., where he manages the sales and editorial groups. Joe also serves as co-chair for O'Reilly's Tools of Change (TOC) conference. Prior to joining O'Reilly he was a Vice President and Executive Publisher in the Professional/Trade division of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and had management responsibility for the WROX and Sybex imprints. Joe regularly shares his publishing industry thoughts and outlook on his Publishing 2020 blog. He is also the proud owner of an Amazon Kindle and blogs about that experience on his Kindleville blog.
Junko Yokota is Professor of Reading and Language at National Louis University (Chicago) and Director of the Center for Teaching through Children's Books. She was an elementary classroom teacher and school librarian for the first ten years of her career. Her work focuses on issues of culture, picture books and digital formats of children's literature. She is coauthor of 5 editions of the college textbook, Children's Books in Children's Hands, served as editor of two children's literature review columns, and authored numerous journal articles and chapters in edited books.
Kat Meyer is a long time veteran of the book publishing industry whose background includes both editorial and marketing experience working a diverse array of regional and national trade and academic publishers, including: Harcourt Brace, Communication Skill Builders, the University of Arizona Press, Rio Nuevo Publishers, and the RGU Group. Prior to joining O'Reilly as co-chair for the Tools of Change conference, Kat was Chief Content Wrangler of Next Chapter Communications, where she reveled in two of her favorite past times: all things bookish and all things social media.
Danielle Chapman Director of Publishing Industry Programs for the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, where she is tasked with creating programs to support and promote Chicago publishers, authors and the literary community. She is also a poet whose poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and the Harvard Review; and a critic who has written for the New York Times Book Review, the Chicago Tribune, and the Financial Times.
Join us for Mini TOC Chicago
O'Reilly Tools of Change presents Mini TOC Chicago, a one day event of conversation focusing on Chicago's thriving publishing, tech, and bookish-arts community.
Mini TOC Chicago has reached capacity and is now sold out. Sign up for the TOC Newsletter to be notified of other Mini TOCs happening.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 is limited - at Mini TOC Chicago, we'll have a maximum crowd of 250 smart, engaging bookish, techy 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 conversations.
At Mini TOC, the presentations are just the jumping off point for discussions that involve everyone in attendance. We mix up the format so there will be some "thinky" idea-oriented sessions where presenters will lead discussions post-preso -- and some "do-y" technical Q+As, where attendees can ask the experts on things like digital conversion, layout, and UX. It's FOO Camp meets BookCamp, meets unconference, meets TOC.
The other thing that makes a mini TOC different -- regional focus. Mini TOCs put a special spotlight on a region's publishing and tech scenes. At Mini TOC Chicago, there'll be plenty of Chicagoans and Chicagoland's publishing stars will be leading sessions that explore the work they're doing in the publishing and tech spaces. By putting local movers and shakers on stage, we hope to let the global publishing world know there are exciting things happening in Chicago.
Mini TOC Chicago Schedule
|8:15 - 9:00am||Check-in, Coffee, and Networking|
|9:00 - 9:45am||The Transition to Digital (Doug Siebold and Garrett Kiely, moderated by Kat Meyer)|
|9:45 - 10:30am||Lean Publishing: The Agile Approach (Dominique Raccah and Joe Wikert)|
|10:30 - 10:40am||Break|
|10:40 - 11:25am||Libraries Leading the Way in Tech Innovation (Brian Bannon and Jenny Levine, moderated by Nell Taylor)|
|11:25 - 12:10pm||The Chicagoan: an Experiment in Substance (JC Gabel and Josh Schollmeyer)|
|12:10 - 1:00pm||Lunch|
|1:00 - 1:25pm||Back to the Future: Not Just a Stand-Alone Books Section (Elizabeth Taylor)|
|1:25 - 1:50pm||Using Content to Acquire New Members (Brian O'Leary)|
|1:50 - 2:15pm||The Importance of Innovation and Data: The Story of Google's Data Liberation Front and Transparency Report (Brian Fitzpatrick)|
|2:15 - 2:45pm||The Information Diet (Clay Johnson)|
|2:45 - 3:00pm||Break|
|3:00 - 3:25pm||Editing, Crowd-Funding, and Self-Publishing: Doing the Best I Can (Nick Disabato)|
|3:25 - 3:50pm||The Storytime App: Bookselling/Curating Digital Content (Rafiq Ahmed)|
|3:50 - 4:15pm||The Future of Poetry (Catherine Halley)|
|4:15 - 4:40pm||What Works Well Where? Considering Books for Children in Different Formats (Junko Yokota)|
|4:40 - 5:00pm||Group Q+A|
|5:00 - 6:00pm||Reception|
We hope you can join us for this very special Mini TOC Chicago.
Monday, April 9, 2012 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CT)