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BISG's Annual Industry Awards celebrate excellence, innovation and service, and reflect BISG's mission of facilitating member-sourced solutions for the benefit of the entire publishing community. The recipients are honored at BISG's Annual Meeting of Members.

Why are BISG's annual industry awards important?

"Because they make the explosion in innovation and interoperability concrete. Because real folks like you and me are working together on standardslike BISAC, Thema, ONIX, EPUB, accessibility, and more,creating innovative solutions that make our world better. The awards send the message that hey, you too could do that! Join the fun!"

-Bill Kasdorf, 2014 Industry Champion Award recipient

 

2015 Awards

BISG's 2015 award shortlists and recipients in four categories will be honored at BISG's Annual Meeting of Members on September 18, 2015, in New York City.  

  • Lifetime Service Award: Recognizes an individual’s outstanding work on behalf of BISG over the course of a career.
    • Recipient: Tom Clarkson, Cumberland Systems Review Group. Read the announcement here.
  • Most Valuable BISG Volunteer: Recognizes the recipient’s commitment to solving industry challenges and finding new opportunities by working collaboratively with industry peers.
    • Recipient:  Connie Harbison, Chair of the Subject Codes Committees and Director of Quality Assurance, Baker & Taylor
      • Shortlist (read the announcement here)
        • Michael Olenick, Chair of the Thema Working Group of the Subject Codes Committeeand Business Analyst, Bowker
        • Richard Stark, Chair of the Metadata Committee and Director of Product Data, Barnes & Noble, Inc.
        • Catherine Toolan, key contributor to the Metadata Committee's ONIX 3.0 Implementation Working Group and eloquence Manager, Firebrand Technologies
  • Industry Champion Award: For an individual whose efforts have gone beyond the requirements of his or her position to advance the publishing industry while embracing BISG's mission to facilitate innovation and shared solutions for the benefit of all companies and practitioners who create, produce, and distribute published content.
    • Recipient: Fran Toolan, "Chief Igniter" and CEO, Firebrand Technologies 
      • Shortlist (read the announcement here)
        • Peter Balis, VP & Director, Corporate Development, Wiley
        • Graham Bell, Executive Director, EDItEUR
        • Patricia Payton, Senior Manager of Publisher Relations and Content Development, Bowker
  • Industry Innovation Award: For the company or individual who boldly reimagines what publishing is and can be.
    • RecipientTrajectory, represented by Jim Bryant, CEO and Co-Founder
      • Shortlist (read the announcement here)
        • Atlas, represented by Sanders Kleinfeld, Director of Publishing Technology, O'Reilly Media
        • Bibblio, represented by Mads Holmen, Founder and CEO
        • Inkshares, represented by Matt Kaye, VP of Marketing and Operations

The Lifetime BISG Service Award and Most Valuable BISG Volunteer are nominated by BISG staff and a jury of industry professionals, and selected by the jury. BISG members nominate candidates for the Industry Champion Award and Industry Innovation Award; the recipient is selected by the jury.

The jury members were:

  • John Bohman, Vice President, Sales & Customer Operations, Penguin Random House
  • Angela Bole, Executive Director, IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association)
  • Sally Dedecker, President, Sally Dedecker Enterprises
  • Sam Dempsey, Vice President, Data Management & Development, Baker & Taylor
  • Andrea Fleck-Nisbet, Executive Director, Digital Strategy & Operations, Workman Publishing
  • Bill Kasdorf, Vice President, Apex CoVantage 
  • Randy Klinger, Metadata Manager, Capstone
  • Phil Madans, Executive Director, Digital Publishing Technology, Hachette Book Group
  • Maureen McMahon, President and Publisher, Kaplan Publishing
  • Jim Milliot, Editorial Director, Publishers Weekly
  • Kempton Mooney, Director, Research and Analytics, Nielsen Book

Eoin Noble, Product Manager, Safari 

For more information, please contact Jeanette Zwart at jeanette@bisg.org.

2014 Awards

The 2014 BISG Industry Awards were presented in four categories: 

1. The Most Valuable BISG Volunteer Award recognizes the recipient’s commitment to solving industry challenges and finding new opportunities by volunteering their time and working collaboratively with industry peers.

Recipient:

  • Kempton Mooney, Research and Analytics Director, Nielsen Book, for his work as the first Chair of the Thema Working Group of the BISG Subject Codes Committee leading the development of the BISAC 2013 to Thema 1.0 mapping, and for his work on the BISAC Subject Codes Committee.

Shortlist:

  • Jenny Bullough, Manager, Digital Assets at Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.
  • Patricia Payton, Senior Manager Publisher Relations & Content Development, Bowker
  • Tzviya Siegman, Digital Book Standards & Capabilities Lead, Wiley.

2. The Industry Champion Award recognizes an individual whose efforts have gone beyond the requirements of his or her position to advance the publishing industry while embracing BISG’s mission.

Recipient:

  • Bill Kasdorf, Vice President, Apex Content Solutions, for his work as Chair of the Content Structure Committee and on its signature EPUB 3 Support Grid, his close involvement in the Committee’s working groups, and his many broader efforts to improve standards throughout the industry.

Shortlist:

  • Graham Bell, Executive Director, EDItEUR
  • Maureen McMahon, President and Publisher, Kaplan Publishing
  • Richard Stark, Director of Product Data, Barnes & Noble

3. The Industry Innovation Award recognizes a company or individual who boldly reimagines what publishing is and can be.

Recipient

  • BitLit (represented by Peter Hudson, Founder & CEO), for its innovative bundling app that allows publishers to offer a discounted digital edition of a book the consumer already owns, regardless of the source of their purchase.

Shortlist:

  • BookShout (Jason Illian, CEO)
  • eBook Architects (Joshua Tallent, Chief eBook Architect)
  • Library for All (Rebecca Macdonald, Founder and CEO)
  • Next Big Book (Alex White, CEO & Co-Founder).

4. The BISG Lifetime Service Award recognizes an individual’s outstanding work on behalf of BISG over the course of a career.

Recipient:

  • Judith Appelbaum, Managing Director, Sensible Solutions, a longtime member of the BISG Board of Directors, former chair of BISG’s Publications Committee and Co-Chair of the Rights Committee, and member of the Executive Committee. Throughout her career, Appelbaum has a constant focus improving the process of bringing content to readers by making it smoother and more efficient.

BISG members and a jury of industry professionals nominated candidates for the awards. The jury reviewed the nominations and selected shortlists and winners and included:

  • Peter Balis, Vice President and Director, Business Development, Global Digital Books, Wiley
  • Angela Bole, Executive Director, Independent Book Publishers Association
  • Sally Dedecker, President, Sally Dedecker Enterprises
  • Kelly Gallagher, Vice President of Content Acquisition, Ingram Content Group
  • Ashleigh Gardner, Head of Content, Publishing, Wattpad
  • Kristen McLean, Founder and CEO, Bookigee, Inc.
  • Kat Meyer, Director, Events and Community Engagement, Publishers Weekly
  • Rob Weisstuch, Vice President, Business Analysis, HarperCollins Publishers.

 

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