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BISG Announces 2018 Service Award Recipients

Thursday, December 6, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian O'Leary

New York, NY (December 6, 2018) – At its annual “Committee Town Hall”, the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) today presented its 2018 Service Awards.

 Laurie Stark (Penguin Random House) received the Industry Connector Award, recognizing an individual whose work helps BISG serve as an information hub for the industry. Stark has contributed to several BISG committees, including metadata and identification, as well as international working groups in these areas.

 Richard Stark (Barnes & Noble) was given the Standards Bearer Award, recognizing advocacy for industry standards and best practices. Stark has chaired the BISG metadata committee for more than a decade, overseeing efforts to implement standards for bar codes, ISBN-13, and more.

 The Library of Congress CIP working group, chaired by Pat Payton (Bowker/Proquest), was recognized with the Explorer Award, given to an individual, group or project that has shaped the conversation about publishing. The working group mapped specifications for the LOC’s new catalogue-in-publication (CIP) portal to existing ONIX standards, so that record creation could take advantage of publishers’ ONIX feeds.

 Angela Bole (Independent Book Publishers Association) was given the Community Builder Award, recognizing significant work done to engage a representative set of stakeholders. Bole led the formation and first-year projects of the BISG Association Advisory Council, which works to coordinate the efforts of book industry associations across the U.S. market.

In presenting the awards, BISG executive director Brian O’Leary noted, “BISG does its most important work in committee. Whenever we’re discussing issues affecting the book industry, we turn to one or more of our committees to gain an industry perspective on our challenges and opportunities. Today’s awards demonstrate how much we value those efforts.”


Founded in 1976, the Book Industry Study Group works to solve problems that affect two or more parts of the book industry supply chain. Its 165 members include publishers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors, industry service partners, retailers, and libraries.


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