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Book Industry Study Group Names Service Award Recipients

Friday, November 8, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian O'Leary

New York, NY (November 7, 2019) — The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) today presented its 2019 Service Awards at the Annual Committee Town Hall held in Manhattan. These honors recognize volunteers who’ve demonstrated exceptional dedication in advancing the work of committees. 

Bill Rosenblatt (GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies / Publishing Technology Partners) received the Industry Connector Award, which recognizes a volunteer who embodies BISG’s commitment to serving as an information hub for the publishing industry. In presenting the award, BISG executive director Brian O’Leary noted “Rosenblatt’s unique perspective, which spans rights, workflows, technology applications, book publishing, and the music industry. For BISG, he has connected the dots in all of these areas.”

Tricia McCraney (Virtusales) was cited as the recipient of the Standards Bearer Award, which recognizes a volunteer whose advocacy for industry standards most closely aligns with BISG’s goal of promoting standards and best practices in publishing. O’Leary noted, “McCraney has provided a leading voice in both the metadata and rights committees, leading the latter for the last two-plus years.”

The Rights Taxonomy Working Group received the Explorer Award, which recognizes a volunteer, committee, or project that has helped to shape the conversation about the current state and future of book publishing. The working group was led by Jeffrey Corrick (Penguin Random House), who was joined by Kris Kliemann (Kliemann & Company), Tricia McCraney, and Susan Burke (Firebrand). An industry-wide taxonomy for publishing rights was introduced in September.

David Hetherington (knk Business Software), who also serves as Secretary of the BISG Board of Directors, received the Community Builder Award, which recognizes a volunteer who has worked to create a productive and diverse community in committees, working groups, or the BISG membership as a whole. In presenting the award, O’Leary said, “David is always thinking about programming that would benefit the industry, volunteering ideas, time, participation, and sponsorship throughout. He has also been a tireless advocate for being part of BISG.”

In advance of the awards ceremony, O’Leary said, “The book industry moves forward through the collective actions of people working across the supply chain. Many noteworthy initiatives have been seeded and developed by BISG committee volunteers. They think entrepreneurially and know how to execute. Putting the spotlight on a few unsung heroes of the supply chain, who truly deserve it, is something I’m proud to do.”

Also in attendance at the BISG Committee Town Hall was Dr. Heidi Gardner, Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession and Faculty Chair of the school’s Accelerated Leadership Program. She gave a talk on the subject explored in her bestselling book, Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos.


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