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Annual Meeting Early-Bird Deadline This Friday

Sunday, February 23, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian O'Leary

As our flagship event, the BISG Annual Meeting gives us the chance to review progress in the past year, look ahead to the issues and opportunities that the book industry can expect in the next few years, and honor those whose work has made our industry a success. As previously announced, the meeting will include a closing keynote delivered by Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt, followed by a 90-minute reception at which attendees will continue the conversations started during the annual meeting.

The early-bird deadline to register for the BISG Annual Meeting is this Friday, February 28. After that, tickets now available for $299 each will increase by $100, and the tables of 10 currently available for $2,990 will increase by $1,000.

Two weeks ago, we announced three people we will honor at the meeting. David Cully will receive the Sally Dedecker Award for Lifetime Service; Janet McCarthy Grimm will be recognized with the Industry Champion Award; and Rachel Comerford will receive BISG's Industry Innovator Award. This week, we're revealing more of the agenda, which can be seen now on the BISG web site.

The theme of the meeting, "Building A Smarter Supply Chain", will be evident from the start. The day opens with a conversation with Craig Riggs, who helped launch the API-driven Canadian bookstore, 49th Shelf. Drawing upon the metadata repository maintained by BookNet Canada, 49th Shelf illustrates how U.S. publishing can benefit from more readily accessible metadata.

We'll follow that discussion with a panel that includes Karina Urquhart, executive director of U.K.-based Book Industry Communication, Graham Bell, executive director of EDItEUR, and Noah Genner, CEO of Booknet Canada. They'll share examples of things like BIC RealTime, Booknet Canada's library-facing LoanStars, and EDItX, a two-way communications protocol for sales reporting and supply-chain management.

We'll also hear from Andrea Weinzimer, senior vice president for human resources at Hachette Book Group, who will talk with Maureen McMahon (Kaplan Publishing) about "Building a Smarter HR Strategy: Finding, Training, and Retaining Talent." As the skills required to succeed in publishing evolve, our approaches to attracting and keeping talent must change with those requirements.

After lunch, we'll hear from Margot Atwell, head of publishing at Kickstarter. She'll talk about lessons we might learn from the projects and people that are gaining support outside the traditional publishing ecosystem. Look for an announcement in the near future about the other side of that conversation.

We'll close the day with a keynote address from James Daunt, before adjourning to a closing reception in the Gordon Reading Room, appropriately. We've heard from those attending our recent annual meetings that they'd like more opportunities to talk with colleagues and follow up on the day's conversations. From 2:30 until 4, those attending the annual meeting will have an opportunity to do just that, at a reception sponsored by knk Software.

We'll continue to add to the agenda over the next few weeks. There will be announcements, of course, and the event listing will be updated. Now's a good time to be claiming a seat, though, especially with the early-bird deadline on the very near horizon.


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