BISG Adjusts Its Content Calendar for 2020
Monday, May 18, 2020
Posted by: Brian O'Leary
Last month, the BISG board of directors hosted a 90-minute conversation about the impact of COVID-19 on the book industry. Revealing the results of a focused survey that had been fielded in the two weeks before the online discussion, members of the board identified several important themes that BISG would work on.
These themes included: what other companies in "my segment" (publishing, manufacturing, distribution, retailing, libraries, and service providers) are doing to respond to the pandemic; what companies across the supply chain are doing; tools or technologies that can support a distributed workforce; opportunities to brainstorm solutions; and work under way at BISG to improve how the supply chain functions.
At its April 23 meeting, the board approved the outline of a new content plan that addresses these and other needs addressed in the survey. Since then, we've been working to plan a new calendar for online content delivery across the balance of 2020. The board noted at the April meeting that everything we do in response to the pandemic will be a work-in-progress, but today we're able to provide a snapshot of what we're planning to deliver through the end of September.
Starting this month, we're introducing four different types of online programming. A significant share of our webinar efforts have been repurposed to address topics related to the impact of the pandemic on the book publishing community. New offerings include:
We're also planning to offer a series of "Coffee Break" webinars, 25 minutes in length, with focused "news you can use" presentations on topics core to BISG's mission. These sessions will take place on Thursday afternoons at 3 p.m. ET, a time we think deserves a good cup of coffee (or tea). Planned topics include:
This initial list is rooted in rights and workflow-related topics coming out of BISG committees. If the format proves useful, we'll look at other opportunities to deliver focused topics in limited windows.
We're also looking at options to introduce topics planned for the annual meeting in April. In March, we moved the in-person meeting to early September, a date that we continue to assess. Much of that meeting is organized around the need for significant reviews of the book industry supply chain, notably in areas like metadata, certification, workflows, and supply-chain efficiency. These topics are even more relevant in the wake of the pandemic, and we want to make those discussions as widely available as we can. More on this to come in the next couple of weeks.
Finally, we're trying to offer the community chances to gather and have a bit of fun. You've already heard about this Thursday's Bookish Trivia Social, an evening (7:00 p.m. ET) event whose proceeds will be matched by BISG and donated to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. We're also working on a mid-June "Book Industry Happy Hour" with members of the BISG Board joining to brainstorm a bit about what else we might be working on. As with the annual meeting, more on that shortly.
We'll continue to assess and update our plan as needs evolve. We're also looking at the role of in-person programs, currently scheduled for the fall, and the extent that they continue to make sense. Our world is changing, and we plan to remain a useful resource for the book industry.