BISG Welcomes A New Operations Manager
Monday, June 15, 2020
Posted by: Brian O'Leary
This week, BISG is pleased to welcome Jonathan Fiedler as our operations manager. Jonathan joins us from Columbia University Press, where he most recently served as client relations and sales operation associate. During his time at the press, he also served as an assistant acquisitions editor and assistant to the press's director and financial managers.
He brings a varied background, and that's a good thing, because he is taking on a varied role. As our operations manager, Jonathan will work with business leaders and subject-matter experts throughout the book publishing industry. On a daily basis, he'll engage with trade, education, professional, and scholarly publishers, as well as distributors, wholesalers, retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and libraries.
In this role, Jonathan follows Maya Fakundiny, who left BISG last fall to join Workman Publishing. He will manage our five standing committees as well as the working groups that come out of those committees. He'll also oversee the development, review, and production of committee and working group publications, which this year include a guide to workflow tools and resources, a white paper on the return on investment for rights management software and services, and a set of supply-chain maps that we expect will serve as the basis for several calls to action in 2021 and beyond.
He will assist in the development and delivery of our content plan, which has been expanded significantly to address industry needs in the wake of the pandemic. You'll see Jonathan at industry events and trade shows, when they return, where he'll represent our organization and our membership.
He'll also serve as the primary point of contact for our members, managing the BISG membership database and its related website. Jonathan will market our events and publications, and I imagine you'll hear his voice on a regular basis across our LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.
There's more - there's always more at BISG - but that's enough to fill his first few weeks. This week and next, we're looking forward to introducing Jonathan to our supply chain, metadata, and subject codes committee members. We'll also be using the next few months as a test case for how training and staff development can work in the era of COVID-19. I hope we can bring some of those learnings to our community.
When the opening was posted, we described the role as "a great opportunity for those who aspire to leadership positions in publishing, media, nonprofit, or the trade association space." As we work to created a more informed, effective, and transparent supply chain for books and book-related products, we're happy to have Jonathan join the BISG team. You can reach him at email@example.com. I know he's going to appreciate the community he's here to support.