Curating a New World of Publishing
The drastic increase in publishing output has created an abundance that can be overwhelming, but this windfall of content ultimately presents an opportunity for libraries to develop deep and unique collections while preserving the intellectual works of our time. What is the role of the library as curator within this world of independently published content? Do libraries still have bibliographers with the skill sets necessary to identify high‐quality content without the aid of a well‐known imprint on the book spine? What technological approaches might be employed to make the process of identifying important or just plain interesting content scalable?
Mark is the founder of Smashwords, the world’s largest distributor of indie ebooks. Smashwords makes it fast, free and easy for any author or publisher to publish and distribute an ebook. In the last four years, Smashwords has helped nearly 50,000 indie authors and small presses around the world publish and distribute more than 145,000 ebooks. | In June 2010, The Wall Street Journal named Mark one of the "Eight Stars of Self-Publishing." In March 2012, MediaBistro named Mark... Read More →
Chief Business Officer, BiblioLabs
Mitchell Davis is a publishing and media entrepreneur. Mitchell was a founder in 2000 of BookSurge (now Amazon's CreateSpace) the world's first integrated global print-on-demand and publishing services company. He is also founder & chief business officer of BiblioLabs a packager of historical content for print-on-demand and digital consumer platforms and founder of Organic Process Productions an award-wining independent documentary and philanthropic media company.
President, Gluejar Inc.
Eric Hellman, President of Gluejar Inc., is a technologist, entrepreneur, scientist and writer. After 10 years at Bell Labs in physics research, Eric became interested in technologies surrounding e-journals and libraries. His first business, Openly Informatics, developed OpenURL linking software and knowledgebases, and was acquired by OCLC in 1996. At OCLC, he led the effort to productize and expand the xISBN service, and began the development of OCLC's Electronic Resource Management... Read More →
University of Pittsburgh, Hillman University Librarian and Director
Rush G. Miller has served as University Librarian and Director of the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh since 1994. He also holds a joint appointment as Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science. In addition, he holds the Hillman Endowed Chair. He received the M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval English History from Mississippi State University, and the M.L.S. from Florida State. Before coming to Pitt, he was Dean of Libraries at... Read More →
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