PSP Guest Speakers

Event Overview

The PSP Committee for Digital Innovation (CDI) will be hearing from guest speaker Maxwell K Riggsbee, COO / CPO of Gadget Software on Tuesday, June 13th from 12:30-1:30pm at the HarperCollins/NY offices. Max will discuss, Smartphones: Bringing Content to the Dominant Digital Medium.  Content and the people who engage it have evolved.  From static print, through the connected desktop browser onto today's interconnected smartphones and apps. Each medium impacts content and results in the reader developing a reading strategy.  At nearly 4 billion users growing to over 6 billion in 3 years, smartphones are rapidly becoming the dominant digital medium for content. The readers operate under different conditions when reading on the smartphone than the desktop or print copy. There is a disconnect between the traditional content structure and the smartphone. This presentation will discuss how to transform content to match the reading strategy used on smartphones.

The PSP Books Committee will be hearing from guest speaker Keith Kupferschmid, CEO of the Copyright Alliance who will discuss Copyright: What's On the Horizon? The Legislative and Regulatory Outlook for 2017-2018 on Friday, June 16th from 12:30-1:30pm at the McGraw-Hill/NY offices.  Much of Keith’s discussion will focus on the legislative efforts in Congress to modernize the U.S. Copyright Office.  He will focus on the first step in this process -- H.R. 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act -- that was introduced in March and passed by the House on April 26, as well as provisions that may be included in follow-up legislation to modernize the Office.  Other topics Keith will discuss will include the possible creation of a tribunal within the Copyright Office to handle small copyright claims, potential changes to the DMCA’s notice and takedown regime and other potential changes to the Copyright Act that Congress may consider in the coming months.

The PSP Journals Committee will be hearing from guest speaker John Havens at IEEE to discuss AI on Tuesday, July 18th  from 12:00-1:00pm at the Wolters Kluwer/NY offices. 

The PSP Committee for Digital Innovation (CDI) will be hearing from guest speaker Christine Orr at Ringgold on Wednesday, July 19th from 12:30-1:30pm at the HarperCollins/NY offices. 

The PSP Books Committee will be hearing from guest speaker Mary Anne Baynes, Chief Marketing Officer of Overleaf and Dr. John Hammersley, Co-founder and CEO of Overleaf on Friday, July 21st from 10:00-11:00am at the McGraw-Hill/NY offices.  How authoring tools are changing the landscape between author and publisher - sharing case studies from researchers, institutions and scholarly publishers who’ve used Overleaf to provide a broad understanding of how each segment is responding to the challenges and opportunities brought about by the rise of cloud-technology and new collaboration platforms.

The PSP Journals Committee will be hearing from guest speaker Donald Samulack, President, U.S. Operations at Editage to discuss Coalition for Responsible Publication Resources on Tuesday, September 12th  from 12:00-1:00pm at the Wolters Kluwer/NY offices. Don will focus on all things surrounding predatory and irresponsible conduct on the publishing landscape and describe the vision of the Coalition for Responsible Publication Resources (CRPR). We are at a turning point in scholarly publishing, not just figuratively, but literally! To date, we’ve framed that predatory publishing is a risk to the integrity of the scholarly literature, not only because of the trustworthiness of the published material, but because a journal could disappear overnight and useful scholarly works can be lost. Ironically, we have just witnessed the disappearance of one of our watchdog efforts—Beall’s List. This is a watershed moment for all things predatory to blossom, and needs to be an industry wake-up call for the need for reliable and sustainable resources to counter such activities. Irregular publication practices are not only in predatory publishing, but in irresponsible author services as well. This presentation will outline the main issues, define the threats, give perspective as to where we are, and showcase opportunities in moving forward.

The PSP Books Committee will be hearing from guest speaker Andrea Macaluso, Director, Outreach and Partnerships, North America at SpringerNature who will discuss OA Books on Friday, November 17th from 12:30-1:30pm at the McGraw-Hill/NY offices.

Sounds Interesting?

The guest speaker talk is free of charge but you will need to sign up as space is limited.  You can sign up to hear the talks in-person or via teleconference.  If you or a colleague wishes to attend, please contact Sara Pinto at and state whether you would like to attend in person or remotely.


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