This past Tuesday and Wednesday (October 4 to 5), SSP hosted its Fall Seminar at the American Geophysical Union office in DC. The event was organized around three themes with presentations from publishers', vendors', and consultants' perspectives:
- Develop Somebody---Even Yourself: Mentorship, Career Development, and Networking
- A How to Guide: Successfully Executing an RFP Process
- Bagged and Tagged: How the New Scholarly Infrastructure is Connecting People, Places, and Things
Unlike the large SSP Annual Meeting, the Fall Seminar is an intimate gathering of journal managers, publishers, editorial directors, content technology architects, developmental editors, graphic designers, and more. The focus throughout the 2 days was building networks, both professional and organizational, to strengthen yourself and your company. It was evident that the message was taken to heart as everyone involved was open to conversation and making new connections.
The RFP presentation was loaded with tips and best practices but also included thoughts on what NOT to include in an RFP. The participants and the audience shared many pet peeves that translated to a list of great tips related to RFP content and process.
Never miss an opportunity to hear Chuck Koscher from CrossRef speak about standards and metadata. His mission of creating a sustainable infrastructure for scholarly communication is always explained in detail and with passion.
Following is a small sample of information from the past 2 days: