2015 Student Travel Grants to the Society for Scholarly Publishing

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Society for Scholarly Publishing: 2015 Travel Grants to Annual Meeting
If you are a student in a publishing or library/information science program, or have been working in this field for three years or less, please consider applying for a grant to attend the SSP Annual Meeting (see details below).  If you’re not a potential candidate, but know someone who is, please share this announcement with your fellow-student, colleague, or protégé. 
SSP’s 2015 travel grant program has grants for up to 13 successful applicants. The awards will support travel to and attendance at SSP¹s 37th Annual Meeting, to be held May 27-29, 2015 in Arlington VA, as well as SSP membership for 2015.   The travel grant program is designed to introduce students of publishing and information science and early career publishing professionals to the many educational and networking opportunities available at the popular and informative SSP annual meeting. 
Successful applicants will be granted free registration at the Annual Meeting and will be eligible for reimbursement of up to $1,300 for travel and lodging expenses incurred to attend the meeting.  Higher rates of reimbursement are available for applicants located overseas, and the Society offers special encouragement to applicants from outside North America.
Applications must be completed online; see the link to the online form at  http://www.sspnet.org/careers/travel-grants-recipients, where a list of previous grant winners is also available.
The application deadline is Wednesday, April 1st, 2015.  Grant awardees will be selected and notified as early as possible in April.
The SSP Board has developed several supporting programs that will help grant awardees optimize their experience. Awardees will be paired with mentors who hold senior management positions within SSP member organizations. Mentors will help grantees plug into the educational and networking opportunities available at the Annual Meeting.  Additionally, the meeting program will offer several opportunities designed to engage those who are relatively new to the industry.
SSP Annual Meeting 2015:  “The New Big Picture: Connecting Diverse Perspectives”
To be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington VA, May 27-29, 2015.
Plenary speakers:
 Charles Watkinson, AUL for Publishing, University of Michigan Libraries
 Ken Auletta, author and New Yorker columnist
 Jennifer Lawton, CEO Makerbot Industries
For details of full program, tracks, sessions, abstracts, speakers, and accommodation, see http://www.sspnet.org/events/annual-meeting/event-home/
SSP is a dynamic membership organization, working to advance the development of members through education and networking.

Internship Alert: Society for Scholarly Publishing

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For those of you who are interested in an internship centered in academia, the Society for Scholarly Publishing has a list of internships on their website that links for a wide array of available internships in the academic fields.

Offerings available include positions at Anthem Press, Columbia University Press, MIT Press, and Oxford University Press, among many others.

Click here to peruse the complete list.

Link of the Week: Society for Scholarly Publishing

Bernie Stukenborg is a publishing professional who has worked in journal production and publishing for twenty years. He has been involved in the Society for Scholarly Publishing for nearly twelve years and has chaired the SSP Membership Committee, where he has been an active participant, for the past six years.  Mr. Stukenborg’s passion is helping publishers address business and production challenges – this he does via his sales role with Dartmouth Journal Services, a Sheridan Group company. Due to his commitment to the Society, he wrote a piece for the blog telling us about the organization. Enjoy!


Thank you to Andrea Baron for the opportunity to enter the Pace MS Publishing blogosphere!  After a very stimulating cup of coffee with Andrea and reading many entries in your dynamic blog, I am thrilled to find a vibrant community of students and professionals interested in a wide range of publishing forms and flavors.  Please allow me to introduce you to a related community – the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP).

SSP is a group of 1,000+ members who are passionate about scholarly communication – editors, compositors, publishers, printers, online hosts, librarians, mobile app developers and many more – from those who are brand-new in the field to seasoned executives who are leaders of large and prestigious organizations.  Our members work in nonprofit societies, professional publishing companies and other commercial enterprises, universities and pharmaceutical companies – anywhere scholarly content is created, refined and disseminated.

Every day, a handful of our most prominent members write about “what’s hot and cooking in scholarly publishing” via our blog: The Scholarly Kitchen.  In 2010, it was nominated for a Webby in the Blog – Business category. Always thought-provoking, well written, and authoritative, it’s a great way to stay up-to-date with issues that concern everyone working in scholarly communications – you’re guaranteed to find a daily dose of highly caffeinated content to sip on throughout the day!

We meet face-to-face throughout the year, and our showcase is the annual meeting where, on average, over 700 people gather to discuss market trends, swap experiences with new workflows and share ideas about emerging business models.  Coffee breaks and evening receptions provide networking opportunities, a vital component to
the meeting, and collegial friendships spring up as members serendipitously meet, discover common ground, and become trusted professional contacts who continue to communicate after the meeting concludes. This year’s conference – Social, Mobile, Agile, Global: Are You Ready? – promises to be our best yet and will equip attendees to navigate the significant challenges that lie ahead in this rapidly changing culture.  If you are interested in obtaining a free day pass to the meeting, to be held in Arlington, VA (May 30 – June 1), please let me know, and I will facilitate this and be happy to host you for a day.

Other opportunities to connect in person include our spring, Library Focus Group where librarians panel discussions about topics that are current to scholarly publishing. In the fall, we host an innovation conference where we invite people from outside our niche to share case studies and stimulate discussions on intersecting business models, technologies and methodologies.

In addition to these many activities, members use their association with SSP to find and post job opportunities via our Job Bank, and there’s also a handy Scholarly Communications Internships page n our website where we provide links to multiple internship and practicum opportunities all over the country. And, as an SSP member, there are also numerous opportunities to get involved with the organization, for example, by serving on one of our 14 committees.

In my experience, you would be hard pressed to find a professional group that is more collegial, engaging and vibrant!  I invite you to join us, network with us and contribute to SSP throughout your scholarly communications career.  We will learn together as we navigate the sea of change that is streaming through the publishing world.

Feel free to contact me via email or LinkedIn with questions about how SSP can be a catalyst to your career and/or to discuss the benefits of Student Membership.  And don’t forget to let me know if you’re interested in a free day pass to this year’s annual meeting – I hope to see you there!