Everybody Wins: Rethinking How the Book Industry Communicates

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The BISG Annual Meeting provides companies from across the supply chain with a unique opportunity to hear about and discuss opportunities that improve the book industry. This year's meeting, which will take place on April 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Harvard Club of New York City, will continue a conversation about BISG's work to identify and implement the changes needed across the data stack, tech stack, and communications protocols across the book industry supply chain.

The day will also include opportunities to hear from recipients of three BISG awards: the Sally Dedecker Award for Lifetime Service; the BISG Industry Champion Award; and the Industry Innovator Award. Additionally, a vote will be held to elect members of the BISG board to two-year terms starting in July.

  • BISG Members: $449 ($399 early bird before April 1)
  • Non-members: $549 ($499 early bird before April 1)
  • Group registrations and tables are also available. Contact BISG for details.

8: 30 AM Becoming The Change We Want To See

In two years, BISG turns 50. Its first 48 years have seen a great deal of change, with plenty of successful efforts led or facilitated by BISG along the way. But, a refresh is always in order, and the BISG board has been rethinking BISG's strategy with an eye toward inclusion, research, standards, and education. BISG's board leadership will provide a first look at the new strategy.

Moderator: Andrea Fleck-Nisbet (IBPA), BISG Board member

Panelists: BISG Board Chair Joshua Tallent (Firebrand Technologies) and BISG Board Vice Chair James Miller (Barnes & Noble)

9:15 AM The Case for Royalty Statement Standards

Standards help the book industry increase transparency, reduce costs, and foster the development of new business models. Over the past several years, BISG's rights committee has been evaluating ways to make royalty statements work better for publishers, agents, and authors. Those involved in the work will report on what they've found.

    Moderator: Kris Kliemann (Kliemann and Company), Chair of the BISG Rights Committee

    Panelists: Jennifer Weltz (President, Association of American Literary Agents; President, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency Inc.), Lucina Schell (International Rights Manager at University of Chicago Press), and Donna Laing (VP of Royalties and Rights Data Management at Scholastic)

    10:30 AM Moving Out of the Tower of Babel: Improving Efficiencies Across the Supply Chain

    BISG's 2023 Annual Meeting outlined the need to address information architecture internally and between supply chain partners. Since then, BISG has led a supply-chain initiative to "transform supply chain communications". The result is a recommendation to let your systems do the talking, via APIs, enhanced EDI, and standards that allow for accuracy and scale while reducing errors.

      Moderator: Ken Brooks (Amplify Education), Chair of the BISG Supply Chain Committee

      Panelists: Claire Holloway (Manager of Publisher Relations, OCLC), Alan DuBose (Senior VP of Planning & Data Analytics, Books-A-Million), and Jessica Wells (Penguin Random House)

      11:15 AM- 11:25 AM
      Metadata in Action: Understanding Industry Trends

      Based on his experience, David Walter (Circana) explains that we can only see and understand industry trends when we use good-quality metadata.

      Speaker: David Walter (Circana)

      11:25 AM- 12:00 PM

      How Standards for Product Metadata Reflect Shifts in Culture 

      Subject categories do the heavy lifting in communicating book content to machines and people. This panel will address the processes for adding new categories, updating or inactivating established BISACs, using merchandising and regional codes, and the value of BISAC-to-Thema mapping for markets that use Thema. 

        Moderator: Connie Harbison (Baker & Taylor), Chair of the BISG Subject Codes Committee

        Panelists: Geraldine Zephirin (Barnes & Noble), Michael Olenick (Clarivate), and Gina Wachtel (Penguin Random House)

        12:00 PM Plated Lunch

        1:00 PM BISG Annual Meeting: Presentation of the Budget for Approval and Vote on New Board Membersby BISG Board Treasurer Todd A. Carpenter (NISO), followed by presentation of the BISG Industry Awards:

        • Sally Dedecker Award for Lifetime Service
        • BISG Industry Champion Award
        • BISG Industry Innovator Award

        2:00 PM Book Publishing Next: Changes We Want to See in the Book Industry

        BISG Executive Director Brian O'Leary provides a perspective on the opportunities ahead in book publishing, how the industry can capture those opportunities, and what BISG will do to help bring these changes to fruition. The keynote will be followed at 2:30 by a reception for all attendees.