Everybody Wins: Rethinking How the Book Industry Communicates

BISG's Annual Meeting

Friday, April 12, 2024
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM (EDT)

Harvard Club of New York City

27 West 44th Street New York, NY
Category: Annual Meeting

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 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 us for details.


April 12
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

Join your colleagues and friends for informal conversation over coffee & a light breakfast. Make some new friends along the way!
8:30 AM - 9:15 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, & the BISG board has been rethinking BISG's strategy with an eye toward inclusion, research, standards, & education. Moderated by Andrea Fleck-Nisbet (IBPA), in conversation with Joshua Tallent (Firebrand Technologies) & James Miller (Barnes & Noble).
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM The Case for Royalty Statement Standards

Standards help the book industry increase transparency, reduce costs, & 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. Moderated by BISG Rights Committee Chair Kris Kliemann (Kliemann & Company), in conversation with Jennifer Weltz (Association of American Literary Agents), Lucina Schell (University of Chicago Press), and Donna Laing (Scholastic).
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Morning Break
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Moving Out of the Tower of Babel: Improving Efficiencies Across the Supply Chain
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, & standards that allow for accuracy & scale while reducing errors. Moderated by BISG Supply Chain Committee Chair Ken Brooks (Amplify Education), in conversation with Claire Holloway (OCLC), Alan DuBose (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. 
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 & people. This panel will address the processes for adding new categories, updating BISAC, using merchandising & regional codes, & the value of BISAC-to-Thema mapping for markets that use Thema. Moderated by Committee Chair Connie Harbison (Baker & Taylor), in conversation with Geraldine Zephirin (Barnes & Noble), Michael Olenick (Clarivate), & Gina Wachtel (PRH).
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Plated Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM BISG Annual Meeting of Members and Industry Awards

Brief presentation of BISG's most recent operational & financial results by BISG Treasurer Todd A. Carpenter (National Information Standards Organization), followed by recognition of individuals & organizations with the Sally Dedecker Award for Lifetime Service (Phil Ollila), the Industry Champion Award (Walter Mosley), & the Innovator Award (Scribd). 
2:00 PM - 2:30 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.
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Post-Event Reception

After the meeting wraps, all participants are invited to join a post-event reception. See old friends, meet new ones, & compare notes on your favorite parts of BISG's 48th annual meeting!

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 us for details.


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