Charleston Conference 2016 recap

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BY PETER BURNS / PUBLISHER

During last week’s Charleston Conference—my first—I had a chance to attend several interesting sessions. Here, I would like to provide a recap of just one, a Thursday afternoon session titled “Is Small Beautiful? The Position of Independent Scholarly Publishers in an Environment of Rapid Industry Consolidation.” Three panelists spoke candidly about the benefits and challenges of being a small publisher.

Session Summary: “Is Small Beautiful? The Position of Independent Scholarly Publishers in an Environment of Rapid Industry Consolidation.”

Steve Cohn, director of Duke University Press, is looking for growth in the international market, as the domestic U.S. market is flat. The press publishes 53 journals and about 120 books—mostly in the humanities and social sciences—and is self-supporting thanks mostly to revenues from journal subscriptions. One opportunity involves greater synergy between books and journals, which Steve hopes will lead to more combined book/journal sales in the future.

Richard Gallagher, president and editor-in-chief of Annual Reviews, publishes 46 review journals that ask big questions in the world of physical, life, and social sciences, and seek to appeal to a wide audience. Richard outlined three distinct types of challenges for his organization. The first and most urgent challenge is to maximize the impact of the journals. Annual Reviews is launching a magazine that guides readers toward the articles in the journals. The second challenge—dubbed most important—is to ensure long-term sustainability of the journals. The response to this challenge is tiered pricing, which in addition to being fair to subscribers promises to return more overall revenue to Annual Reviews by asking larger institutions to pay more. The third—and most difficult—challenge is accommodating open access. While Annual Reviews supports open access as a concept, the reality is difficult because article processing charges (APCs) are not a good fit for review articles. Is it fair, Richard asks, to invite someone to contribute to a journal and then send him or her an invoice? He added that, based on the number of articles published, the individual APC would have to be higher than the industry standard. Therefore, future plans involve trying to develop a more collaborative model with a goal of having some journals completely open access within five years.

The third panelist, George Leaman, director of the Philosophy Documentation Center, described his organization as a highly specialized university press. With an emphasis on philosophy and religion, fields with little money to spread around, the Center provides publishing services in order to diversify its revenue streams. In addition to publishing 32 journals and book series, the Center manages memberships for about two dozen other groups and hosts more than 100 journals on its own publishing platform. Maintaining such a platform is both good and bad, George said, but is actually more cost effective than outsourcing. A potential growth area is foreign translation, which involves not only staff members with expertise in languages but also a variety of usable font sets—a more significant challenge than you might think!

Thanks to Charlie Remy, electronic resources and serials librarian at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, for hosting this session. I encourage readers to check the conference website for copies of the slides from this and other sessions: http://www.charlestonlibraryconference.com/ Click on Full Schedule, then select specific sessions that interest you to see a summary and download slides if they are available.

KU Libraries, Open Access Network, SPARC and Allen Press jointly sponsoring OA symposium

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The University of Kansas Libraries, Open Access Network, Allen Press and SPARC are jointly sponsoring an international symposium, “Envisioning a World Beyond APCs/BPCs,” in Lawrence, Kan., on Thursday and Friday, November 17-18. The symposium will consider current models available for achieving an expansive, inclusive and balanced worldwide open publishing ecosystem.

The symposium will provide a live-streamed session during which internationally respected scholars, publishers, university librarians and executives from foundations and organizations will address advanced questions and problems in the open access movement. Additional symposium meetings will explore the future of “openness” in scholarly publishing, as well as responding to and furthering discussions from last December’s Berlin 12 Open Access invitational conference, which focused on “flipping” the current subscription model of scholarly publishing to one that provides free access to readers paid for by article-processing charges from authors or their institutions.

Kevin L. Smith, dean of KU Libraries, will moderate the live-streamed conversation on Thursday, November 17 from 10 a.m.-12 noon CST. By streaming part of the symposium, the organizers hope to engage a broad international audience in a lively discussion. During the broadcast, panelists will describe their vision for an open access future. Panelists, local respondents and the global viewing audience will engage together in thought-provoking dialogue to address one of the most fundamental questions in the open access movement: To what extent can a global academic community create an open access publishing system that is without costs to readers or authors?

“KU Libraries are honored to host such a distinguished group of cutting-edge thinkers,” said Smith. “We expect the dialogue that takes place here as a result of this meeting to have transformational impact on scholarly communications, moving us toward a more global and inclusive vision of the ecosystem of scholarship.”

Bob Kieft, chair of the board of directors of K|N Consultants, an organization that partners with institutions to support open access, added, “I couldn’t be happier that a casual conversation last winter with colleagues at KU has led to this symposium. Given our Open Access Network’s initial emphasis on large-scale funding models for humanistic and social science disciplines and KU’s distinguished institutional commitment to open access, we look forward to working with our cosponsors Allen Press and SPARC and our eminent group of participants on better ways for making scholarship available to all.”

The following international group of participants will be joining the symposium at KU: Juan Pablo Alperin, Simon Fraser University; Ivy Anderson, California Digital Library; Arianna Becerril García , Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México; Raym Crow, SPARC; Martin Eve, University of London / Open Library of the Humanities; Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Modern Language Association of America; Jean-Claude Guédon, Université de Montréal; Lorraine Haricombe, University of Texas – Austin Libraries; Neil Jacobs, JISC; Heather Joseph, SPARC; Rebecca Kennison, K|N Consultants / Open Access Network; Mary Rose Muccie, Temple University Press; Williams Nwagwu, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa; Charlotte Roh, University of San Francisco; Michael Roy, Middlebury College; Ralf Schimmer, Max Planck Institute; Kathleen Shearer, COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories); Dave Shulenburger, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities; and John Willinsky, Stanford University.

Participants from KU will include faculty members Marc L. Greenberg, director of the School of Language, Literatures, & Cultures and professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Town Peterson, distinguished professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Representing the libraries will be Kevin L. Smith, dean of Libraries; Ada Emmett, librarian and director of the Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright; Brian Rosenblum, scholarly digital initiatives librarian; Josh Bolick, scholarly communication librarian; and Musa Olaka, associate librarian for African, global, and international studies.

Please follow updates on the symposium website and mark your calendars to participate via Twitter during the livestream on November 17 using #KUOASymp16. If you have questions or comments, please contact the symposium planners Emmett, Kennison and Kieft at lib_oscc@ku.edu.

Allen Press wins one gold, two silver awards in the annual Gold Ink Awards competition

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – September 22, 2016 In this year’s Printing Impression’s Gold Ink Award competition, Allen Press won a gold and silver award in the Scientific & Technical category and a silver award in the Trade Magazine, Web category.

The Mineralogical Record won the gold award, Orchids won the silver in the Scientific & Technical category and Creative Quarterly won silver in the Trade Magazine, Web category.

Winning pieces were chosen on the basis of print quality, technical difficulty and overall visual effect. Nearly 800 entries were submitted to the competition this year.

“To win a Gold Ink award, every visual element of the publication needs to be at its peak—the design needs to be beautiful, the materials high quality and the printing flawless,” says Randy Radosevich, Allen Press CEO. “It requires strong teamwork, good communication and trust between the publication team and the printing team. We are very pleased to attain this level of success in partnership with our customers.”

The Gold Ink Awards is an annual competition open to all creators and producers of printed materials and has more than 50 categories to enter.

About Allen Press, Inc.
Allen Press, Inc., uses top-notch printing, content publishing, and precision marketing services to help organizations make their stories come alive.

For further information, contact:
Bridget Bowles, Marketing Communications Manager, Allen Press, Inc.
bbowles@allenpress.com \ (785) 865-9568

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Marcus Roberts Joins Allen Press

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – June 28, 2016 Allen Press, Inc., is excited to announce the addition of Marcus Roberts to its growing executive sales team.

Roberts has more than 25 years of experience selling advertising production services, design and print to retail companies and design firms nationwide. He has a proven track record of helping major retailers increase traffic and sales through advertising production, direct mail and technological solutions. In his position at Allen Press, Roberts will continue to work with retail clients and design firms as they use these creative solutions to achieve their goals.

“I am very excited that Marcus has joined Allen Press. He has a creative eye, a desire to help and deep experience in print design and production,” said Martine Padilla, Vice President of Sales. “He is an excellent addition to the team as we move Allen Press forward.”

Roberts comes to Allen Press from Colortek and was previously a sales executive at Vertis Inc., Mozaic Inc. and Missouri Color Prepress. During his career Roberts has worked with major retailers and design firms such as Kohls Department Store, Barkley, Price Chopper Grocers, Valu Merchandisers and Payless Shoe Source.

 

About Allen Press, Inc.
Allen Press, Inc., uses top-notch printing, content publishing, and precision marketing services to help organizations make their stories come alive.

For further information, contact:
Bridget Bowles, Marketing Communications Manager, Allen Press, Inc.
bbowles@allenpress.com \ (785) 865-9568

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Rinke and Preston-Cargill Promoted to VP Roles

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – May 24, 2016 Allen Press, Inc. is happy to announce that Julie Rinke has been promoted to Vice President of Business Support Services and Maria Preston-Cargill to Vice President of Marketing.

Rinke has added purchasing, scheduling and inventory management to her responsibilities in addition to estimating and contracts, which she managed previously. Preston-Cargill is responsible for developing products and services, managing the brand, and spearheading all corporate communications. She will continue to oversee the Publishing department as well.

“Maria and Julie have established themselves as excellent, team-focused leaders,” said Allen Press CEO Randy Radosevich. “Their industry and company knowledge are an asset to everyone who interacts with them. They were invaluable resources to me when I began in January and I am happy to share the responsibility of leadership with them during this exciting time of growth at Allen Press.”

Rinke and Preston- Cargill serve on the executive leadership team, which includes CEO Randy Radosevich, President Rand Allen, COO Dee Ann Berry, VP of Production John Rodriguez and VP of Sales Martine Padilla.

Rinke joined Allen Press in 1988 as a Data Collection Administrator. Significantly, she has led multiple teams though changes in the printing industry. Most recently, Rinke served as Director of Client Solutions. Rinke holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas.

Preston-Cargill joined Allen Press in 2011 as a Publisher and has since served as Publishing and Advertising Sales Manager and Director of Publishing. Prior to joining Allen Press, she served as Director of Marketing at The World Company and Director of Sales and Marketing at Sunflower Broadband.

Preston-Cargill earned a Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, both from the University of Kansas.

About Allen Press, Inc.
Allen Press, Inc. uses top-notch printing, content publishing and precision marketing services to help organizations make their stories come alive.

For further information, contact:
Bridget Bowles, Marketing Communications Manager, Allen Press, Inc.
bbowles@allenpress.com | tel: 785.865.9568

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Cross Honored with CSE Distinguished Service Award

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – May 19, 2016 – On Monday, the Council of Science Editors (CSE) recognized Tim Cross, Allen Press Product Education Manager, with a Distinguished Service Award.

Cross has served as a CSE volunteer in a variety of positions for more than 10 years and served as President in 2014-2015. The Distinguished Service award recognizes his contributions to furthering scientific communications and his commitment to CSE and its programs.

“Through his work with CSE, TIm has forged connections with science editor organizations in other countries and helped industry newcomers get connected,” said Maria Preston-Cargill, Vice President of Marketing at Allen Press. “Tim’s awareness of key trends in the scholarly communication industry has  made him a invaluable asset to CSE’s membership.”

As Product Education Manager, Cross manages a portfolio of products that serve scholarly and association customers and curates Allen Press’s annual Emerging Trends educational seminar.

Cross received the award at the CSE Annual Meeting, in Denver, Colorado earlier this week.

About Allen Press, Inc.
Allen Press, Inc., uses top-notch printing, content publishing and precision marketing services to help organizations make their stories come alive.

For further information, contact:
Maria Preston-Cargill, Vice President of Marketing, Allen Press, Inc.
mcargill@allenpress.com | tel: 785.865.9265

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David Mack Joins Allen Press as Director of Prepress and Digital

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – May 18, 2016 Allen Press, Inc. announces that David Mack joins the team as Director of Prepress and Digital.

“We are excited to have David start collaborating and working with our current staff to find new ways to optimize our prepress operations,” said John Rodriguez, Allen Press Vice President of Production. “He will play an important role in moving our Prepress department forward.”

Mack has over 17 years of prepress management and specializes in optimizing prepress structures and workflows to maximize efficiencies.

Previously, Mack managed prepress operations for Cadmus Communications (Cenveo Publisher Services) and R.R. Donnelley. Most recently Mack was responsible for premedia operations for Trojan Press, Inc. in Kansas City.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Arts Technology Management from the University of Central Missouri and a Commercial Arts Certificate from the Joe Herndon Area Vocational Technical School.

 

About Allen Press, Inc.
Allen Press, Inc. uses top-notch printing, content publishing and precision marketing services to help organizations make their stories come alive.

For further information, contact:
Maria Preston-Cargill, Director of Marketing, Allen Press, Inc.
mcargill@allenpress.com | tel: 785.865.9265

Industry Sales Leader Kevin Bowen Joins Allen Press

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – April 22, 2016 Allen Press, Inc., is pleased to announce that Kevin Bowen will be joining its team as a sales executive in early May.

Bowen comes to the position with over 30 years of print industry experience and will focus on forming partnerships and strategic plans that deliver the results his clients look to achieve.

“We are elated that Kevin is joining our team,” said Martine Padilla, Vice President of Sales. “His deep knowledge of the publication industry gives both his clients, and Allen Press, a wealth of expertise to rely on when developing impactful and on-target cost-effective printing programs.”

Previously, Kevin held sales positions with The Ovid Bell Press, IPC Printing and Quebecor Printing. Bowen’s educational credentials include an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University.

 

About Allen Press, Inc.
Allen Press, Inc., uses top-notch printing, content publishing and precision marketing services to help organizations make their stories come alive.

For further information, contact:
Maria Preston-Cargill, Director of Marketing, Allen Press, Inc.
mcargill@allenpress.com | tel: 785.865.9265

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Dale Schnackenberg Joins Allen Press

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – April 7, 2016 Allen Press, Inc., is proud to announce the addition of Dale Schnackenberg to its executive sales team.

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Schnackenberg brings more than 25 years of print industry knowledge to the role in which he will collaborate with customers and prospects to identify the most effective ways that Allen Press can help them achieve their business objectives.

“We are thrilled to add Dale to our sales team,” said Martine Padilla, Allen Press Vice President of Sales. “He brings vast experience in both buying and selling of publishing and commercial print, which makes him an invaluable resource for our customers and a tremendous asset to Allen Press.”

Most recently, Schnackenberg was an account executive at The Ovid Bell Press and held prior positions at Harmony Printing and Atwood Publishing (now Ascend Media).

Schnackenberg holds a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Arts Technology Management from the University of Central Missouri and an Associate’s Degree in General Studies/Art from State Fair Community College.

About Allen Press, Inc.
Allen Press, Inc., uses top-notch printing, content publishing, and precision marketing services to help organizations make their stories come alive.

For further information, contact:
Maria Preston-Cargill, Director of Marketing, Allen Press, Inc.
mcargill@allenpress.com | tel: 785.865.9265

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Padilla Joins Allen Press as VP of Sales

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – February 2, 2016 Allen Press, Inc. is proud to announce that Martine Padilla has been appointed Vice President of Sales and will join the organization in mid-February.

Padilla brings over 30 years of print industry experience to the position in which she will lead sales strategy for printing, distribution, online content hosting and publishing management.

“We are very excited to add Martine to our team. Her knowledge and experience will be a major asset to our company and to all of our customers,” said Randy Radosevich, Allen Press CEO.

Most recently, Padilla served as Retail Production Manager with Sprint’s marketing division and held prior positions as Print Director at Callahan Creek, where she led its Los Angeles graphics and print purchasing team onsite at Toyota Motor Sales, and as Vice President at Mainline Printing in Topeka, where she helped build its Holographic division. She also served as Executive Director of the non-profit Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP).

“I have known of Allen Press, and its outstanding reputation, throughout my printing career. I am so excited to be joining the team in Lawrence,” said Padilla.

Padilla was recognized by PIA Mid-America as a candidate for Print Evangelist of the Year in 2015, an award to honor individuals who share knowledge and insights with the rest of the industry.

Padilla’s educational credentials include a Graphic Printing Certification from Topeka’s Washburn Institute of Technology, certificates for Sustainability and Social Responsibility from the Institute of Supply Management and a Certificate of Excellence, G7 Master Printer from Idealliance.

About Allen Press, Inc.
Allen Press provides a comprehensive portfolio of integrated services in the broad areas of print, online, distribution, and publishing services, collaborating with scholarly societies, professional associations, and corporations worldwide.

For further information, contact:
Maria Preston-Cargill, Director of Publishing, Allen Press, Inc.
mcargill@allenpress.com | tel: 785.865.9265