The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) has a name that trips up people new to it. They often want to write or say the Society of Scholarly Publishing. But, no, it’s for. The organization has a mission that is about advancing the field and helping its members develop through education, collaboration, and networking. And it’s willing to stick its neck out to make it happen, through blogs like this, meetings, webinars, and other activities.
It’s fairly standard and safe to say “I’ve had the honor of being President of SSP for the past year.” I sometimes recoil from clichés, but other times, you have to embrace them. What leads me to embrace this one is that the unique vantage point of the role of President allowed me to clearly see how unique and wonderful SSP is as an organization. The mission and members really set it apart. We don’t advocate for anything except “moving things forward.” We work hard for our fellow members, as most of the people working hard for SSP members are themselves SSP members.
When this is published, SSP will be starting the final day of its largest-ever Annual Meeting in Boston, with nearly 950 attendees and more vendors with more ideas than ever. The great Annual Meeting Program Committee deserves all the credit for this, and our management company (Kellen Company) will have herded all the cats, to be sure. The Committee Chairs, co-Chairs, Board Liaisons, Board Members, Executive Committee, and volunteers all did a fantastic job this past year, and there are many new initiatives percolating. I’ve been routinely amazed by the energy, dedication, and creativity of my fellow SSP members as they move us forward in myriad ways — social media, international outreach, educational programming, professional development for members, internal controls and processes, strategic thinking and planning, and more.
And, of course, I have to thank David Crotty and the Chefs of the Kitchen for taking over a year ago and keeping this little blog running in style.
As I hand the reins over to Howard Ratner of CHOR, Inc., who should already be President by the time you read this, I just wanted to thank everyone for making this year relatively easy and really enjoyable.
Thanks, my SSP friends and colleagues! It has been an honor.