It give us great pleasure to announce the 2013 PreConference workshops, this year SLA-AGC is organizing the workshop in cooperation with Knowledge E , the workshops will be focus on different professional topics , and it will be deliver by an experience professional trainers who delivered the same workshop for UKSG and other professional associations.

Knowledge E will be fully responsible on workshops registrations and communications with delegate, please use the following form to register for the workshops Click Here

David Sommer

David Sommer is a highly-driven professional with 15 years' experience in the global publishing industry and a track record of developing successful products and businesses. David has developed a range of successful new products including Blackwell Synergy, Contentstore, Scholarlystats, MPS insight and Riskcheck.

David is a powerful force at the intersection of sales, people and technology. He has the ability to get the best out of people, combined with a strong commitment to learning, development and growth and a high level of integrity. David has an MA in Physics from the University of Oxford and an MBA from University College Dublin.

David created David Sommer Consulting in February 2009 to help grow people and grow businesses in the publishing and online information sectors. David has worked with clients from large and small publishers around the world including: Macmillan, Springer, American Institute of Physics, Maney Publications, Atypon and Renew Training.

Most recently David was Commercial Director at MPS Technologies (part of the Macmillan Group); he was part of the original founding team when the company was created in 2004. David was responsible for all commercial aspects of MPS Technologies including new product development, product marketing, launch, commercialization and enhancement as well as sales and marketing. David also led the development of the BookStore eBook Platform, part of the wider ContentStore suite of products for delivering content for publishers.

Previously, David spent seven years with Blackwell Publishing where he developed a consortia sales model, built the library sales team and managed the launch of Blackwell Synergy – an online platform delivering over 700 online journals. David created the RFP, wrote the functional specification and managed the vendor selection team, the implementation, the launch as well as the communication plan to clients, staff, societies and partners. He was also responsible for ongoing development after launch.

David has been actively involved in developing industry standards. He has been an important contributor to project COUNTER - the industry standard for publisher-generated usage statistics - chairing the sub-committee which developed the original COUNTER reports, and he now chairs the COUNTER Executive Committee. David has also been involved in the NISO SUSHI initiative to develop an XML standard for usage data transfer as well as ACAP (Automated Content Access Protocol) - an emerging standard allowing publishers to describe rights
and usage permissions in XML that relate to content and services for use by search engines.

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Simon Inger

Simon Inger has been working in the journals industry for over twenty years. In this time he has worked for B.H.Blackwell, CatchWord, Ingenta and, since 2002, as an independent consultant. Simon was co-founder and Managing Director of CatchWord Ltd, the world's largest e-journal hosting organization, from its inception in
1995 to its sale to Ingenta in February 2001.

Simon has worked extensively in journal sales, marketing & pricing; e-journal delivery & platform selection; fulfillment & editorial systems selection; management; financial planning; product development; market research; content development; content discovery; and library technology. In addition he runs training courses for librarians in the UK and Ireland on e-journal technology and management under the banner of UKSG, as well as courses for publishers focussed on content delivery through gateways, search engines and library

Simon is often invited to speak at library and publishing conferences on subjects from global e-journal delivery to library portals, content discovery and user behaviour, and their impacts on purchasing and consumption.

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