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Publishers & Industry Panels

Publishers Panel

2:00 PM-3:30 PM (Mountain Daylight Time)

Academic Publishing in the Future: What’s Next?

Journal and series editors will share their ideas about the future of publishing. They will discuss their work as editors and the challenges and opportunities they see going forward in managing and advocating for excellence.


Steven Sawyer, Professor and Core Faculty of Renée Crown Honors Program, Syracuse University, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST) Editor-in-Chief, USA

Prior to returning to Syracuse, Steve was a founding faculty member of the Pennsylvania State University’s College of Information Sciences and Technology. His research focuses on the sociotechnical basis of and evolving relationships among working, organizing, and using information and communications technologies.

Denice Adkins, Professor, University of Missouri, The Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS)
Co-Editor, USA

Denice Adkins is a professor at the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri, and Co-Editor of the Journal of Education for Library & Information Science. She is currently serving as Membership Director of the Association for Library and Information Science Education and Treasurer for REFORMA (The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking).

John Budd, Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri, The Journal of Education for Library and Information Science
(JELIS) Co-Editor, USA

John Budd is Professor Emeritus with the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies of the University of Missouri. He has also served on the faculties of the University of Arizona and Louisiana State University. He has been President of the Association for Library and Information Science Education and Beta Phi Mu international society. He has served as editor of Library Resources & Technical Services and of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Publications in Librarianship monograph series. Over the years he has published more than 150 works and has presented at more than 125 events. He has been active in ASIST for a number of years.

Andrew Dillon, V.M. Daniel Professor of Information, University of Texas at Austin, Information & Culture Co-Editor-in-Chief, USA

Andrew Dillon is the V.M. Daniel Professor of Information at the University of Texas School of Information and the Co-Editor of Information & Culture, a journal committed to scholarship on the impact of information on all areas of human endeavor, especially as it relates to social and cultural phenomena. His areas of research address the design of human-centered systems, information creation and use, and the human response to digital infrastructures.

Susanne Filler, Executive Editor, Morgan & Claypool Publishers, Computer and Information Science Editor, USA

Active in publishing for 19 years, Susanne Filler joined Morgan & Claypool Publishers as an Executive Editor in 2017 and acquires books for a variety of programs, including the Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services series. Prior to this, she was a Senior Editor at John Wiley & Sons where she commissioned and developed award-winning textbooks, handbooks, and major reference works. She has a proven ability in developing books based on current and projected consumer needs and has a demonstrated history of establishing a collaborative team environment between the publisher, well-known and key international authors, and end users to meet those needs.


Sandra Hirsh, Associate Dean for Academics, San Jose State University, USA; Don Turnbull, Advisor, Singulos Research, Canada

Industry Panel

2:00 PM-3:30 PM (Mountain Daylight Time)

Applying Research in Industry: Methods, Theories, Approaches and How They Shape Practice

This panel invites industry leaders to discuss how they apply their research skills and experiences to industry work to address practical problems. Panelists will review and highlight their own observations on best practice approaches to doing practical research and identify how research shapes and informs their work. They will also discuss trends, challenges, and opportunities for collaboration between industry and academia.


Sam Ladner, Principal Researcher, Strategy, Workday, USA

Sam Ladner is a sociologist who studies the intersection of technology and work. She has worked in applied roles since graduating with a PhD in sociology from York University, in 2008. She has worked at design agencies, Microsoft, and Amazon, and currently works at Workday as a principal researcher. She is the author of two books on applied research: Practical Ethnography and Mixed Methods: A Short Guide to Applied Mixed Methods Research.

Laurentia Romaniuk, Trends Expert & Sr. Product Manager, Catalog, Instacart, USA

Laurentia Romaniuk’s background is in digital libraries. She holds a Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) and has worked at Apple, Restoration Hardware, and now Instacart in building out digital content databases. Understanding what makes each of the 3.5 million products in Instacart’s Catalog special to a customer is Lauren’s area of work. This lends itself to her work as Instacart’s Trends Expert - where she works with a data storytelling team to identify interesting stories about how Americans and Canadians shop.

Christine Anderson, VP UX/UI, The Trade Desk, USA

In her role as VP UX/UI, Christine Anderson helps craft the customer experience vision for the Trade Desk’s products. She inspires teams to innovate through a unique blend of UX and product expertise as well as experience designing for a multiplicity of cultures, devices, and industries. Christine is an influential executive who brings over 20 years of experience leading the UX for major, worldwide brands such as Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft/MSN’s TV, mobile, web, and mail products. Christine earned her BA in Film/Video Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her MLA from Eastern Michigan University in Interdisciplinary Technology.


Sandra Hirsh, Associate Dean for Academics, San Jose State University, USA; Don Turnbull, Advisor, Singulos Research, Canada