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Wednesday, March 20
 

8:00am

Accessible Publishing Working Groups – Breakout Breakfast
Gather your breakfast in the lower level concourse and head upstairs to the Collaboration Centre (room CR-2) to reconnect with the accessible publishing community following January's Accessible Publishing Summit in Toronto. Discuss working group opportunities and next steps, and recommit to the plan for best practices and techniques for accessible publishing.

8:00am

Registration & Breakfast
Wednesday March 20, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Concourse (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

8:00am

Complimentary Headshots
LinkedIn photo more than five years old? Is your go-to headshot a slightly blurry picture of you at brunch last summer? Well you're in luck!

We're offering Tech Forum attendees the chance to get a complimentary professional headshot done at the conference (while you're wearing your business-casual best). Photographers Yvonne Bambrick and Robin Cymbaly are on hand to make sure you look great. All headshots will be uploaded to a group folder and available for easy downloading after the conference.

Registered attendees are invited to book a 5-minute slot in advance, though bookings will remain open until the day of the conference.

Book your appointment at app.waitwhile.com/book/tfebookcraft19. (Please select March 20 before choosing a time.)

We look forward to capturing your eternal beauty.

Wednesday March 20, 2019 8:00am - 1:45pm
Concourse (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

9:00am

Opening Address
Speakers
avatar for Noah Genner

Noah Genner

President & CEO, Booknet Canada
Noah Genner has an extensive background in independent bookselling, software, and business development. As the leader of BookNet Canada he orchestrates a skilled team of technical, policy-oriented, and client-focused staff to provide new data management services and supply-chain initiatives... Read More →


9:00am

9:00am

9:05am

Disrupting Bias: Overcoming Our Discomfort with Differences
As we work to build a more diverse, inclusive and innovative environment within the publishing industry, the critical first step is to identify and interrupt biases—in particular, unconscious biases. When we know how to interrupt and address biases, our workplaces are more inclusive, and our teams are happier, more engaged, and are better positioned to target diverse markets.

In this highly practical session, Ritu will draw on the latest neuroscience and leadership research to explore how discomfort with differences manifests within the publishing industry. Ritu will identify how to address challenges that arise when working across cultural differences with team members and authors, and provide strategies for becoming more inclusive and culturally competent when working across cultural differences.

Make sure you don't miss this talk! A recording will not be provided after the conference.

Speakers
avatar for Ritu Bhasin

Ritu Bhasin

President, bhasin consulting inc.
Ritu Bhasin, LL.B. MBA, President of bhasin consulting inc., is an award-winning speaker, author, and expert in diversity and inclusion, women’s advancement, and authentic leadership. Her Amazon bestselling book, The Authenticity Principle: Resist Conformity, Embrace Differences... Read More →

Sponsors


10:10am

Fireside Chat: Ritu Bhasin in Conversation
Léonicka Valcius, Tech Forum speaker extraordinaire, sits down with this year's keynote speaker, Ritu Bhasin, to discuss the current landscape for diversity and inclusion efforts in the publishing industry and what can be done to drive further innovation and change.

Speakers
avatar for Ritu Bhasin

Ritu Bhasin

President, bhasin consulting inc.
Ritu Bhasin, LL.B. MBA, President of bhasin consulting inc., is an award-winning speaker, author, and expert in diversity and inclusion, women’s advancement, and authentic leadership. Her Amazon bestselling book, The Authenticity Principle: Resist Conformity, Embrace Differences... Read More →
avatar for Léonicka Valcius

Léonicka Valcius

Chair, Festival of Literary Diversity
Léonicka Valcius is an Assistant Agent at Transatlantic Agency, representing commercial and genre fiction for adults and children. As the founder of #DiverseCanLit and the founding Chair of the Board of Directors of The Festival of Literary Diversity, working with writers of colour... Read More →

Sponsors

10:55am

Break + Trivia
Visit kahoot.it and watch the screens at 10:55 for break-time trivia and prizes!

You can find details on kahoot's accessibility features here.


Wednesday March 20, 2019 10:55am - 11:10am
Concourse (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

11:10am

Data-Driven Collections & Patron Management: The New Library Science
It's 2019. Do you know what your local library is doing with data? Panelists from major Canadian library systems will share their latest data-driven initiatives that are revolutionizing collections and patron management to increase efficiencies, insights, and opportunities. BookNet's Monique Mongeon will speak to the role BNC LibraryData will play in the aggregation and analysis of nation-wide library collections data.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Sawh

Michelle Sawh

Director, Administration, Markham Public Library
Michelle has an Honours Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Information degree, and a Teaching Certificate.  In addition, she has a Certificate in Public Library Leadership from the Canadian Urban Libraries Council.  Before joining MPL, Michelle worked for 10 years in the private sector... Read More →
avatar for Jessie Bach

Jessie Bach

Bibliographic Services Manager, Marigold Library System
I am the Bibliographic Services Manager at Marigold Library System in Strathmore, Alberta, where I oversee the purchasing, cataloguing and processing of library material for 36 libraries.  Before entering the public library world, I worked in a number of environments including public... Read More →
avatar for Maria Cipriano

Maria Cipriano

Senior Collections Specialist, Toronto Public Library
Maria Cipriano is a Senior Collections Specialist at the Toronto Public Library and is responsible for adult digital collections including ebooks, digital magazines, and other streaming services.  She has over 25 years of collection development experience in public libraries and... Read More →
avatar for Janet Horne

Janet Horne

Manager Library Systems, Vancover Public Library
Janet is a librarian and a IT professional who has been working in libraries with technology for 30 years.  Her current position is manager of IT at the Vancouver Public Library.   
avatar for Monique Mongeon

Monique Mongeon

Project Manager, BookNet Canada
Monique Mongeon has always been fascinated with the intersection of books and technology – from her start making fansites for her favourite books, to her current role as Project Manager at BookNet Canada. Monique also teaches ebook production at Ryerson University’s Chang School... Read More →


Wednesday March 20, 2019 11:10am - 11:55am
Auditorium B (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

11:10am

Finding the Kernel: Data-Driven Sales Tactics to Really Sell Your Book
Jordyn will demonstrate how to sift through the piles of data — from backlist and comp sales to forecasting popularity — to find the pieces that will really sell your book. How does your book line up with current trends in genre and entertainment? How can you pinpoint which bits of data to use, and which to ignore? Where does your gut fit into your sales strategy? Find the kernel and you’ll find your answers. 

Speakers
avatar for Jordyn Martinez

Jordyn Martinez

Sales Representative, National Accounts, Simon & Schuster Canada
Jordyn Martinez is a Sales Representative at Simon & Schuster Canada. She focuses on print sales across all genres and formats, as well as ebook and eaudio sales. Previously she was the Sales Assistant at S&S Canada, and interned at both BookNet Canada and eBOUND Canada. She is a... Read More →



Wednesday March 20, 2019 11:10am - 11:55am
Auditorium A (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

11:10am

Keywords and Discoverability on Amazon: A Canadian Context
eBOUND Canada conducted a pilot study using a sample of ebooks published by Canadian publishers, to gauge the efficacy of adding audience-driven keywords to the metadata for a sample of fiction and non-fiction titles. Using a combination of AI and manually-generated keywords, we tracked the impact of keywords on discoverability and sales on Amazon over a two-month period.

eBOUND’s Manager of Technology Shannon Culver and key consultant on the study Amanda Lee will present the results of the study, and make recommendations as to how publishers can utilize their metadata to work with vendors' algorithms and improve the discoverability of their titles.

You can find the full report here.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Culver

Shannon Culver

Manager of Technology, eBOUND Canada
Shannon Culver is the Manager of Technology at eBOUND Canada, a non-profit organization that enables Canadian independent publishers to participate in the digital economy. She also teaches the Digital Publishing & Production course in the Publishing Certificate Program at the Chang... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Lee

Amanda Lee

Consultant
Amanda Lee has had her hands in bibliographic metadata for eight years. She’s worked in-house at House of Anansi Press and Groundwood Books, Dundurn Press, and HarperCollins Canada. Now she’s gone freelance and will happily chat with you about any metadata issues you have... Read More →



Wednesday March 20, 2019 11:10am - 11:55am
Auditorium C (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

11:10am

Live Podcast Recording: Minorities in Publishing
Jennifer Baker of the Minorities in Publishing podcast will conduct a live interview with author, columnist, and founder of the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) Jael Richardson on craft, publishing, and formulating equity within the literary community.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Baker

Jennifer Baker

Contributing Editor, Electric Literature
Jennifer Baker  is a publishing professional, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. In 2017, she was awarded a NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship & a Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant for Nonfiction Literature. Her essay... Read More →
avatar for Jael Richardson

Jael Richardson

Artistic Director, The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD)
Jael (jay-ell) Richardson is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. The Stone Thrower was adapted into a children’s book in 2016 and was shortlisted for a Canadian... Read More →


Wednesday March 20, 2019 11:10am - 11:55am
CR-3 (ground floor, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

11:10am

Speccing the Void: Adventures in the Audiobooks Abyss
Kobo audiobooks launched in 2017 and as a QA on the project with a passion for EPUB, my first question was, “So what is the spec for audiobooks, it’s like EPUB right?” Instead of being offered a link to a spec doc, I got shrugs. Later in 2017, I joined the W3C Publishing Working Group with the hopes we’d be discussing the matter of audiobooks, and in 2018 it was decided to create a task force to figure out audio formally. I jumped on the task immediately, and in the months since we’ve made a lot of developments in the space, but the true test is whether the industry will accept our best intentions.

In creating a spec where there isn’t one already the important thing to consider is whether or not your expected audience even wants it. On top of working with passionate ebook people on creating something that aligns with what the publishing industry uses already, we need to work with the industry we’re about to disrupt. We also have to consider the needs and expectations of users and user agents. There are more questions than answers.

This presentation will introduce everyone to the process of creating something where there wasn’t something before, and demoing what we have done so far.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Reid

Wendy Reid

Senior Quality Analyst, Rakuten Kobo Inc.
Wendy Reid is a Senior QA at Rakuten Kobo, where she works with kobo's mobile apps and device teams to improve reading experiences, promote accessibility, and raise quality. At her other day job she is one of the chairs of the Publishing Working Group at the W3C, and editor of the... Read More →



Wednesday March 20, 2019 11:10am - 11:55am
CR-2 (ground floor, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

12:00pm

Case Study: Metadata & the Web at House of Anansi Press
Moving an online bookstore from one website to another is no small feat. Obstacles abound in this odyssey of data transferral, from hosting ebook files to displaying metadata and images, all while ensuring that design and e-commerce tools are doing their jobs both separately and when melded together. In this case study, the team at House of Anansi will share their epic tale, including the unexpected problems they encountered along the way and how they were solved or are being solved. BookNet's Tim Middleton will speak to the role BiblioShare's data aggregation service and its plugins have played thus far in guiding their ship to a new shore.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Lacson

Andrea Lacson

Data Administrator, House of Anasi
Andrea Lacson is the Data Administrator at House of Anansi Press and Groundwood Books, where she mostly works with metadata, but has her hands in upkeeping the website and fielding audiobook queries. She is a graduate of the Publishing program at Centennial College. You can find her... Read More →
avatar for Carolyn McNeillie

Carolyn McNeillie

Web Developer, The Working Group
Carolyn spent nearly a decade working in book publishing technology, design, and marketing, most recently as Marketing Director at House of Anansi Press and Groundwood Books. Recently she undertook a career change and now works as a front-end web developer at TWG. 
avatar for Tim Middleton

Tim Middleton

Project Manager & Retailer Liaison, BookNet Canada
Tim Middleton is a Project Manager & Retailer Liaison at BookNet Canada. With a passion for startup culture, entrepreneurial enterprises, and disruptive technology ignited by a varied career in retail and consumer research, all things bookish remain his first and true love.



Wednesday March 20, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Auditorium B (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

12:00pm

How Publishing is Attacking the Diversity Problem: A Data-Driven Approach
In this session, Ashleigh Gardner, Deputy General Manager, Wattpad Studios, Publishing, will explore how new technologies — such as machine learning — are creating new opportunities to discover and publish marginalized voices. Looking at Wattpad’s own Story DNA machine learning technology, this session will highlight the opportunities for publishers to diversify their slates while uncovering exciting new writers. The session will examine real-life case studies from Wattpad, showcasing recently-discovered voices that the company has identified among the millions on the platform.

Speakers
avatar for Ashleigh Gardner

Ashleigh Gardner

Deputy General Manager, Wattpad Studios, Publishing
As Deputy General Manager, Wattpad Studios, Publishing, Ashleigh Gardner works with Wattpad writers and publishers around the world to turn Wattpad stories into books. Leveraging the data and insights from more the more than 500 million story uploads on Wattpad, Ashleigh creates meaningful... Read More →



Wednesday March 20, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
CR-3 (ground floor, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

12:00pm

Inclusivity, Diversity, and Harmonizing the Metadata Supply Chain: Standards at EDItEUR
EDItEUR's Chris Saynor will share how Thema, the subject category scheme for the global book trade, can be used to help identify and improve the discoverability of titles suitable for a more diverse and inclusive audience. He will also touch on EDItX reports and transactional standards that are being updated for the digital age and to harmonize with ONIX 3.0 for the benefit of the book supply chain.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Saynor

Chris Saynor

Standards Editor, EDItEUR
Chris is responsible for EDItEUR's book publishing standards including ONIX, Thema, and EDItX. He joined the organization in late 2016. For the previous eight years, he worked for GiantChair Inc. in Paris as a metadata specialist and project manager, and has been responsible for implementation... Read More →



Wednesday March 20, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Auditorium C (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

12:00pm

Readers are Listening: Best Practices in the Production and Distribution of Audiobooks
Jessica Albert and Brendan Ouellette will discuss the many options available to large and small publishers when creating an audiobook program from the ground up. Learn how to develop an audiobook strategy, including the considerations that come with creating audiobooks in-house, how to sell audio rights, and how to work with third-parties and freelancers. Using their experiences at ECW Press and Annick Press, as well as sharing updates from other houses , Jessica and Brendan will share lessons learned and the hurdles still to overcome in the Canadian audiobook landscape.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Albert

Jessica Albert

Digital and Art Director, ECW Press
Jessica Albert is the Digital and Art Director at ECW Press where she works on ebooks, accessibility, audiobooks, book covers, and metadata — sometimes all at once. When not playing fetch with her dog, Jessica has been working to overhaul the digital production and metadata systems... Read More →
avatar for Brendan Ouellette

Brendan Ouellette

Digital Project Manager, Annick Press
As digital project manager for Annick Press in Toronto, Brendan works with producers, voice actors, authors and industry experts to translate print content for kids and teens into exciting audiobooks. 



Wednesday March 20, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
CR-2 (ground floor, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

12:00pm

The Accessibility Supply Chain: Reporting from the Front Lines of Inclusive Ebook Production
Join Shannon Culver and Sabina Iseli-Otto for an overview of lessons learned at this year's Accessible Publishing Summit. Representatives from across the North American digital book supply chain convened over two days in January 2019 for facilitated dialogue and conversation on accessible publishing. By sharing diverse perspectives, and identifying the assets and challenges of born-accessible publishing, attendees gained a deeper understanding of accessible publishing and collaborated to develop a draft set of guidelines for digital accessibility. Shannon and Sabina will present the guidelines and share next steps toward industry-wide implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Culver

Shannon Culver

Manager of Technology, eBOUND Canada
Shannon Culver is the Manager of Technology at eBOUND Canada, a non-profit organization that enables Canadian independent publishers to participate in the digital economy. She also teaches the Digital Publishing & Production course in the Publishing Certificate Program at the Chang... Read More →
avatar for Sabina Iseli-Otto

Sabina Iseli-Otto

Public Services Librarian, National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)
Sabina Iseli-Otto is the Public Service Librarian with the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS). She works with librarians to help match books in accessible formats to the people with print disabilities who want to read them. If you call the NNELS help line, chances... Read More →



Wednesday March 20, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Auditorium A (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

12:45pm

Lunch
Wednesday March 20, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Concourse (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

1:45pm

New from BookNet Canada: BNC LibraryData & SalesData
The BookNet team has been hard at work the last year recruiting Canadian library systems and aggregating their circulation data to debut our new tool, BNC LibraryData. Get a first glimpse of the circulation data aggregation tool, see its reports in action, and find out how it will be integrated into BNC SalesData for a comprehensive overview of Canadian readership.

Speakers
avatar for Monique Mongeon

Monique Mongeon

Project Manager, BookNet Canada
Monique Mongeon has always been fascinated with the intersection of books and technology – from her start making fansites for her favourite books, to her current role as Project Manager at BookNet Canada. Monique also teaches ebook production at Ryerson University’s Chang School... Read More →



Wednesday March 20, 2019 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Auditorium C (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

1:45pm

How Can AI Champion Great Storytelling?
Can machines work alongside humans to improve the storytelling process? We’ll share how an AI-powered analysis can help storytellers visualize and understand their stories — including character network, personality traits, emotional valence, and whether or not you’ve got a dynamic protagonist leaping from the pages. StoryFit identifies features applicable to all stages of book development, from acquisitions to marketing, and we’ll provide real-life examples to support your publishing decisions.


Speakers
avatar for Mary Brendza

Mary Brendza

VP, Strategy, StoryFit
Mary is the VP, Strategy at StoryFit.  She leads marketing, business development, and strategy. She has held key digital leadership positions within media organizations, like Hearst and Verizon. She founded App Express, a self-serve, mobile app builder designed to help businesses... Read More →
avatar for Monica Landers

Monica Landers

CEO, StoryFit
Monica Landers is co-founder and CEO of StoryFit, a rapid-growth technology company which provides AI analytics for the publishing and entertainment industry. With two media technology patents, Monica’s deep experience in media extends from producing for ABC News and Good Morning... Read More →



Wednesday March 20, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Auditorium A (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

1:45pm

Metadata, Agility, and Consensus: How to Build Excitement, Make Agile Changes, and Consolidate
Metadata is an increasingly important tool for book marketing and discoverability, but sometimes systems and workflows can get in the way of optimizing data. It can be easy to fall back on old patterns, formulae, etc., and get lost in day-to-day minutiae rather than making sure your expansive catalogue has a minimum number of BISACs and keywords — let alone ones that are well-researched based on customer behaviour.
But making systemic changes at a large publisher takes a great deal of time and consensus-building, and time is often in short supply. So how does the individual book marketer or editorial assistant fight the Goliaths of inertia, scale, and the way things have always been done?
At Harlequin, we believe the answer is not doing it alone, but rather working to find ambassadors: like-minded people in various roles. Consensus, ambassadors, and eventually lots of excitement were the keys to our project. This led to the development of a new module for metadata that will revolutionize the way we can reach consumers, market our books, maximize data integrity, and optimize data at scale.
This talk will focus on the strategies we used to grow consensus, identify key opportunities for development, and eventually overhaul large systems and workflows to focus them around metadata best practices.


Speakers
avatar for Brendan Flattery

Brendan Flattery

Assistant Manager, Digital Commerce, Harlequin Enterprises
Brendan is a digital book lover, award-winning dungeon master, generalist nerd, and spreadsheet enthusiast. He started in digital publishing as an intern 9 years ago and never looked back. After working in ebook production and development he now manages Harlequin's relationships with... Read More →
avatar for Keely Kundell

Keely Kundell

Editorial Assistant, Herlequin
Keely is the editorial assistant for HQN and Graydon House. She works as a liaison between the editorial and digital assets management team. She hails from Toronto, and she began her career working at Kobo in publisher operations, later moving to Harlequin in early 2016. Keely holds... Read More →



Wednesday March 20, 2019 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Auditorium B (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

1:45pm

The Audiobook's Tale
A view across international publishers and how audio has been integrated with existing workflows. Tricia will offer insights on how you can anticipate everything from costing and estimating to contracting, rights sales, and royalties for audiobook formats.


Speakers
avatar for Tricia McCraney

Tricia McCraney

Project Implementation, Virtusales BiblioLIVE
Tricia McCraney is a Projects Consultant with Virtusales, implementing BiblioLIVE publishing management software for publishers of all sizes in North America and beyond. She is the current chair of BISG's Rights Committee, and has a particular interest in book metadata.   



1:45pm

Best Practices for Equity-Driven Acquisitions: Shifting from Gatekeeping to Spacemaking
The "gatekeeping" framework of our industry is a major structural hurdle to diversity and inclusion in publishing. It is not enough to recognize our biases and stop doing harm (though that's a key first step). We need to brainstorm ways to repair the historical damage done to our cultural institutions and artists. How do we shift from "gatekeeping" and towards what attendees of SFU's 2018 Publishing Unbound conference called "spacemaking": a process that solicits, supports, and develops the work of marginalized writers and professionals? In this dynamic, action-focused session, a team of industry professionals will lead attendees in a collaborative, generative process to develop "Best Practices" guidelines for industry adoption.

Speakers
avatar for Léonicka Valcius

Léonicka Valcius

Chair, Festival of Literary Diversity
Léonicka Valcius is an Assistant Agent at Transatlantic Agency, representing commercial and genre fiction for adults and children. As the founder of #DiverseCanLit and the founding Chair of the Board of Directors of The Festival of Literary Diversity, working with writers of colour... Read More →
avatar for Annie Gibson

Annie Gibson

Publisher, Playwrights Canada Press
Annie Gibson is the publisher at Playwrights Canada Press. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Annie followed her love of theatre and books to its logical conclusion: publishing plays.
avatar for Scaachi Koul

Scaachi Koul

Senior Writer, Buzzfeed
Scaachi Koul is a senior writer at Buzzfeed. Born and raised in Calgary, she attended the School of Journalism at Ryerson University. Before joining Buzzfeed in 2015, she worked for The Huffington Post Canada, Maclean's, Hazlitt and freelanced for various publications including Toronto... Read More →
avatar for Bhavna Chauhan

Bhavna Chauhan

Senior Editor, Penguin Random House Canada
Bhavna Chauhan is a Senior Editor at Doubleday Canada and Appetite. Her focuses are psychological thrillers, commercial fiction, celebrity books, issue-driven narrative non-fiction, and personal memoir. She is the Canadian editor of the internationally bestselling The Couple Next... Read More →

Sponsors

2:15pm

New from BookNet Canada: Loan Stars & Loan Stars Jr.
The Loan Stars readers' advisory program had a big year in 2018, from welcoming hundreds of new library staff from across Canada to launching Loan Stars Jr., a new bi-monthly list of Juvenile and Young Adult titles that will debut in March 2019. 
Find out what else we've been up to the past year, how all those Loan Stars picks are being celebrated by the larger literary community, and how you can get involved in 2019.


Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Barker

Elizabeth Barker

Project Coordinator, BookNet Canada
Elizabeth Barker: marketer, library power-user, metadata nerd. As a member of the BookNet Canada team, Elizabeth is able to spend her days doing what she loves: working closely with libraries, bibliographic data, and publishers. When not making/seeking reading recommendations, Elizabeth... Read More →



Wednesday March 20, 2019 2:15pm - 2:30pm
Auditorium C (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

2:30pm

Complimentary Headshots
LinkedIn photo more than five years old? Is your go-to headshot a slightly blurry picture of you at brunch last summer? Well you're in luck!

We're offering Tech Forum attendees the chance to get a complimentary professional headshot done at the conference (while you're wearing your business-casual best). Photographers Yvonne Bambrick and Robin Cymbaly are on hand to make sure you look great. All headshots will be uploaded to a group folder and available for easy downloading after the conference.

Registered attendees are invited to book a 5-minute slot in advance, though bookings will remain open until the day of the conference.

Book your appointment at app.waitwhile.com/book/tfebookcraft19. (Please select March 20 before choosing a time.)

We look forward to capturing your eternal beauty.

Wednesday March 20, 2019 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Concourse (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

2:35pm

New from BookNet Canada: BNC CataList
BNC CataList rolled out some major and eagerly anticipated developments this past year, including overhauled PDF export capabilities, to help the industry market, sell, and order books more quickly and easily.
Project Manager Carol Gordon will provide a first-hand look at the latest upgrades to the system and share some of the new developments we have planned for 2019.


Speakers
avatar for Carol Gordon

Carol Gordon

Project Manager, BookNet Canada
Carol Gordon manages BookNet Canada's CataList project. Having previously worked on both sides of the sales and purchasing relationship, she is excited to work with Canadian publishers, sales reps, retailers and librarians to develop new and efficient ways to share information about... Read More →



Wednesday March 20, 2019 2:35pm - 2:50pm
Auditorium C (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

2:35pm

Building Bridges, Not Walls: Successful Publishing & Retailing Collaborations
We all have one goal: Get more books into the hands of readers. Hear from publishers and booksellers across the industry who are working together to support book sales in ways that are creative, collaborative, and constructive for all.

Speakers
avatar for Morgen Young

Morgen Young

Vice Presiden, Ampersand Inc.
Morgen Young has worked in the Canadian publishing industry since 2006 and considers herself very lucky to be a part of the amazing team at Ampersand. Beginning as a sales rep in Southwestern Ontario, she has spent her career working with many amazing independent, chain and big box... Read More →
avatar for Chris Hall

Chris Hall

Owner, McNally Robinson Booksellers
Chris Hall has worked in the book industry at McNally Robinson Booksellers since 1996. He started as a bookseller, got the opportunity to try many more aspects of running a bookstore, and, in 2015, officially took over as co-owner with Lori Baker, his business partner. They now own... Read More →
avatar for Athmika Punja

Athmika Punja

Director, Operations, Penguin Random House Canada
I work closely with sales, fulfillment, and customer service on projects to improve our supply chain. My team at Penguin Random House Canada covers customer operations, sales assistance, publisher operations, as well as co-op processes. Prior to my three years here, I was in operations... Read More →
avatar for Megan Byers

Megan Byers

Owner, Livres Babar Books
Megan Byers grew up surrounded by books, literally. Maya Byers, her mother started Babar Books in 1986 when she was a toddler. As a part of a family-owned and operated children’s bookstore, she is committed to promoting literacy and a love of reading. Megan is the manager, in charge... Read More →
avatar for Laura Ash

Laura Ash

Co-Owner, Another Story Bookshop
Laura Ash is the Co-owner of Another Story Bookshop in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood in Toronto. Drawn to Another Story for its commitment to making a social impact through books, Laura is determined to ensure Sheila Koffman’s legacy lives on and Another Story continues to bring... Read More →
avatar for Ruth Linka

Ruth Linka

Associate Publisher, Orca Book Publishers
Ruth Linka began her career in publishing at Coteau Books, a literary publisher, working in promotions and editorial. Since then she has worked at Raincoast Books as the Production Manager and Associate Art Director, and at NeWest Press as the General Manager. In 2001 Ruth and business... Read More →


Wednesday March 20, 2019 2:35pm - 3:20pm
Auditorium B (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

2:35pm

Case Study: Penguin Random House Canada's Audiobook Program
Join Penguin Random House Canada's Marion Garner, Deputy Publisher, and Ann Jansen, Director of Audiobook Production, to celebrate and revisit 18 months of made-in-Canada audiobooks. Learn how PRHC adopted an audio-first strategy to release audio content simultaneously with print and digital editions, using Canadian acting talent for Canadian-authored books, while recording in studios both in-office and across the country.

Marion and Ann will discuss the pains and successes experienced in securing in-house buy-in, liaising with traditionally print-focused departments, and developing manageable workflows as they discuss their plans for the future of PRHC's audiobook program. This wide-ranging conversation will be moderated by BookNet's Zalina Alvi.


Speakers
avatar for Marion Garner

Marion Garner

Vice President, Deputy Publisher, Penguin Random House Canada
Marion Garner is a veteran of Canadian publishing. Over her vast career, she has worked many places doing many things, but her 25 years at Penguin Random House Canada sum up things nicely. She began her time at Random House Canada as a sales representative, eventually bringing her... Read More →
avatar for Ann Jansen

Ann Jansen

Director, Audiobook Production, Penguin Random House Canada
Ann joined PRHC in 2017 to create a made-in-Canada audiobook program. The audio team has already produced more than 100 titles, many recorded in an in-house studio launched in early 2018. Before switching to publishing, Ann worked at the CBC, where she led the launch of CBC Books... Read More →
avatar for Zalina Alvi

Zalina Alvi

Marketing & Communications Manager, BookNet Canada
As a member of the BookNet team, Zalina uses the power of marketing to help the book industry publish, sell, and envision the future of books, whether they be in print, digital, or directly transmitted into the brain via biblio-lasers (patent pending).


2:35pm

Project TAMIS: Using AI to Address the Discoverability Challenge
How do we discover books? Sometimes we ask people (bookstore and library staff, journalists, friends, family), but more often than not, we ask search engines (“thriller Brazil,” “kids’ books dragons") But these tools rely on the way books are described. Is the book actually labelled as a thriller? Do we know that the plot takes place in Brazil? How do search engines know that a particular book contains references to dragons? There are thousands of ways to describe a book and publisher time is limited. And book metadata is not always sufficient for all types of queries — any bookseller who's been asked to find a book by the colour of its cover can tell you that. Plus, discoverability is being increasingly performed through recommendation engines that are often based on historical sales data, not on the actual content of the books.

Projet TAMIS was launched by Éditions du Septentrion (a history book publisher based in Québec City) in collaboration with Brix Labs (a consulting agency with a focus on technology applied to cultural industries) to address these challenges. Researchers are using algorithms, open source code, and free or cheap APIs to extract descriptive information about books from books and to do it at a granularity and scale that would not be possible for humans. These findings could have huge potential to enrich traditional metadata, as well as create new ways to discover books.

This presentation will share some of the project's results, which will be made available online and provided to publishers in such a way to make it easy to upload them to their metadata aggregators.

Speakers
avatar for Christian Roy

Christian Roy

President, Brix Labs
Christian Roy is the project coordinator and main researcher for Projet TAMIS. He has worked on many projects combining cultural content metadata, algorithms and technology. He is also the founder and CEO of Hercules.report, a market intelligence tool for book professionals. He was... Read More →



Wednesday March 20, 2019 2:35pm - 3:20pm
Auditorium A (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

2:50pm

New from BookNet Canada: BNC BiblioShare
With 3 million records (and counting), BNC BiblioShare has grown into the go-to source for quality-assured book data in Canada. Find out what tools we've been working on recently to ensure all that data is easily accessible to retailers, the media, and other end users, and what plans we have in the works for building a faster and more powerful BiblioShare 2.0 in the coming year.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Middleton

Tim Middleton

Project Manager & Retailer Liaison, BookNet Canada
Tim Middleton is a Project Manager & Retailer Liaison at BookNet Canada. With a passion for startup culture, entrepreneurial enterprises, and disruptive technology ignited by a varied career in retail and consumer research, all things bookish remain his first and true love.



Wednesday March 20, 2019 2:50pm - 3:05pm
Auditorium C (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

3:05pm

#standardsgoals for 2019: Standards & Certification Roundup
Bibliographic standards are always changing to keep up with the ever-evolving realities of the book industry and it’s in the best interest of your business to keep up, too. Should you be using BISAC or Thema subject codes (or both)? Which version of ONIX are your business partners using? What improvements to your metadata should you prioritize for 2019?
In this session, Bibliographic Manager Tom Richardson will answer your pressing questions and show you what’s new, what’s important, and what’s coming up in standards.


Speakers
avatar for Tom Richardson

Tom Richardson

Bibliographic Manager, BookNet Canada
Tom Richardson is BookNet Canada's Bibliographic Manager and friend to all ONIX producers and users.



Wednesday March 20, 2019 3:05pm - 3:20pm
Auditorium C (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

3:20pm

Break
Cookie time!

Wednesday March 20, 2019 3:20pm - 3:35pm
Concourse (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

3:35pm

Diversity in Canadian Book Publishing: Findings from the ACP's 2018 Baseline Survey
Over the summer of 2018, the Association of Canadian Publishers conducted a baseline survey to measure the diversity of the Canadian book publishing workforce. This session will share highlights of the survey's findings, identify existing initiatives that are building inclusive workplaces, and explore possibilities for future efforts in this area.

You can find the full report here.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Edwards

Kate Edwards

Executive Director, Association of Canadian Publishers
Kate Edwards is Executive Director at the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP), the national voice of Canada’s independent English-language book publishers. Kate leads ACP’s government relations and advocacy program, and oversees the association’s communications, professional... Read More →



3:35pm

3:35pm

3:50pm

State of the Bookselling & Publishing Nation 2019
The latest statistics on Canadian book buying, reading, and consumer habits. Noah will answer all the questions you didn't know you had in this chart-friendly presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Noah Genner

Noah Genner

President & CEO, Booknet Canada
Noah Genner has an extensive background in independent bookselling, software, and business development. As the leader of BookNet Canada he orchestrates a skilled team of technical, policy-oriented, and client-focused staff to provide new data management services and supply-chain initiatives... Read More →



4:25pm

A Crisis Management Lens for #MeToo and the Media Industry
When most people think of Crisis Management, they think of Olivia Pope. However, Crisis Management is more than just squashing scandals and managing (bad) reputations. Using case studies of recent crises related to the #MeToo movement and the publishing industry, this session will demonstrate how the principles of Crisis Management can be used to successfully mitigate consequences of all types of crises.   

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Mack

Melissa Mack

Director, Witt O'Brien's
Melissa Mack is a corporate crisis preparedness consultant, specializing in establishing, training, and exercising corporate crisis management teams. Her passion is developing and conducting training and tabletop exercises for teams of all maturity levels. Melissa uses her strong... Read More →



5:10pm

Closing Remarks
Speakers
avatar for Noah Genner

Noah Genner

President & CEO, Booknet Canada
Noah Genner has an extensive background in independent bookselling, software, and business development. As the leader of BookNet Canada he orchestrates a skilled team of technical, policy-oriented, and client-focused staff to provide new data management services and supply-chain initiatives... Read More →


5:15pm

Tech Forum & ebookcraft Closing Ceremony
A closing ceremony  to mark the official ending of Tech Forum & ebookcraft 2019 will be performed by Whabagoon, an Ojibway Elder of the Lac Seul First Nation.

Speakers
avatar for Elder Whabagoon

Elder Whabagoon

Lac Seul First Nation
Whabagoon is an Ojibway Elder of the Lac Seul First Nation, a Keeper of Sacred Pipes, active community member, speaker, and a land defender and water protector. Whabagoon’s strong commitment toward educating the community has earned her the Community Service Award given by the Bank... Read More →