Bowker, the global leader in bibliographic information, has appointed Beat Barblan to lead its flagship Identifier Services area. As Director of Identifier Services, Mr. Barblan will be responsible for such identifier asset management and discoverability solutions as ISBN, ISTC, ISMN, DOI and ISPI. These solutions are renowned for their ability to standardize works across the book industry and content services supply chain, benefitting publishers, self publishers, authors, and other book industry professionals. Bowker is a business unit of ProQuest.
“Beat is a remarkably talented manager, which I saw firsthand from his work in Bowker’s Supply Chain business,” said Annie Callahan, COO of ProQuest. “I know his mix of energy and vision is going to take this important, growing area to a new level.”
Mr. Barblan joined Bowker in 2007 as Product Manager for the company’s Supply Chain business, overseeing new development and maintenance for Pubnet and PubEasy, the publishing industry’s premier electronic ordering tools, and PubEasySchool, the new Bowker K12 product. Prior to joining Bowker, Mr. Barblan was Sr. Product Manager at Wolters Kluwer / Ovid where he helped launch the OvidSP platform and was responsible for several hundred databases, books and journals.
Mr. Barblan’s earlier career is remarkably diverse, spanning two continents and a broad range of positions and responsibilities, including Senior Technology Strategist in the hospitality industry, Programmer, Spanish and Italian teacher at a public middle school, Marketing Communication Coordinator and Editor for Schindler Elevator Corporation. In Switzerland, Mr. Barblan set up computer training centers for the unemployed in collaboration with IBM and local governments, acted as a translator implementing Schindler Elevator Corporation’s worldwide move to US English, led a translation company and was a dispatcher for the Swiss Federal Railways.
Mr. Barblan first came to the US in 1980 as the recipient of an AFS Intercultural Exchange scholarship to Menlo-Atherton High School in Silicon Valley. He is still active in AFS and many other philanthropic and cultural organizations. Mr. Barblan holds a BA, magna cum laude, in philosophy from Rutgers College and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He is fluent in Italian, German, Spanish and French and holds American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages certificates in the first three.