Name: William P. Kane. My friends call me Bill, but you can call me Billy.
Title: Director of Digital Publishing
Organization: Wake Forest University
Address: The internets.
Phone: No one ever calls me.
Fax: What’s a “fax”?
Born and lived: Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA. Adopted hometown: Detroit, MI. Foster hometown: Winston-Salem, NC. Retirement village: Beaufort, NC.
Early Life: A middle child, rocking the suburbs (just like Quiet Riot did (‘cept they were talented)).
Professional Career and Activities
First job: dishwasher in Chinese restaurant. Second job: pharmacy delivery guy (no comment). Third job: asphalt shoveller (no comment) in steel mill. Fourth job: schoolteacher (grades 7 and 8 (no comment)). Fifth job: bookstore clerk. Sixth job: library school. Seventh job: community college librarian. Eighth job: Wayne State University. Ninth job: Detroit Area Library Network. Tenth job: University of Detroit Mercy. Eleventh job: Blackwell’s Book Services. Twelfth job: Alibris for Libraries. Thirteenth job: Wake Forest University. Next job: dishwasher in Chinese restaurant?
Family: I’m lucky that way.
In My Spare Time: What is this thing you call “spare time”? Is it anything like a “fax”?
Favorite Books: I feel obliged to answer “used.”
Pet Peeves: Misplaced apostrophe’s really bug’s me.
Philosophy: “Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges.”
Most Memorable Career Achievement: Single-handedly eliminating the expression “out-of-print” from librarians’ vernacular.
Goal I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: Single-handedly eliminating the expression “out of stock” from publishers’ vernacular.
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years:
Am honestly torn between David Bowie’s/Ziggy Stardust’s “Five Years”:
pushing through the market square
so many mothers sighing
news had just come over
we had five years left to cry in
and Noah and the Whale’s “Five Years Time”:
in five years time we could be walking round a zoo
with the sun shining down over me and you
and there’ll be love in the bodies of the elephants too
and I’ll put my hands over your eyes, but you’ll peep through.
The near future vis a vis publishing and libraries and books and journals is somewhere in the middle, yo. That said, and despite whatever happens next, librarians will still be (as Mick and Keef would say) the salt of the earth:
Say a prayer for the common foot soldier
Spare a thought for his back breaking work
Say a prayer for his wife and his children
Who burn the fires and who still till the earth.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.