DP: After graduate school I was a textbook salesperson for Thomson Learning (now Cengage) and then an acquisitions editor and editor-in-chief for Pearson Education – always in the business content space. I was the founder of BEP but not the owner. While I will remain forever indebted to the owners for giving me the opportunity to launch a company, there were a number of business strategy and personal matters where we were out of alignment that led me to the conclusion it was time to seek new pastures, if you will.
ATG: You could have worked for a number of companies in the industry, what attracted you to Alexander Street Press?
DP: There are reasons too numerous to list all for my decision to join Alexander Street Press, but three stand out: 1)ASP’s unique ability to bring previously undiscovered content, in many media forms, to the academic world. 2)The spirit of innovation that courses through all the people at ASP I met before joining and 3) My relationship with the President, Stephen Rhind-Tutt, whom I have known for several years and come to admire for his qualities as a person and a business leader.
ATG: What specifically will you be doing for ASP? Why do you think they hired you?
DP: I will be heading up product development in the business content space. I have spent equal parts of my career in the higher education and scholarly reference space. I believe the senior leadership at ASP is interested in how my experience with learning content and services can contribute to ASP’s longer term vision.
ATG: You have an intriguing paper coming up in the September print issue of ATG. Can you give us a preview?
DP: A constant in my career has been a fascination with innovation in how knowledge is packaged, priced and delivered (to include no price at all, i.e. open access). I have championed unrestricted access, mixed media products, the facilitation and support of specialty user communities, etc. And I have seen significant changes in how smart libraries and smart companies are reacting to all of this innovation by blurring the lines of who creates content, who delivers content and then how content is consumed in the library. My paper explores six major industry trend I focus on for my own analysis purposes. And the paper will serve as a jumping off point for an ATG column I will use to explore specific aspects of these blurring lines.