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Charleston Library Conference 

May 14, 2018

This is Leah Hinds, welcome to Episode 60 where we interview Stephen Rhind-Tutt, and hear a recap of his closing session from the 2018 Fiesole Retreat.

If you want to skip directly to the Fiesole Retreat recap portion of the podcast, it starts at 23:45

My family and I started a cross-country summer road trip yesterday, and although I planned to record using my mobile hotspot, we had no cell phone reception at the campground so I’m coming to you live from a Starbucks in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

I was happy to be able to attend the 2018 Fiesole Retreat in Barcelona a few weeks ago. It was a fantastic event with lots of presentations from experts the library and information industry around the world. Stephen did the closing session summary that encapsulated all the major ideas and themes that were raised that week, and we’ve asked him to recap that information here. 

Stephen Rhind-Tutt is President of Fairfax House, a consultancy in electronic information product development. He currently sits on the board of the University of California Press, and advises ProQuest. From 2000 to 2018 he co-founded and led Alexander Street Press, an award winning electronic publisher. He has 30 years of experience in electronic publishing in various organizations, including President of Chadwyck-Healey, Inc. and VP for SilverPlatter’s US and health science divisions. Stephen has spoken at a number of conferences including The Charleston Conference, UKSG, The Society for Scholarly Publishing and more.

Interview Questions

  1. Can you tell us about your work at ProQuest?
  2. Your work seems to be focused on Virtual Reality now. What can you tell us about VR and why libraries should pay attention? How might it impact our industry? 
  3. What can you predict about video and Alexander Street in the future?
  4. You've always been an innovator; what innovations does he see in the future for scholarly research & communication? What's on the horizon that we should be focused on? 


Stephen Rhind-Tutt’s Closing Session Slides:

2018 Fiesole Retreat Website:

Links to all presentations and slides: