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Reference Work Publishing Panel

Panelists Karen Christensen, Paul Gazzolo, Erin McKean
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About the panelists
Karen Christensen is cofounder and CEO of Berkshire Publishing Group, a publisher known for specialty encyclopedias, where her primary responsibility is building relationships with experts and organizations around the world. She is also an expert on environmental issues and community building, and has served as academic editor of well-known reference works such as the Encyclopedia of Community: From the village to the virtual world (Sage 2003). She is the author of a number of popular environmental books, including The Armchair Environmentalist, which have been translated into French, German, Chinese, Japanese, and Thai. Karen is also coeditor on the Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport (four volumes, 2005) and Global Perspectives on the United States (three volumes, forthcoming), and is working on a new interactive online edition of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction. She is particularly interested in new technologies for social networking and will be speaking about social networking in China at the first Global Information Industry Summit in Amsterdam in September 2006.
Paul A. F. Gazzolo is President of World Book, Inc.
Erin McKean is editor in chief of U.S. dictionaries for Oxford University Press. She is the editor of Verbatim: The Language Quarterly and the author of Weird and Wonderful Words and More Weird and Wonderful Words. McKean has a BA and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Chicago. While there, she worked as a volunteer at the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary. Before OUP, she spent eight years at Scott Foresman, where she worked on the Thorndike Barnhart children's dictionaries. McKean is a member of the American Dialect Society, the American Names Society, and Euralex and is a member of the board of the Dictionary Society of North America. Her publications include two papers in Dictionaries, the journal of the DSNA. She is a computer enthusiast and has given several presentations on SGML and XML to Chicago Webgrrls.
Have you ever wondered how reference works such as encyclopedias or dictionaries are produced at the top 'traditional' publishing houses? How do editors find contributors? How do they verify the information that comes to them, and decide what content to leave in or out? In this panel, Karen Christensen, of Berkshire Publishing Group (a speciality encyclopedia publisher), Paul Kobasa of World Book, and Erin McKean of Oxford University Press dictionaries, will discuss their work as reference work editors and answer your questions.

Special thanks to John Dove of Xrefer for stepping in at the last minute to sub for Karen Christensen!

Please look at the discussion page to add questions for these panelists and see questions that they have for the audience!
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