The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) Board of Directors have announced the organization’s new core values that will guide its governance and strategic goals.
Charged with articulating the specific values that define SSP’s culture, the Board of Directors developed the Core Values Task Force, led by board member Randy Townsend and president-elect Miranda Walker. Through a collaborative process involving the SSP Board, committee co-chairs, and staff, the Core Values Task Force completed a series of activities to gather feedback from the community about what values best-represented SSP.
The new core values are:
Community: Bringing diverse stakeholders together to harness their collective knowledge and unique perspectives; creating connections that result in authentic relationships
Inclusivity: Providing equitable opportunities for individuals from diverse backgrounds to feel welcome to contribute their thoughts and ideas to the scholarly publishing community
Adaptability: Challenging the status quo, embracing new ideas, and maintaining effectiveness in an evolving environment; learning from mistakes to improve all aspects of scholarly communications
Integrity: Building trust through responsible actions, transparency, respect, and honest relationships
Complementing the new core values, SSP also recently updated its strategic goals. Although the Board of Directors did not either want or need to make any dramatic changes to SSP’s overall direction, they did want to simplify and refocus the organization’s goals in line with the specified core values.
Society for Scholarly Publishing’s Strategic Goals for 2022-25 are: Embed diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility; make SSP a home for scholarly communications professionals at every career stage; engage with the global scholarly communications community; develop new content and services; and ensure SSP’s continued financial sustainability.
SSP is inviting community members to recognize the demonstration of their core values in real life when they see it using the hashtags #Community, #Inclusivity, #Adaptability, #Integrity, or #CoreValues.Click here to read the original press release.