Meet Paul Brennan, our new content operations senior director. In this new role, Paul will develop the vision and drive content operational excellence for Serials Solutions and Bowker®, an affiliated business of ProQuest.
What is your professional background?
I’ve been involved in managing content operations and workflows since 1999 when I joined Muze [now Rovi] with responsibility for Books, Music, Film and Games data services and at Gracenote where I managed global operations for media content in support of digital technologies. I have a great appreciation for the value of information and particularly in how it can be exponentially more meaningful to a user contingent on how it is organized and presented.
What do you like most about working for Serials Solutions?
A big motivation for me joining the Serials Solution’s team is the opportunity to participate in transforming the way people find and access content that is meaningful to them. If we consider that the last 20 years or so have brought about incredible innovations in information retrieval and presentation technologies, the next advancements must include more deliberate organization of information to be purposefully accessed by that smart technology. And I really like the recognition of this ambition at Serials Solutions and the focus and alignment of the team to achieve it.
What do you find most exciting about the future of the library?
The continuation and extension of the Library’s central purpose for an evolving digital society and essentially the potential for how both librarians and patrons can leverage technology to enrich their access to information. With the continued proliferation of digitally available content, there is a wonderful opportunity for subject matter experts to share their knowledge with broader audiences through expert recommendations and guidance in an increasingly collaborative and interactive environment.
Who is your favorite author?
I’d be reluctant to choose just one as I tend to vary my reading and rarely get to enjoy the full body of work of a single fictional writer or a playwright, however those that I continuously return to include Martin Amis, Flann O’Brien, James Joyce, David Mamet, and Conor McPherson. With non-fiction, I mostly enjoy history and politics and particularly the work of Sean Wilentz, David McCullough, Noam Chomsky, Ahmed Rashid and Tim Pat Coogan.
Do you have a favorite library? If so, which one?
While I no longer live in Brooklyn, New York, I really admire the Brooklyn Public Library and its Central Library on Grand Army Plaza. It’s proud location between the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park is a hub of community activity and the broad set of additional services and programs progressively takes into consideration the diverse nature and specific needs of the local society and culture.