Newsletter, Fall 2021

by Beth Lang Golub

 Prospect Press

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Dear Professor,

I am deeply gratified and humbled to report that EDSIG has chosen me as the Distinguished IS Educator for 2021. Click to learn more

In naming me, they cited my three decades of commitment to publishing IS textbooks, engagement with professional societies, and my accomplishments helping IS educators’ ideas reach their potential as innovative and influential textbooks.

In the final analysis, however, it is all of you, as IS educators in the classroom, that do so much to serve students and ultimately industry, and society. It has been a privilege to support your efforts. It is gratifying to know that my work has made a difference. I look forward to doing more and even more.

On to other current events involving Prospect Press:


Workshops and Workshop Videos

Prospect has been increasing our use of workshops as a way to help IS educators learn about new resources available to them. Often, we record these and make them available afterwards. Here are four recent workshops and links to them:

Free Resources Available for the Database CourseNenad Jukic describes his database modeling tool (ERDPlus), two extensive datasets to practice with, professionally recorded videos, and more. Click to view

And three workshops recorded at AMCIS 2021:

Using Virtual Machine Labs for the Data Comm Class. Manish Agrawal and Clinton Daniel present an innovative VM that supports flexibility in the delivery of the Data Comm course in either an in-person, online, or hybrid format. Click to view

Employing User Stories & Use Cases Synergistically in the Practice & Teaching of SA&D. Gary Spurrier and Heikki Topi thoughtfully examine the evolution and insights to be gained from a rich understanding of these inter-related methods. Click to view

Transform Your IS Class Projects. Gabe Piccoli presents a new, innovative approach to presentations currently in use at Amazon that will make you think about how to energize your own class projects. Click to view


New Textbooks this Fall

We have several new or recently revised textbooks for you to consider for next term:

Information Systems for Business: An Experiential Approach, Edition 4.0, by Belanger, Van Slyke, & Crossler came out this spring. This book includes numerous activities to engage students and reinforce learning. Click to view

Information Systems for Managers in the Digital Age, Edition 5.0, by Gabriele Piccoli & Federico Pigni is now available. This edition has been transformed to account for today’s business context where digital disruption, digital transformation, digital innovation, and digital entrepreneurship have become the norm. Click to view

IT Strategy & Innovation, Edition 5.0, by James McKeen & Heather Smith is due out in October. This edition has been reorganized and new material incorporated. Notably, the purpose of IT strategy is presented as developing guardrails for adopting technology as opposed to “creating solutions” as had been the goal in the past. Click to view

Web Development for Business: A Complete Approach to Front-End and Server-Side Development, by George C. Philip and Jakob Iversen, is also due by the end of October. Web development for business is much more than making pretty pictures. This textbook presents all front- and back-end aspects of web development covering HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, AJAX, ASP.NET Web Forms, Razor Pages, Core MVC, and some C# and SQL as necessary. The textbook is designed to allow alternative pathways to suit your course needs or for use in a more comprehensive two-course sequences. Click to view


SA&D Text Now Includes Four Project Examples

Gary Spurrier and Heikki Topi added two new cases to their innovative textbook, SA&D in an Age of Options. Having four cases provides options for designing your course and for changing things up from semester to semester. Two are included in the textbook and the two new cases are available on the instructors resources page. Click to view


New Titles in Development

The following textbooks are currently in development. Let me know if you are interested in serving as a reviewer for any of them. Click here to volunteer as a reviewer

  • Python for Data Analytics by Daniel Groner.

  • Java for Information Systems by Jeremy Ezell.

  • Sports Analytics by Ryan Elmore and Andrew Urbaczewski.

  • Enterprise Network Infrastructure & Security by Thomas Case.

  • Modern Day Business Processes by Dawn Owens and Gaurav Shekhar. 



Professional societies are optimistically planning for in-person meetings, starting this Fall. Let’s hope things work out. We are planning to sponsor and attend three:

New England Chapter of AIS (NEAIS), Saturday, October 30, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM, at Suffolk University in Boston, MA. Click for more information

EDSIG Conference on Computing Education (EDSIGCON), November 3-6, in Washington DC. Click for more information. We are gold sponsors of this meeting. We will be hosting three workshops:

  • What’s Happening at Prospect Press
  • Beyond Ethics
  • Successful Strategies for Writing a Textbook.
  • I will be giving a keynote address as the 2021 Distinguished IS Educator. 

International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), December 12-15, in Austin, TX. This will be a hybrid meeting incorporating virtual and in-person components. We plan to attend in person. Click for more information


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As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly with questions or comments about our books or if you have a new book idea you’d like to discuss.




-- Beth


Beth Lang Golub, President & Editor



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