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*NISO Virtual Conference: Expanding the Assessment Toolbox: Blending the
Old and New Assessment Practices*

Virtual conferences are 5-6 hour conferences held online in webinar-like
formats, with occasional breaks in the schedule for participants. The
longer length allows the depth of coverage of a conference coupled with the
convenience of a webinar.

*Date:* April 29, 2015

*Time: *11:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern

*Event webpage: *
*http://www.niso.org/news/events/2015/virtual_conferences/assessment_toolbox/*
<http://www.niso.org/news/events/2015/virtual_conferences/assessment_toolbox/>

*ABOUT THE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE*

Every day libraries and publishers are asked to demonstrate the value of
the content they provide through quantitative metrics and
assessments. Existing metrics, such as the Journal Impact Factor, and
tools, such as COUNTER and SUSHI, have proven their worth in providing
useful data. But as both the forms of content and the way content is used
evolves, alternative forms of assessment are also needed. Data at the
container level, e.g., the journal, is no longer sufficient. Downloading
full text in a PDF file is no longer the only (or even primary) way that
users access content. Citation alone is not sufficient to capture all the
new social media ways that content is shared. Traditional assessment
techniques are being modified, completely new measures are being developed,
and both old and new need to be blended in a meaningful way that creates a
trusted system. Both the creation of these new or blended metrics and the
information the metrics provide are generating new services and products.

This Virtual Conference will examine some of the innovative ideas and
techniques that are being employed in the never-ending struggle to measure
how content is accessed and used. It will include discussions related to
usage statistics, altmetrics, gaming the numbers, and open access. NISO's
Alternative Assessment Metrics Initiative will also be discussed.

*NEW: Training Thursday!*  All registrants to this virtual conference will
receive a login to the associated Training Thursday on *Implementing
SUSHI/COUNTER at Your Institution*
<http://www.niso.org/news/events/2015/training_Thursdays/TT_stats/> to be
held on *May 7 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)*. (Separate
registration to the training event only is also available.)  If you are
unable to attend the Training Thursday in person, you can view the
recording of the session.


*TOPICS AND SPEAKERS*

   - *Keynote Address – **Megan Oakleaf, *Associate Professor of Library
   and Information Science, iSchool at Syracuse University
   - *Value in numbers: A Shared Approach to Measuring Usage and Impact **–*
    *Jo Lambert*, Project Manager, Jisc
   - *Dismantling a Single-Discipline Journal Bundle: A Triangulation
   Method for Assessment - **Diane Dawson MSc, MLIS*, Science Liaison
   Librarian, Science Library, University of Saskatchewan
   - *E-Journal Metrics: Exploring Disciplinary Differences - **Katherine
   Chew*, Research/Outreach Services Librarian, Health Sciences
Libraries & *Mary
   Schoenborn*, Subject Liaison Librarian, Humphrey School of Public
   Affairs and the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
   - *Brace for Impact: Using Assessment Evidence to Communicate the Value
   of Your Library SERs - **Amanda B. Albert*, Distance Learning Librarian,
   Horace W. Sturgis Library, Kennesaw State University
   - *‘Good Enough’: Applying a Holistic Approach for Practical, Systematic
   Collection Assessment - **Madeline Kelly*, Head of Collection
   Development, University Libraries, George Mason University
   - *Gamification in Assessment - **Kyle Felker*, Digital Initiatives
   Librarian, Grand Valley State University Libraries
   -  *NISO Altmetrics Project: Update from 3 Project Working Groups*
      - *Mike Showalter, Product Manager, Plum Analytics*
      -
*Mike Taylor, Senior Product Manager, Informetrics, Elsevier *
      -
*Martin Fenner, Technical Lead PLOS Article-Level Metrics, PLoS *
   - *Roundtable Discussion*

*REGISTRATION*

Registration is per site (access for one computer) and closes at 4:00 pm
Eastern on April 28, 2015 (the day before the virtual conference).
Discounts are available for NISO members and students. All virtual
conference registrants receive access to the recorded version for one year.

Can't make it on the day of the virtual conference? All registrants receive
access to the recorded version for one year. Take advantage of the Virtual
Conference subscription package (
http://www.niso.org/news/events/2015/virtual_conferences/#subscription
<http://www.niso.org/news/events/2014/virtual/%23subscription>) for all six
of the 2015 Virtual Conferences and save 33%. (Previously held 2014 virtual
conferences available in recorded versions.)

For more information and to register, visit the event webpage:
http://www.niso.org/news/events/2015/virtual_conferences/assessment_toolbox/
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Juliana Wood, Educational Programs Manager
National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
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