Baltimore, MD - January 19, 2017 - The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces a strong series of educational programs for 2017, encompassing fourteen 90-minute webinars and six virtual conferences. All of these rich offerings are tailored to allow live viewing as well as archive use and viewing by individuals as well as groups, making them suitable for a wide variety of organizations. The 2017 programs focus on information-workforce training needs and on current and emerging issues of concern to the academic, library, and tech communities.

"Education is a critical component of NISO's work," says NISO Executive Director Todd Carpenter. "Our mission involves not only creating standards and best practices, but also informing our community about technological change and other issues facing them."

Webinar topics include:
- What can I do with this? Making it easy for scholars and researchers to utilize content
- Providing Access: Making Sure What Libraries Have Licensed is What Users Can Reach
- Two Part Webinar: Understanding the Marketplace
- Trends in Presentation and Delivery: Publishing Experts Speak
- Spotlight on Mobile: Devices, Interface, and Content
- Enabling Discovery and Retrieval of Nontraditional and Granular Output
- Spotlight: Supporting Access to the Internet in Underserved Communities
- Two Part Webinar: Digital and Data Literacy
- Strategic Directions: Strategic Thinking, Five Years Ahead
- Two Part Webinar: Engineering Access Under the Hood
- Tracing Discovery and Subsequent Use: Harvesting and Analyzing the Data

Virtual conferences, each a six-hour event, address:
- Institutional Repositories
- Opening Up Education: Textbooks, Resources, Courseware, and More
- Images: Digitization and Preservation of Special Collections in Libraries
- Convergence: The Web and Publishing onto the Web
- Research Networks: The Connections Enabling Collaboration
- Advancing Altmetrics: Best Practices and Emerging Ideas

About NISO
NISO, based in Baltimore, Maryland, fosters the development and maintenance of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and effective interchange of information so that it can be trusted for use in research and learning. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages libraries, publishers, information aggregators, and other organizations that support learning, research, and scholarship through the creation, organization, management, and curation of knowledge. NISO works with intersecting communities of interest and across the entire lifecycle of information standards. NISO is a not-for-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information, visit the NISO website.

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