NISO Virtual Conference, Long Form Content: Ebooks, Print Volumes and the Concerns of Those Who Use Both

When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 12:00 Noon – 4:00 (Eastern Daylight, US & Canada)


It’s a muddled area for libraries, content providers and readers. Long-form content has traditionally been contained in printed volumes both for reasons of consumption as well as convenient access. With the arrival of ebooks, some aspects of engaging with long-form content became a bit easier – searchability, mobility, etc. Still, neither form seems to fully satisfy. Each user learns his or her own best practices for reading and referencing book content. Is it any wonder then that those whose scholarship relies on long-form content are suspicious of proposed changes to book production, delivery and access?


This virtual conference will consider from a variety of perspectives issues associated with creation, publication, and distribution of The Book. Speakers may explore metrics of usage (downloads, duration of reading session, etc.) as well as questions of reader behavior, assignment of metadata, and long-term access to licensed digital content.


Registration Information: A single registration allows you to gather an unlimited number of staff in a conference or classroom setting to listen in to leaders in the profession.  Even if staff is unable to attend the live broadcast due to scheduling conflicts or travel, links to the archived recording are sent within 24-48 hours of the event so that those unable to participate on the day of the broadcast can listen at their convenience. This maximizes the value of your investment in such training!


In order of Appearance, our confirmed speakers include:

·       Catherine Ahearn, Senior Product Editor, PubPub, MIT Knowledge Futures Group

·       Jaclyn Kovach, Product Manager, ASTM

·       Kara Laufer Levesque, Digital Content Project Manager, ASTM International

·      Tzviya Siegman, Information Standards Lead, Wiley

·       Kathryn Conrad, Director, The University of Arizona Press

·       Melissa Milazzo, Product Manager, Science & Technology Books, Elsevier

·       Gina Donato, Director, Content Transformation, Elsevier

·       Kevin Hawkins, Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communication, University of North Texas Libraries


Here’s what our speakers will be addressing in their talks:


Creating and Producing Stand-Alone, Long Form Content

This presentation will offer an overview of how PubPub, in partnership with the MIT Press, has supported long-form content. PubPub is an open access, open source content platform that supports work across genres, including books, journals, conference proceedings, and notes from research groups. This multiplicity serves as both a challenge and an asset in determining how to best format and support long-form work. Catherine will focus on two books, Frankenbook and Data Feminism, when discussing considerations such as reader engagement, content design, goal-setting, and open access publishing models. Underlying these questions is MIT Press’s ultimate goal of offering more support and services to authors and readers and PubPub’s goal of being a venue upon which these services can be provided for the effective communication of ideas, research, and learning.


Challenges and Opportunities with Producing Diverse Content

ASTM International is a Standards Development Organization that has been in existence for over 120 years. In addition to print and PDF downloads, we have an online platform, ASTM Compass®, that hosts ASTM content as well as Third Party Content. Some of the main content types that we host are standards, books, and journals – this content can vary in size, structure, and complexity. We strive to provide subscribers with the best user experience, accessibility, and additional tools as possible. With long-form content, additional challenges are posed. Our discussion will focus on the types of long-form content that we host, XML experiences with that content, the structure vs. flexibility balance, and overall challenges and opportunities.


Creating Accessible Content

This presentation will offer an overview of accessibility. We will cover the basic definition of accessibility and the standards that define it. We will talk about the business, social, and legal obligations around accessibility. We will discuss practices for getting started on an accessible workflow and resources, testing, and tooling for accessibility.


All speaker abstracts have now been post3ed to the NISO Event page.


Registration Costs:  NISO Members & NASIG Members (Worldwide) $190.00; Non-Member: $255.00;  Student: $85.  Registration allows unlimited number of staff to gather to view the event and access to an archived recording of the event, should other obligations prevent individuals from viewing on the day of the live broadcast.


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