Upcoming NISO Educational Events, March 2019


Tune in for these upcoming NISO educational events in March. 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 to maximize the value of your training dollars.


Here’s what’s in store for March:


Defining The Library: The Mission, Role and Community

NISO Webinar, Wednesday, March 13

Confirmed Speakers include:

·       Patti Brennan, Director, National Library of Medicine

·       Stanley J. Wilder, Dean of the Library, Louisiana State University

·       Roger Macdonald, Director, Television Archive, Internet Archive

Nearly twenty years into the 21st century, how exactly do we define the word, library? This is hardly a frivolous question. Neither is it a settled one. If a library is less defined by its information resources or access services than by foot traffic or usage stats, then appropriate assessment of its contribution to the institution -- through either quantitative or qualitative metrics -- becomes demonstrably more difficult. The question has implications for administrators with budgetary concerns as much as for educators in the field. Should libraries be focused on decentralization in order to better serve specialized research communities? Or should they be more centralized as the central organ of an educational organism?

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

NISO Virtual Conference, Wednesday, March 20

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

·       Tzviya Siegman, Information Standards Lead, Wiley

·       Jaclyn Kovach, Product Manager, ASTM

·       Kara Laufer Levesque, Digital Content Product Manager, ASTM

·       Kathryn Conrad, Director, The University of Arizona Press

·       Others TBA


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.   

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