15th Annual NISO–BISG Changing Standards Landscape Forum

NISO on the Road

The Book: Usage, Economics, and the Future


For years, the format of “the book” has been changing. It can be a printed volume, a digital file, or a packaged combination of text and app. The anticipated functionality of the product being delivered has changed as a result  Books are not produced or delivered in  the same way and some of the economic practices have shifted. The result is that publishers as well as librarians are having to rethink expectations and workflows. The 15th Annual BISG-NISO Forum at ALA will address how the book business has changed in recent years and the resulting questions that are emerging for the information community as a result.

Confirmed speakers include (among others):

  • Gwen Evans, VP, Global Library Relations;  Elsevier;
  • Matt Kirschenbaum, Professor of English and Digital Studies, University of Maryland; 
  • MIchael Levine-Clark, Dean of Libraries, University of Denver;
  • Tim Lloyd, CEO, Liblynx;
  • Rina Pantalony, Director, Copyright Advisory Services, Columbia University Libraries, Columbia University
  • Dean J. Smith, Director, Duke University Press;
  • Maurice York, Director, Library Initiatives, Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA)

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Event Sessions

12:00 - 12:15 Welcome


Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO and Brian O'Leary, Executive Director, BISG will welcome attendees of the 2022 ALA Annual Meeting to the day's discussion. 

12:15pm - 12:45pm Keynote Presentation: The Format of the Book and What That Entails


Matt Kirschenbaum, Professor of English and Digital Studies, University of Maryland, author of Bitstreams, (2021, University of Pennsylvania Press)


12:45pm - 1:30pm The Book Supply Chain in the 21st Century


Gwen Evans

Vice President, Global Library Relations

This segment will be a discussion format with participants Gwen Evans, Vice President, Global Library, Relations, Elsevier and Dean J. Smith, Director, Duke University Press.

Shared Resource:

Print as a Type of Privilege - Charleston Hub, March 9, 2022 Blog Post by Gwen Evans, Elsevier

1:30 - 1:45 Break

1:45pm - 2:15pm Platforms: Technology and Infrastructure


Tim Lloyd, CEO, Liblynx, will cover how key trends within and outside our industry are impacting how we manage identity and access, and the implications for technology, infrastructure, and privacy.

Shared Resources:


The Datafication of Student Life and the Consequences for Student Data Privacy by Kyle M. L. Jones (MLIS, PhD) Indiana University-Indianapolis (IUPUI)

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Library Privacy Policy

2:15pm - 2:45pm Hosting the Collection


Maurice York

Director of Library Initiatives
Big Ten Academic Alliance

Maurice York, Director, Library Initiatives, Big Ten Academic Alliance will be the speaker in this segment.

Shared Resource:

Fulcrum (University of Michigan Press) - a community-based, open source publishing platform that helps publishers present the full richness of their authors' research outputs in a durable, discoverable, accessible and flexible form.

2:45 - 3:30 Preservation: How Can This Work Going Forward?


Speakers will be engaged in a lively discussion of formats, sustainability, and similar practical considerations. 

3:30pm - 4:00pm Audience Exchange / Moderated Discussion

4:00pm Adjourn

Additional Information

This is an in-person event only. Streaming will not be available to those not attending on site.