NISO Professional Development Events, May & June 2021

May 2021

NISO Webinar

Meaningful Metrics (Second of Two)
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 11:00am - 12:30pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

It’s time to revisit metrics. How can they be made more precise and illuminative? Publishers, librarians, and their vendors use similar vocabulary (such as usage) but what they mean by their terminology (downloads, referral, etc.) and how they interpret it may differ. What data needs to be collected? How long is it retained? What are appropriate data-sharing practices? How should providers measure use of open educational resources? Or use of open access monographs? Can we come to agreement on the meaning of the behavioral data that may be automatically gathered in? In short, how can we make metrics more meaningful?

The first half of this event dealt with metrics associated with the evaluation of scholarship. The second half of this event will look at assessment practice in the context of library services and the evaluation of usage. Participants in this two-part webinar will examine and discuss these issues.

Confirmed participants for the May 12 roundtable include Joelle Pitts, Associate Dean, Administration, Planning, and Assessment, Carnegie Mellon University; Nancy Turner, Associate Director, Libraries, Temple University; Starr Hoffman, Director of Planning and Assessment, University of Nevada - Las Vegas; Laura Spears, Assessment Librarian, University of Florida, and Martha Kyrillidou, Principal, QualityMetrics LLC.

June 2021

NISO Webinar

Reset: What Are Our New Priorities?
Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 11:00am - 12:30pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

To regain the ground lost in the wake of COVID19, we must first determine how the information community has been affected? What is the long-term outlook? Only then can we determine our priorities for rebuilding.  This roundtable discussion will bring together thought leaders from various sectors to discuss what they see as the long-term changes in the information marketplace. What critical products and services are needed? Will the workforce be on-site or home-based? Can stakeholders agree on how access should be handled moving forward? No one can be entirely sure of what the priorities will be, but a robust exchange of ideas and possibilities is a good starting point. 

NFAIS Forethought Strategic Summit

Transforming Content Through Transformed Systems
Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 10:15am - 2:30pm and Thursday, June 17, 2021, 10:15am - 1:45pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

Join us for talks by John Shaw, SAGE Publishing, Lauren Kane, Morressier, Daniel Ayala, Secratic, Mark Gross, Data Conversion Laboratory, Cindi Blyberg, OCLC, and Chris Shillum, ORCID! 

Historically, scholarly publishing has focused on technology and platforms that primarily supported the handling of text. Systems were built to facilitate submission, review, editing, formatting, organization, storage, distribution, and discovery. Resources were poured into these systems and they became increasingly sophisticated.

Now, we are seeing the emergence of technology and systems optimized for support of the new content types, formats, and interactions that are of increasing importance and visibility in scholarly communication. Traditional publications are still with us, but users need and expect more.

New systems are required, but those striving to justify and build them face numerous challenges. Transformation requires extensive advance planning and buy-in from a variety of internal stakeholders. And it’s complicated. For example, over time, there may have been home-grown customization —  who remembers now what that code  or its associated metadata looks like? How many schemas might have been brought in at different times? How do you manage — and meet — the needs of multiple stakeholders, internal and external? Collaborative effort is essential even before any new system is introduced.  

In this program, we will explore the challenges from both a management and a technology perspective to consider how the information community can develop systems that continue to add value to scholarly communication and success.