NISO Professional Development Events, April and May 2022


NISO Webinar

Grants: Support for Writing & Application
Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 11:00am - 12:30pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

Valuable library staff time and resources are poured into the grant-application process, which is an increasingly critical element of their researchers’ work. This roundtable discussion will bring together information professionals to talk about the challenges they face, the tools and resources that are available, and the trends they see in this context.

Confirmed speakers include Gillian Harrison Cain, Director of Member Programs, Atla; Bess de Farber, Author of Creating Fundable Grant ProposalsMitch Fraas, Senior Curator, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania; and Carly Strasser, Program Manager for Open Science, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

NISO Training Series

Working with Scholarly APIs: A NISO Training Series
Thursday, April 28, 2022 - Thursday, June 16, 2022, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Course Objective

To provide consistency of training and a baseline of knowledge across the information community for appropriate use of APIs using the HTTP REST paradigm for scholarly resources across multiple information services and systems.  

Web APIs provide interfaces to enable developers, technologists and researchers to interact with third party applications through a set of common protocols and standards. By doing so, they enable complex functionality to be developed and information to be exchanged with relative ease and reliability. In this course, we will cover the role of APIs in workflow integrations for publishing and application development, as well how analysts, researchers, and business intelligence professionals use APIs to aggregate and synthesize data for bibliometrics, topic modeling, data visualization and trend identification.

Course Moderator

Dr. Phill Jones is a technologist, entrepreneur, product leader, strategic analyst and consultant. His current role is co-founder for digital and technology at the MoreBrains Cooperative, a consultancy working at the forefront of scholarly infrastructure, information management, and research dissemination. He is a Scholarly Kitchen Chef, a member of the Learned Publishing Editorial Board, a member of the Researcher to Reader advisory board, and a Judge of the Karger Vesalius Innovation Awards.

Previously, Phill was the CTO at Emerald Publishing. Before that, he spent 6 years at Digital Science in a variety of roles including VP of Business Development at ReadCube, Director of Publishing Innovation and also as a Bibliometric Consultant. He was also an early employee and the first editorial director at JoVE.

In a former life, Phill was a successful cross-disciplinary research career at Imperial College, London, where he earned a PhD in Physics and Harvard Medical Schools where he was a research faculty member working in Stroke, Alzheimer Disease and molecular optical imaging.

Course Duration and Dates

Thursday, April 28, 2022 – Thursday, June 16, 2022. The series consists of eight (8) segments, one per week and each lasting approximately 60-90 minutes. Each segment is intended to cover a Thursday lunch period (11:00am - 12:30pm, Eastern Daylight Time, US & Canada).

Guest lecturers will be featured in specific segments, as the course moderator deems appropriate. 

Each session will be recorded and links to that archived recording will be disseminated to course registrants within 2 business days of the close of the specific session. 


NISO Webinar

Strategic Management of the Research Process
Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 11:00am - 12:30pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

In recent years, researchers across the spectrum have seen shifts in funding practices, in available tools and resources, in output types, and more. What are the new expectations and priorities of the institutions and laboratories these researchers are affiliated with? How are their needs changing? This webinar will consider what the larger changes to the research process — from grant application to measuring research impact — may mean for strategic planning across the different stakeholder organizations operating in the information ecosystem.

NISO Virtual Conference

Text and Data Mining
Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 12:00pm Noon - 4:00pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

Not so long ago, Text and Data Mining (TDM) — the automated detection of patterns and extraction of knowledge from machine-readable content or data — was a particular area of interest. So much so, that libraries and content providers developed licensing language and other resources to support researchers wanting to work with and manipulate this material, including a proliferation of LibGuides and APIs. But where are we now in identifying available resources and tools for TDM activities?

This virtual conference will provide an “explainer” for information professionals tasked with supporting researchers who are just beginning to engage with TDM, and wondering how to pull the data they need, how it is structured, and how they can expect to engage with it. Our speakers will cover essential technology, how it is deployed and used, the scope of support that the library may be asked to provide, and the spectrum of options for collaboration between information professionals and content and service providers.