NISO Professional Development Events, June & August 2022


NISO Webinar

Ensuring Accessibility of Information Products and Services
Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 11:00am - 12:30pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

Increasingly, funders at state and local levels require accessibility in licensed information products and services. What does that mean for libraries and content providers? Are there guidelines that ensure compliance? What guarantees are there? What are the challenges in developing robust accessibility in a product or service? How can decision-makers ensure that a product is compliant before they sign the license? This roundtable discussion offers an opportunity to hear from users, experts, and practitioners about what is working (and what’s not). 

Confirmed roundtable participants include (among others) Rachel Comerford, Senior Director of Accessibility Outreach and Communications, Macmillan Learning; Violaine Iglesias, CEO, Cadmore Media; ​​Stephen Kemsley, User Experience Manager and Web Accessibility Specialist (IAAP certified), ProQuest, a division of Clarivate; and John Unsworth, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, University of Virginia.

NISO on the Road

American Library Association Annual Meeting
Thursday, June 23, 2022 -Tuesday, June 28, 2022, Washington D.C.

NISO looks forward to seeing you in-person at our 2022 ALA Annual sessions and at this year's NISO-BISG Changing Standards Landscape Forum, June 24, 2022 (12:30-4:00pm).

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 at this year's Forum include (among others): Matt Kirschenbaum, Professor of English and Digital Studies, University of Maryland; Gwen Evans, VP, Global Library Relations;  Elsevier; Dean J. Smith, Director, Duke University Press; Tim Lloyd, CEO, Liblynx; Maurice York, Director, Library Initiatives, Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and Rina Pantalony, Director, Copyright Advisory Services, Columbia University Libraries, Columbia University

More details have been added! Please visit the event page for the latest updates.

NISO Annual Meeting

NISO 2022 Annual Members Meeting
Thursday, June 30, 2022, 11:00am - 12:30pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

The NISO Annual Members Meeting will take place via Zoom on Thursday, June 30, from 11am - 12.30pm EDT/4pm - 5.30pm BST. Both portions of this program are open to the public and all are welcome to participate. You will hear from our Executive Director, Todd Carpenter, and other NISO staff about important organizational issues, including updates on progress on our 2020-22 strategic plan, the NISO Plus conference, our organizational finances, NISO’s international engagement, and our standards program. It’s also a chance for you to ask us any questions you have about our organization and how we operate, as well as to share your own feedback about NISO and our work.


NISO Two-Part Webinar

Eliminating Outdated Workflows; Developing The New
Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 11:00am - 12:30pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

One benefit of the pandemic is that traditional workflows were suddenly subject to examination. While some could readily move fully online, others had to be re-examined, leading us to question why we were still performing a particular task in a particular way. Was it inertia or simply outdated thinking? Could some tasks be handled differently, more effectively? Could changing a workflow free up time for information professionals — and the researchers we serve — to focus on other more valuable work? In the first of this two-part series, you’ll hear from some of the professionals responsible for tweaking some of our old workflows and processes and managing these changes.

Building Support for Non-Traditional Scholarly Outputs
Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 11:00am - 12:30pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

The second half of this two-part webinar allows participants to expand the discussion into the expanding realm of non-traditional outputs, and what support for such output may demand of different stakeholders in the scholarly ecosystem. Video, audio, and data visualization are already increasingly common output formats. Specific disciplines, such as the arts, require support for images, performances, and more. What does this all mean for our research infrastructure? For editorial or content management systems? For discovery tools? For content platforms? System requirements are becoming increasingly more complex — and also exciting — as content and system providers have to think outside the box to meet their users’ needs.

NISO Virtual Conference

Open Source and Community-Supported Infrastructure
Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 12:00pm Noon - 4:00pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

We frequently hear that infrastructure is costly to build and maintain. Systems require investment and ongoing maintenance for the community to really benefit from and trust them. To ensure long-term success, community groups need to consider which of the spectrum of models currently in use  will best sustain key information infrastructure. What’s working, and what’s been abandoned — and why?  What are the best practices for working across organizational boundaries? How can community leaders encourage the commitment needed to ensure sustainability as well as development? This virtual conference will bring together a group of experts to address these and other questions about the expansion of open source and community-supported infrastructure.