American Library Association Annual Conference

Conferences Attending


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Event Sessions

2017 NISO/BISG Changing Standards Landscape: Delivering the Integrated Information Experience


Time: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: McCormick Place West Room: W183b
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Description: Metadata: How can the information community function effectively without it? High-quality metadata drives publishers’ marketing efforts and enables libraries’ support for discovery. Whether one is operating in the publisher’s supply chain or in the library’s tech services, distribution and ingestion of complete, accurate and explicit metadata is key to success. It fuels every patron’s information activity and subsequent assessment of satisfaction and usage.

But, best practices for creating and delivering metadata across the varied spectrum of those who use it are not always followed. And it’s not just about books. Metadata must be applied to the full range of content formats – research data, recordings, and more. In a variety of settings and systems, it sustains the information needs of an increasingly mobile population!

During the NISO-BISG Changing Standards Landscape Forum, attendees will hear from industry professionals working elbow-deep in identifiers, subject classification, rights and other metadata that drive an integrated user experience. 

NISO Annual Meeting & Standards Update


Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: McCormick Place West - Room: W474b

Description: Join us for our Annual Meeting to learn about the status of the organization, all the work that has taken place in 2016 and what's happening now in 2017. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to participate. The NISO Update provides the latest news about NISO's current efforts, including standards, recommended practices and community meetings covering many areas of interest to the library community. Working group members will provide updates on projects newly underway or recently completed.

Projects Presented:

ISSN Revision, Gaelle Bequet, ISSN Centre

SUSHI and SUSHI-Lite, Oliver Pesch, EBSCO Information Services

KBARTAutomation, Christine Stohn, Ex Libris

Open Discovery Initiative, Laura Morse, Harvard University

RA21, Resource Authentication for the 21st Century, Todd Carpenter, NISO

Resource Access for the 21st Century: Toward A Modern Access Architecture


Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Hyatt Regency McCormick - Room: Clark/CC 22AB

Description: The library electronic subscription/access environment remains primarily based on IP-address authentication despite its numerous problems and limitations. Sponsored by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the STM Association, Resource Access for the 21st Century (RA21) is an initiative which will improve the user experience and provide a more seamless access experience to patrons, while also providing greater control and analytics over network activity. Community conversations and consensus building are necessary to explore potential alternatives to IP-authentication and to build momentum toward testing and adopting alternatives among publisher, system vendors, and library partners. This session will include a landscape overview and a description of the exploratory work and project elements now in progress. This will be followed by an interactive audience discussion of the opportunity, necessary requirements, pitfalls to avoid, as well as potential next steps.