13th Annual NISO-BISG The Changing Standards Landscape Forum

Virtual Conference

Interoperability: From Silos to An Ecosystem

Today, libraries of many types are grappling with an array of opportunities and challenges. These include creating and capitalizing on linked data, maintaining accessible content, managing open access, effectively ingesting and offering digital content, understanding applications of artificial intelligence and the things that make it work, and ensuring privacy in an increasingly connected ecosystem.

For the most part, each of these new developments has required a silo of data inputs, ultimately delivering information in ways that make assessment difficult, incomplete, and expensive. Efforts like the Public Library Data Alliance have committed to streamlining, automating, and improving data collection, but that work is new, and interoperability remains an aspirational goal.

Trends in measurement increasingly drive our need to work together. In this focused workshop, we’ll discuss what’s needed to manage the data we use to assess the impact and effectiveness of linked data, accessible content, open access, and AI in everyday activities. We’ll also look at how more interoperable data sets can help us, as well as what stands in the way. Participants will also be given an opportunity to create their own “interoperability statements” to bring back to their institutions and organizations.

This is the thirteenth BISG-NISO Changing Standards Landscape forum. The event is co-hosted by Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO and Brian O’Leary, Executive Director, Book Industry Study Group.

Confirmed speakers include (among others) Timothy Cherubini, Executive Director, Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, and Kurt Kiefer, Department of Public InstructionState of Wisconsin; Andrew Pace, Executive Director for Technical Research, OCLC; Rina Elster Pantalony, Director of Copyright Advisory Services, Columbia University; Tom Mercer, Senior Vice President, Digital Products, Bibliotheca; Simeon Warner, Associate University Librarian, Cornell University; Alie Lee, Senior Manager of Global Enterprise Systems, Sage Publications

Event Sessions

12:00 - 12:15om Welcome


12:15 - 12:45pm Opening Discussion


Kurt Kiefer

Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Libraries and Technology
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

12:45 - 1:15pm How the Community Wants to Serve Its Constituents


1:15 - 1:45pm Why You’re Still Stuck in a Silo


Simeon Warner

Associate University Librarian, Information Technology
Cornell University

Alie Lee

Senior Manager of Global Enterprise Systems
Sage Publications

1:45 - 2:00 Break

2:00 - 2:30 Privacy and Protecting against Bias


2:30 - 3:00 Facilitated Discussion

Participants from the day expand on what they heard throughout the course of the day, responding to the following questions:

  • What are the big challenges for the future?

  • Where are the gaps that need to be overcome or which may be emerging?

  • What are the next initial steps that might be needed? 


Additional Information

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