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Reset: What Are Our New Priorities?



Roundtable Discussion

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. 

Confirmed participants in this roundtable include Mary Lee Kennedy, Executive Director, ARL; Cliff Lynch, Executive Director, CNI; Hilary Seo, Dean of Library Services, Iowa State University; and Stephen Rhind-Tutt, President, Coherent Digital, LLC.

Event Sessions

Questions Addressed by Our Speakers

  1. Please provide the NISO audience with a brief description of your organization or institution and the community that you serve.  
  2. What are three areas that you believe are or will become high priority for the information community as we emerge from the 18 months of the global pandemic?  
  3. Which of these priorities do you believe will be of most immediate concern to the community? Which might be of greatest concern or have the most impact over the long-term?  
  4. Has COVID-19 reshaped the research process? If so, how? 
  5. Has COVID-19 reshaped higher education? Are there any long-term implications for libraries or for those who serve the library community?
  6. In light of new or different priorities, what infrastructure, what new workflow tools are most needed? What forms of automated workflow would best serve the community? 
  7. What areas might represent good areas of investment for those building or delivering services to educational as well as research communities?
  8. Given concerns over potential budget cuts or constraints, what barriers to development, scalability (and subsequent growth) exist that might hinder libraries or providers over the next two-three years in serving research or scholarly communities? How hard will it be to bring down those existing barriers? 
  9. COVID has been a global pandemic. In light of that global impact as well as the current spotlight on enhanced emphasis on diversity, what do you see as shifting in the realm of scholarly communication? 
  10. What types of changes has COVID-19 accelerated for the information community? What has it proven that the community could do differently, more successfully? 


Additional Information

NISO assumes organizations register as a group. The model assumes that an unlimited number of staff will be watching the live broadcast in a single location, but also includes access to an archived recording of the event for those who may have timing conflicts. 

NISO understands that, during the current pandemic, staff at a number of organizations may be practicing safe social distancing or working remotely. To accommodate those workers, we are allowing registrants to share the sign-on instructions with all colleagues so that they may join the broadcast directly. 

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Links to the archived recording of the broadcast are distributed to registrants 24-48 hours following the close of the live event. Access to that recording is intended for internal use of fellow staff at the registrant’s organization or institution. Speaker presentations are posted to the NISO event page.

Broadcast Platform

NISO uses the Zoom platform for purposes of broadcasting our live events. Zoom provides apps for a variety of computing devices (tablets, laptops, etc.) To view the broadcast, you will need a device that supports the Zoom app. Attendees may also choose to listen just to audio on their phones. Sign-on credentials include the necessary dial-in numbers, if that is your preference. Once notified of their availability, recordings may be downloaded from the Zoom platform to your machine for local viewing.