NISO Professional Development Events in April and May 2017

Trends in Presentation and Delivery: Publishing Experts Speak
NISO Webinar
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
1:00 - 2:00pm (Eastern time)

The objective of this session is to gather input from consultants, content and technology providers as to their perspective on emerging technologies that might transform (or at least enhance) the presentation and delivery of information to researchers and scholars. What visions do they have for enhancing information environments and resources? What possibilities get them excited? What "Next Big Thing" do they see? It may be on the fringes now, but it might just as easily go viral!

Confirmed Speakers: 

  • Simone Taylor, Publisher, Open Access, Wiley
  • Deni Auclair, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Analyst, DeltaThink
  • Jake Zarneger, Chief Product Officer, Silverchair

All speaker abstracts are now available and registration is open.

Opening Up Education: Textbooks, Resources, Courseware, and More
NISO Virtual Conference
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
11:00am - 5:00pm (Eastern time)

The 21st-century educational environment demands a certain amount of re-thinking and re-design of classroom support for learning, in terms of textbooks, information resources, and interactive courseware. An emphasis on cost-containment and accessibility suggests that education will become more open. This virtual conference will address the complexities of delivering instructional tools and digital resources in the increasingly open educational ecosystem. What is a textbook? Is it engineered into an online learning environment, with content, study aids and quizzes delivered as appropriate to a personalized student experience? What is the long-term role of Open CourseWare, as created by the likes of MIT or Yale? What does a growing interest in OER suggest for the various stakeholders? What types of technological support may be necessary?

Access to an associated NISO Training Thursday webinar on April 27 is included in your registration for this virtual conference.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Mary Lou Forward, Executive Director, Open Education Consortium
  • Rahim Rajan, Senior Program Officer, Gates Foundation
  • Julie Lang, OER Coordinator, Teaching and Learning with Technology, Penn State University
  • Rupert Gatti, Founder and Co-Director, Open Book Publishers
  • Dr. David Wiley, Founder and Chief Academic Officer, Lumen Learning
  • Ashley Miller, Educational Technologist, Ohio State University
  • Melissa Russell, Director of Content Strategy, and Mike Matousek, Director of Content Initiatives, Cengage Learning
  • Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC

XML for Standards Publishers
NISO Connections Live Event
Monday, April 24, 2017
9:30am - 5:00 pm (Eastern time)

Standards have been traditionally delivered as PDF documents. Yet in a world where standards are increasingly monetized through derivative products, exchanged between partners, and consumed on mobile devices, PDF does not provide the flexibility needed to meet current and future market demands.

The NISO is hosting this event for standards publishers as an aid to the understanding of how XML provides the key to solve all of these issues, improve publishing processes, and bring business value to the organization.

Registration for this event has been capped. To be waitlisted, please contact Jill O'Neill directly at

Spotlight on Mobile: Devices, Interface, and Content
NISO Webinar
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern time)

This session will look at the on-going importance of mobile devices and the influence those devices have on access to and usage of various forms of content, whether text or multi-media. As a ubiquitous tool for a global population, the impact of mobile on the practices and policies of libraries and content providers should not be underestimated.

Convergence: The Web and Publishing onto the Web
NISO Virtual Conference
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
11:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Eastern time)

The Web, as a publishing medium, is increasingly important. We live in an age when a publication or an app may not be a self-contained object or artifact, but rather a combination of browser functionality and HTML-formatted content. On the one hand, providers may be able to offer a more interactive and engaging reading experience than is currently possible with a static page. On the other hand, there are challenges in delivering that experience. Some genres (poetry, mathematical expressions, etc.) have highly specific requirements for placement, expression and rendering. How will content providers deliver that to the reader? What are the workflow considerations for production? For libraries -- both those with publishing responsibilities as well as collection or archiving responsibilities -- what new complexities are introduced for long-term preservation? For support of different devices? This six hour virtual conference will examine next steps in moving beyond what we think of as being the "printed page."