NISO Professional Development Events in March and April 2018

NISO Two-Part Webinar, March 7, Library as Publisher, Part One

Library as Publisher: Current Status and Impact on Scholarly Communication

An increasing number of university libraries have assumed responsibility for scholarly communication activities and university presses. This event will bring together professionals from a variety of institutions, asking them to address what the challenges have been for them, name their successes, and articulate their vision for the future.

Confirmed Speakers: Carol Ann Davis, Director of Digital Scholarship Services, University of South Florida Libraries;  Andrew Wesolek, Head of Digital Scholarship, Clemson University Libraries; Johanna Meetz, Scholarly Communications and Publishing Services Librarian and Associate Director of Pacific University Press, Pacific University

NISO Two-Part Webinar, March 14, Part Two

Library as Publisher: UX and UI for the Library’s Digital Collections

Just how good (or how bad) are the Web-based interfaces encountered by library users these days? Having invested in the creation of significant digital collections, how can libraries enhance usage of those collections? How do scholars and students (especially those working remotely) expect to engage with this content online? What should the interfaces be designed to support? Is there a baseline that has been established? What room exists for innovation in the user experience (UX) and user interface (UI)?

Confirmed Speakers:  Rachel Vacek, Head of Design & Discovery, University of Michigan Library; Salwa Ismail, Department Head of Library Information Technology, Georgetown University; Daniel Tracy, Information Sciences & Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Illinois

NISO Webinar, April 11

Can There be Neutrality in Cataloging: A Conversation Starter

How does one create awareness of the bias that may be introduced into automated systems? This session will look at the selection of vocabulary in establishing taxonomies and ontologies. What is the real nature of the issue? How might establishing, maintenance, and use of a thesaurus contribute to a more inclusive search/discovery process? And where should responsibility lie for developing such ostensibly neutral tools?  How can we bring more diverse voices into the development/maintenance of these resources?

Confirmed Speakers: Erin Leach, Librarian, University of Georgia; Amber Billey, Systems and Metadata Librarian, Bard College;  K.R. Roberto, Ph.D. Candidate, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

April 18

Information Freedom, Ethics and Longevity (NISO Virtual Conference)

There are the capabilities that technology enables. There are the fair and appropriate activities that a society agrees upon for the use of that technology. How best to strike the correct balance between the two?  For the various stakeholders active in the information community, this is neither a frivolous nor a simple question. This virtual conference will touch upon such concerns as net neutrality, information security and the potential for manipulation in the digital environment.  Registration for this event will include access to a Training Thursday webinar