NISO Professional Development Events, November and December 2018

Mark Your Calendars!

NISO WebinarBuilding Diversity in the Workforce
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern, US & Canada)

This event will look at bias awareness and the difficulties of appropriately valuing diversity in a work environment. What are the implications for the library in terms of data collection, recruitment practices, and mentoring? How might library leadership encourage applicants from a broad spectrum of cultural backgrounds while avoiding any appearance of double standards? How might technology jobs in the library be made more appealing to a greater range of applicants?

Confirmed speakers for this event include: 

  • Liam Sweeney, Analyst, Libraries and Scholarly Communication, ITHAKA S&R; 
  • Alexia Hudson-Ward, Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries, Oberlin College; 
  • Samantha Bishop Simmons, Undergraduate Learning Specialist, University of Kansas Libraries

NISO WebinarMaker Spaces: Things that Go Bop! Whizz! and Clank!
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern, US & Canada)

Have 3D printers become commonplace? Is someone in your library using pizza boxes to create their next-generation VR viewer? Perhaps you're wondering just how sophisticated (and how spacious) a Maker Space needs to be these days. What are the expectations from students and faculty? What tools and services need to be part of a library's maker space?

Confirmed speakers for this event include: 

  • Angi Faiks, Associate Library Director, Macalester College, 
  • Grover Saunders, Head of Innovation Spaces for JMU's Libraries and Educational Technology, James Madison University; 
  • Jenny Wong-Welch, STEM Librarian and Keven Jeffery, Digital Technologies Librarian, San Diego State University.

NISO Virtual ConferenceThe Library of the Future: Inside and Out
Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

As libraries re-evaluate and redesign the services offered to their communities, the ripples of change can be felt across the institution. New job titles and functions appear in university employment postings-clinical information specialist, data scientist, assessment librarian. Space previously given over to stacks is reallocated. Information resources and tools reshape the library's budget. Whether the process is visible or invisible to the library patron, the functions of the library are being re-engineered at a core level. What are the implications for library directors? And for content and platform providers?

Confirmed speakers for this event include:

  • Gail Clement, Head of Research Services, California Institute of Technology
  • Nancy Davenport, University Librarian, American University
  • Karen Diaz, Dean of Libraries, West Virginia University
  • Matthew Sheehy, University Librarian, Brandeis University
  • Carl Grant, Interim Dean of Libraries, University of Oklahoma
  • Steven Smith, Dean of Libraries, University of Tennessee - Knoxville 

Looking to Plan Ahead? Review the 2019 Calendar of NISO Educational Events 

A calendar of dates and topics for NISO's 2019 educational events has been released (See PDF Document). Keep an eye out for forthcoming information about available subscription options!