NISO Professional Development Events, Sept. & Oct. 2021

September 2021

NISO Webinar

Data: Creation, Stewardship, Use
Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 11:00am - 12:30pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

Now, more than ever, the information community is thinking about data and how best to support its creation, stewardship, and use  Whether we are talking about content as data, research data, or data pertaining to online use and behaviors, we continue to amass ever-more data with no plan for storing it, no good way to parse it, and nothing but a vague hope of "automating" the hard work of cleaning it up, which only creates problems down the road. This webinar will assess the data needs of researchers and the response from the information community, from a variety of perspectives.

Confirmed speakers include: Lisa Federer, NLM Data Science and Open Science Librarian, Office of Strategic InitiativesNational Library of Medicine; Jennifer Thoegersen, researcher and PhD candidate, Oslo Metropolitan University; Srinivasan KG Govindarajan, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Solutions of Straive; Bob Boissy, Director of Account Development, Springer-Nature and Graham Smith, Research Data Manager, Editorial Operations, Springer-Nature; Gwen Evans, Vice President of Global Library Relations, Elsevier.

Note: NISO members automatically receive sign-on credentials for regularly scheduled webinar events as a member benefit. There is no need to register separately. Check your institutional membership status here.

New! NISO Fall Training Series

Organizational Planning for DEIA: A 100 Level Course
Friday, September 17, 2021 - Friday, November 5, 2021, 11:30am - 1:00pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

Embarking on an initiative to improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) requires organizational willingness to consider how internal structures, practices, and hierarchies may inadvertently reinforce existing inequities. This training series offers registrants an opportunity to organize their thinking about the nature of these inequities when planning their DEIA initiatives. What needs to be considered? What efforts can help lower the barriers to inclusion? This series will look at DEIA initiatives in the context of the needs and concerns of a variety of stakeholder institutions and organizations (libraries, agencies, commercial companies, societies/associations, etc.) 

Who Will Benefit From Participation? 

  • Representatives from small to mid-sized organizations who may be tasked with organizing and facilitating DEIA initiatives
  • Mid-level managers seeking to improve internal operations while paying attention to the needs of all staff
  • Those seeking to raise awareness within their organization regarding existing inequities in the workplace

Course Moderator:

Dr. Antonia “Toni” Olivas (she/her/hers) is the Engagement and Inclusion Librarian at California State University San Marcos (the traditional territory and homelands of the Luiseño/Payómkawichum people). She earned her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona (2002) and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of California, San Diego (2014).  Toni has experience in both public and academic libraries and has been a librarian for nearly 20 years. She is also a veteran instructor who has over 20 years of experience in the classroom, but she thrives on being a life-long learner. Toni’s research interests and accomplishments are rooted in social justice (diversity, equity, inclusion, and access); including her 2017 book Choosing to Lead: The Motivational Factors of Underrepresented Minority Librarians in Higher Education and her most recent article publications on validation theory and critical race theory in libraries (with fellow social justice librarians Torie Quiñonez and Lalitha Nataraj). In addition to her full-time career as an academic librarian, Toni also teaches DEIA and management courses at various ALA accredited library schools, and she consults academic libraries across the country on DEIA topics and projects.

Confirmed Guest Lecturers:

  • Dr. Kawanna Bright, Assistant Professor of Library Science, East Carolina University. 
  • Nikhat Ghouse, Associate Librarian for the Social Sciences to the College of Arts & Sciences & Coordinator of the Diversity Alliance Residency Program, American University
  • Twanna Hodge, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Librarian, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida; 
  • Lauren Magnuson, Head of Collections, Delivery and Access, California State University - San Marcos;
  • Mark Puente, Associate Dean for Organizational Development, Inclusion and Diversity, Purdue University Libraries

NISO Virtual Conference

Effective Data Management
Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 12:00pm Noon - 4:00pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

Effective data management is widely recognized as a necessity, including the development of robust strategies for data collection, as well as ensuring appropriate management, handling, and preservation of those data. But is this being achieved? What practices are perceived by the research community as worthwhile and fit to purpose? Are there speed bumps in our processes that need smoothing out or eliminating? Do the available platforms provide the right services to the right people at an affordable price? What emerging challenges do we need to start addressing? This event will establish the state of current practice and identify potential areas of concern.

Confirmed speakers include (among others) Carly Strasser of the Chan Zuckerberg Foundation, Maria Praetzellis of the California Digital Library and Kristin Lee of Tufts University. 

October 2021

NISO Webinar

Workflows across Systems: Innovation
Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 11:00am - 12:30pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

Building interoperability into our systems requires partnering and collaboration — working together across stakeholder groups to develop useful approaches. What are the best ways to innovate? Are there better ways of exchanging data and information? What’s required to build those?  How can partners work together to engineer systems that operate with integrity and protect data privacy? How can we avoid duplication of efforts across a community as broad as ours? This webinar will look at the possibilities for innovations in interoperability between both internal and externally-facing information systems, identifying both the challenges and also the opportunities for creative solutions and new priorities. 

Humanities Roundtable

The Monograph in an Evolving Humanities Ecosystem
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 11:00am - 4:00pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

For many in the humanities, the monograph -- whether published traditionally or as an open access title -- is the single most important deliverable. Some concerns are readily understood, but some might ask what has really changed in the production and delivery of a monograph. There is a wider array of formats but is the production workflow dramatically different now? Has the dust settled with regard to licensing arrangements? What about discovery and resource-sharing? This full day program offers an opportunity for professionals working in the humanities to come together to discuss this most critical form of output. 

Launched in 2001, the Humanities Roundtable (originally hosted by NFAIS and now by NISO) provides a unique opportunity for content providers, platform aggregators and others to come together to discuss the specific needs and requirements of those working in the humanities today.