NISO Professional Development Events, Feb and March 2023

February 2023

NISO Roundtable Webinar

Collaborative Collections: Shifts in Collection Development, Resource Sharing, and Management
Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 11:00am - 12:30pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

Libraries around the world  see collaboration as a viable solution for providing access to a wide range of information resources and collections. Initiatives such as the US Ivy Plus Confederation - a union of 13 academic libraries working together to improve discovery of and access to information by leveraging their collective assets - have already served as a proof of concept. Changes in the economic environment mean that these sorts of adaptations will become more commonplace, if not essential to ensuring that library services are efficient, effective, and engaging. In this roundtable discussion, practitioners and decision-makers will discuss what is needed to effectively manage collaborative collections and emerging support needs. What work needs to be done? What kind of systems would be useful?  What hurdles need to be overcome?

Confirmed Speakers include Miranda Bennett, Director of Shared Collections, California Digital Library, Andy Breeding, Senior Product Manager, OCLC; Boaz Nadav-Manes, University Librarian, Lehigh University; Susan Stearns, Project Director, Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust (EAST); and Maurice York, Director, Library Initiatives at Big 10 Academic Alliance.

March 2023

NISO Roundtable Webinar

Implementing Inclusive Metadata
Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 11:00am - 12:30pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

Inclusive terminology in metadata and its associated descriptors are essential for the successful discovery of relevant materials. As cultural shifts in the use of language occur, collaboration by content providers, platform providers and librarians can make a major contribution to developing a fully-inclusive information environment.This roundtable discussion will bring together stakeholders from across the information community for a cross-sector discussion of how metadata, controlled vocabularies, and other key elements of automated search can be improved in support of diversity and inclusion — both of users and of the information they seek. What guidance is there? What tools exist? How can changes be introduced with minimal disruption to systems constantly in use?

NISO Virtual Conference

Wednesday, March 23, 2023, 12:00pm Noon - 4:00pm (Eastern Standard Time, US & Canada)

It can be all too easy to forget that the final letter “A” in DEIA is for accessibility. However, it is critical — and in many cases, a legal requirement — to ensure that the information being created, curated, and disseminated is accessible to all. This four-hour event will cover the perspectives and expertise needed to ensure that products and services meet required accessibility specifications. Whatever the product or interface, coordinating efforts between users, developers, administrators, information professionals, and others key stakeholders and service providers is essential. What are the stumbling blocks and what are some of the emerging solutions – whether technological or standards-based? Attendees will come away with a greater understanding of what’s needed and what’s possible.