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NISO Webinar: What to Expect When You're Expecting a Platform Change: Perspectives from a Publisher and a Librarian

April 11, 2012
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

About the Webinar

In recent months, information providers have released a range of modifications to many abstracting and full text journal platforms. Whether an update to its look and feel or a radical restructuring of its search, browse, and full text features, any successful change to a familiar interface requires communication, tolerance, and understanding among the affected information provider, publisher(s), and library customers. Join NISO for a webinar in which a publisher and a librarian share their own experiences with determining priorities, learning lessons, and improving practices related to changed and changing information platforms.


Todd Carpenter, Managing Director, NISO

Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway – How to Manage a Platform Migration
Gillian Howcroft, Director, E-Projects, Taylor & Francis

The journal industry has invested a huge amount ($3.2+ Billion) since 2000 in digitization initiatives of which electronic platforms form a key part. Many publishers launched new platforms in 2006/7 and again in 2010/11. We need to keep up with rapidly evolving web technologies, with publishing industry and regulatory initiatives and our competitors. How do we achieve this in an interoperable fashion keeping disruption to a minimum for the librarian and their users? Howcroft shares her experiences in moving interfaces ahead.

Dream a Little Dream: A Librarian Envisions the Ideal Platform Migration
Kelly Smith, Interim Coordinator of Collection Services, Eastern Kentucky University Libraries

Librarians spend a great deal of time working with electronic resource platforms and helping our users navigate them. We understand how platform upgrades and migrations can affect our internal workflows and our users’ experience. How can publishers mitigate the interruptions of a migration and maximize the potential time savings, increased usage, and improved user experience that can result from improving a platform? Smith shares lessons learned during previous migrations to help librarians and vendors determine priorities and improve practices related to changing information platforms.


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Registration closes on April 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm Eastern.

Registration Costs

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  • NISO Member
    • $89.00 (US and Canada)
    • $104.00 (International)
  • NASIG Member
    • $89.00
  • Non-Member
    • $119.00 (US and Canada)
    • $144.00 (International)
  • Student
    • $49.00

Additional Information

  • Registration closes at 12:00 pm Eastern on April 11, 2012. Cancellations made by April 4, 2012 will receive a refund, less a $20 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.
  • Registrants will receive detailed instructions about accessing the webinar via e-mail the Monday prior to the event. (Anyone registering between Monday and the close of registration will receive the message shortly after the registration is received, within normal business hours.) Due to the widespread use of spam blockers, filters, out of office messages, etc., it is your responsibility to contact the NISO office if you do not receive login instructions before the start of the webinar.
  • Registration is per site (access for one computer) and includes access to the online recorded archive of the webinar. If you are registering someone else from your organization, either use that person's e-mail address when registering or contact the NISO office to provide alternate contact information.
  • Webinar presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to the site following the live webinar.
  • Registrants will receive access information to the archived webinar following the event. An e-mail message containing archive access instructions will be sent within 48 hours of the event.