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Friday, January 20       5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 21   9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 22     9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday, January 23    9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Meeting Name: NISO's Annual Update & Standards Meeting
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: GWCC - B207

Join the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) for our update at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta!

The NISO Update will take place on Saturday, January 21 (10:30 - noon in Georgia World Congress Center, Room B207), where you can hear the latest news about NISO's current efforts, including standards, recommended practices and community meetings covering many areas of interest to the library community. [Link to session in ALA Scheduler]

Working group members and staff will provide updates on projects, some newly under way:

NISO Strategy and Directions (Todd Carpenter)
Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) (Laura Morse, Harvard University)

NISO Vocabularies (Sherle Abramson-Bluhm, University of Michigan)
Knowledge Base and Related Tools (KBART) (Noah Levin, Springer)
Flexible API Framework for E-Content in Libraries (FASTEN) (Nettie Lagace, NISO)
NISO Altmetrics Initiative (Nettie Lagace, NISO)

Visit NISO at Booth #1706 in the Exhibits area, too.

Meeting Name: RMG's 2017 ALA Midwinter President's Seminar: The View from the Top
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: GWCC A312.
NISO Executive Director, Todd Carpenter, will participate in RMG's upcoming 2017 ALA/Midwinter Presidents' Seminar. At the event, IT consulting firm RMG explains, "company leaders are asked to consider possibilities for new standards and open source platforms to bring a new era of collaboration and interoperability among library industry systems, services, and customers, and with publishers." The meeting will address several questions, including:

  • Will FOLIO's Open Source Applications Architecture inspire a catch-up and go-ahead, across-the-library-industry automation era?
  • Will diverse, collaborating, and competing library communities and companies leverage a common open source microservices-driven core/platform to the advantage of all?
  • Can the library industry create a global library ecosystem of services and software to benefit library users worldwide?
  • How will NISO and new standards figure in developing interoperability among library industry players and FOLIO?
  • How will FOLIO work with NISO?

Speakers include Paul Cope (Auto-Graphics), George Coe (Baker & Taylor), Mitchell Davis (BiblioLabs), Mike Grasee (Demco), Neil Block (EBSCO), Sebastian Hammer (Index Data), James Tallman (Innovative Interfaces), Todd Carpenter (NISO), Steve Potash (Overdrive), Skip Dye (Penguin Random House), Jane Burke (ProQuest), Patrick Jones (PTFS/LibLime), Bill Davison (SirsiDynix), and Annette Murphy (The Library Corporation).