For release: 11 Dec 2017

NISO Announces Professional Development Opportunities for 2018

Baltimore, MD - December 11, 2017 - The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is pleased to announce a strong slate of programs for 2018. Members will benefit from an array of webinars, virtual conferences, and training programs, all tailored toward users who seek better ways of creating and using information systems and services. Professionals in libraries and related technology companies are the target audience for our events, and the material on offer is developed and presented by leaders in those fields.

The webinar topics for 2018 will address:

--Annotation - Practices and Tools in a Digital Environment
--The Evolving Natures of Reference Work and Reference Product
--Library as Publisher (Two-Part Webinar)
--Can There Be Neutrality in Cataloging? A Conversation Starter
--Trends in Technology: Smart Services in the Academic Library
--Innovative Tools and Apps: What's Hot
--Discovery: Where Researchers Start
--Using Analytics to Extract Value from the Library's Data (Two-Part Webinar)
--Library Funding, Advocacy, and Strategic Approaches to Funding Scholarly Initiatives (Two-Part Webinar)
--Building Diversity in the Workforce
--Maker Spaces: Things that Go Bop, Whizz, and Clank!

Next year will also see NISO presenting several of its popular, five-hour virtual conferences, some of which are followed by a relevant Training Thursday event. In 2018, these in-depth conferences will cover:

--The Preprint: Integrating the Form into the Scholarly Ecosystem (includes a Training Thursday session)
--Information Freedom, Ethics, and Longevity (includes a Training Thursday session)
--Open Data Projects
--The Computer Campus: Integrating Information Systems and Services (includes a Training Thursday session)
--Technology's Impact on Scholarly Research Processes in the Library
--The Library of the Future: Inside & Out

"It has always been NISO's goal to facilitate efficient information creation and exchange," says Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO. "In 2017 we achieved that by offering hands-on training as well as webinars and virtual conferences that introduced our members to new practices, products, and services. In 2018, we will build upon that success by offering programs that encourage users to think about topics such as information neutrality and freedom as well as how to apply their knowledge in libraries, publishing companies, and elsewhere in the future."

For those interested in maximizing their training dollars, subscription options are available. For webinars, NISO members may sign up for the Buy 9, Get 5 Free package, and ensure access to all 14 of the NISO webinars. Alternatively, members may opt for the Buy 5, Get 4 Free package, and choose nine webinars from the 2018 line up. Organizations pay a single fee to enable viewing access for multiple team members in a collaborative group setting. (Note that webinar registration is priced per site, through use of a single computer.) Webinar registrants hold access to the recorded version for a full year, allowing even greater opportunity for staff to benefit from that single registration. Similarly, those wishing to pay for the full set of virtual conferences being offered in 2018 may do by subscribing to the Buy 3, Get 3 Free package.

A full roster of events is available at the NISO website.