Guest Post from the National Information Standards Organization

On February 23, The National Information Standards Organization welcomes close to 250 attendees to a sold-out inaugural NISO Plus conference in Baltimore, MD.


The NISO Board Member steering committee, gave a lot of thought and effort into making NISO Plus a bit different from the average industry conference. From the outset, we wanted the focus to be on engaging with you, our community. So, not only will attendees be hearing from some of the brightest and best in our industry, who will be speaking at the conference, but we also want to ensure that everyone attending has a chance to be heard. Most sessions are designed to be interactive, through breakout groups, icebreakers, informal discussions, and more with audience involvement strongly encouraged. Each session culminates in one or more concrete next steps for NISO and our community, which will then be reviewed and built into future strategy, as appropriate.

We’re also putting a lot of emphasis on sessions that will help from a practical perspective. For example, there’ll be opportunities to learn why and how to engage with NISO, get the latest on key standards and recommended practices from Content Platform Migration to SSOS, and ask industry experts all about topics such as knowledge bases and metadata. And attendees will be able to ask us anything about NISO (using good old-fashioned post-its on a noticeboard, among other things). We will answer as many questions as we can during the meeting.


Amy Brand of the MIT Press and Danah Boyd of Data & Society are certain to inform and inspire in equal measure, as well as pre-conference leader, Bohyun Kim of the University of Rhode Island Library. Plus we will present a multimedia Miles Conrad Award session featuring this year’s winner, James G Neal, along with Deanna Marcum (former NFAIS President) and Todd Carpenter (NISO’s Executive Director), an awards lunch, lightning talks, and a magic show!

How to Get Involved

Although this year’s NISO Plus is sold out, we hope that many of you will follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #NISOPlus20. We will be sharing the highlights from the NISO account, and welcome your questions and comments.

Special Thanks

NISO Plus is made possible through the generosity of our sponsors and, thanks to one of them — Cadmore — we’ll also be recording some sessions, so you can listen in at your leisure after the event.

For more background on NISO Plus, please take a listen to this recent interview with my colleague Jason Griffey, our Director of Strategic Initiatives, on CCC’s Beyond the Book podcast. Enjoy!


Author: Alice Meadows

Alice Meadows is the Director of Community Engagement at NISO (National Information Standards Organization), leading their communications with librarians, publishers, vendors, and others in the information community. Prior to her work at NISO, she was Director of Communications at ORCID and, before that, held a variety of senior marketing and communications roles at Wiley and Blackwell. Alice is passionate about scholarly communications and is a regular contributor to The Scholarly Kitchen and other industry blogs and publications.
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