Have you seen these NISO’s educational programs coming up in December? Register now to listen to the featured speakers shown below!


NISO Webinar

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 Tracing Discovery & Subsequent Use: Harvesting and Analyzing the Data


In 2016, NISO announced an initiative aimed at development of best practices for documenting and understanding users’ paths between discovery of content and accessing the content. Did users come in from a discovery service, Google Scholar or some other available channel? What should that signify to service providers? What does that mean for libraries? This session will spotlight the size and scope of the issue as well as the progress that may be made towards its resolution.


Confirmed Speakers:

·      Allison Belan, Associate Director, Digital Strategy & Systems, Duke University Press;

·      Peter Vlahakis, Product Manager, Ithaka and Dan Paskett, Director, Shared Shelf Outreach Coordinator, Ithaka;

·      Ken Varnum, Senior Program Manager for Discovery, Delivery, and Library Analytics, University of Michigan

To review the speaker abstracts, please visit the NISO event page.

To register online for this NISO webinar, you can use this form.


NISO Virtual Conference

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 11:00am – 5:00pm

Advancing Altmetrics: Best Practices and Emerging Ideas


This is an active area for a variety of reasons. There is an ongoing need to justify the work, space and resources invested in the library. How best to appropriately generate, synthesize, interpret, and deliver the most useful data to demonstrate the return on investment made by the institution is a pressing concern. What do we know to be best practices for using altmetrics in assessment? How comfortable are faculty with the use of altmetrics in the context of tenure and promotion activities?  


NISO’s related working group has built a better understanding of use cases for existing altmetrics, but already there are discussions on whether new metrics might be usefully framed for measuring research impact outside of the academic environment or for capturing the value of unconventional outputs of research.


Will views and downloads usage indicators be sufficient to evaluate the usefulness of data sets? What examples might be provided by studies of COUNTER, SUSHI, and SUSHI Lite? What alternative approaches might be needed or fostered in order to ensure the discoverability, usability, and reproducibility of scientific data sets?


Registering for this event automatically includes access to a Training Thursday webinar, scheduled for December 14, 2017 (1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)


Confirmed Speakers:


To review the day’s agenda, please visit the NISO event page.

To register online for this event, please use this form

Note: Registration for this virtual conference includes a Training Thursday session, scheduled for December 14, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern). The segment consists of three case studies from professionals who have successfully leveraged metrics for their organizations and clients.

Confirmed Speakers:

·      Anne StoneSenior Manager, Client Services, TBI Communications

·      Richard HulserChief Librarian, Research Library and Archives, Natural History Museum Los Angeles County

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