NISO at ALA 2019!


BISG-NISO Changing Standards Landscape

Washington Convention Center (WCC), Room 140A

Washington DC

Friday, June 21, 2019, 12:00 Noon – 4:00pm (Eastern, US & Canada)

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At the National Ebook Summit held during ALA’s 2018 Annual Meeting, a number of themes provided structure for participants’ discussion of how best to connect users with ebooks.  Suggested areas for cross-sector collaboration included licensing models, accessibility, metrics, support for systems interoperability and issues associated with unobtainable materials.


Where does the community stand today in furthering a robust strategy for e-books? Where are emerging opportunities for the various stakeholders? Attend the twelfth NISO-BISG Changing Standards Landscape forum to hear from experts regarding the collaborative efforts intended to ensure that your patrons get connected to the ebook content they want!


Confirmed Speakers (in alphabetical order) include:


Technology has the promise of improving the user’s reading experience in the digital age. Attend this event and engage with a spectrum of industry professionals and organizations, each deeply invested in the production, discovery, and use of ebook materials.


NISO Annual Members Meeting & Standards Update

Location: Marriott Marquis (MAR), Salon 13

Saturday, June 22, 1:00 - 2:30pm

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Join us for our Annual Meeting to learn about the status of the organization, all the work that has taken place in 2018 and what's happening now in 2019. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to participate. The NISO Update provides the latest news about NISO's current efforts, including standards, recommended practices, and community meetings covering many areas of interest to the library community. Working group members will provide updates on projects newly underway or recently completed. 

Offering updates are the following confirmed speakers:


RA21 & the Coalition for Seamless Access

Washington Convention Center (WCC), Room 204C

Sunday, June 23, 2:30 - 3:30pm

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Confirmed Speakers: Todd Carpenter, NISO; Tim Lloyd, LibLynx; Other TBA


The NISO Resource Access in the 21st Century (RA21) Recommended Practice outlines an improvement to the user-experience of SAML-based authentication. To implement this technology moving forward, a consortium of industry partners, including publishers, identity providers, and libraries is forming to support implementation and run the RA21-based service. The Coalition for Seamless Access will manage this service for publishers and libraries, while continuing to improve this user experience, provide governance on data policy issues, and maintain the web services. During this session there will be a demonstration of the services, and a discussion around privacy and policy issues surrounding the project.


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