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AnnouncementsFacts and figures about NISO Plus 2021

NISO Plus 2021 by the Numbers!

Thanks to the hard work and support of many wonderful individuals and organizations around the world, our second NISO Plus conference (February 22-25) went better than we could have hoped! We’re starting to collect formal feedback from attendees and speakers, which we will share next month but, in the meantime, we thought you’d like to see some facts and figures (plus a few quotes) that sum up our first virtual annual conference, as well as this great visualization of the conference, courtesy of speaker Dario Rodighiero. A huge thank you to everyone who participated!


#NISOPlus21 – It’s Happening!

After more than six months of planning, the NISO Plus 2021 conference is actually here! We’ll be kicking things off today at 10.30am EST (Canada/US) / 3.30pm (GMT) / 4.30pm and live tweeting from the plenary sessions so, even if you’re unable to attend, you can still follow along (@NISOInfo, #NISOPlus21). NISO Plus wouldn’t be possible without the help of our amazing community of volunteers and supporters, and we want to take a few minutes to thank them all again: The NISO Plus 2021 Planning Committee. The 27 wonderful individuals from 11 countries around the world who helped us develop, …


Meet the NISO Plus 2021 Scholarship Winners!

As part of our commitment to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community, NISO actively seeks out opportunities to include those who are underrepresented or marginalized. Our scholarship program is a great example of this work in practice. Now in its second year, it enables us to include and amplify the voices of those who are otherwise often excluded, as well as to learn from their perspectives and ensure that they have opportunities for growth in our organization. We have loved working with our first cohort of NISO Plus scholarship recipients, many of whom are now deeply involved in …


Buy Five, Get Five Free — NISO Plus Group Discounts

As part of NISO’s ongoing commitment to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community, one of our key goals for NISO Plus 2021 was to enable much broader participation by information professionals from around the world and across all our stakeholder groups, including libraries, publishing organizations, and the service providers that support them. So we’re delighted to say that, as of today, around 550 people have registered for NISO Plus 2021, more than double the number who attended the in-person conference last year. One of the drivers of this dramatic increase in registration is the low cost of attendance. …

AnnouncementsDr Norihiro Hagita

Dr. Norihiro Hagita Announced as Fourth NISO Plus 2021 Keynote

We are delighted to announce our fourth and final keynote speaker for this year’s NISO Plus conference. Dr. Norihiro Hagita will introduce us to the Japan Science & Technology Agency’s Moonshot Program 1, for which he is Program Director. The JST Moonshot Program Goal 1 aims to overcome the challenges of a declining birthrate, aging population, and associated labor shortage by realizing a society in which human beings can be free from limitations of body, brain, space, and time by 2050. In his keynote, Dr. Hagita will address his team’s plans for developing core technologies related to cyborgs and avatars …


Drum Roll Please … for the NISO Plus 2021 Program!

We are excited to share the provisional program for NISO Plus 2021 — and it looks amazing, if we do say so ourselves! Attendees can look forward to: One Miles Conrad Award Lecture – by the one and only Heather Joseph of SPARC Two fun social events – a virtual quiz, sponsored by Figshare; and a virtual cocktail (or mocktail!) reception, sponsored by Crossref (more details soon) Three brilliant global keynote speakers – Cory Doctorow, Margaret Sraku-Lartey, and Zeynep Tufekci (plus one more to be announced shortly!) Four tracks of content to choose from, accessible in all time zones – …


Heather Joseph Named As NISO’s 2021 Miles Conrad Awardee 

We are thrilled to announce that Heather Joseph, Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), will be the recipient of the 2021 Miles Conrad Award, a lifetime achievement award for those working in the information community. A well-known and highly respected member of the global information community, Heather will join a long list of industry leaders, innovators, and opinion-makers who have received this prestigious award. She will deliver the Miles Conrad Lecture during the NISO Plus 2021 conference, on February 24 at noon (Eastern Standard Time US & Canada), so be sure to register now and …


Zeynep Tufekci Announced as Closing Keynote for NISO Plus 2021

We are delighted to announce that respected scholar and writer, Dr. Zeynep Tufekci, will be the closing keynote at NISO Plus 2021! Dr. Tufekci is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in the School of Information and Library Science, with an affiliate appointment in the Department of Sociology. She is also a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Currently a contributing writer at The Atlantic and the New York Times, she is also the author of Twitter and Tear Gas (Yale University Press). Dr. Tufecki’s newsletter, Insight, …

AnnouncementsA Big Thank You to #NISOPlus21 Sponsors

A Big Thank You to #NISOPlus21 Sponsors

Tomorrow (November 26) is Thanksgiving Day here in the US — the holiday where we focus on what we are thankful for in our lives. This year, NISO would like to take this as an opportunity to say a big thank you to the 21 organizations that have already committed to sponsoring NISO Plus 2021. Their generous support has allowed us to keep registration fees low — from just $30 for students, early career professionals, unemployed, and those from anywhere other than high-income countries — and to make some content fully open (more details to follow). They’re also helping us …


Applications Now Invited for the NISO Plus 2021 Scholarship Program!

We are delighted to announce that, with the generous support of Digital Science, we are now inviting applications for our NISO Plus 2021 scholarship program. Building on the success of our experience with the first cohort of NISO Plus scholarship winners, we will again be encouraging successful applicants to engage fully with NISO and our community — not just at the NISO Plus conference, but also throughout the year. NISO Plus scholarships are intended for anyone who feels that their voice and views are currently under-represented in libraries, vendors, publishers, or other parts of the information ecosystem. This program is …