Have you ever wished there was more audience participation and discussion at the conferences you attend? That you could take a really deep dive into the topics that interest you? That you could engage more with people working on these topics from outside your own “bubble”?  And that those conversations then get translated into actual next steps? Well, now you can!

The first ever NISO Plus conference (Baltimore, MD, February 23-25, 2020) is intended to meet all these wishes – and more!  Building on the success of the former NFAIS annual conference, the idea is to make the meeting as inclusive as possible of the information community. We want it to be a place where publishers, vendors, librarians, archivists, product managers, metadata specialists, electronic resource managers, and others come together to solve existing problems and to kickstart the conversations we need to have in order to prevent future problems from occurring. 

To enable these conversations, each 90-minute session will be equally split between presentations on each topic and audience discussion, including next steps needed to turn our that discussion into a reality. We’ll be covering everything from altmetrics and AI to standards, statistics, and Plan S, and with four streams to choose from – covering NFAIS Foresight, NISO Now, Conversations, and Extras  – there’s something for everyone. 

We’re still putting the program together, but we’ve already got some great sessions and speakers lined up. There’s Stephanie Orphan (Portico) and Craig van Dyck (CLOCKSS) on digital preservation; Ann Michael (PLOS) and Adrian Stanley (Digital Science) on altmetrics; Judith Russell (University of Florida Libraries) and Jake Zarnegar (Silverchair) on discovery; Lisa Hinchliffe (University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign) and Ralph Younger ACS) on seamless access; and more. Keep an eye on the NISO Plus website and follow us on Twitter (@NISOInfo) for updates!

We’re getting great feedback about this new conference – it looks like you’re as excited about it as we are! – so we very much hope that you’ll join us in Baltimore for three days of engagement and education with, by, and for the information community.  

Everyone is welcome, and early bird registration is open through January 15 – reserve your place now!

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