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Celebrating Our NISO Plus 2023 Award Winners

The NISO Plus Conference is only four years old, but its awards ceremony, held this year on February 15, is already a much-anticipated annual tradition. As in prior years, the ceremony is an opportunity to recognize individuals for their contributions to NISO as well as to the wider information community. It is also the time when we introduce the year’s NISO Scholarship Awardees. A highlight of the event is the Miles Conrad Award and Lecture. This award, established in 1965, was named for the founder of the National Federation of Abstracting and Indexing Services (NFAIS), which merged with NISO in …

AnnouncementsIf You Were A Standard, Which One Would You Be? (2022 Edition)

If You Were A Standard, Which One Would You Be? (2022 Edition)

As part of the NISO Plus scholarship application process, we ask applicants to tell us which standard they would be, and why. It’s an optional — and fun! — question, and reading their answers is always one of the high points of the review process. We are happy to share the responses from this year’s cohort with you, in alphabetical order. Elham Abdallah (Assistant University Librarian for Public Services and Research, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon): ​​I would be ANSI/NISO Z39.18-2005 (R2010) Scientific and Technical Reports – Preparation, Presentation, and Preservation Standard to enhance my reports and presentations skills …

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Congratulations to our 2022 Awardees!

Each year, one of the NISO Plus conference highlights is our awards ceremony, where we introduce the new cohort of NISO Plus scholarship winners, recognize key community members for their service, and honor the recipient of the Miles Conrad Award — this year’s awardee is Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director of the National Library of Medicine. The Miles Conrad Award was established by NFAIS in 1965, to recognize the contributions of those whose lifetime achievements have moved the information community forward. Previous awardees include Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC (2021) and James G. Neal, University Librarian Emeritus, Columbia University …

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Congratulations to the NISO Plus 2022 scholarship winners!

This year’s scholarships are being supported by OCLC and, as always, deciding who — among so many strong candidates — should be awarded a scholarship was challenging. We are very grateful to the Review Committee* (which included several past and present scholarship winners) for tackling the task so thoughtfully. and we are delighted to introduce you to the 13 recipients of this year’s NISO Plus scholarships: Elham Abdallah, Assistant University Librarian for Public Services and Research, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) Library, Lebanon Bethany Arsenault, Digital Discovery Librarian, Edmonton Public Library, Canada Alice Eng, Electronic Resources Librarian, Wake Forest …

AnnouncementsApplications Now Invited for NISO Plus 2022 Scholarships

Applications Now Invited for NISO Plus 2022 Scholarships

We are delighted to announce that, with the generous support of OCLC, we are inviting applications for our NISO Plus scholarship program, now in its third year. NISO Plus scholarships are intended for anyone working in the information ecosystem, who feels that their voice and views are currently under-represented, for example, people whose job function, organization type, or demographics are typically under-represented — or not represented at all — at industry events. This includes those working in libraries, publishers, service providers, and other information organizations anywhere in the world. The scholarship program is part of our strategic goal to improve …

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News about NISO Plus Sponsorship Recipients 

One of our favorite things about NISO Plus is our scholarship program. Supported by the Alfred B Sloan Foundation in 2020, and by Digital Science in 2021, it enables information professionals whose voices are underrepresented or unrepresented to attend the NISO Plus conference and to engage with our work. Our first two cohorts of scholarship recipients are nothing if not diverse. They hail from every continent (except Antarctica!) and represent all our stakeholder groups—librarians, content providers, service and infrastructure providers, and more. Some scholarship winners are still students, others are well-established in their careers, but they all share a passion …

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What I Learned At NISO Plus 2021

We’re delighted to share these thoughts on NISO Plus by some of our scholarship winners, past and present. Collectively, they provide a great overview of this year’s conference! Nicoleta-Roxana Dinu, Librarian, National Library of Romania What a great opportunity to attend the NISO Plus Conference as one of the lucky scholarship winners of this year!  Using the online format and taking into account the time zone difference in building its schedule, the NISO Plus conference has been converted into a truly global event for information professionals. This was the first NISO conference that I attended so far (in the last …

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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 …

HistoryIf You Were A Standard, Which One Would You Be?

If You Were A Standard, Which One Would You Be?

As part of the NISO Plus scholarship application process, we included this optional question: If you were an information standard, which one would you be and why?  (Hint, visit the standards page on the NISO website for inspiration!) To our delight, many of the applicants chose to respond, with a wonderful variety of answers. Amazingly, each of our scholarship winners chose a different standard to represent them — a nice reflection of the group’s diversity! We’re happy to share their answers here (anonymously) in hopes that you’ll enjoy them as much as we and our Scholarship Committee members did. 1)The …

FeedbackHow Was NISO Plus For You? Feedback from our Scholarship Winners

How Was NISO Plus For You? Feedback from our Scholarship Winners

Among the 250+ attendees at the inaugural NISO Plus meeting were 12 especially important people — our first NISO Plus scholarship winners. Hailing from Baltimore to Brazil, they were selected from close to 60 applicants, based on why they wanted to attend the conference and what they hoped to get out of it. So, did it live up to their expectations? Here’s what they told us… First, we asked how attending NISO Plus helped them professionally, and a number of themes emerged in their answers: Networking — both with their fellow scholarship winners and more widely. To quote Kimberly Arleth …