Where Can You Find NISO @ ALA 2018?

  • 2018 NISO Annual Meeting and Standards Update
    Room 209 Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Saturday, June 23, 2018, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

NISO’s annual members meeting will be held in New Orleans this June as part of the American Library Association Annual conference. The meeting, which is open to everyone, will be held as a part of the traditional NISO Update on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 1:00-1:30 pm in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 209. This half-hour discussion about the status of the organizations will be prepended to the regular NISO Update that takes place at every ALA conference which will run from 1:30-2:30 pm. We will cover a number of organizational topics, such as NISO’s strategic planning process, organizational finances, and standards program plans for the coming year. This is also an opportunity for the membership to provide feedback and have their questions answered about any NISO topic. 

The NISO Update will include presenters from current working groups, providing the latest news on active projects impacting the library and information community.


  • NISO FASTEN (Flexible API Standard for E-content NISO)
    Room 214, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Sunday, June 24, 2018,  10:30am — 11:30am

Featured Speakers: Christopher Carvey, Queens College; Christine Peterson, Amigos Library Services: Jeremy Nelson, Colorado College; Jane Plass, RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System) 

This NISO Working Group is modernizing library-vendor technical interoperability using RESTful Web service APIs and standard mobile application intent calls, to establish community, vendor, and developer needs in transmitting library-related information related to serving licensed electronic content such as login/authentication, account information, availability, item status, item check-out, audio/video/online recording streaming, patron registration with vendor, etc.

Working Group members will describe the project and its forthcoming draft for public comment.


  • Improving Access Control in a Privacy-protecting Way: An update on the RA21 Initiative and how it aligns with privacy goals
    Room 208, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Featured Speakers: Peter Brantley, UC-Davis; Daniel Ayala, Proquest

The Resource Access in the 21st Century (RA21) project has been developing pilot technology to improve the user experience of SAML-based authentication. The solutions aims to improve the user experience and do so in a privacy-protecting way. This session will report out the progress of the pilot technology developments and the movement toward an industry recommended practice. Two RA21 pilot technologies will be demonstrated and discussions will also center on how the resulting efforts have been built around the library community values of protecting privacy.

For more information, visit our ALA event page on the NISO website. As always, there will be plenty of information at the NISO Booth #2923 in the Exhibitors Hall!  




12-14 September
Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor, UK
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See what’s happening and when at ALPSP 2018
We’re delighted to announce that an outline programme and confirmed speakers for the ALPSP Conference 2018 are now available to view on our event website. Themed around the topics of Openness and Policy, Researchers and Ethics and Business and Technology, we have a host of fascinating sessions for you to attend over three days.


Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:00 AM

If you were unable to attend the NFAIS Blockchain for Scholarly Publishing Conference, you won’t want to miss this virtual event! Although those attending in person had the opportunity to network and discuss current projects and challenges with colleagues, you can still learn from and interact virtually with several of the conference presenters at The Best of Blockchain, a three-hour virtual webinar on Thursday, June 21st.

Based on an overwhelming response and requests for virtual participation, NFAIS brings you an encore of the top presenters from the Blockchain for Scholarly Publishing Conference. You’ll hear from five expert speakers at a fraction of the usual price—three hours of programming for the cost of a standard 90-minute webinar. We believe this is content you simply can’t afford to miss out on!…


A free two-day working forum for North American library or consortium leaders and key academic stakeholders centered on action-focused deliberations about redirecting subscription and other funds toward sustainable open access publishing…