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NISO Two-Part Webinar, Discovery and Online Search, Part Two: Personalized Content, Personal Data

We all know that automated personal assistants can find you the closest gas station or sushi spot. But can that same technology be programmed to find the best ten articles for a student’s assignment? The capability is unclear, as is the advisability of the task. But what is clear is that voice-driven technology as well as arbitrary algorithms are changing the ways in which users may be driving or directed in their information tasks. Taxonomies, controlled vocabularies, and similar tools have been used for decades in delivering effective online search. But now, with Alexa and Siri potentially being in the room, shouldn’t libraries and vendors be talking about what’s operating under the hood?

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Helping people gain a greater understanding of the information community — our issues and concerns, challenges and opportunities — is core to NISO's mission. Our events are a key element of this, with our popular webinar program at their heart. And, following the NISO/NFAIS merger earlier this year, all NISO members can now attend all 14 webinars in 2020 completely free of charge! This includes an unlimited number of places and full access to a recording of each webinar for anyone who is unable to attend the event itself.

Amanda Wheatley

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Liaison Librarian for Management, Business, and Entrepreneurship, McGill University

Amanda Wheatley is the Liaison Librarian for Management, Business, and Entrepreneurship at McGill University. Her primary research project is determining the intersection of libraries, artificial intelligence, and information accuracy. Additionally, she is interested in entrepreneurship, gamification in libraries, and emerging technologies.

Bob Kasenchak

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Taxonomist and Director of Business Development, Access Innovations

After early career stops as a philosopher, music theorist, and wine geek, Bob Kasenchak has settled in as a taxonomist and Director of Business Development at Access Innovations in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bob designs taxonomy and metadata projects for scholarly publishers and other clients, as well as arguments about linked data, text analytics, and sandwiches.

Sandy Hervieux

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Liaison Librarian for Political Science, Religious Studies, and Philosophy, McGill University

Sandy Hervieux is the Liaison Librarian for Political Science, Religious Studies, and Philosophy at McGill University. Her research interests include reference services, information literacy, and upskilling in libraries. Sandy’s research in artificial intelligence will look at librarian perceptions of voice-assistant technology and its impact on reference services.

Sara Mannheimer

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Assistant Professor and Data Librarian, Montana State University

Sara Mannheimer is an Assistant Professor and Data Librarian at Montana State University, where she helps shape practices and theories for curation, publication, and preservation of data. Her research is rooted in the examination of the social, ethical, and technical issues that arise as we—as a profession and as a society—grapple with the implications of a data-driven world.

Scott Young

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User Experience & Assessment Librarian, Montana State University

Scott W. H. Young is an Assistant Professor and User Experience & Assessment Librarian at Montana State University. His work focuses on user-centered design, participatory design, library assessment and professional ethics.