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NISO Webinar, Audits and Assessment

Organizations, small- and medium-sized enterprises, academic and governmental institutions all have mechanisms and plans for auditing and assessing their activities. But just thinking about what’s involved in such processes can be stressful for those involved. Where should your organization start? What data might be useful? What are the meaningful metrics needed to establish best practices and how should your organization be thinking about them as applied to productivity or workflows? Accountability is fraught with sensitive issues like these. This event brought together a group of experts from across the information community to share their ideas and experiences regarding what works and what doesn’t.   Confirmed speakers include Makala Skinner, Senior Analyst, Ithaka; Valrie Minson, Assistant Dean of Assessment and Student Engagement, University of Florida; Gillian Harrison Cain, Director of Member Programs, Atla; and Bill Kasdorf, Principal, Kasdorf & Associates.
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NISO Webinar

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.
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Bill Kasdorf

Principal - Kasdorf & Associates, LLC

Bill Kasdorf,, is Principal of Kasdorf & Associates, LLC, focusing on editorial and production workflows, XML/HTML/EPUB modeling and specification, standards and best practices, and accessibility. He is a founding partner of Publishing Technology Partners. Bill is the W3C Global Publishing Evangelist and is active in the W3C Publishing@W3C work. He co-chairs NISO’s Video & Audio Metadata Guidelines Working Group, is a member and Past President of SSP, and is also a member of BISG’s Workflow Working Group, IPTC, and the DAISY Consortium. He received the SSP Distinguished Service Award, the BISG Industry Champion Award, and the IDEAlliance/DEER Luminaire Award. He is general editor of The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing and serves on the editorial board of Learned Publishing. Clients have included NEJM, National Academies Press, American College of Physicians, American Psychological Association, SAGE, Harvard, MIT, Toronto, Taylor & Francis, Cambridge, IEEE, Cochrane Library, Pearson, Cengage, VitalSource, World Bank, British Library, OCLC, ORCID, and the European Union Publications Office.
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Gillian Harrison Cain

Director of Member Programs, Atla

Gillian Harrison Cain is the Director of Member Programs at Atla. Gillian and her team focus on the member experience, including administration of programs and projects; organization of virtual and in-person educational and professional development events; and implementation of member engagement activities. She has experience researching trends and technologies in libraries; creating content for effective communications; consortial licensing; managing customer relationship and content management software projects; grant writing and management; and product development. Previous positions include Senior Marketing Manager at Serials Solutions; Director of Marketing and Program Development at BCR; and Global Product Manager for NetLibrary at OCLC; and working at Denver Public Library and Douglas County Libraries. Gillian holds a BS in Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an MLIS from the University of Denver. In June 2021, she earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).
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Makala Skinner

Senior Analyst, Ithaka

Makala Skinner is a senior analyst at Ithaka S+R on the Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums team. She uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to explore subject matter and synthesize data into meaningful and actionable findings for educational and cultural organizations. Prior to joining Ithaka S+R, Makala carried out research on international higher education and refugee issues and worked with first-generation college students in the US. Makala earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the George Washington University and her master’s degree in international educational development from Teachers College Columbia University.
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Valrie Minson

Assistant Dean of Assessment and Student Engagement, University of Florida

Valrie Minson serves as Assistant Dean of Assessment and Student Engagement and Chair of the Marston Science Library at the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. As Assistant Dean she supports institutional reporting, the development of a library assessment program, and student success activities. As Chair she provides leadership for the only non-medical science library on campus, with 2.1 million visitors per year, supporting 42 departments across three colleges. Minson has presented both nationally and internationally and her research agenda addresses data support services, collection management, collaboration and cyberinfrastructure, and agricultural information services.