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NISO Plus Conference Scholarships announced -

The first-ever NISO Plus conference is scheduled to be held from February 23-25, 2020, in Baltimore, MD. Building on the success of the former NFAIS annual conference, the idea is to make the meeting as inclusive as possible for the information community. The NISO Plus Conference Scholarship program is being introduced with the generous support of the Sloan Foundation.

Do you feel that your voice is under-represented in the information community because of your age, ethnicity, gender, or other factor? Would you like the opportunity to share your perspective and experience? Thanks to the generous support of the Byte level sponsors, the NISO Plus conference is welcoming applications for travel scholarships to enable people whose voices are often excluded — and who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend — to participate in this important new information industry conference.

NISO Plus seeks 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 kick start the conversations we need to have in order to prevent future problems from occurring. So as well as sessions on a wide range of important information-related topics, there will be plenty of time in the program for discussion of those topics, and for networking.

There are two categories of scholarship: Equity & Diversity scholarships and Early Career scholarships.

Equity & Diversity scholarships are intended for anyone who feels that they are under-represented in libraries, vendors, publishers, or other parts of the information ecosystem. This includes all aspects of diversity. The aim is to encourage and hear from information professionals who can provide different perspectives from the voices we traditionally hear from in the community.

Early Career scholarships are open to individuals who have been working in the information profession for five years or less. They are intended to help connect, train, and encourage the next generation of information professionals, whose perspectives and opinions will help shape the future of information creation, organisation, retrieval, and access.

Successful applicants will receive full conference registration, economy travel/airfare, three nights in the conference hotel, and a stipend for meals while travelling. Applications are welcome from anyone who meets these criteria and wants the opportunity to engage with and learn from colleagues from right across the information community.

Those interested in participating — or know someone who is — may complete and submit this form by January 22. All applications will be reviewed by a small committee of representatives from NISO’s staff, Board, and wider community, and applicants will be notified about whether you have been successful by January 31.

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