Baltimore, November 16, 2020: The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) today announced that Margaret Sraku-Lartey, Principal Librarian at CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (CSIR-FORIG), will be a keynote speaker at the next annual NISO Plus conference to be held virtually on February 22-25, 2021.
Margaret has a passion for supporting local Indigenous People — for unearthing the knowledge that exists at the local indigenous level, and harnessing it within the information ecosystem to propel communities into higher realms of development. As a professional librarian, Margaret is concerned about the lack of clear guidelines in the management of indigenous knowledge. She is committed to working toward the provision of standard guidelines for the management of such local knowledge, which can only be achieved through collaboration between librarians, publishers, researchers, and policy-makers.
Margaret has been involved in several projects on information management that were funded by international agencies such as the Elsevier Foundation, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), and the International Union for Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO). Margaret has written and spoken widely on her work, and she currently lectures in Scientific Communication for graduate students at the CSIR College of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana.
"We are so pleased to welcome Margaret Sraku-Lartey to keynote at the virtual NISO Plus 21 conference," said NISO Executive Director, Todd Carpenter. "She will add a unique and valuable perspective to the conversation NISO is hosting. For far too long, voices from and the concerns of African countries have been marginalized; one NISO's goals, moving forward, is to address these inequalities. Participants can look forward to an engaging and thought-provoking session that will expand their perspective on this key issue faced by our community."
NISO Plus 2021 is a digital-first, fully virtual global conference taking place across multiple time zones over the course of four days. It aims to capture the spirit of the inaugural NISO Plus, an in-person conference held in Baltimore in February 2020, with a focus on innovation, education, and conversation. More information about the conference is available at niso.plus.
Registration for NISO Plus 2021 is now open, and we encourage you to follow us on Twitter @NISOInfo for regular updates on the event.
Based in Baltimore, MD, NISO fosters the development and maintenance of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and effective interchange of information so that it can be trusted for use in research and learning. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages libraries, publishers, information aggregators, and other organizations that support learning, research, and scholarship through the creation, organization, management, and curation of knowledge. NISO works with intersecting communities of interest and across the entire lifecycle of information standards. NISO is a not-for-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information, visit the NISO website (https://niso.org) or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.