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Senate Confirms New Members of IMLS Advisory Board

On June 22, 2010, the Senate confirmed five individuals to serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board, which advises the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Included among the appointees is NISO Board Member, Winston Tabb, the Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums at the Johns Hopkins University.

Press Release
24 Jun 2010
CNI Podcast: Karen Wetzel on Creating Standards for Supplemental Journal Article Materials

Karen A. Wetzel is the Standards Program Manager for NISO, the National Information Standards Organization. She manages the process of standards development, oversee activities of the technical committees creating NISO standards, and organizes outreach and education programs related to those standards. Wetzel spoke with EDUCAUSE at the Coalition for Networked Information 2010 Spring Member Meeting, where she presented the session, "Standards and Best Practices for Datasets and Other Supplemental Journal Article Materials."

EDUCAUSE Gerry Bayne's blog
14 Apr 2010
ONIX for Publications Licenses: Getting an Electronic Grip on License Information

Based on the work of the Digital Library Federation's (DLF's) Electronic Resource Management Initiative (ERMI) and EDItEUR's work on the ONIX (ONline Information eXchange) structure for communicating publisher data, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and these partners have worked to develop and improve ONIX for Publications Licenses (ONIX-PL), a system for storing and communicating the terms of a license between systems in XML format. This article outlines the history of ERMI, license management issues, and the status of ONIX-PL. It also presents developments over the past year since ONIX-PL was launched officially, describing the potential benefits of the application.

The Serials Librarian, Volume 58, Issue 1 - 4 January 2010 , pages 79 - 86
15 Jan 2010
NetRead Announces ONIX 3.0 Implementation

NetRead Software and Services, LLC, a solutions-provider to the book industry, announced the release of its ONIX 3.0 upgrade. Its signature software application, JacketCaster, now supports the distribution of the latest version of ONIX. Significant changes in this version include the section on Sets/Series, and the block addressing digital works.

Press Release
10 Jan 2010
Scott Lubeck Appointed New BISG Executive Director

Scott Lubeck, most recently Vice President of Technology for Wolters Kluwer Health, Professional and Education, has been appointed Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG), and will preside over the January 21, 2010 BISG Board of Directors Meeting.

Press Release
05 Jan 2010
IDPF Board of Directors Election Results December 2009

Voting closed to fill the seven open IDPF Board of Director seats, plus position of IDPF President at 2400 EST on Thursday December 17th. George Kerscher, DAISY Consortium was elected IDPF President.

Events: IDPF Voting: Board Nomination
18 Dec 2009
COUNTER and Usage Data: A Two-Part Webinar

COUNTER and Usage Data: A Two-Part Webinar was offered through the joint cooperation of NISO (National Information Standards Organization) and Project COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources). The first part was held May 6, 2009, and consisted of three presentations. The second part was held May 13, and also consisted of three presentations. This paper summarizes the two webinars.

Serials Review, Volume 35, Issue 4, December 2009, Pages 292-296
01 Dec 2009
SwetsWise provides COUNTER 3 compliant usage data

Swets is pleased to announce that SwetsWise Online Content has been successfully audited for compliancy with Release 3 of the COUNTER Code of Practice. Swets utilizes the SUSHI (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) standard to provide XML usage reports within SwetsWise. This standard has been created by NISO (National Information Standards Organization) and is also known under the name Z39.93 (www.niso.org). SUSHI protocol allows the user to obtain the reports through a web service in a XML format which must be compliant to defined XML schemas.

Press Release
12 Nov 2009
Bibliographic Control Alphabet Soup: AACR to RDA and the Evolution of MARC: a Webinar Report

Report on the NISO webinar held October 14 that provided background and an overview of RDA and the significant changes from AACR2. Also presented were the results of a study of the use of MARC fields by catalogers. MARC has 200 fields and 800 subfields.
Only 4% of fields account for 80% of all records.

How to Catalog a Hiccup Blog
10 Nov 2009
Lake case sets important precedent that metadata is part of a requested document

Todd Carpenter [Managing Director, National Information Standards Organization]: "Last week, the Supreme Court of Arizona issued a ruling overturning a lower court on whether file metadata must be turned over in a public records request. The ruling [PDF file] essentially binds the inherent file metadata within the file itself. In its finding, the court ruled that the plaintiff's request for the administrative metadata records was indistinguishable from the request for the public records themselves.

04 Nov 2009
NISO Forum [Library Resource Management Systems] - Trends and Thoughts

"Earlier this month, I went to the NISO Forum on library resource management systems, which was conveniently located right here in the Financial District of Boston. The program was fantastic, and the presentations are now available and well worth a look, even in slide format.

A number of words, themes, and ideas resonated throughout the two-day program:..."

Ab's Blog
29 Oct 2009
Music to My Ears: New International Standard Updates Printed Music Identifier

The newly revised international standard, ISO 10957:2009, Information and documentation - International standard music number (ISMN), updates the International Standard Music Number (ISMN), a unique number that identifies printed music, to follow the same 13-digit format as ISBN.

22 Oct 2009
Waffles and Taxonomies

"Along with smothered and covered hash browns, everything you can learn everything you need to know about taxonomy at Waffle House." Suggests NISO's Guidelines for the Construction, Format, and Management of Monolingual Controlled Vocabularies (Z39.19) for further information.

01 Sep 2009
BioOne Supports COUNTER Release 3 and SUSHI Protocol Standard

BioOne is pleased to announce significant upgrades to both our usage reports and librarian administration interface. BioOne now will support COUNTER's Release 3, the most recent iteration of the universal reporting standard. If your organization operates a SUSHI client, you now will be able to retrieve BioOne reports via the client.

Press Release
28 Aug 2009
Serials Solutions Now Offers Single-Sign On for Shibboleth and Athens in Serials Solutions® 360 Link and 360 Core

Serials Solutions has announced Single Sign-On (SSO) access control for the Serials Solutions® 360 Link OpenURL link resolver service and 360 Core E-Journal Portal A-to-Z list. The SSO authentication capability ensures that librarians can serve their remote users with the same level of consideration and access as they do local users.

Serials Solutions Press Release
17 Jul 2009
Proposed Rule: Mandatory Deposit of Published Electronic Works Available Only Online

The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress is proposing to amend its regulations governing mandatory deposit of electronic works published in the United States and available only online. The amendments would establish that such works are exempt from mandatory deposit until a demand for deposit of copies or phonorecords of such works is issued by the Copyright Office. They would also set forth the process for issuing and responding to a demand for deposit, amend the definition of a "complete copy" of a work for purposes of mandatory deposit of online-only works, and establish new best edition criteria for electronic serials available only online. The Copyright Office seeks public comment on these proposed revisions.

Federal Register Vol. 74, No. 134
15 Jul 2009
Library of Congress and DuraCloud Launch Pilot Program Using Cloud Technologies to Test Perpetual Access to Digital Content

The Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) and DuraSpace have announced that they will launch a one-year pilot program to test the use of cloud technologies to enable perpetual access to digital content. The pilot will focus on a new cloud-based service, DuraCloud, developed and hosted by the DuraSpace organization. Among the NDIIPP partners participating in the DuraCloud pilot program are the New York Public Library and the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

Press Release
14 Jul 2009
What's So Great About Standards?

The third annual NISO/BISG Standards Forum a for librarians, publishers, and content providers dealt with the challenges that ebook creation, distribution, and use is having on the marketplace. The session, sponsored by Swets and ExLibris, ushered in a series of eight experts who took the standards issue to an all-new level and from myriad angles.

Infotoday Blog
11 Jul 2009
NASIG 2009: Moving Mountains of Cost Data --- Standards for ILS to ERMS to Vendors and Back

Describes the presentation by Dani Roach at the NASIG 2009 conference. Roach discusses the new NISO draft for trial use standard on the Cost of Resource Exchange (CORE) protocol which allows data to be transferred between and ILS and an ERMS.

Eclectic Librarian Blog
05 Jun 2009
3M Library Systems Introduces Plug-In to Read Nonstandard RFID Tags

3M Library Systems introduces 3M Tag Data Manager's newest feature, a Non Standard Tag Data Interface Plug-In; this new feature gives the 3M Tag Data Manager the capability to read non-3M tags in nonstandard formats. The new offering allows libraries with ISO RFID Tags the option of upgrading their systems to 3M hardware without having to retag their existing collections. The company has long been a leader for standards in the library market, from its role in the development of Standard Interchange Protocol (SIP) 2.0, to its involvement with the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and International Organization for Standards (ISO).

27 May 2009

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