E-books springing up & Nettie too!
Spring is always a time of new beginnings and there is much that is blooming in Baltimore and also within NISO. Several projects are taking shape and we're pleased that we can begin talking about them. The first initiative is actually a collection of initiatives and some forward thinking about future projects. Today, I'm pleased to announce that NISO is launching a special interest group on standards for e-books. This interest group will bring people together from across our spectrum of organizations to bring attention and industry coordination to the variety of projects ongoing in the space of electronic books. Some of this work is taking place within NISO, some in partnership with NISO, and some wholly outside of our core community. However, there is certainly a need to see this work coordinated in some fashion. We welcome a broad spectrum of participation in the group, which will operate under the auspices of the NISO Architecture Committee. There are a variety of existing projects within NISO that fall into the realm of e-books. Among these are existing work on the revision to the DAISY Talking Book standard, ISBN e-book issues that NISO engages in as Secretariat for the ISO Identifiers group (ISO TC46/SC9), and expansion of work on SERU. Added to this are projects that people have reached out to NISO to engage in, including patron-driven acquisition, e-book annotation sharing, metadata sharing, content structures, and discovery services.
NISO also has two upcoming e-book-related events; mark the dates on your calendars now. The first is NISO's ongoing partnership with the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) for the 5th Annual Forum on The Changing Standards Landscape at ALA Annual in New Orleans. This free half-day event is scheduled for June 24th at 12:30-4:00 PM. The second event is a 2-day NISO educational forum on e-books scheduled for October 24 and 25th. The programs for both events will be released in mid-May.
I'm also pleased to announce that Nettie Lagace has joined the NISO staff as Associate Director for Programs. Nettie was most recently Product Director at Ex Libris, where she worked on product development for the bX scholarly article recommender service. She replaces Karen Wetzel, who resigned from NISO to take a position with EDUCAUSE in March. We wish all the best to Karen and welcome Nettie to NISO. She's already hit the ground running, and given her record of success on various NISO working groups, as well as her long record of success at Ex Libris, we can certainly expect great things from her!
I hope that you enjoy the spring and all of the new initiatives that are springing up along with the flowers of May.
New Specs & Standards
NISO May Two-Part Webinar: The Future of ILS
Both the back-end and the front-end of the traditional Integrated Library System (ILS) are changing and evolving. The back-end is being impacted by the change to RDA cataloging that has only just begun. The front-end is changing through the integration of the ILS with other systems and a web interface layer as well as the interactivity driven by Web 2.0. RDA implementation is expected to drive additional changes to the user-side of the ILS in ways that are still not fully understood.
NISO's two-part May webinar looks at The Future of the ILS from both of these perspectives. Both webinars will be held from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern time). You can register for either or both parts. There is no prerequisite to attend Part 1 if your interest is in Part 2. Registrants to both parts of the webinar receive a 25% discount.
On May 11, Part 1 considers RDA & Cataloging from the perspective of the cataloger and the system vendor. RDA holds the promise to more closely align Function Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) and Functional Requirements for Authorities Data (FRAD) to library catalogs. While RDA poses a disruptive shift in current cataloging practices, it also carries with it tremendous potential to move the library catalog into the age of the semantic web.
On May 18, Part 2 of the webinar shifts to what the future of the ILS will hold with respect to User Interaction. Numerous studies have shown that the typical user goes to Google before going to the library's website. What changes are underway or envisioned that can drive the user back to using the library's system or better yet make the library's data work better in the greater web environment. What are the implications of an RDA-driven library catalog on the user interface? What happens in a world where RDA can set data free from the library system to be linked to and mashed-up with other data or applications?
NISO Forum: Mobile Technologies in Libraries
NISO's one-day forum on Mobile Technologies in Libraries, to be held May 20, 2011 in Philadelphia, PA, will look at both issues and solutions for offering library information resources to mobile equipment.
Libraries are daily faced with a perpetually connected user base demanding mobile access to information resources traditionally accessed from desktop or laptop computers. This forum will benefit anyone who wants to learn more about the standards you need to know about for mobile computing, what surveys tell us about what library users want to be able to do with mobile devices, models for mobile in teaching and learning, the impact on and opportunities for publisher content, and examples of mobile implementations such as MedLine Mobile and a tablet app for library assessment.
For a complete agenda and registration information, visit the event webpage.
NISO/BISG 5th Annual Forum on The Changing Standards Landscape
NISO and the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) will hold their 5th annual forum on The Changing Standards Landscape on Friday, June 24, 2011 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. in New Orleans prior to the ALA Annual Conference. This year's focus will be on common synergies between publishers and libraries and creative solutions for creative solutions to information problems in the critical areas of content identification, discovery, and format, in particular e-books. A full agenda with speakers will be posted to the event webpage by mid-May 2011.
This event is free and open to the public, however attendees are asked to register online.
This event is sponsored by CrossRef.
E-book SIG Call for Participation
NISO's Architecture Committee is creating a Special Interest Group focused on E-books (the NISO E-book SIG). Simultaneous with the formation of the group, NISO is issuing a call for participation in the E-book SIG and its associated monitoring group. The E-book SIG will explore a range of industry best practices and standards related to the creation, distribution, discovery, delivery, and preservation of digital book content. The primary responsibilities of the group will be to continuously monitor and review the state of the industry for e-books and to suggest areas for new initiatives within NISO or areas where NISO can engage with other communities on e-book work underway outside of NISO. The group will also host thought leader meetings and commission relevant research to advance the state of the industry.
While NISO is best known for shepherding groups focused on a specific problem through the creation and implementation of recommended practices and standards, NISO's new strategic initiatives seek to widen its outreach within the information industry. Specifically, the NISO Board and Architecture Committee seek to emphasize NISO's role as a facilitator within the industry, one that can foster cross-community dialogue in a given topical area and provide a place for the incubation of ideas even if no formal standards process within NISO is ever initiated as a result. For more details on the new SIG, read the full call for participation.
NISO encourages any organization actively engaged in this area to contact the NISO office via email to participate. Please indicate if you are interested in the core group or the monitoring group.
New on the NISO Website
New Specs & Standards
Reaffirmation of ANSI/NISO/LBI Z39.78-2000 (R2010), Library Binding
NISO voting members and ANSI have approved the reaffirmation of this standard for another five years. Library Binding describes the technical specifications and materials specifications for first-time hardcover binding of serials publications and paperbound books for library use, and rebinding of hardcover books and serials intended for library use.
This set of best practice guidelines provides advice to publishers on making their books accessible to people with print impairment. The guidelines form part of a joint project, the Enabling Technologies Framework, which EDItEUR is delivering in collaboration with the DAISY Consortium. The framework project is funded by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) under its visually impaired persons (VIP) initiative to facilitate access to copyrighted works for people with print disabilities. The Guidelines have been endorsed by the International Publishers Association, the Federation of European Publishers and the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM).
ISO 16175-2:2011, Information and documentation – Principles and functional requirements for records in electronic office environments – Part 2: Guidelines and functional requirements for digital records management systems
This second part of a new three-part standard specifies a set of functional requirements for digital records management systems (also called electronic records management systems or enterprise content management systems) irrespective of the media in which they were created and/or stored.
ISBN and QR Barcode Scanning Mobile App for Libraries
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