NISO to Use Small Group Sessions at ALA Midwinter to Help Set Future Direction

BETHESDA, MD - January 5, 2007 - The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) will hold two days of small, interactive sessions at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter meeting to elicit the library community's direct input on key issues. The four main topics of discussions with Managing Director Todd Carpenter will be (1) Technology and infrastructure, (2) Committee structure, (3) Membership expansion and recruitment, and (4) Education and publication.
The one and one-half hour sessions will occur in Seattle on January 21 and 22 at the Summerfield Suites, the Ward Room on the 2nd floor, at: 8:30 - 10:00, 10:30 - 12:00, 2:00 - 3:30, and 4:00 - 5:30. Interested participants are asked to RSVP to NISO by email ( or phone (301-654-2512), indicating a preferred date and time.

"Those who attend will have a genuine opportunity to participate in the strategic changes that NISO intends to make," said Carpenter. "NISO's Board and management have a fresh and sincere interest in hearing about the priorities, concerns, and creative solutions that members of our community have to offer."

About the National Information Standards Organization (NISO)

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 life cycle of an information standard. NISO ( is a not-for-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). More information about NISO is available on its website: