NISO Members Elect New Vice Chair and Directors to Lead the Organization in 2013-2014

Baltimore, MD - June 20, 2013 - The voting membership of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has elected new leadership for the 2013-2014 term that begins on July 1, 2013. Heather Reid, Director of Data Systems, Copyright Clearance Center, who previously served as Vice Chair, will become Chair of NISO for the 2013-14 term. Gerry Grenier, Senior Director, Publishing Technologies at IEEE, Inc. has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the NISO Board of Directors and will transition into the chairmanship in the 2013-14 term. Gerry Grenier is a developer and manager of online information systems with 25 years of publishing industry experience. He is a seasoned team leader, technical manager, and product manager with interest in the future of information distribution and the effect that technology will continue to bear on the dissemination of knowledge. His primary responsibility at IEEE is the development and operation of IEEE Xplore—the IEEE's digital library of 3.5 million articles in electrical engineering and computer science. In addition to the NISO Board, he also serves on the Boards of CrossRef and the International STM Association.
"I am honored to have been elected Chair of NISO," states incoming Chair, Heather Reid. "So many of the initiatives that NISO is engaged in at this time are of critical importance to the future of libraries and publishing—for example, open access, alternative metrics, and the increasingly important role played by discovery systems. I look forward to engaging with NISO's membership constituencies on these and other areas where standards development is critical to ongoing success."

"I am excited at this opportunity to play a leadership role in the information standards community," states new Vice Chair, Gerry Grenier. "Standards are the linchpin of interoperability and efficiency and I see NISO's role expanding as the information ecosystem adapts to the transformations brought about by new technologies."

The following industry leaders were also elected as new Directors on the NISO Board.

  • Marian Hollingsworth, Director of Publisher Relations, Thomson Reuters
  • Evan Owens, Chief Information Officer at AIP Publishing, LLC
  • B. Tommie Usdin, President, Mulberry Technologies, Inc.

These new members will join the following Directors who will continue their terms through 2013-14 in managing and setting strategic direction for the organization.

  • Wendy Pradt Lougee, University Librarian and McKnight Presidential Professor, University of Minnesota Libraries
  • Mairéad Martin, Senior Director of Digital Library Technologies, Pennsylvania State University
  • Patricia A. Steele, Dean of Libraries, University of Maryland
  • Mike Teets, Vice President, Innovation, OCLC
  • Tyler Walters, Dean of University Libraries, Virginia Tech University Libraries
  • Keith Webster, Incoming Dean of University Libraries, Carnegie Mellon University

Barbara Preece, Director, Loyola/Notre Dame Library, who is currently serving as NISO's Chair, will serve the next term in the role as Past Chair. Janice Fleming, Director of Business and Planning, American Psychological Association and a former Chair of the NISO Board, will serve as NISO's Treasurer. Todd Carpenter, NISO Executive Director also serves Ex Officio on the Board as Secretary.

"As an organization, NISO is fortunate to have the active support of a diverse group of industry leaders who serve on our Board of Directors," said Todd Carpenter, NISO Executive Director. "As with all of our activities, the contributions of volunteers at all leadership levels tie NISO activities and goals directly to those of our membership. We look forward to another successful year under the leadership of this Board."

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 lifecycle 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: For more information please contact NISO on (301) 654-2512 or via email on