Reports from Annual 2009

ALCTS Liaisons and Representatives Report on Annual 2009 Activities in Chicago

Editor's note: The following reports were submitted by groups outside of ALCTS with whom we have formal liaisons.

Accessibility Assembly

Kevin Furniss, Tulane University

  1. Accessible version of publication "American Libraries"- Simon Healey, Chair of the Assembly, has spoken to Jenny Levine, ALA Internet Development Specialist, about this.
  2. ALCTS Definitions of Digital Preservation document- This is a carry over from the previous meeting. The Accessibility Assembly would like to see this document address accessibility issues. Cathy Martyniak, Co-chair of the Working Group that created the document, could not tell me when the document will be come up for revision. In the meantime I will work with Naomi Young of the University of Florida to suggest revisions to the document. Once these suggested revisions are approved by the Accessibility Assembly, I will forward them to Ms. Martyniak. She may have a better idea of a revision schedule at that time.
  3. ACRL has created a new Universal Accessibility Interest Group, chaired by Adina Joyce Mullikan of Syracuse University. See the group's roster.
  4. ASCLA is planning a preconference on universal design at ALA Midwinter 2010 in Boston. Details are forthcoming.

Freedom to Read Foundation

Kay Ann Cassell, Rutgers University

Report of Meeting

The Obama Administration’s decision not to appeal a ruling by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals that places limits on the government’s ability to impose a gag order when it uses National Security Letters (NSLs) has rendered the Second Circuit ruling final. Unfortunately, the government continues to assert that the gag order imposed on “John Doe” must remain in place for national security reasons. Federal District Court Judge Victor Marrero has ordered a briefing schedule that requires the government to provide justification for the gag order.

Ongoing Litigation

The Foundation continues to monitor and to participate in lawsuits that address First Amendment rights in the library. Three lawsuits are particularly important to libraries and the community of library users and readers.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida versus Miami-Dade School Board

The lawsuit challenging the Miami-Dade School Board’s decision to remove from its classrooms and libraries all copies of the book Vamos a Cuba and its English-language companion book, A Visit to Cuba, asserting that this picture book aimed at four- to six-year-olds fails to accurately convey the harsh political realities of life in Cuba. A federal district court judge in Miami held that the removal decision was unconstitutional, finding that the claimed inaccuracies were a pretext for imposing “political orthodoxy.” On February 5, 2009, the Eleventh Circuit overturned that decision, holding 2–1 that the school board’s decision did not violate the First Amendment. It ruled that the district court erred in finding that the book had been removed for political reasons, and that book’s factual inaccuracies justified the book’s removal from Miami-Dade school libraries. The ACLU of Miami has appealed this decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, and is waiting to learn if the Supreme Court hears the appeal. FTRF has filed amicus curiae briefs in the case, and anticipates supporting the ACLU should the Supreme Court grant review.

Sarah Bradburn et al. versus North Central Regional Library District

The lawsuit, filed by library users and the ACLU, challenges a library’s policy of refusing to honor adults’ requests to temporarily disable Internet filters for research and reading. The lawsuit is presently pending before the Washington State Supreme Court, which is considering several questions of state law certified to that court by the federal district court. On June 23, 2009, the Washington Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the question of whether the library’s filtering policy violates the state constitution. Once the Washington State Supreme Court concludes its deliberations, the case will return to the federal courts. FTRF is not a participant in this lawsuit.

Faith Center Church Evangelistic Ministries versus Glover

This case captured the attention of librarians across the country when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the meeting room policy of the Contra Costa County (California) Library, which barred religious groups from holding worship services in its meeting rooms. It ruled that the library’s policy was reasonable in light of the library’s desire to manage the use of the library’s limited public forum. Subsequently, the Supreme Court denied plaintiff Faith Center’s petition for certiorari. The lawsuit was remanded to the district court to determine the extent to which Faith Center could use the library’s meeting rooms, and to resolve the question of whether the library’s policy violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. On June 19, 2009, the district court held that the policy did violate the Establishment Clause because enforcement of the policy required library staff to inquire into religious doctrine in order to determine if a religious group’s proposed activity qualified as religious worship. Contra Costa county will now need to decide whether to appeal the new decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. FTRF is not a participant in this lawsuit.

FTRF also continues its participation in lawsuits aimed at protecting and vindicating basic First Amendment free speech rights. Among these is Video Software Dealers Assn. et al. versus Schwarzenegger, a lawsuit challenging a California law that restricts the sale or rental of video games classified by the state as “violent video games” to those under the age of 18. In August 2007, the district court granted a permanent injunction in favor of the plaintiffs, on the grounds that the statute violated the First Amendment. If the Supreme Court agrees to review it, the lawsuit would, for the first time, place before the Court the question of whether depictions of violence in video games are protected by the First Amendment. FTRF is an amicus curiae in this case, filing briefs in support of the plaintiffs.

Membership

Starting next month, the Freedom to Read Foundation will offer free one-year memberships to graduating library school students. To become a personal member of the Freedom to Read Foundation, and to have your libraries and other institutions become organizational members, please send a check ($35+ for personal members, $100+ for organizations, $10+ for students) to: Freedom to Read Foundation, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Alternatively, you can join or renew your membership by calling (800) 545-2433, ext. 4226, or online at www.ftrf.org/joinftrf.

Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA

John Attig, ALA Representative, JSC for Development of RDA

Content development for RDA: Resource Description and Access is not finished.

A full draft of RDA was posted in PDF format for public comment in November 2008. An extensive ALA response was prepared, incorporating comments from CC:DA as well as public comments obtained through a form on the ALCTS website.

The Joint Steering Committee met on March 11–20, 2009, at ALA Headquarters in Chicago, to review the constituency comments on the full draft. In all, there were over 1,200 comments received; JSC members and the RDA Editor assigned priorities to about 400 of the comments. By the end of the meeting, the JSC had made decisions on about 600 of the comments. These decisions determined the final text of RDA for the initial release.

For detailed information about the decisions made, see my report to CC:DA online.

Following the meeting, the Editor and the chairs of the Examples Groups made final changes to the text, and the JSC members proofread the marked-up documents. The final text was submitted to the developers on June 22, 2009.

Product development: Development of the RDA online software has begun. Beta testing is expected to take place in August 2009; the JSC will do final proofreading on September and October, and the product is expected to be released in December 2009.

RDA testing: The national libraries in the United States continue to plan for a formal test of the usability of RDA. The test will begin after the product is released at the end of 2009 and is expected to take about nine months, from planning and design, through evaluation and recommendations.

Future of RDA: To date, there have been no decisions about the future governance structure for maintaining RDA. It is expected that these issues will be the focus of the next meeting of the JSC and the Committee of Principals in March or April 2010.

NISO Liaison Report

Cindy Hepfer, ALA Voting Representative to NISO

General

The first six months of 2009 have seen a great deal of NISO ([U.S.] National Information Standards Organization) and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standards activity. As of this writing (July 17, 2009), two standards are currently under review, with votes due in August-September.

I continue to distribute information about upcoming ballots to an ALA discussion list to which I have subscribed a number of ALA committee chairs whose committee descriptions indicate an interest, or potential interest, in technical information standards. In addition to these committee chairs, a growing number of individuals have asked to be added to the list. Anyone interested in subscribing should see http://lists.ala.org/wws/info/niso for information. Participation by ALA members is welcome.

Diane Hillmann, who is subscribed to the abovementioned list, posts information about ballots to the “Standards Watch” section of the LITA Blog. The LITA blog is an excellent way for ALA members to monitor at least some NISO standards activity without being subscribed to the ALA NISO list. Another way for interested individuals to monitor ongoing work on NISO standards is to go to the NISO site and choose the Standards Tab. Once on the Standards page, just under the tab there are several links: Search NISO standards, Suggest a New Standard, Draft Standards, At Ballot, and Public Comments.

NISO standards, including draft standards and recently withdrawn standards, are freely available online. ISO standards are more problematic, since even draft standards are copyrighted. I do not have access to finalized ISO standards, but unless a specific ballot prohibits distribution, I am willing to send a copy of a draft ISO standard out for review to any ALA member who specifically requests one in order to provide me with comments. Anyone who is interested in learning about ISO is urged to go to the ISO site and look around.

When I send notification to the ALA NISO discussion list regarding ISO or NISO standards, I indicate how I intend to vote unless ALA members suggest a different decision and provide solid rationales. Negative votes always require reasons. ALA’s interest base is broad enough that as I complete my first two-year term, I have yet to see a NISO or ISO standard that falls entirely outside of the organization’s scope. Thus unless I have unintentionally missed a deadline, I have voted on every ballot.

I regularly share information that NISO sends to me, including its monthly NISO Newsline, to the ALCTS Leaders list. At least some committee chairs pass this newsletter along to their committee members.

I have accepted reappointment for two years as the ALA voting representative to NISO. I sincerely appreciate the confidence that incoming ALCTS President Mary Case’s has shown in me by renewing the appointment and hope to continue to be able to serve ALCTS and ALA in this role.

Standards Activity January 24-July 17, 2009

NOTE: Descriptions provided below are usually taken directly from the announcements that I receive from NISO regarding balloted standards.

NISO Standards

Ballot title: CCM #4: Standard Reaffirmations: Formation of Voting Pools

In accordance with NISO procedures, we are offering you the option of joining the voting pool for five NISO standards that are due for reviews. All five standards are under the responsibility of the Content and Collection Management (CCM) Topic Committee. ***This is NOT the reaffirmation ballot—it is only to form the voting pools.***

Select the standards that you would like to vote on; you may choose any or all of them. Members have forty-five days to indicate their interest in joining the voting pool.

Joining the voting pool will allow you to vote on the standard and provide comments. Once the voting pools have been formed, separate ballots for each standard will be issued only to those who have joined the pool. If you do not join the voting pool for a particular standard, you are in essence "abstaining" from any decision made regarding this standard's reaffirmation ballot.

If you do not wish to join any of the voting pools, please select option #6, abstain from all.

Be aware that NISO needs at least 15 percent of the voting membership to join the pool. If less than 15 percent express interest in the standard, it may be considered by the Board for administrative withdrawal.

The five standards in this voting pool ballot with the URL to the PDF files are:

  1. ANSI/NISO Z39.53-2001, Codes for the Representation of Languages for Information Interchange http://www.niso.org/standards/z39-53-2001/
  2. ANSI/NISO Z39.64-1989 (R2002), East Asian Character Code for Bibliographic Use Bibliographic Use http://www.niso.org/standards/z39-64-1989R2002/
  3. ANSI/NISO Z39.77-2000, Guidelines for Information About Preservation Products http://www.niso.org/standards/z39-77-2001/
  4. ANSI/NISO Z39.79-2001, Environmental Conditions for Exhibiting Library and Archival Materials http://www.niso.org/standards/z39-79-2001/
  5. ANSI/NISO Z39.82-2001, Title Pages for Conference Publications http://www.niso.org/standards/z39-82-2001/

Voting deadline: April 15, 2009

Result: ALA opted into all five voting pools [assuring the voting representative (me) of plenty more work to come…]

Note: At least 15 percent of the membership opted into the voting pool for all standards except: ANSI/NISO Z39.64-1989 (R2002), East Asian Character Code for Bibliographic Use Bibliographic Use, which received 14 percent

Ballot title: Proposed New Work Item: SSO Authentication

This ballot is to approve a proposed new work item on Single Sign-On (SSO) Authentication.

This year NISO has launched a new Chair's Initiative—a project of the chair of NISO's Board of Directors, focusing on a specific issue that would benefit from study and the development of a recommended practice or standard. Oliver Pesch, NISO’s current Board of Directors Chair, has chosen the issue of perfecting a seamless, item-level linking through single sign-on authentication technologies in a networked information environment. This Work Item Proposal follows NISO’s February 11, 2009 webinar “SSO Authentication: Understanding the Pieces of the Puzzle.” The proposal was approved by the Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee on March 16, 2009, and is now being sent to the NISO voting membership for agreement to begin a new work project and to elicit expressions of interest in participating in the work. NISO Working Group participation is not limited to NISO members.

The goal of this work item is to explore practical solutions for improving the success of SSO authentication technologies for providing a seamless experience for the user and to promote the adoption of one or more of these solutions to make the access improvements a reality. To achieve this objective, this proposal is to convene a NISO working group to explore the problem and deliver one or more Recommended Practice documents describing possible solutions and to implement an education and adoption plan for encouraging implementation of the solution(s).

Members have thirty (30) days to vote on the work item. Your vote options are Yes (approve the project), No (do not approve the project), Abstain (from voting). Comments are required for No votes. If you would like to nominate someone to participate on the working group (if the project is approved), please provide a name and contact information in your comments.

Options were: yes, no, abstain

Voting deadline: Apr. 22, 2009

Result: ALA voted YES

Voting Summary: 51 percent of eligible companies voted; 100 percent voted yes

Ballot title: CCM #5/ BI#1 -- Standard Reaffirmations: Voting Pool Formation

In accordance with NISO procedures, we are offering you the option of joining the voting pool for three NISO standards that are due for reviews. The first two standards listed are the responsibility of the Content and Collection Management (CCM) Topic Committee. The third standard is the responsibility of the Business Information (BI) Topic Committee.

***This is NOT the reaffirmation ballot -- it is only to form the voting pools.***

Select the standards that you would like to vote on; you may choose any or all of them. Members have 45 days to indicate their interest in joining the voting pool.

Joining the voting pool will allow you to vote on the standard and provide comments. Once the voting pools have been formed, separate ballots for each standard will be issued only to those who have joined the pool. If you do not join the voting pool for a particular standard, you are in essence "abstaining" from any decision made regarding this standard's reaffirmation ballot.

If you do not wish to join any of these voting pools, please select option #4, abstain from all.

Be aware that NISO needs at least 15 percent of the voting membership to join the pool. If less than 15 percent express interest in the standard, it may be considered by the Board for administrative withdrawal.

The three standards in this voting pool ballot with the URL to the PDF files are listed below:

  1. ANSI/NISO Z39.9-1992 (R2001), International Standard Serial Numbering (ISSN) http://www.niso.org/standards/z39-9-1992/
  2. ANSI/NISO Z39.76-1996 (R2002), Data Elements for Binding Library Materials http://www.niso.org/standards/z39-76-1996R2002/
  3. ANSI/NISO Z39.20-1999, Criteria for Price Indexes for Print Library Materials http://www.niso.org/standards/z39-20-1999/

Voting deadline: April 23, 2009

Result: ALA opted into all three voting pools

Note: At least 15 percent of the membership opted into the voting pool for all of these standards

Ballot title: 2009 Standard Reaffirmations: Voting Pool Formation

In accordance with NISO procedures, we are offering you the option of joining the voting pool for five NISO standards that are due to begin their reaffirmation reviews in 2009. The first four are the responsibility of the Content and Collection Management (CCM) Topic Committee. The fifth standard is the responsibility of the Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee.

***This is NOT the reaffirmation ballot -- it is only to form the voting pools.***

Select the standards that you would like to vote on; you may choose any or all of them. Members have 45 days to indicate their interest in joining the voting pool.

Joining the voting pool will allow you to vote on the standard and provide comments. Once the voting pools have been formed, separate ballots for each standard will be issued only to those who have joined the pool. If you do not join the voting pool for a particular standard, you are in essence "abstaining" from any decision made regarding this standard's reaffirmation ballot.

If you do not wish to join any of these voting pools, please select option #6, abstain from all.

Be aware that NISO needs at least 15 percent of the voting membership to join the pool. If less than 15 percent express interest in the standard, it may be considered by the Board for administrative withdrawal.

The five standards in this voting pool ballot are listed below with the URL to the published PDF file:

Voting deadline: April 30, 2009

Result: ALA opted into all five voting pools

Note: At least 15 percent of the membership opted into the voting pool for all standards except: ANSI/NISO Z39.18-2005, Scientific and Technical Reports, which received 11 percent.

Ballot title: ANSI/NISO Z39.50-2003 Review Ballot, Information Retrieval: Application Service Definition and Protocol Specification

This standard can be downloaded from: http://www.niso.org/standards/z39-50-2003/

In accordance with NISO’s Operating Procedures, all review ballots are accompanied with a recommended action from the leadership group managing the review.

Topic Committee Recommendation

NISO's Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee recommends a vote of "Reaffirm" for ANSI/NISO Z39.50-2003, Information Retrieval: Application Service Definition and Protocol Specification.

As a member of the voting pool, you are required to vote on this ballot. Please cast your ballot with one of the following voting options:

  • Reaffirm with no change
  • Revise (If this action is approved, NISO will appoint a Working Group to develop the revised standard. The current version remains in effect until a revised version is approved.)
  • Withdraw (If this action is approved, the standard will be removed from the list of approved NISO standards. The standard will remain available as a withdrawn standard for five (5) years.)

Please provide comments with Revise and Withdraw votes.

Voting deadline: May 8, 2009

Result: ALA voted reaffirm with no change

Voting Summary: 88 percent of eligible companies voted; 93 percent voted to reaffirm, 7 percent (2 members) voted to revise

Ballot title: ANSI/NISO Z39.89-2003 Review Ballot, The U.S. National Z39.50 Profile for Library Applications

This standard can be downloaded from: http://www.niso.org/standards/z39-89-2003/

In accordance with NISO’s Operating Procedures, all review ballots are accompanied with a recommended action from the leadership group managing the review.

Topic Committee Recommendation

NISO's Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee recommends a vote of "Reaffirm" for ANSI/NISO Z39.89-2003, The U.S. National Z39.50 Profile for Library Applications.

As a member of the voting pool, you are required to vote on this ballot. Please cast your ballot with one of the following voting options:

  • Reaffirm with no change
  • Revise (If this action is approved, NISO will appoint a Working Group to develop the revised standard. The current version remains in effect until a revised version is approved.)
  • Withdraw (If this action is approved, the standard will be removed from the list of approved NISO standards. The standard will remain available as a withdrawn standard for five (5) years.)

Please provide comments with Revise and Withdraw votes.

Voting deadline: May 14, 2009

Result: ALA voted reaffirm with no change

Voting Summary: 76 percent of eligible companies voted; 100 percent voted to reaffirm

Ballot title: Review of ANSI/NISO Z39.14-1997 (R2002), Guidelines for Abstracts

This is available for download from: http://www.niso.org/standards/z39-14-1997R2002/

In accordance with NISO procedures, all review ballots are accompanied by a recommendation from the responsible leadership committee. NISO's Content and Collection Management Topic Committee recommends a vote of REAFFIRM for ANSI/NISO Z39.14-1997 (R2002). If reaffirmed, the Topic Committee will then study the standard more closely to determine if and why a revision might be needed for Z39.14. A reaffirmation now will provide additional time to do a more thorough study of this standard. You are encouraged to provide comments with your vote that might provide the Topic Committee with additional information regarding the possible need for a future revision. Please note that a revision can begin at any time after the reaffirmation of the current standard (with NISO voting member approval); it is not necessary to wait until the next 5-year periodic review.

As a member of the voting pool, you are required to vote on this ballot. Please cast your ballot with one of the following voting options:

  • Reaffirm with no change
  • Revise (If this action is approved, NISO will appoint a Working Group to develop the revised standard. The current version remains in effect until a revised version is approved.)
  • Withdraw (If this action is approved, the standard will be removed from the list of approved NISO standards. The standard will remain available as a withdrawn standard for five (5) years.)

Please provide comments with Revise and Withdraw votes.

Voting deadline: May 20, 2009

Result: ALA voted reaffirm with no change

Voting Summary: 68 percent of eligible companies voted; 100 percent voted to reaffirm

Ballot title: Review of ANSI/NISO Z39.2-1994 (R2001), Information Interchange Format

It is available for download from: http://www.niso.org/standards/z39-2-1994R2001/

The international version of this standard ISO 2709, Information and documentation -- Format for information exchange, was revised in 2008 to clarify the use of Unicode with UTF-8 encoding for records employing this standard. In appropriate places the term "octet" was used in place of "character".

In accordance with NISO procedures, all review ballots are accompanied by a recommendation from the responsible leadership committee. NISO's Content and Collection Topic Committee recommends a vote of "Withdrawal" for ANSI/NISO Z39.2-1994 (R2001), in favor of the use of ISO 2709. The NISO version (Z39.2) would continue to be available on the NISO web site as a withdrawn standard.

As a member of the voting pool, you are required to vote on this ballot. Please cast your ballot with one of the following voting options:

  • Reaffirm with no change
  • Revise (If this action is approved, NISO will appoint a Working Group to develop the revised standard. The current version remains in effect until a revised version is approved.)
  • Withdraw (If this action is approved, the standard will be removed from the list of approved NISO standards. The standard will remain available as a withdrawn standard for five (5) years.)

Please provide comments with Revise and Withdraw votes.

Voting deadline: May 20, 2009

Result: ALA voted to withdraw and I commented: “Since NISO's Content and Collection Topic Committee recommends a vote of "Withdrawal" for ANSI/NISO Z39.2-1994 (R2001) in favor of the use of ISO 2709 and since the NISO version (Z39.2) would continue to be available on the NISO website as a withdrawn standard, ALA members I have heard from indicate that withdrawal makes sense and are willing to support this option.” However…

Voting Summary: 64 percent of eligible companies voted; 88 percent voted to reaffirm, 13 percent voted to withdraw (2 members: ALA and (ASIS&T))

Ballot title: Review of ANSI/NISO/ISO 12083-1995 (R2002), Electronic Manuscript Preparation and Markup

This is a periodic review ballot for the published standard, ANSI/NISO/ISO 12083-1995 (R2002), Electronic Manuscript Preparation and Markup. This standard is a national adoption of the international standard ISO 12083:1994. It is available for download from: http://www.niso.org/standards/iso12083-1995r2002/

In accordance with NISO procedures, all review ballots are accompanied by a recommendation from the responsible leadership committee. The Content and Collection Management Topic Committee recommends a vote of reaffirm (continue with adoption of the ISO standard). The Topic Committee will work with NISO's Architecture Committee to establish NISO policy regarding the strategic decision to adopt ISO standards as national standards in the future.

As a member of the voting pool, you are required to vote on this ballot. Please cast your ballot with one of the following voting options:

  • Reaffirm with no change
  • Revise (If this action is approved, NISO will appoint a Working Group to develop the revised standard. The current version remains in effect until a revised version is approved.)
  • Withdraw (If this action is approved, the standard will be removed from the list of approved NISO standards. The standard will remain available as a withdrawn standard for five (5) years.)

Please provide comments with Revise and Withdraw votes.

Voting deadline: May 20, 2009

Result: ALA voted to reaffirm with no change

Voting Summary: 62 percent of eligible companies voted; 94 percent voted to reaffirm, 6 percent voted to revise (1 member)

Ballot title: Review of ANSI/NISO Z39.26-1997 (R2002), Micropublishing Product Information

It is available for download from: http://www.niso.org/standards/z39-26-1997r2002/

In accordance with NISO procedures, all review ballots are accompanied by a recommendation from the responsible leadership committee. NISO's Content and Collection Management Topic Committee recommends a vote of REAFFIRM.

As a member of the voting pool, you are required to vote on this ballot. Please cast your ballot with one of the following voting options:

  • Reaffirm with no change
  • Revise (If this action is approved, NISO will appoint a Working Group to develop the revised standard. The current version remains in effect until a revised version is approved.)
  • Withdraw (If this action is approved, the standard will be removed from the list of approved NISO standards. The standard will remain available as a withdrawn standard for five (5) years.)

Please provide comments with Revise and Withdraw votes.

Voting deadline: May 28, 2009

Result: ALA voted to reaffirm with no change

Voting Summary: 50 percent of eligible companies voted; 100 percent voted to reaffirm

Ballot title: Review of ANSI/NISO Z39.23-1997 (R2002), Standard Technical Report Number Format and Creation

It is available for download from: http://www.niso.org/standards/z39-23-1997r2002/

In accordance with NISO procedures, all review ballots are accompanied by a recommendation from the responsible leadership committee. NISO's Content and Collection Management Topic Committee recommends a vote of REAFFIRM.

If reaffirmed, the Topic Committee will then study the standard more closely to determine if and why a revision might be needed. A reaffirmation now will provide additional time to do a more thorough study of this standard. You are encouraged to provide comments with your vote that might provide the Topic Committee with additional information regarding the possible need for a future revision. Please note that a revision can begin at any time after the reaffirmation of the current standard (with NISO voting member approval); it is not necessary to wait until the next five-year periodic review.

As a member of the voting pool, you are required to vote on this ballot. Please cast your ballot with one of the following voting options:

  • Reaffirm with no change
  • Revise (If this action is approved, NISO will appoint a Working Group to develop the revised standard. The current version remains in effect until a revised version is approved.)
  • Withdraw (If this action is approved, the standard will be removed from the list of approved NISO standards. The standard will remain available as a withdrawn standard for five (5) years.)

Please provide comments with Revise and Withdraw votes.

Voting deadline: May 28, 2009

Result: ALA voted to reaffirm with no change

Voting Summary: 58 percent of eligible companies voted; 100 percent voted to reaffirm

Ballot title: Review of ANSI/NISO Z39.56-1996 (R2002), Serial Item and Contribution Identifier (SICI)

It is available for download from: http://www.niso.org/standards/z39-56-1996r2002/

TOPIC COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION

In accordance with NISO procedures, all review ballots are accompanied by a recommendation from the responsible leadership committee. NISO's Content and Collection Management Topic Committee recommends a vote of REAFFIRM.

If reaffirmed, the Topic Committee will be studying the standard more closely to determine if a revision might be needed for Z39.56 in the near future, particularly with regard to larger issues of identification and existing applications using SICI. You are encouraged to provide comments with your vote that might provide the Topic Committee with additional information regarding needs for a future revision. Please note that a revision can begin at any time, with the Voting Members approval, following the reaffirmation of a standard; it need not wait for the next 5-year periodic review.

As a member of the voting pool, you are required to vote on this ballot. Please cast your ballot with one of the following voting options:

  • Reaffirm with no change
  • Revise (If this action is approved, NISO will appoint a Working Group to develop the revised standard. The current version remains in effect until a revised version is approved.)
  • Withdraw (If this action is approved, the standard will be removed from the list of approved NISO standards. The standard will remain available as a withdrawn standard for five (5) years.)

Please provide comments with Revise and Withdraw votes.

Voting deadline: June 3, 2009

Result: ALA voted to revise; my comments (I targeted a couple of individuals for input but received comments from only one ALA member) were as follows: “It was a tough call here between reaffirm and revise. I have no specific revisions to offer. However, the feedback that I received from within ALA is that there is reluctance to withdraw the SICI standard without being sure who is using it and for what, or whether tweaking it might make the SICI more useful in some sectors of the information chain. If in the revision process it turns out that there is not enough interest to form a committee or if the committee is formed, researches SICI usage and concludes that there is little interest in either revising or using it, then at that time could withdrawal be reconsidered?”

Voting Summary: 65 percent of eligible companies voted; 82 percent voted to reaffirm, 6 percent to revise (1 member), 12 percent to withdraw (2 members)

Ballot title: Review of ANSI/NISO Z39.48-1992 (R2002), Permanence of Paper for Publications and Documents in Libraries and Archives

It is available for download from: http://www.niso.org/standards/z39-48-1992r2002/

In accordance with NISO procedures, all review ballots are accompanied by a recommendation from the responsible leadership committee. NISO's Content and Collection Management Topic Committee recommends a vote of REAFFIRM WITH ABSTRACT CHANGE.

An additional final sentence to the abstract is proposed. The proposed abstract change is considered editorial and can be done as part of a reaffirmation; it does not constitute a revision to the standard.

CURRENT ABSTRACT This standard establishes criteria for coated and uncoated paper that will last several hundred years without significant deterioration under normal use and storage conditions in libraries and archives. This standard identifies the specific properties of such paper and specifies the tests required to demonstrate these properties.

PROPOSED NEW ABSTRACT This standard establishes criteria for coated and uncoated paper that will last several hundred years without significant deterioration under normal use and storage conditions in libraries and archives. This standard identifies the specific properties of such paper and specifies the tests required to demonstrate these properties. The standard does not address environmental impact issues of manufacturing.

As a member of the voting pool, you are required to vote on this ballot. Please cast your ballot with one of the following voting options:

  • Reaffirm with no change
  • Reaffirm with abstract change [recommended]
  • Revise (If this action is approved, NISO will appoint a Working Group to develop the revised standard. The current version remains in effect until a revised version is approved.)
  • Withdraw (If this action is approved, the standard will be removed from the list of approved NISO standards. The standard will remain available as a withdrawn standard for five (5) years.)

Please provide comments with Revise and Withdraw votes.

Voting deadline: June 3, 2009

Result: ALA voted to reaffirm with abstract change

Voting Summary: 67 percent of eligible companies voted; 40 percent voted to reaffirm, 60 percent to reaffirm with abstract change

Ballot title: Review of ANSI/NISO Z39.47-1993 (R2003), Extended Latin Alphabet Coded Character Set for Bibliographic Use (ANSEL)

It is available for download from: http://www.niso.org/standards/z39-47-1993r2003/

In accordance with NISO procedures, all review ballots are accompanied by a recommendation from the responsible leadership committee. NISO's Content and Collection Management Topic Committee recommends a vote of WITHDRAW.

REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATION

The Topic Committee recommends this vote for the following reasons:

  • 1. MARC records currently used by libraries are converted to the encoding standards supported by systems such as Windows and UNIX.
  • 2. UNIMARC has already moved to full Unicode, and US MARC distributed using MARCXML is also in Unicode.
  • 3. ANSEL cannot support software developments that support language-sensitive search and retrieve, and requires programming to map ANSEL-based data to newer standards in order to be processed by computer operating system and database systems.

ANSEL had an important role in making it possible for bibliographic utilities to exchange data that contained diacritics characters that were not covered by ANSI ASCII at a time when no standard existed outside of the library community. However, since then ISO and NISO have developed several standards for character encoding (e.g., ISO 8859-1 [Latin-1], ISO 8859-2, and ISO 10646 [Unicode]) that have been widely adopted and accepted by many communities, including libraries.

The Content and Collection Management Topic Committee therefore believes that the Z39.47 standard should be referenced only when there is a need to map or convert old data, something that can be done by referencing the withdrawn standard, and that it would not be in the best interests of the information community to maintain it as an active NISO/ANSI standard any longer.

As a member of the voting pool, you are required to vote on this ballot. Please cast your ballot with one of the following voting options:

  • Reaffirm with no change
  • Revise (If this action is approved, NISO will appoint a Working Group to develop the revised standard. The current version remains in effect until a revised version is approved.)
  • Withdraw [Recommended] (If this action is approved, the standard will be removed from the list of approved NISO standards. The standard will remain available as a withdrawn standard for five (5) years.)

Please provide comments with Reaffirm and Revise votes.

Voting deadline: June 3, 2009

Result: ALA voted to withdraw; my comments were: “Feedback I heard from an ALA member who consulted technical experts was as follows: ‘I would agree with the recommendation of "Withdraw," along with the justifications from the ALA. This old, old standard basically defines the dead-key approach for diacritics, available in some old Olympia typewriters. This approach is nowhere found in modern computers (along with communication devices such as mobile phones) and software and therefore any data using this old standard becomes gibberish.’ Others in ALA who responded to my request for comments also agreed with the NISO Collection Management Topic Committee's recommendation to withdraw.”

Voting Summary: 50 percent of eligible companies voted; 30 percent voted to reaffirm, 70 percent to withdraw

Ballot title: Review of ANSI/NISO Z39-41-1997 (R2002), Printed Information on Spines

It is available for download from: http://www.niso.org/standards/z39-41-1997r2002/

In accordance with NISO procedures, all review ballots are accompanied by a recommendation from the responsible leadership committee. NISO's Content and Collection Management (CCM) Topic Committee recommends a vote of REAFFIRM WITH TITLE AND ABSTRACT CHANGE.

The CCM is recommending the following title and abstract change to better reflect the content of the standard. Such a change can be made as part of the reaffirmation and does not constitute a revision to the content of the standard.

CURRENT TITLE: Printed Information on Spines

NEW PROPOSED TITLE: Placement Guidelines for Information on Spines

CURRENT ABSTRACT: Describes how to format information on the spines of printed bindings, covers, containers, or other protective enclosures. It describes both the kinds of information to be printed on spines and the order and placement of the information.

NEW PROPOSED ABSTRACT: Describes and allocates areas on the spines of printed bindings, covers, containers, or other protective enclosures. It describes, at a high level, both the kinds of information to be printed on spines and the order and placement of the information.

As a member of the voting pool, you are required to vote on this ballot. Please cast your ballot with one of the following voting options:

  • Reaffirm with no change
  • Reaffirm with title and abstract change (recommended)
  • Revise (If this action is approved, NISO will appoint a Working Group to develop the revised standard. The current version remains in effect until a revised version is approved.)
  • Withdraw (If this action is approved, the standard will be removed from the list of approved NISO standards. The standard will remain available as a withdrawn standard for five (5) years.)

Please provide comments with Revise and Withdraw votes.

Voting deadline: June 3, 2009

Result: ALA voted to reaffirm with title and abstract change

Voting Summary: 53 percent of eligible companies voted; 50 percent voted to reaffirm, 50 percent to reaffirm with title and abstract change

ISO Standards

NOTE: NISO participates in ISO Technical Committee 46 (the committee responsible for standards in the area of information and documentation) and is secretariat for TC46/SC9 (the committee which handles standards concerned with identification and description). ALA’s votes on ISO information-related standards are advisory only. NISO reviews all of the feedback obtained from its voting members related to ISO standards and then votes on ISO standards.

Ballot title: TC46/SC11 Request to convert to Management Standards System (MSS)

This ballot is to approve the conversion of the SC 11 (Records management / archives) standards into an ISO Management Standards System (MSS).

This means that the portfolio of SC11 standards will be considered a "family" of related standards which when used together constitute a "management system" for Records. In addition to making each standard part of an inter-related whole where each standard builds on the others, an MSS can help to raise the visibility of Records as something that needs to be managed in a "systematic" way.

The most well-known examples of ISO MSS standards are the ISO 9000 Quality management series and the ISO 14000 Environmental management series.

Included in this ballot (see link in the email) is the justification document prepared by SC11 for making the conversion to MSS. Prior to consideration by the ISO Technical Management Board, this request must be approved by the entire TC46 membership.

Voting options: yes, no, abstain.

Voting deadline: February 25, 2009

Result: ALA voted YES

Voting Summary: 39 percent of eligible companies voted; 100 percent voted YES

Ballot title: ISO/DIS 690, Guidelines for bibliographic references and citations to information resources

This ballot is for the Draft International Standard version of edition 3 of ISO/DIS 690, Information and documentation — Guidelines for bibliographic references and citations to information resources.

This may be your last opportunity to make substantive comments to this standard. If there is 100 percent approval, the standard can go directly to publication.

Voting options: yes, no, abstain

Because so little information was provided to voting members, and since the ISO drafts are not readily available, I also provided the following scope note to those subscribed to the ALA NISO list: “This International Standard makes recommendations for the preparation of references and citations in Latin scripts in works that are not themselves primarily bibliographical. It applies to references and citations to all kinds of information resource, such as monographs, serials, contributions, patents, cartographic materials, electronic information resources (including computer software and data bases), music, recorded sound, prints, photographs, graphic and audiovisual works, and moving images. It does not apply to machine-parsable citations. This document does not prescribe a particular style of reference or citation. The examples used in this document are not prescriptive as to style and punctuation. Annex A and B indicate the relevant clause(s) of this International Standard”

Voting deadline: Feb. 27, 2009

Result: ALA voted YES

Voting Summary: 54 percent of eligible companies voted; 89 percent voted yes, 11 percent (3 members) voted no

U.S. vote: Disapprove

Ballot title: ISO 6630:1986, Bibliographic control characters (systematic review)

The text of this ballot only provided the name of the standard and the voting options, Confirm (as is), Revise/Amend, Withdraw (the standard), or Abstain (from the vote). Comments are required for all votes other than Confirm.

So once again I provided a scope note: “This International Standard contains a set of 15 bibliographic control characters for use in cataloguing rules, filing rules and indexing rules of the countries and language groups of the bibliographic community. The bibliographic control character set is an extension of the basic control character set defined by IS0 646 (IS0 escape sequence ESC 2/l 4/O). This International Standard consists of a code table and a legend specifying each bibliographic control character and indicating its code position. In addition, it includes explanatory notes, in which the functional characteristics of the individual control characters are described in detail. This bibliographic control character set is primarily intended for the interchange of bibliographic information.”

Voting deadline: March 3, 2009

Result: ALA voted to CONFIRM

Voting Summary: 58 percent of eligible companies voted; 100 percent voted to confirm

US vote: confirm

Ballot title: ISO 10324:1997, Holdings statements -- Summary level (systematic review)

This ballot too provided only the name of the standard and the voting options, Confirm (as is), Revise/Amend, Withdraw (the standard), or Abstain (from the vote). Comments are required for all votes other than Confirm.

The information I provided was as follows:

“This International Standard specifies display requirements for holdings Statements at the summary level for serial and non-serial items, to promote consistency in the communication and exchange of holdings information. It is intended for use in reporting holdings when reporting is in display form. For machine-readable reporting not in display form, the data elements specified in this International Standard should be included, although their order, etc., may be different in the machine record.

This International Standard identifies and defines the data elements for Statements of holdings of serial and nonserial items at a summary level appropriate for listings of holdings in one or more libraries or institutions. It specifies the content and sequence of data elements within data areas and requirements for inclusion of data areas in the holdings Statement.

This International Standard requires that the holdings Statement be linked to an identification of the item to which the statement pertains; however, the method of identifying the item is excluded from this International Standard.

This International Standard applies to holdings Statements for bibliographic items in any physical medium.

This International Standard does not specify the way in which the data elements should be represented in a machine-readable data format, nor the medium (media) employed for storage, display, or transfer of the holdings Statements. The guidelines are independent of cataloguing rule Systems.”

Voting deadline: March 2, 2009

Result: ALA voted to CONFIRM

Voting Summary: 57 of eligible companies voted; 96 percent voted to confirm, while 4 percent (1 member) voted to revise/amend

US vote: Confirm, comments sent with vote

Ballot title: ISO 4:1997, Rules for the abbreviation of title words and titles of publications (systematic review)

Voting options were Confirm (as is), Revise/Amend, Withdraw (the standard), or Abstain (from the vote). Comments are required for all votes other than Confirm.

My scope note follows:

“The rules contained herein are applicable to the abbreviation of the titles of serials and, if appropriate, of non-serial publications. They are intended to guide and assist authors, editors, librarians, and others working in various fields of information transfer in preparing unambiguous abbreviations for the titles of publications cited, for example, in footnotes, references and bibliographies. Such citations include those produced by abstracting and indexing services, lists of references accompanying articles, and public or private files where document identification is a concern.

Owing to the large number of different serial and non-serial publications subject to reference by abbreviated citation, the many different languages in which they are published, the different ways of recording them and the widely diversified backgrounds of persons using title abbreviations, it is not possible to set down rules that will in every instance assure unassisted reconstruction of the original titles of the publications cited in abbreviated form. As one way to facilitate this identification, authors and editors who make extensive use of title abbreviations in their publications are urged to make available to their readers, at frequent intervals, lists of the abbreviated titles they use, with corresponding equivalent unabbreviated titles.

The basic principle underlying this International Standard is that each title should have its own unique abbreviation. This is to be achieved through application of the rules provided by this International Standard in conjunction with a list of standardized title word abbreviations. It is recognized that for international information exchange an international system for the establishment of unique title abbreviations of serials is also necessary. By this arrangement, no two titles will have identical abbreviations, nor will a single abbreviation represent more than one title.”

Voting deadline: March 2, 2009

Result: ALA voted to CONFIRM

Voting Summary: 57 percent of eligible companies voted; 86 percent voted to confirm, while 14 percent (4 members) voted to revise/amend

US vote: Confirm, comments sent with confirm vote

Ballot title: ISO/FDIS 8459, Classification of bibliographic data elements for use in data interchange

First edition of the standard that merges and revises ISO 8459-1, ISO 8459-2, ISO 8459-3, ISO 8459-4 and ISO 8459-5. It specifies and describes data elements required in the interchange of data between bibliographic systems (i.e. terminal or browser to computer or computer to computer). This is the last ballot prior to publication. A Yes vote cannot contain any substantive comments (editorial comments are acceptable). If you have substantive comments, you should vote No. [Abstain was also an option.]

Voting deadline: March 6, 2009

Result: ALA voted YES

Voting Summary: 43 percent of eligible companies voted; 100 percent voted yes

US vote: Approve

Ballot title: ISO/CD 25964-1, Thesauri and interoperability..., Part 1: Thesauri for information retrieval

The text of the ballot was as follows:

This is the first ballot on a new standard, Information and documentation — Thesauri and interoperability with other vocabularies — Part 1: Thesauri for information retrieval.

This standard is a revision and merger of the two existing standards for monolingual (ISO 2788) and multilingual (ISO 5964) thesauri. The new standard is planned to be issued in two parts. This ballot is for Part 1, which covers the development and maintenance of thesauri, both monolingual and multilingual, including formats and protocols for data exchange. Part 2 is still in development; it will deal with interoperability between different thesauri and with other types of structured vocabulary.

Voting options were: yes, no, abstain

Voting deadline: March 13, 2009

Result: ALA voted YES

Voting Summary: 43 percent of eligible companies voted; 100 percent voted yes

US vote: Approve with comments

Ballot title: TC46/SC11 New work item: Management system for records – Requirements

This is a proposal to initiate a new project within TC46/SC11 (Archives/Records Management) to develop a standard: Information and documentation - Management system for records - Requirements.

This standard will specify business requirements for a management system for records to enable an organization to fulfill its mandate, mission, strategy, and goals through the development and implementation of a records policy and objectives and the measurement and monitoring of performance. A records policy and objectives enable organizations to create and maintain records as evidence and information of their activities for as long as they are needed. This standard is needed to provide a basis for a "family" of records management standards as part of an overall management standards system (MSS).

[Note: There is a separate letter ballot ending Feb. 25 which you already received to approve the conversion of the SC11 standards into a "management standards system (MSS)."]

A zip file containing the proposal, the justification for converting SC11 standards into the MSS, a design specification for the draft standard based on an MSS approach, and a working draft of the proposed standard can be downloaded from the ballot webpage at the link provided in this email. Specific comments on the working draft are encouraged, but not required.

Your vote options are: Yes (approve the new project), No (do not approve the project), and Abstain (from the vote). Comments are required for No and Abstain votes.

If you vote Yes, please indicate, in the comments, any recommendation you may have for a U.S. expert to work on the standard's development and provide contact information for the individual (an email and/or phone number at a minimum).

Voting deadline: April 21, 2009

Result: ALA voted YES

Voting Summary: 35 percent of eligible companies voted; 91 percent voted yes, 9 percent (1 member) voted no

Ballot title: TC46/SC11 New work item: Management system for records - Fundamentals and vocabulary

This is a proposal to initiate a new project within TC46/SC11 (Archives/Records Management) to develop a standard for Information and documentation - Management system for records - Fundamentals and vocabulary.

This standard will describe fundamentals of a management system for records and define related terms. This standard is needed to form the basis of the "family" of management system for records standards by presenting the structure of the standards family and relationship to other management system standards. [Note: There is a separate letter ballot ending Feb. 25 which you already received to approve the conversion of the SC11 standards into a "management standards system (MSS)."]

A zip file containing the proposal, the justification for converting SC11 standards into the MSS, a design specification for the draft standard based on an MSS approach, and a working draft of the proposed standard can be downloaded from the ballot webpage at the link provided in this email. Specific comments on the working draft are encouraged, but not required.

Your vote options are: Yes (approve the new project), No (do not approve the project), and Abstain (from the vote). Comments are required for No and Abstain votes.

If you vote Yes, please indicate, in the comments, any recommendation you may have for a U.S. expert to work on the standard's development and provide contact information for the individual (an email and/or phone number at a minimum).

Voting deadline: April 21, 2009

Result: ALA voted YES

Voting Summary: 35 percent of eligible companies voted; 100 percent voted yes

Ballot title: New SC8 work item on Statistics and quality issues for web archiving

This is a SHORT TURN-AROUND ballot to approve a proposed new work item from TC46/SC8 to develop a technical report on Statistics and quality issues for web archiving.

The purpose and justification document is included with this ballot.

Please provide comments with No and Abstain votes.

If this project is approved, the U.S. will be expected to nominate an expert to the working group. Please indicate in your comments the names and contact information of anyone you would like to nominate for the working group.

Voting deadline: April 28, 2009

Result: ALA voted YES

Voting Summary: 30 percent of eligible companies voted; 100 percent voted yes

Ballot title: ISO/CD 13028, Implementation guidelines for digitization of records

This is the first ballot on a new standard, ISO/CD 13028, Information and documentation — Implementation guidelines for digitisation of records.

This Standard provides guidance for maintaining records in digital format only, where the original paper, or other non-digital source record, has been copied by digitising or other means. It sets out the best practice guidelines for digitisation processes to meet the requirements for trustworthiness and reliability of records.

Voting deadline: May 7, 2009

Result: ALA voted YES

Voting Summary: 45 percent of eligible companies voted; 96 percent voted yes, 4 percent (1 company) voted no

US vote: Approve with comments

Ballot title: ISO/DIS 26162, Design, implementation and maintenance of terminology management systems

This is a ballot for the draft standard, ISO/DIS 26162, Systems to manage terminology, knowledge and content — Design, implementation and maintenance of terminology management systems.

This ballot is from TC37 / SC3 (Terminology and other language and content resources / Systems to manage terminology, knowledge and content). Since TC46 / SC9 has a liaison with this committee, we can send in vote recommendations and comments.

ISO/DIS 26162 is one of a family of standards to facilitate the exchange of terminological data. This standard gives guidance on choosing the relevant data categories, designing and implementing a data model and a user interface of a terminology management system (TMS) with a view to the intended user group. The phases described here are indispensable for the successful development of a TMS and for avoiding costly errors. The standard may be used for choosing the appropriate TMS for a certain purpose. This standard is intended for terminologists, software developers and others who are involved in the process of developing or acquiring a TMS.

Voting deadline: May 22, 2009

Result: ALA voted yes

Voting Summary: 52 percent of eligible companies voted; 100 percent voted yes

Ballot title: ISO 23081-1, Metadata for records — Part 1: Principles

This is a systematic review ballot of the published standard, ISO 23081-1, Information and documentation — Records management processes — Metadata for records — Part 1: Principles.

Your vote options are Confirm (as is), Revise/Amend, Withdraw (the standard), or Abstain (from the vote). Comments are required for all votes other than Confirm.

Voting deadline: June 1, 2009

Result: ALA voted yes

Voting Summary: 51 percent of eligible companies voted; 63 percent voted yes, 3 percent voted to revise, 34 percent abstained

US vote: Confirm

Ballot title: ISO/DIS 28560-1, RFID in libraries — Part 1: General requirements

This standard specifies a model for the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags for items appropriate for the needs of all types of library, including Academic, Public, Corporate, Special and School.

Part 1 establishes an abstract data model for the use of RFID tags. Parts 2 and 3 are in separate ballots.

This may be your last opportunity to make substantive comments to this standard. If there is 100 percent approval, the standard can go directly to publication.

Voting deadline: June 5, 2009

Result: ALA voted yes

Voting Summary: 46 percent of eligible companies voted; 93 percent voted yes, 7 percent (1 company) voted no

US vote: No with comments

Ballot title: ISO/DIS 28560- 2, RFID in libraries — Part 2: Encoding based on ISO/IEC 15962

This standard specifies a model for the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags for items appropriate for the needs of all types of library, including Academic, Public, Corporate, Special and School.

Part 2 deals with the encoding rules based on ISO/IEC 15962, which uses an object identifier structure to identify data elements.

The other two parts have been issued as separate ballots.

This may be your last opportunity to make substantive comments to this standard. If there is 100 percent approval, the standard can go directly to publication.

Voting deadline: June 5, 2009

Result: ALA voted yes

Voting Summary: 46 percent of eligible companies voted; 85 percent voted yes, 15 percent (2 companies) voted no

U.S. vote: no with comments

Ballot title: ISO/DIS 28560-3, RFID in libraries — Part 3: Fixed length encoding

This standard specifies a model for the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags for items appropriate for the needs of all types of library, including Academic, Public, Corporate, Special and School.

Part 3 specifies how to encode a subset of data elements (taken from the total set of data elements described in part 1) in a straightforward way in a basic block on the RFID tag.

The other two parts have been issued as separate ballots.

This may be your last opportunity to make substantive comments to this standard. If there is 100 percent approval, the standard can go directly to publication.

Voting deadline: June 5, 2009

Result: ALA voted yes

Voting Summary: 48 percent of eligible companies voted; 100 percent voted yes

U.S. vote: yes with comments

Ballot title: ISO/TC 37, Terminology and other language and content resources, Subcommittee SC 1, Principles and methods

This is the third edition of the Standard that establishes the basic principles and methods for preparing and compiling terminologies both inside and outside the framework of standardization, and describes the links between objects, concepts, and their terminological representations. It also establishes general principles governing the formation of designations and the formulation of definitions. This International Standard does not stipulate procedures for the layout of international terminology standards, which are treated in ISO 10241.

Voting deadline: July 22, 2009

Result: ALA voted yes

Voting Summary: As of July 17, 2009: 20 percent of eligible companies have voted, with 100 percent voting yes

Standards with Voting in Progress

  • ISO/DIS 29383, Terminology policies—Development and implementation: This is a liaison standard from ISO/TC 37, Terminology and other language and content resources, Subcommittee SC 1, Principles and methods. My deadline for comments is July 22, 2009.
  • A systematic review ballot of the published standard, ISO 22310:2006 Information and documentation—Guidelines for standards drafters for stating records management requirements in standards. My deadline for comments is Aug. 25, 2009.

Miscellaneous

NISO Board of Directors

New members of the Board of Directors are:
  • Chuck Koscher (CrossRef), Chair
  • Janice Flemming (American Psychological Association), Vice Chair
  • Oliver Pesch (EBSCO), Past Chair
  • Barbara Preece (Boston Library Consortium), Treasurer
  • Nancy Barnes (ARMA International)
  • John Harwood (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Charles Lowry (Association of Research Libraries)
  • Heather Reid (Copyright Clearance Center)
  • Winston Tabb (Johns Hopkins University)
Continuing members:
  • Nancy Davenport (Nancy Davenport & Associates)
  • Bruce Heterick (JSTOR)
  • Bruce Rosenblum (INERA, Inc.)
  • Mike Teets (OCLC)

Educational Activities

Open teleconferences

These free conference calls are held on the second Monday of each month, except for July and September, and are intended to inform the information community about new projects within NISO as well as to provide the organization with feedback and input on areas where NISO ought to be engaged. The calls are held between 3–4pm Eastern Time. To join, simply dial 877-375-2160 and enter the code: 17800743.

Webinars held to date in 2009
  • Digital Preservation
  • Single-Sign On (SSO) Authentication
  • Data Movement and Management
  • KBART and the OpenURL
  • COUNTER: A How-To Guide
  • COUNTER: New Applications of Data Usage
  • Library Systems and Interoperability: Breaking Down the Silos
Webinars currently scheduled for the remainder of 2009
  • August 12: E-Books: A Rapidly Evolving Marketplace
  • September 9: E-Resources Licensing (this may be expanded into two segments)
  • October 14: Bibliographic Control Alphabet Soup
  • November 11: Data, Data Everywhere: Migration and System Population Practices
  • December 9: ONIX for Publication Licenses: Adding Structure to Legalese

Webinar subscription packages are available. See the web site for links to 3 and 6 package options.

In-person events
  • January 23-26: NISO at ALA Midwinter (Denver)
  • March 12-14: NISO at ACRL (Seattle)
  • June 1: Performance Measures and Assessment (Baltimore)
  • June 16: NISO update at SLA (Washington, DC)
  • July 10: NISO/BISG Forum: Standards Landscape (ALA)
  • July 10-14: various programs at ALA
  • October 8-9: Library Resource Management Systems (Boston, Mass.)