Demystifying Library Standards

The speakers address why standards are important to libraries and not just in the traditional technical services areas. As libraries are changing and evolving in an increasingly digital world, so are standards. This webinar explains how standards are critical to the developments in such areas as e resources, user access, description and metadata, licensing and preservation. Some specific standards, both published and forthcoming, are given as examples. Future webinars in the series discuss those and other standards in more depth. Participants learn how they can become actively involved in standards development.

If you want to learn how standards can provide benefits to organizations, their users, and yourself and are involved with library technical services, the acquisition and management of e-resources, library systems implementation including ILS, ERMS, link resolvers, and Web interfaces, cooperative electronic arrangements with other libraries, consortia, content providers or long-term preservation activities, then this webcast is for you.

Who Should Attend

Anyone with an interest in the topic or need for the information.

Course Level & Prerequisites



Trisha Davis, Ohio State University; Julia Gammon, University of Akron; Karen Wetzel, NISO; and Pamela Bluh, University of Maryland Law School and current ALCTS President.


Originally presented June 18, 2008. Available 24/7





Technical Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.


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National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS).