Demystifying Library Standards: a NISO/ALCTS webinar

Contact: Charles Wilt

ALCTS Executive Director

(312) 280-5030


For Immediate Release

May 20, 2008

Demystifying Library Standards: a NISO/ALCTS webinar

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has announced the first in a series of webinars on standards in the library environment.

“Demystifying Library Standards, ” which takes place 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 18, will focus on placing standards in context. It will be presented by 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.

The speakers will 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 will explain 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, will be touched on as examples. Future webinars in the series will discuss those and other standards in more depth. Participants will 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 webinar is for you.

The cost is just $20 for NISO and ALCTS members and $25 for non-members. To register online go to: http:// For questions, email

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:


The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing resources in digital and print formats.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.