NISO Appoints Committee to Draft Library Standards

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The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced the appointment of a committee that will draft a national standard to define a set of transactions to support circulation activities among independent library systems.

"Our goal in drafting this protocol is to help libraries share their resources more easily and widely," said Patricia Stevens, the chair of the new NISO committee. "This new protocol will enable libraries running different integrated library systems to interoperate and share their circulation information. The library users will benefit by having access to a wider array of materials and by being able to borrow across library systems and enjoy seamless interlibrary loan."

Patricia Stevens (OCLC) is the chair of the new NISO Standards Committee AT. Other committee members include John Bodfish (Ameritech), Bob Daugherty (University of Illinois at Chicago), John Gignac (Geac), Mary Jackson (Association of Research Libraries), Jerry Karel (3M), Sally McCallum (Library of Congress), Mark Needleman (Data Research Associates), Julie Nye (North Carolina State Library), Pat Renfro (University of Pennsylvania), Jim Rush (PALINET), Bill Schickling (Gaylord), Barbara Shuh (National Library of Canada), John Wardell (CPS Systems), Sandra Westall (Innovative Interfaces, Inc. …