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NISO Holds Recent Workshop, Announces New Standards

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NISO Holds Recent Workshop, Announces New Standards

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The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced that it sponsored an invitational workshop on Networked Reference Services on April 25-26. Approximately 25 people attended, representing a broad spectrum of practitioners, researchers, and software developers. The goal for this workshop was to recommend to NISO the most appropriate next steps for possible standards development. NISO also announced the release of Guidelines for Information About Preservation Products (Z39.77-2001), as well as the publication of a standard on Title Pages for Conference Publications (ANSIINISO Z39.82-2001).

NISO Workshop

To provide comprehensive and seamless service for the user, libraries and service providers must make a variety of different components of this type of service interoperable. The objectives for the workshop included determining what aspects of digital reference can benefit from standardization, identifying the stakeholders who would benefit from the standard, understanding what existing work has been done that could be a starting point, and examining the time frame for development of the standard or set of standards.

More information about his workshop, including background documents and presentations, can be found on the NISO Web site at http://www.niso.org/netref.html. The Networked Reference Workshop Planning Committee, chaired by Rebecca Guenther of the Library of Congress will summarize the results of the workshop in a report for the NISO Standards Development Committee.

Preservation Guidelines

The new Z39.77-2001 standard identifies the information that vendors should feature in catalogs and promotional literature describing products used to store, bind, or repair a variety of library holdings, including books, pamphlets, sound recordings, videos, films, CDs, manuscripts, maps, and photographs. Librarians and archivists who use these products will benefit from these guidelines as they compare and evaluate product.

The purpose of this standard is to encourage and promote the use of consistent language and to help vendors provide accurate information about the preservation products used for storage, binding, and repair of library materials. The impetus to create this standard came in response to concerns expressed by librarians and archivists of the need for a qualitative means of evaluating preservation products. …

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