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Library Standards Alliance


"Standards provide libraries and librarians with a key method of translating their values into actions."
    - Paul Evan Peters, Chair of the NISO Board of Directors, 1989-1991

What Is The Library Standards Alliance?

Libraries are a primary beneficiary of NISO standards and many librarians have contributed to the development of NISO standards. The Library Standards Alliance is an easy way for libraries to support NISO directly. Although libraries are not excluded from becoming Voting Members of NISO, the voting membership dues are more appropriate for corporations and non-profit organizations serving many libraries.

As an Alliance member you will actively support NISO standards development work and be kept up-to-date on NISO national and international standards activities.

Benefits of Joining the Library Standards Alliance

  • Access to NISO Standards on the NISO Website
    Support from the Library Standards Alliance membership is making this free distribution possible. Alliance members are listed on the NISO website and Alliance members can link from the NISO website to their own sites.
  • Free Access to NISO Webinars
    All LSA members will receive free access to all NISO-only webinars.  (Jointly sponsored webinars, e.g. NISO/DCMI webinars are not included but members may register a lesser rate). In addition to access to the live NISO webinars, members will also receive access to the recorded archives of the previous year. Each archive is available with no limitation to access, and will remain so unless NISO is required to change providers due to file size limitations. 
  • E-mail Alerts to New Draft Standards and Approved Standards
    Timely e-mail alerts notify NISO Alliance members of draft standards and newly approved NISO standards. The draft standards alert signifies a time period whereby interested parties may comment. By commenting on draft standards, Alliance members participate in standards development.
  • Early Notification of NISO Events & Discounted Member Registration
    Throughout the year, NISO holds various forums, webinars, workshops, and other meetings. With your LSA membership, you will receive advanced notification of these upcoming events and discounted member registration rates.

How to Become a NISO Library Standards Alliance (LSA) Member

Responsibilities of Library Standards Alliance Members:

  • Designate a Primary Contact for the LSA membership.
  • Designate a Webinar Contact
  • Designate a Billing Contact.
  • Pay annual dues.
  • Easy renewal process via invoice or Credit Card authorization.

2017 Membership Dues

  • Level 1: $1,125 per year - Applies to Libraries within doctoral/research Universities, national libraries, and large government, public, or state libraries.
  • Level 2: $675 per year - Applies to all other types of Libraries.

The membership year is January 1 to December 31. Renewal membership dues are assessed annually in October for the following calendar year. Payment is due on January 1st.

New memberships that begin after Friday, June 30, 2017 will be pro-rated for the remaining calender term. The following will apply:

2017 Full year (required for joining in Q1 and Q2)
      Level 1 $94 x # of 2017 remaining months + $1,125 for 2018
      Level 2 $56 x # of 2017 remaining months + $675 for 2018

Membership Eligibility & Application

Membership in NISO's Library Standards Alliance (LSA) welcomes academic, public, special, and government libraries and library association worldwide that have an active interest in collaborating on information standards. Please complete the application form to join.


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 If you have any questions, please contact DeVonne Parks, NISO's Member Services & Engagement Manager at dparks@niso.org or at 301.654.2512.