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Demystifying Library Standards

Cosponsor: Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS)

June 18, 2008
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

About the Webinar

The first in a series of webinars on standards in the library environment, this overview session will place standards in context. 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 and as lead-in to the other webinars in the series, which will discuss those and other standards in more depth. Participants will learn how they can become actively involved in standards development.

Intended Audience:

This webinar will be of interest to those who want to learn how standards can provide benefits to their organization, their users, and to themselves 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, or content providers;or
  • long-term preservation activities.



  • Trisha Davis, The Ohio State University
  • Julia Gammon, University of Akron
  • Karen Wetzel, NISO
  • Pamela Bluh, University of Maryland

Karen Wetzel, NISO

ALCTS: The Changing Field of Technical Services
Pamela Bluh, University of Maryland

NISO: Standards Development & Engagement
Karen A. Wetzel, NISO

Technical Services, Related Standards, and Future Work
Julia Gammon, University of Akron
Trisha Davis, The Ohio State University


  • NISO and ALCTS Members: $20
  • Non Members: $25
Register online with a credit card at: www.regonline.com/ALCTS08

To pay by check, use the PDF registration form.

For questions, email nisohq@niso.org.
  • Registration closes at 12:00 pm EST on June 18, 2008.
  • Cancellations made by June 10, 2008 will receive a full refund. After that date, there are no refunds.

Registrants will receive detailed instructions about accessing the webinar via email.