NISO at ALA Annual 2012

NISO/BISG 6th Annual Forum:
The Changing Standards Landscape 

E-Books: Describe and Identify, Search and Discover, Comply and Use

Friday, June 22, 2012
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
ALA Annual Conference
Anaheim, CA
Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213D

Speaker Biographies


Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, National Information Standards Organization

Todd Carpenter is currently Executive Director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), a Baltimore-based non-profit that fosters the development and maintenance of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and effective interchange of information used in research and learning. Working with NISO's broad constituency, Todd is working to improve the efficiency of the standards development process, extending the scope and participation of the community in standards creation and adoption, and enhancing the training and outreach programs NISO sponsors.

Prior to joining NISO, Todd had been Director of Business Development with BioOne, an online aggregator of scholarly journals in the biological sciences. Before joining BioOne, Todd was the Journals Marketing Manager at The Johns Hopkins University Press and participated in the development of Project Muse.

He has also held marketing management positions at the Energy Intelligence Group, a news service covering the oil and natural gas industries and The Haworth Press, a scholarly and professional publisher. Todd is a graduate of Syracuse University and holds a master degree in marketing from The Johns Hopkins University.


Laura Dawson, Senior Product Manager, Bowker Discovery Services

Laura Dawson is Product Manager for Identifiers at Bowker. She never shuts up about identifiers, metadata, and book discovery.



Skott Klebe, Manager of Special Initiatives, Copyright Clearance Center

Skott Klebe, Manager of Special Initiatives at Copyright Clearance Center, has worked in copyright and licensing technology for more than fifteen years, leading the development of some of the largest licensing systems in the world. Skott was the architect of RightsLink, Copyright Clearance Center’s point-of-content licensing system, and is the inventor on several patents in the fields of content and licensing. He speaks regularly at publishing industry events on topics including copyright, technology, and disruption in the ebook marketplace.


Kathy Klemperer, Consultant, EDItEUR; Project Manager, HARRASSOWITZ

Kathy Klemperer is Project Manager at HARRASSOWITZ Booksellers and Subscription agents and a consultant to EDItEUR. Previously she consulted for several booksellers and vendors of library services, and worked in library systems at Harvard University, Dartmouth College and the University of California. Kathy received her MLS degree at the University of California, Berkeley.


Sally McCallum, Chief, Network Development and Standards Office, Library of Congress

Sally McCallum is Chief of the Network Development and MARC Standards Office at the Library of Congress. Her Office is the coordination centre at the Library of Congress for the new Bibliographic Framework Initiative, which is developing a next generation bibliographic data exchange format. In addition to maintaining the MARC 21 formats, her office maintains other key library standards such as the information retrieval protocols, Z39.50 and SRU, and PREMIS, the emerging standard for preservation metadata for digital objects. Her Office is also engaged in XML representations of bibliographic formats, including MARCXML, MODS, and MADS, and in recent experiments with RDF such as the Library's Linked Data Service (LDS/ID). Ms. McCallum participates in a number of standards related activities through the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), National Information Standards Organization (NISO), and the International Standards Organization (ISO). She holds a graduate degree in the library field from the University of Chicago.


Nadine Vassallo, Project Coordinator, BISG 

Nadine Vassallo is the current Project Coordinator for the Book Industry Study Group, a non-profit trade association working to create a more informed, empowered, efficient book industry supply chain. Previously, she has held marketing, events management, and bookselling positions with Penguin Group USA, Phaidon Press, and Borders.



Jenny Walker, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Ex Libris, and co-chair NISO Open Discovery Initiative (ODI)

Having previously worked for Ex Libris as vice-president of marketing, Jenny Walker now consults for Ex Libris and lives in Cape Town, South Africa. In her current consultancy role she has worked on a number of strategic developments, including the development of the Primo Central Index. Her interest in the opportunities that open up with the central indexing of content from diverse sources, and her concerns to remove barriers to success of the new genre library discovery service, led her to initiate the Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) together with her colleague, Oren Beit-Arie, and Marshall Breeding of Vanderbilt University. ODI is now a NISO workgroup of which she is co-chair together with Marshall Breeding.

Jenny has been an active player in NISO for a number of years including prior membership of the Architecture Committee and co-chair of the NISO Metasearch initiative.