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Navigating the Ebook Revolution

It seems safe to assume that by the end of 2012, public libraries may be directing as much as 20% of their collection budgets to digital content. By the end of three years, it may be closer to 50%. That shift of resources, at a time when the budget pie itself is shrinking, will have one unsurprising result: The circulation of print will decline if we offer fewer print materials. That, in turn, will accelerate the shifting of resources.

There are many players in the rapidly changing publishing environment, and many issues for them to sort through. We can expect things will be chaotic and awkward for a while.

Meanwhile, it may be helpful to consider the thoughts and concerns of some of those players. Below, I talk to a reader, a writer, an independent bookseller, and an independent publisher. All of them are real people grappling with real concerns.

American Libraries
23 May 2012
ISO Releases New Digital Object Identifier Standard

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has released new International Standard that provides a system for assigning a unique international identification code to objects for use on digital networks. ISO 26324:2012, Information and documentation - Digital object identifier system, is an efficient means of identifying an entity over the Internet, used primarily for sharing with an interested user community or managing as intellectual property.

ISO 26324:2012 was developed by ISO technical committee ISO Technical Committee (TC) 46, Information and documentation, subcommittee (SC) 9, Identification and description. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) holds the Secretariat for ISO TC 46 SC9, with the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) serving as Secretary. NISO has also been designated by ANSI as the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Administrator for TC 46.

ANSI Press Release
16 May 2012
NISO and Collaboration: A Place at the Table for all Players

This article continues a series of interviews with the Advisory Board for Collaborative Librarian-ship. Todd Carpenter, the Managing Director of NISO, the National Information Standards Organization, is a leading player in promoting research through the creation of standard and best practices related to in-formation exchange and management. NISO provides the environment for bringing key organizations together to reach complex and often difficult agreements. As Carpenter says, "One of NISO's most im-portant principles is ensuring all the relevant players have an opportunity to sit at the table, in an open and fostering environment that is supported by participatory and well-established rules for engagement."

Collaborative Librarianship
01 Apr 2012
Digital Transition Questions Examined at Books in Browsers Conference

By Charlotte Abbott. Summary of the 2011 Books in Browsers conference in San Francisco. "The tension between utility and design in e-book standards was a recurring theme....Todd Carpenter, executive director of the National Information Standards Organization, called for standards in social bookmarking and annotation sharing, while Hadrien Gardeur of Feedbooks, highlighted OPDS, a catalog framework for discovering, lending, and selling books and other digital content on the web....[T]he program also introduced several promising social reading and library-oriented startups."

Publishers Weekly
01 Nov 2011
W3C Launches Agile Track to Speed Web Innovation

To support the rapid evolution of Web technology, W3C announced today an agile track for developers and businesses to create Web technology within W3C's international community of experts. Because innovation can come from organizations as well as individuals, W3C has designed W3C Community Groups to promote diverse participation: anyone may propose a group, and groups start quickly as soon as there is a small measure of peer support.

W3C Press Release
16 Aug 2011
The Value of Standards in Electronic Content Distribution: Reflections on the Adoption of NISO Standards

Article by Todd Carpenter describes some NISO standards that impact electronic resource management and reasons why some have been successful and why others have faced challenges in adoption.

The Journal of Electronic Publishing
01 Aug 2011
EPUB 3: Exciting Possibilities

Michael Weinstein recommends Bill Kasdorf's article in Information Standards Quarterly (http://www.niso.org/publications/isq/2011/v23no2/kasdorf) on EPUB 3 and highlights some key points from the article about the new version of the specification.

Book Business
14 Jul 2011
The Three S's of Electronic Resource Management: Systems, Standards and Subscriptions

Valerie Ryder, Director of Information Strategy, Wolper Subscription Services, provides a report of the NISO January 12, 2011 webinar that covered the basic building blocks of Electronic Resource Management (ERM) - standards, systems and subscriptions. She concludes that the webinar "provides a high-level overview that would be useful for libraries that might be considering ERM solutions and is an informative update on current developments for libraries with existing ERM systems."

NASIG Newsletter: Vol. 26: No. 2, Article 4.
27 Apr 2011
New SERU logo

SERU, a NISO Best Practice, is an easy way for libraries and publishers to streamline ordering electronic resources - without the time and labor required to negotiate a license. And SERU now has a new logo available for use! Publishers and libraries can use the logo to advertize their use of SERU.

19 Apr 2011
JUSP in time: a partnership approach to developing a journal usage statistics portal

Discusses the implementation of the the implementation of the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) protocol (ANSI/NISO Z39.93) for the Journal Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP) service.

Learned Publishing, Volume 24, Number 2, April 2011 , pp. 109-114(6)
01 Apr 2011
KBART - How It Will Benefit Libraries and Users

by Liz Stevenson and Chad Hutchens
Describes the goals of the NISO/UKSG KBART working group to improve the knowledge bases used in OpenURL linking and how these improvements will benefit libraries and their patrons.

Against the Grain
28 Mar 2011
Building and Maintaining Knowledge Bases for OpenURL Link Resolvers - Processes, Procedures, and Challenges

by Christine Stohn, Sherrard Ewing, Sheri Meares, and Paul Moss.
A key task for any maintainer of a knowledge base is managing the relationship with content providers - agreeing on and organizing the data supply, formats, and frequency of updates. In addition, a knowledge base team works with content providers to identify and resolve any problems that might arise. The recommendations provided by the Knowledge Bases And Related Tools (KBART) working group are the answer to a clear need for a common format for this data supply.

Against the Grain
28 Mar 2011
KBART - Providing Standardized, Accurate and Timely Metadata: Methods and Challenges

by Julie Zhu, Gary Pollack, Ruth Wells, and Matthew Llewellin.
While publishers fully understand the benefits of providing standardized, accurate, and timely metadata, they face practical challenges. What may not be obvious to librarians and educators are the vast sums of money and time that publishers must spend on systems with flexible metadata schemas, metadata schema views, metadata policies and processes, quality controls, collaborative metadata editing and authoring tools, and user-friendly interface components. Despite the challenges, many publishers understand the ultimate benefits of quality metadata and are willing to make the commitment to provide improved metadata to the library community.

Against the Grain
28 Mar 2011
Preservation and the World Wide Web

by Todd Carpenter
Discusses the problems with preserving information on the web or in social media like Twitter and Facebook. Mentions several efforts for dealing with this including DOIs, the Library of Congress preservation of Twitter posts, and the Los Alamos National Library Momento project.

Against the Grain
28 Mar 2011
NISO IOTA: Improving OpenURLs Through Analytics, in Context

by Adam L. Chandler.
Describes the origins of the NISO Improving OpenURLs Through Analytics (IOTA)working group, their repository for collecting and reporting on OpenURLs, and the next steps for their effor to improve OpenURL quality.

Against the Grain
28 Mar 2011
NISO Webinar: It's Only as Good as the Metadata: Improving OpenURL and Knowledge Base Quality

Sarah Glassera, Contributor and Kurt Blythe, Serials Spoken Here Column Editor provide a summary of the NISO webinar on OpenURL and Knowledge Base Quality held October 13, 2010.

Serials Review, Volume 37, Issue 1, March 2011, Pages 58-60
01 Mar 2011
The NISO Institutional Identifiers (I2) Working Group: An Update

By Mark Needleman. An update on the work of the National Information Standards Organization Institutional Identifiers (I2) Working Group.

Serials Review, Volume 37, Issue 1, March 2011, Pages 61-62
01 Mar 2011
Facilitating physics searches

Access Innovations has teamed with the American Institute of Physics (AIP) to convert AIP's Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme (PACS) into a thesaurus for its nearly 2 million online scholarly articles indexed by PACS. The resulting thesaurus is compliant with ISO (International Organization for Standardization), NISO (National Information Standards Organization) and W3C (Worldwide Web Consortium) standards.

04 Aug 2010
KAVI Case Study: National Information Standards Organization (NISO)

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) needed an easier way to follow rigorous ANSI requirements for developing information standards, and a smarter way to help work groups collaborate to create, revise and manage documents. Kavi was the only software suite specifically designed for standards development and therefore extremely appropriate for NISO. What NISO found in Kavi Workspace was an application that integrates document management and email communication, keeps meticulous records kept for document revisions and tracks voting in case of an ANSI audit. All of this is accomplished with a solution that is highly configurable and easy to use.

Kavi Workspace Case Study
14 Jul 2010
KBART - improving content visibility through collaboration

Article by Sarah Pearson that explores the importance of OpenURL and knowledge bases to the information community as a whole and provides an overview and update of the role that the KBART (Knowledge Bases and Related Tools) project has to play in improving knowledge base metadata.

Serials: The Journal for the Serials Community
01 Jul 2010

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