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Welcome to the first edition of Moving Standards Forward, the NISO Voting member newsletter. This newsletter will cover NISO news, events, standards, and activities for our members. It will be emailed each January, May, and September.
I'm DeVonne Parks, NISO Member Engagement Manager. NISO welcomes you as a member and thanks you for your support and participation in our activities. Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at any time either by phone at 301.654.2512 or by email at

Many of you are already involved in NISO's work, and we thank you for your valuable input. If you have not yet participated in the work we do, we invite you to:
- Join a NISO committee or working group
- Comment on draft NISO standards and Recommended   Practices
- Participate in an ISO/TC 46 standard working group
- Present your institution's work at a NISO educational

For more information, please visit
Have a wonderful summer! Our next issue will be available in September 2016.

DeVonne Parks 
Member Engagement Manager 
NISO Events
As a Voting member, you may purchase access to NISO's educational events, which are offered at a discounted member rate throughout the year.  
We offer monthly webinars that you can view at a discounted rate as a part of your member benefits (subscription packages are also available). You must register for these events and the log-in instructions are automatically emailed the Friday before the webinar to the person who registered. There will be plenty of promotions to remind you of the event.

NISO also provides virtual conferences at a discount to members. These are six hour online events that offer the depth of coverage of a conference coupled with the convenience of a webinar. The schedule allows for an offline lunch and an afternoon break for participants.

NISO Training Thursday webinars, which we have made available based on feedback from LSA (Library Standards Alliance) members, offer technical follow-up to selected virtual conference topics. Members may pay for these events only, or purchase them as a package that includes the accompanying virtual conference.

NISO's Open Teleconferences, an ongoing series of phone calls, are held on the second (or occasionally the third) Monday of each month from 3:00-4:00 P.M, Eastern time. NISO's teleconferences keep the community apprised of our activities; they also provide an opportunity for you to give feedback on our activities or make suggestions about new activities in which we should engage. The calls are free and anyone is welcome to participate in the conversation (there is no need to register).

NISO's Working Groups are an integral part of advancing best practices and information standards in the library community. The groups are comprised of volunteers from the library, vendor, and publisher fields who have a specific interest in protocols, initiatives, and related projects. These webinars, which discuss efforts in which the groups are engaged, are free and open to all. Registration is managed through an RSVP survey. There is no limit to attendance, and information on how to participate is listed on the event page.

Should you have suggestions for topics and/or speakers for NISO events, please contact our office at
NISO Ballots
The following NISO ballots are open. Log into your NISO page and you'll see the ballots linked there. Should you have any questions, please contact DeVonne Parks.
  • SHORT TURN-AROUND BALLOT: Regarding current draft of DIS of ISO 3901
    "In consideration of the decision by WG 10 (ISRC) that the current draft of DIS of ISO 3901 should include a reference to "Registration Agencies." Furthermore, as the ISO TMB's current policy on Registration Authorities (RAs) is provided in the TMB "Registration Authorities -- Guidelines to Committees" in Clause 6 b) v under Drafting standards with RAs. 

    This ballot closes on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.
  • Systematic Review of ISO 11940-2:2007 Information and documentation - Transliteration of Thai characters into Latin characters Part 2: Simplified transcription of Thai language
    This part of ISO 11940 provides a specification for the conversion of Thai characters (or the transliteration of Thai obtained from ISO 11940:1998, written here ) into a broad phonetic transcription. The results of the application of the rules of this part of ISO 11940 are written here [in italics between square brackets]. Since some vowels in Thai are written before the consonant which they follow in speech, text needs to be processed before the conversion takes place.
    This ballot closes on Friday, June 3, 2016.
  • Technical Content of ISO/DIS 3901 (ISRC)
    This ballot is regarding technical content that has occurred to ISO/DIS 3901 that must be approved before moving forward.This International Standard specifies the International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) for the unique identification of recordings. The ISRC is applicable to the identification of audio recordings and music video recordings whether they are in analogue or digital form. The ISRC is applicable to music video recordings even if they have been assigned an International Standard Audiovisual Number (ISAN) in accordance with ISO 15706, or a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) in accordance with ISO 26324, but it is not applicable to other forms of audiovisual recording.
          This ballot closes on Thursday, June 30, 2016.
  • New Work Item Proposal: ISO 21047 (ISTC)

    This International Standard specifies the International Standard Text Code (ISTC) which is applicable to any textual work, whenever there is an intention to produce such a textual work in the form of one or more manifestations. It provides an identification data element for applications that record and exchange information about textual works and related manifestations. For example, the ISTC can be used for the purposes of collocating subsequent manifestations of the same textual work or derivations of the same textual work in applications involving electronic rights administration or information retrieval.

    This ballot closes on Friday, July 8, 2016.
NISO Polls
Please take the following polls in order to help NISO plan future events and services:

NISO Membership by the Numbers
A statistical overview of NISO's membership.

NISO will be heading to Orlando, Florida for the American Library Associations Annual Meeting from June 24-June 27, 2016. Join us if you are in the area and stop by Booth #1544 in the exhibit hall. There will be three NISO meetings:
  1. NISO/BISG 10th Annual ForumThe ChangingStandards Landscape: The User's Experience
    Friday, June 24, 12:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M., Eastern time.
    Orlando Convention Center
    Room: W103B 
This is a free event; however, we would like to get an estimated account of attendance. Please RSVP here.
  1. NISO Altmetrics Initiative: Supporting Altmetrics in the Community
    Saturday, June 25, 2016, 2:00-3:30 P.M., Eastern time.
    Hyatt Regency Orlando
    Room: Bayhill 22
  1. NISO Standards Update Meeting
    Sunday, June 26, 2016, 1:00-2:30 P.M., Eastern time.
    Hyatt Regency Orlando
    Room: Celebration 04
Information Standards Quarterly Goes Online
NISO has decided on an exciting change to Information Standards Quarterly ( ISQ) that you'll see this year: we are switching to online, open-access distribution of the journal. We are therefore no longer accepting 2016 renewals, and any payments that have been made in advance for 2016 renewals will be returned.
At the moment we are working on a combined issue 3 and 4 of volume 27 (2015) of ISQ; that issue will be the last that subscribers will receive in print.
Should you have any questions, please contact Henrietta Verma, Sr. Communications Specialist at
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