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NISO Publishes RFP Writer's Guide to Standards  Peter Suber
 Dec 19, 2002 13:30 PST 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contact:
Patricia Harris
Executive Director
NISO
(301) 654-2512
Email: phar-@niso.org


NISO Publishes Guide to Standards for
Library Systems
Bethesda, Md., USA - (December 19, 2002) - The National Information
Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of The RFP Writer's
Guide to Standards for Library Systems, a manual intended to aid library
system Request for Proposal (RFP) writers and evaluators in understanding
the relevant standards and determining a software product's compliance with
standards.

The widespread use of Integrated Library Systems (ILS), global
communications via the Internet, and growing numbers of digital library
initiatives have made the need for compliance with standards more critical
than ever. Implementing information products and systems that support
standards can ensure that libraries will be able to:
integrate electronic content products from multiple vendors;
resource share on a wider geographic scale, even globally;
participate in more cooperative programs with other organizations,
including ones outside the library community;
speed up the "time to market" of library materials, i.e. the time to
acquire, catalog, process, and circulate an item;
provide remote access to library services;
reduce the need for user training;
operate successfully with their parent organization's computing
infrastructure;
migrate cost effectively to newer systems; and
more easily adopt new technologies.

The RFP Writer's Guide to Standards for Library Systems identifies critical
standards in the areas of Bibliographic Formats, Record Structure,
Character Sets, Exchange Media, Serials Identifiers, Binding, Circulation
Protocols, Barcodes, Interlibrary Loan (ILL), Electronic Documents,
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Information Retrieval, Metadata, and Web
Access. For each standard, the applicability to libraries is described,
sample RFP language is provided, and compliance assessment issues are
discussed. "Having recently participated in writing an RFP, I wish I'd had
this Guide in hand," stated Priscilla Caplan, Assistant Director of Digital
Library Services at the Florida Center for Library Automation. "It's easy
to rattle off a list of standards to be supported, but another thing
altogether to specify standards compliance in a way that discriminates
between different vendor implementations."
Copies of the guide are available in print from NISO Press or for free
download from NISO's website
(http://www.niso.org/standards/resources/RFP_Writers_Guide.pdf).

About the Author
Cynthia Hodgson, the author of the Guide, is an independent information
consultant and writer with over 20 years of experience as a corporate
librarian, library manager, and information technology manager. She has
taught graduate level courses in Library Science and has held local and
national offices in professional library organizations.

About NISO
NISO is the only U.S. group accredited by the American National Standards
Institute to develop and promote technical standards for use in information
delivery services providing voluntary standards for libraries, publishers
and related information technology organizations. All NISO standards are
developed by consensus under the guidance of experts and practitioners in
the field to meet the needs of both the information user and the
producer. For information about NISO's current standardization interests
and membership possibilities, please visit the NISO website at
http://www.niso.org.

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National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
4733 Bethesda Avenue, Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20814-5248
Tel: 301-654-2512 Fax: 301-654-1721
nis-@niso.org       www.niso.org



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<b>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<br><br>
</b><tt>Press Contact:<br>
Patricia Harris<br>
Executive Director<br>
NISO<br>
(301) 654-2512<br>
Email: phar-@niso.org<br><br>
<br>
</tt><b>NISO Publishes Guide to Standards for<br>
Library Systems<br>
</b><tt>Bethesda, Md., USA - (December 19, 2002) - The National
Information Standards Organization (NISO) announces the publication of
The RFP Writer's Guide to Standards for Library Systems, a manual
intended to aid library system Request for Proposal (RFP) writers and
evaluators in understanding the relevant standards and determining a
software product's compliance with standards.<br><br>
The widespread use of Integrated Library Systems (ILS), global
communications via the Internet, and growing numbers of digital library
initiatives have made the need for compliance with standards more
critical than ever.  Implementing information products and systems
that support standards can ensure that libraries will be able to:<br>
</tt><b></b><tt> integrate electronic content products from multiple
vendors;<br>
</tt><b></b><tt> resource share on a wider geographic scale, even
globally;<br>
</tt><b></b><tt> participate in more cooperative programs with other
organizations, including ones outside the library community;<br>
</tt><b></b><tt> speed up the "time to market" of library
materials, i.e. the time to acquire, catalog, process, and circulate an
item;<br>
</tt><b></b><tt> provide remote access to library services;<br>
</tt><b></b><tt> reduce the need for user training;<br>
</tt><b></b><tt> operate successfully with their parent organization's
computing infrastructure;<br>
</tt><b></b><tt> migrate cost effectively to newer systems; and<br>
</tt><b></b><tt> more easily adopt new technologies.<br><br>
The RFP Writer's Guide to Standards for Library Systems identifies
critical standards in the areas of Bibliographic Formats, Record
Structure, Character Sets, Exchange Media, Serials Identifiers, Binding,
Circulation Protocols, Barcodes, Interlibrary Loan (ILL), Electronic
Documents, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Information Retrieval,
Metadata, and Web Access.  For each standard, the applicability to
libraries is described, sample RFP language is provided, and compliance
assessment issues are discussed.  "Having recently participated
in writing an RFP, I wish I'd had this Guide in hand," stated
Priscilla Caplan, Assistant Director of Digital Library Services at the
Florida Center for Library Automation.  "It's easy to rattle
off a list of standards to be supported, but another thing altogether to
specify standards compliance in a way that discriminates between
different vendor implementations."<br>
Copies of the guide are available in print from NISO Press or for free
download from NISO's website
(<a href="http://www.niso.org/standards/resources/RFP_Writers_Guide.pdf" eudora="autourl">http://www.niso.org/standards/resources/RFP_Writers_Guide.pdf</a>).<br><br>
About the Author<br>
Cynthia Hodgson, the author of the Guide, is an independent information
consultant and writer with over 20 years of experience as a corporate
librarian, library manager, and information technology manager.  She
has taught graduate level courses in Library Science and has held local
and national offices in professional library organizations.<br><br>
About NISO<br>
NISO is the only U.S. group accredited by the American National Standards
Institute to develop and promote technical standards for use in
information delivery services providing voluntary standards for
libraries, publishers and related information technology
organizations.  All NISO standards are developed by consensus under
the guidance of experts and practitioners in the field to meet the needs
of both the information user and the producer.  For information
about NISO's current standardization interests and membership
possibilities, please visit the NISO website at
<a href="http://www.niso.org/" eudora="autourl">http://www.niso.org</a>.<br><br>
</tt><b>-- <br>
National Information Standards Organization (NISO)<br>
4733 Bethesda Avenue, Suite 300<br>
Bethesda, MD  20814-5248<br>
Tel: 301-654-2512  Fax: 301-654-1721<br>
nis-@niso.org<x-tab>     </x-tab> 
<a href="http://www.niso.org/" eudora="autourl">www.niso.org</a><br>
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