Three Industry Leaders Join Top Standards Committee

Carnegie Mellon, NYU, and Sage Publications Earn Slots on NISO's SDC

BETHESDA, MD - September 2, 2004 - The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has added representatives from two universities and an independent publisher to its Standards Development Committee (SDC). Denise Troll Covey of the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, Jerome McDonough of the New York University Libraries, and Anthony Ross of Sage Publications join the ten-member committee for a three-year term, effective immediately. The SDC has overall responsibility for identifying new topics for standardization, evaluating proposals for new standards and guidelines, and monitoring the need to revise approved NISO standards and guidelines.
"SDC members must have technical expertise combined with vision," noted Pat Harris, NISO Executive Director. "They have a profound impact on NISO's program of work."

As Principal Librarian for Special Projects at Carnegie Mellon, Denise Troll Covey conducts research to inform library administration and strategic planning. She manages the Libraries' performance measures and keeps abreast of technological developments, their social implications, and the laws, policies, practices, and standards relevant to digital libraries.

Jerome McDonough is Digital Library Development Team Leader for the New York University Libraries, and is also serving as chair of the editorial board for the Digital Library Federation's METS initiative. Before taking his current position at NYU, McDonough worked for the Library Systems Office at the University of California at Berkeley on the Making of America II project.

Anthony Ross is Vice President of Content Management at SAGE Publications. Prior to that he was a Vice President and Director of Primary Production for North American Science & Technology journals in the San Diego office of Elsevier. With 30 years of experience as a publishing executive, Ross has led the implementation of end-to-end electronic processing of journals at Academic Press, was Chair of the Data Conversion Council at Elsevier, and is leading the online platform development effort at SAGE.

Comments from the new SDC members about the role of standards in their organizations are available upon request.

About NISO

NISO, a non-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), identifies, develops, maintains, and publishes technical standards to manage information in our changing and ever-more digital environment. NISO standards apply both traditional and new technologies to the full range of information-related needs, including retrieval, re-purposing, storage, metadata, and preservation.