Free NISO/BISG Information Standards Forum to Precede ALA Conference

Bethesda, MD - April 30, 2007 - On June 22, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) will present a free, half-day forum, "The Changing Standards Landscape: Creative Solutions to Your Information Problems." The forum, to be held at the Renaissance Washington's Grand Ballroom (North), will immediately precede the American Library Association conference in Washington, DC.
A roster of industry experts have confirmed their participation, including Brian Green, Executive Director of EDItEUR and Mark Bide, Senior Consultant with Rightscom. NISO's Managing Director, Todd Carpenter, and BISG's Executive Director, Michael Healy, will lead the forum through three main agenda items:

--The Changing Model for Standards Development

--Six Key Attributes of Successful Digital Content Management

--Emerging Opportunities for Improving Customer Relationships Through Standards

"We will deliver a big-picture look at the development and impact of common solutions-based standards for librarians and publishers alike," said NISO's Todd Carpenter. "In particular, the session will focus on the preparations underway to build standards for tomorrow's digital supply chain and will call for industry-wide participation and consensus in their development."

For more information on participating in this free forum, visit or contact Karen Wetzel, NISO Standards Program Manager, at

About the National Information Standards Organization (NISO)

NISO fosters the development and maintenance of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and effective interchange of information so that it can be trusted for use in research and learning. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages libraries, publishers, information aggregators and other organizations that support learning, research and scholarship through the creation, organization, management, and curation of knowledge. NISO works with intersecting communities of interest and across the entire life cycle of an information standard. NISO ( is a not-for-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). More information about NISO is available on its website:

About Book Industry Study Group, Inc.

The Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) is the U.S. publishing industry's leading trade association for policy, standards and research. The mission of BISG is to create a more informed, empowered, and efficient book industry supply chain. Membership consists of publishers, manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers, retailers, librarians, and others engaged in the business of print and electronic media. For 30 years, BISG has provided a forum for all industry professionals to come together and efficiently address issues and concerns to advance the book community. More information about BISG is available on its website: