NISO Launches Education Committee

New Group Debuts with Plans for Four Events in 2007

BETHESDA, MD - April 5, 2007 - As part of its strategic restructuring, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has formed an Education Committee to support the goal of providing NISO's constituency with wide-ranging and robust education and training programs. Chaired by NISO's Standards Program Manager, Karen Wetzel, the Committee already has formed plans to hold four educational events in 2007.
"Individuals from diverse communities have volunteered their time, expertise and perspectives," notes Todd Carpenter, NISO's Managing Director. "They will determine the topical focus of educational programs, set agendas, recruit speakers, and identify new opportunities for NISO to educate and inform the information communities about our work."

Committee members are Brenda Bailey-Hainer, Bibliographical Center for Research; Angela Bole, Book Industry Study Group, Inc.; Jay Datema, Library Journal; Trisha L. Davis, The Ohio State University Libraries; Kate Duff, The University of Chicago Press; Cindy Hepfer, University at Buffalo (SUNY); Mary Jackson, Auto-Graphics, Inc.; Nettie Lagace, Ex Libris Group; Audrey Melkin, Atypon Systems, Inc.; and Peter Shepherd, Project COUNTER.

Programs currently planned for 2007 will cover the themes of licensing issues (June 11), e-Resource management (September 24-25), usage statistics (November 2), and institutional repositories (December 3). For further information, visit the NISO website ( To contribute ideas for these programs or suggestions for future events, contact Karen Wetzel (

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: