New York, NY (February 22, 2010) – Building on three years of successful co-programming, the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) will again co-host The Changing Standards Landscape on June 25, 2010 from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM, directly prior to the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Washington, DC. This year’s free, half-day program will focus on standards as they’re experienced by readers and other content consumers and feature thought leadership in the critical areas of identification, discovery and format. Those interested in attending should RSVP to

The Changing Standards Landscape has become a tremendously successful event since its inception four years ago,” said Todd Carpenter, NISO’s Managing Director. “Developing a deeper understanding between the publishing, distribution and library supply chains is increasingly critical and each year we’ve focused on significant challenges our communities face alongside standards and best practice solutions. This year’s program will highlight again how rapidly our industry is changing and how BISG and NISO are proactively addressing these issues.”

Mr. Carpenter will be onsite to co-chair the forum alongside BISG’s Executive Director, Scott Lubeck. Together they will guide attendees through three programmatic themes:

1.       Identify and Describe

2.       Format, Discover and Retrieve

3.       Purchase and Use

“The ways in which end-users eventually experience and interact with standards largely drives how these standards are built,” said Mr. Lubeck. “We’re happy to be able to bring light to this important perspective, one shared by both BISG and NISO.”

The Changing Standards Landscape is organized jointly by the NISO and BISG. Both organizations support, promote and maintain standards and best practices in the information community. NISO focuses on publishers, libraries and the systems suppliers in information distribution. BISG focuses on the book supply chain of publishers, manufacturers, wholesale and retail suppliers.

For more information about The Changing Standards Landscape as it becomes available visit


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Media Contacts:

Angela Bole
Book Industry Study Group, Inc.


Karen Wetzel

National Information Standards Organization



About the Book Industry Study Group, Inc.

The Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) is the U.S. book 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 for both physical and digital products. Membership consists of publishers, manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers, retailers, librarians and others engaged in the business of print and electronic media. For over 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.

Learn more about BISG at


About the National Information Standards Organization

The National Information Standards Organization (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).

Learn more about NISO at

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