Standards Watch

Library Binding Standards review

One of the challenges of our current environment is that there are still activities (and standards) associated with our traditional role in managing physical resources, in addition to those associated with our newer, sexier digital activities. The standard addressed in this post, ISO 11800, Book binding materials and methods, up for systematic review, is one of those that hark back to simpler times, but still retains importance to us as librarians.

According to the announcement Cindy forwarded, “This International Standard addresses publishers and book manufacturers. It also addresses acquisition librarians and archivists with a view to informing library and archival staff about the good physical properties they should expect in the books they acquire for public use.”

As is generally the case with ISO reviews, ALA members willing to review this document should apply to Cindy directly at for an electronic copy of the standard (I’d appreciate it if you copy me at as well). Our vote options are Confirm (as is), Revise/Amend, Withdraw (the standard), or Abstain (from the vote). Comments are required for all votes other than Confirm. In the absence of other recommendations, ALA will recommend that NISO vote to confirm ‘ISO 11800, Book binding materials and methods’ (with comments, if any).

Cindy asks that comments be forwarded to her by Nov. 27, 2008.

Diane Hillmann
LITA Standards Coordinator