Standards Watch

NISO Voting Pools, part 2

As a follow-on to my earlier message, here is the second group of standards coming up for voting pool formation for which our ALA Voting Representative to NISO, Cindy Hepfer, has requested feedback. Again, I think the best strategy is to quote the gist of Cindy’s message in full.

Group 2: Formation of Voting Pools for CCM Standard Reaffirmations
This is the second group of standards due for five-year reviews for which NISO will be issuing ballots. In accordance with NISO procedures, we are offering you the option of joining the voting pool for five standards that are under the responsibility of the Content and Collection Management (CCM) Topic Committee.

This is NOT the reaffirmation ballot — the current ballot is only to form the voting pools.

ALA may choose any or all of the standards listed below. Joining the voting pool will allow ALA to vote on the standard and to provide comments. Once the voting pools have been formed, separate ballots for each standard will be issued only to those voting members who have joined the pool. If we do not join the voting pool for a particular standard, we have in essence “abstained” from any decision made regarding this standard’s reaffirmation ballot.

NISO needs at least 15% of the voting membership to join the pool. If less than 15% express interest in the standard, it may be considered by the Board for administrative withdrawal.

The five standards in this voting pool ballot and the URLs for you to view them are:

1) ANSI/NISO Z39.48 – 1992 (R2002), Permanence of Paper for Publications and Documents in Libraries and Archives

2) ANSI/NISO Z39.56 – 1996 (R2002), Serial Item and Contribution Identifier (SICI)

3) ANSI/NISO Z39.62 – 2000, Eye-legible Information on Microfilm Leaders and Trailers and on Containers of Processed Microfilm on Open Reels

4) ANSI/NISO Z39.73 – 1994 (R2001), Single-Tier Steel Bracket Library Shelving

5) ANSI/NISO Z39.41 – 1997 (R2002), Printed Information on Spines

The ballot to select which voting pools ALA should opt into closes Wednesday, 3 December 2008. I need to vote no later than Nov. 26, so your deadline for feedback to me is Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008.

Because ALA is such a diverse organization with so many interests, even though some may be more relevant than others, unless I am presented a compelling case not to opt into one or more of these voting pools, I plan to opt into them all.

Cindy’s email is: I’d appreciate it if any of you offering comments could copy me ( on those comments, so that I can keep track of LITA efforts in this area.

Diane I. Hillmann
LITA Standards Coordinator