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US National Z39.50 Profile (Z39.89-2003)

This post relates to ANSI/NISO Z39.50, but is specifically about Z39.89-2003, the US National Z39.50 Profile for Library Applications. The earlier post about Z39.50-2003 concerned the original standard, also up for review ballot. The profile standard can be downloaded from:

Cindy Hepfer, the ALA Voting Representative to NISO notes: “In accordance with NISO’s Operating Procedures, all review ballots are accompanied with a recommended action from the leadership group managing the review. NISO’s Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee recommends a vote of ‘Reaffirm’ for ANSI/NISO Z39.89-2003, The U.S. National Z39.50 Profile for Library Applications. As a member of the voting pool, we are required to vote on this ballot.”

ALA’s options are:
• Reaffirm with no change
• Revise (If this action is approved, NISO will appoint a Working Group to develop the revised standard. The current version remains in effect until a revised version is approved.)
• Withdraw (If this action is approved, the standard will be removed from the list of approved NISO standards. The standard will remain available as a withdrawn standard for five (5) years.)

Cindy adds: “Unless I hear otherwise from ALA members, I will vote on the organization’s behalf to reaffirm this important standard with no change. However, if anyone within ALA has revisions to suggest or believes that the standard should be withdrawn, please contact me ( and be prepared with very solid reasons. The deadline for you to respond to me is May 7.”

Diane I. Hillmann
LITA Standards Coordinator