Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Library Standards

I Propose a Standards Solution by Priscilla Caplan appears in the September 15, 2005 Library Journal.
People who care about standards are worried. As a community we're investing heavily in library systems, information systems, and repository systems that require appropriate and robust standards. At the same time, our standards development processes have become increasingly ad hoc, sponsorship is scattered, and mechanisms for ongoing maintenance are often informal and unfunded.

These problems are real, they are international, and they are generating some attention, including NISO's "Blue Ribbon" Panel report and a "standards summit" under the aegis of OCLC, the Research Libraries Group, and Coalition for Networked Information earlier this year. While others are looking at the problem and trying to come up with a solution, I want to start with a solution and see if it fits: I propose a library standards organization.

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