Did you know that there is an independent organization that promotes communication, understanding, and sharing of ideas among all members of the serials information community? Well, there is and it is called The North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG).
The NASIG annual conference just wrapped up and the Eclectic Librarian, Anna Creech, did a fabulous job of encapsulating the high points on her blog. Touching upon citation analysis, whether the journal is dead and exploring a model for electronic resources assessment are prime topics. Really, anyone interested in cataloging and metadata related to serials collections would be well served by reviewing this blog regularly.
However, the NASIG item that caught my eye was about NISO, the National Information Standards Organization. NISO creates standards so that library systems can work more seamlessly. NISO fosters consensus and manages disparate stakeholders, all with a staff of five.
An area where this is of primary importance is in library search where federated search and consoloidated discovery interfaces spawn a confusing chaotic marketplace. Enter the NISO Open Discovery Initiative. The aim is to define standards and best practices so that the content provided by a wide range of information providers gains consistency and in turn, promote similarity in discovery search experiences.