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Tuesday, May 17 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Poster Session 2: Poster Board Number 133

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Poster Board Number: 133
Title: The Rewards of Reviewing International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Standards: Adding Value to the Publication Process, Gaining Professional Knowledge and Skills
Objective: This study explores the impact and value of reviewing International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/National Information Standards Organization (NISO) standards for medical librarians and the library profession.
Methods: We surveyed past and present members of MLA's Technical Services Section Standards Committee (MLA/TSSC) and past MLA NISO representatives about their reviewing activities and experiences. Value was calculated by matching knowledge and experiences gained by the reviewer with corresponding library services and standards topics. We developed a Microsoft Access database to inventory the past seven years of standards reviewed, identified topical categories, and attributed metadata to each standard to determine the general impact of this work on the library profession.
Results: The survey revealed a strong sense of commitment and professional growth. A total of 164 standards were reviewed from 2005-2011, averaging 23 each year. The most frequently occurring topics were: metadata, codes, identifier schemes, records management, data transmission, audiovisual objects, data models, library statistics, and data conversion.
Conclusions: The review of proposed, draft, and up-for-review standards aids in the development ISO/NISO officially sanctioned standards. The process of reviewing is a valuable experience that has been lightly embraced by many librarians and, like book reviewing, is often under-recognized. The past six years has revealed a continuing heavy work load for meticulous and high profile work as it underlies many library functions and services, such as, library catalogs, digital repositories, discovery interfaces, full-text linking, and reporting performance. Additionally, it has the potential to develop rich skills for critical thinking, editorial reading, and technical writing.
Authors: Nadine Ellero, AHIP, Intellectual Access Librarian, Technical Services, The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA; Dean E. Cody, Acquisitions Librarian, Technical Services, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

Tuesday May 17, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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