James Neal Elected Chair of the Board for National Information Standards Organization

NEW YORK, January 26, 2007 The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced the election of James Neal as Chair of the Board of Directors. He will assume the Chair responsibilities effective July 2007.

Portrait of James G. Neal

Jim Neal is Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University, having previously served as Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University and Johns Hopkins University. He has served as President of the Association of Research Libraries, on the Executive Board of the American Library Association, as Chair of the Board of the Research Libraries Group, and on the Board of the Freedom to Read Foundation, among numerous professional and leadership assignments. He is widely active in national and international forums in the areas of copyright and scholarly communication. He has served as a member of the NISO Board since 2004. Neal will assume the Chairmanship of NISO beginning June of 2007.

NISO fosters the development and maintenance of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and effective interchange of information so that it can be trusted for use in research and learning. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages libraries, publishers, information aggregators and other organizations that support learning, research and scholarship through the creation, organization, management, and curation of knowledge. NISO works with intersecting communities of interest and across the entire life cycle of an information standard. NISO (www.niso.org) is a not-for-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). More information about NISO is available on its website: www.niso.org.

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 8.6 million volumes, over 65,650 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 25 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. Columbia Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff to assist faculty, students, and researchers in their academic endeavors. The Library’s web site at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/ is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.

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