Information Standards Quarterly (Vol. 23, No. 4; Fall 2011;)
The theme of this issue: Standards Implementation Benefits
In the issue’s main feature article, Mary Jackson (Auto-Graphics, Inc.) quantifies the productivity benefits of implementing the NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol (NCIP) standard and illustrates the savings with case studies and before and after workflow comparisons. Gary Van Overborg, John Milligan, and Michael Lee (Scholarly iQ) illustrate how their company, in its role as an intermediary between publishers and libraries in providing usage statistics, was able to improve services to both through their implementation of the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) protocol. Mary E. Marshall (ADC) describes her experience with the American arm of an international publisher as an early implementer of SERU (Shared E-Resource Understanding) to streamline the journal licensing process, saving time and costs for both the publisher and their library customers. John Sack (HighWire) provides an opinion piece to dispel the myth that standards prevent innovation, but explains how instead the two concepts can work together for the benefit of each.
“We’re always pleased to see specific examples of how NISO standards and best practices have benefitted the organizations using them,” states Todd Carpenter, NISO Managing Director. “This issue of ISQ should be of particular interest to anyone who wants to justify their own standards implementation.”