The two major non-profit organizations involved with the broader library and information science community will merge. NFAIS (National Federation of Advanced Information Services) will become part of NISO (National Information Standards Organization). Discussions regarding the possibility of NFAIS and NISO joining forces beginning in the summer of 2018 have progressed and culminated in a decision to go forward, and ultimately in approval by the organizations' respective boards. The merger, still contingent on approval by the NFAIS membership, was announced in February 2019.
NISO (https://niso.org), with its office in Baltimore MD, is the primary standards organization for libraries and related organizations in the United States and is the representative organization for international standards. Some of the key stakeholders in NISO initiatives include libraries, educational institutions, publishers, content aggregators, and organizations developing technology products for these communities.
NFAIS is a non-profit trade association representing organizations in the global information community that publish and aggregate scholarly content. Its members include forprofit commercial vendors, non-profits, and governmental organizations. The organization sponsors an annual conference, convenes webinars and other educational programs, bestows industry awards, and engages in advocacy on behalf of its membership.
Todd Carpenter, Executive Director of NISO, will continue to lead the organization as it assumes responsibility for NFAIS activities.