AVIAC, the informal trade group of library automation vendors, met on June 25th to hear a number of reports on standards development and to consider positions on issues of concern to the industry. The group learned that NISO Subcommittee LL on Circulation Systems soon will be balloting on standards for patron and transaction record formats. Another ballot on the Common Command Language (NISO Z39.58) also is scheduled for later this summer. In the area of online transmission of orders and claims to vendors, a movement away from the Z39.2 standard to X12 was reported. A vote on this matter is expected no later than January 1991.
The group voted to retain the acronym "AVIAC," but to change its name from the Automation Vendor Interface Advisory Committee to the Automation Vendor Information and Advisory Committee.
The group also voted to request that NISO develop a standard item record format because the holdings standard are not enough to accommodate multiple copy holdings, especially when multiple libraries are included in a single data base. There also was agreement to ask the MARC Office to address the issue of digitized sound (voice and music) and images stored in automated library systems. Finally, the group voted to ask NISO to determine what role it might play in assuring consistency between BISAC (book industry) and SISAC (serials industry) standards, and in assuring the involvement of the library automation industry in standards development which affects library systems.
AVIAC had expected to hear from the Library of Congress regarding MARC certification. However, the report has been delayed and will now be distributed by mail later this summer.