Baltimore, MD -- October 3, 2022. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is pleased to announce that Keondra Bailey joined the organization today in the newly-created role of Assistant Standards Program Manager. In this role Keondra will assist NISO's active program of standards development through volunteer working groups, providing those groups with greater organizational, logistical, and promotional support. In this way, she will help further NISO's mission of developing relevant and timely guidance on industry best practice.
Keondra has an MLS with a concentration in Digital Libraries from North Carolina Central University, and she joins NISO with experience of working at both academic libraries and publishers, two of NISO's core communities, positioning her well for her new position. She joins NISO from Duke University Press, where she worked as the Digital Access Specialist, providing technical assistance to troubleshoot a wide range of complex electronic resources issues involving user authentication, co-access, and usage statistics. She also served as her team's representative on the Project Euclid platform migration initiative and took the lead in organizing process documentation.
Keondra is an active member of several professional organizations, having served as Member-at-Large on the NASIG Executive Board from 2019-22, acting as board liaison to the Standards and Bylaws Committees. She is currently a member of the NASIG Standards and Program Planning Committees, and also serves on the Society for Scholarly Publishing's Annual Meeting Program Committee.
"I am delighted and honored to join NISO," said Keondra. "This is an especially interesting time to join, in light of NISO's recently awarded IMLS grant for the Collaborative Collections Lifecycle Project (CCLP), the OSTP guidance on federally funded research, and new frontiers for the information industry in open access and cybersecurity. It takes a momentous amount of time and effort to bring together a community of people dedicated to building the standards and best practices that make the information world operate. I am happy to join the NISO team and play a part in helping the organization achieve its goals."
"We are excited to welcome Keondra to the NISO team," added Todd Carpenter, NISO's Executive Director. "Her experience and expertise will be invaluable in helping us grow and develop our standards program to meet the needs of the information community around the world. Please join me in welcoming her to her new role."
Based in Baltimore, MD, NISO's mission is to build knowledge, foster discussion, and advance authoritative standards development through collaboration among the cultural, scholarly, scientific, and professional communities. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages with 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 lifecycle of information standards. NISO is a nonprofit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information, visit the NISO website (https://niso.org) or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.