BIRMINGHAM, Ala., USA – June 25, 2008 – Oliver Pesch has been elected chair of the board of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) for the 2008-2009 term, effective July 1, 2008. As chief strategist for EBSCO Information Services, based in Birmingham, Ala., Pesch helps guide the direction of the Company’s e-resource access and management products and services initiatives.
"Having been involved with NISO for the past several years, I am honored to serve in this capacity," commented Pesch. "I look forward to helping advance the role of standards in resolving the many important issues that face our industry today."
Todd A. Carpenter, managing director of the National Information Standards Organization, said, "NISO looks forward to the leadership that Mr. Pesch will provide. He has exemplified the changes NISO is pursuing, particularly as co-chair of the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI), which under his guidance passed through the standards process in very rapid fashion. Also, Mr. Pesch has been an active participant on the NISO board of directors and is a frequent, outspoken champion of standards in e-resources management and licensing. We are grateful to Mr. Pesch, as well as EBSCO Information Services, for their contributions and support of NISO and the entire community."
A strong supporter of standards, Pesch also serves on the executive committee for Project COUNTER and is a frequent speaker and author on industry topics such as usage statistics, OpenURL and e-resource management.
About EBSCO Information Services
Partnering with a broad range of clients, including libraries and their patrons, research institutions, publishers, corporations and business communities, EBSCO Information Services is the world’s only full-service provider of information. Also known as the industry’s "e" agent, the Company offers a portfolio of services that spans the realm of print and electronic subscription access and management, research databases, and more.
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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 lifecycle of an information standard. NISO 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.