Boston Library Consortium and NISO announce agreement

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The Boston Library Consortium (BLC) and the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) have announced an agreement to provide NISO Library Standards Alliance (LSA) membership to all BLC members until the end of 2026.

The agreement will extend full LSA membership benefits to BLC’s 25 member libraries, granting them free access to NISO’s educational webinars program, unlimited participation in NISO Working Groups and Standing Committees, and discounted registration for all non-webinar events, including the annual NISO Plus conference.

BLC also joins NISO as a Voting Member, which gives the lead consortium organisation the opportunity to influence the direction of technological advances in information management through driving standards and best practices in the information community. As a Voting Member, BLC may comment and vote on proposed standards and recommended practice projects as well as vote in NISO Board elections.

“BLC is delighted to join the NISO community,” said Charlie Barlow, BLC’s executive director. “LSA membership empowers colleagues across our entire membership network to benefit from a robust suite of professional development offerings and influence future directions in library practice.”

"I'm so pleased to welcome the Boston Library Consortium and its member libraries to NISO," added Todd Carpenter, NISO's executive director. "BLC has been a leading innovator in resource sharing, collective collection management, and preservation across its community. Many of these efforts are based upon consistent, standards-based business processes among BLC member libraries. We're looking forward to benefiting from their perspectives as we work to develop authoritative standards for the information community."

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