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ANNOUNCEMENT: NISO Board Appoints Todd Carpenter to Lead Organization

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced 
that Todd Carpenter will take over as Managing Director, 
effective September 1, 2006. Carpenter steps into NISO's 
leadership position at a time when the Board of Directors has 
begun implementing a strategic plan designed to improve 
constituency relationships, standards development, and 
operational procedures.

"NISO's new strategic plan calls for a new leader with a deep 
understanding of our members' needs as well as their existing 
practices and priorities," said Carl Grant, President and COO of 
VTLS and NISO's Board Chair. "We believe Todd has the acumen we 
need and the vision to ensure that NISO's contributions to the 
NISO community remain valuable."

Leadership in collaborative initiatives and partnerships among 
libraries and publishers has been a key aspect of Carpenter's 
career. As Director of Business Development with BioOne, a 
not-for-profit online journal aggregator, he has served the goals 
of both constituencies by enhancing the products, services and 
distribution that BioOne provides to participant publishers and 
subscribers. Among Carpenter's successes at BioOne was the 
development and execution of a multi-faceted business model 
realignment, which balances library fiscal constraints with 
publisher's revenue needs as institutions transition from print 
to electronic subscription models.

Previously, Carpenter was at the Johns Hopkins University Press, 
where he directed the marketing of their 60 academic journals and 
was closely involved in the growth of Project MUSE, JHUP's online 
aggregation of humanities and social science journals. He also 
held marketing and business development positions at the Energy 
Intelligence Group, a news service covering the oil and natural 
gas industries, and the Haworth Press, an academic and 
professional publisher. He is a graduate of Syracuse University, 
earned a masters degree in marketing from The Johns Hopkins 
University, and is an active member of the Society for Scholarly 

"This is an incredible opportunity at a key juncture in NISO's 
evolution," said Carpenter. "Standards development is the single 
best example of where cooperation serves the interests of the 
library, publishers, and technical-provider communities. I am 
excited about implementing NISO's strategic plan, which is 
focused on improving the efficiency of information standards 
development, expanding the scope of NISO's services, and 
enhancing involvement of each of NISO's key constituencies."

Cynthia Hodgson
National Information Standards Organization
Email: chodgson@niso.org
Phone: 301-654-2512