Recently plans were released to merge NISO (National Information Standards Organization) and NFAIS (National Federation of Advanced Information Services) this summer. This interesting news came to us from The Scholarly Kitchen in their article, “NISO and NFAIS Announce Plans to Merge.”

The merger is contingent on NFAIS member approval and will consolidate two organizations that have a long history in the world of academia and research.

Individually and together, they united the community to work toward improved distribution of content to scholars and researchers. Their combined association has the potential to be even more effective and influential within the community that makes up the membership.

The traditional boundaries are blurring, just as those boundaries have faded in the information environment. This requires organizations of all types to be more innovative, collaborative and flexible. This combined organization should be well-positioned to support its membership to address technological and policy challenges.

Melody K. Smith

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