Librarian Jason W. Dean Selected to Serve on International Standards Working Group
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Assistant librarian Jason W. Dean has been selected to serve on a working group for the International Organization for Standardization.
The International Organization for Standardization was formed in Geneva in 1947 and develops and promotes worldwide proprietary, industrial and commercial standards. Standardization ensures safety, sustainability, quality and improved trade relations in a globalized world. Partnerships include the United Nations and the World Trade Organization in addition to 156 national bodies and 580 organizations in liaison.
Dean’s working group will revise the cataloging standard that establishes the specifications for the International Standard Book Number, which is used to classify and identify books published around the world. The ISBN system was approved in 1970 before the creation of electronic books. As a result, print and electronic versions of the same publication – for example The Hunger Games – have different ISBN numbers, which causes some confusion.
The working group will examine the current state of the ISBN and its use for electronic books and will work with the executive director of the International ISBN Agency to create revisions to the standard to eliminate the problem. Dean will work with 25 representatives from 11 different countries. Representatives include librarians, booksellers, publishers and international information organizations.
“I am honored and excited to be a part of this this international group,” said Dean. “The ISBN itself is one of the foundations of technical services work in libraries, and to work toward improving it is a tremendous honor and responsibility.”
Jennifer Rae Hartman, public relations coordinator
Five students from across the state of Arkansas receive University of Arkansas’ oldest and most prestigious fellowship, worth $70,000.
A search committee has been appointed to seek new School of Law leader after Stacy Leeds, who has served as dean since 2011, steps down while continuing her role in economic development.
Consuelo Lollobrigida, faculty member at the U of A Rome Center and adjunct professor for Fulbright College, has published a book about Italian artist and architect Plautilla Bricci.
Benjamin Runkle, professor of biological and agricultural engineering, received a 3-year, $330,000 grant from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Third-year law students Leland Ferguson and Bryan Foster were the winners of the 2017 William H. Sutton Barristers' Union Trial Competition.