Information management in the 21st century - Meritorious Service Award winner Alison Elliott

Allison Elliot

Issue 47 – March 2013

This month we feature Meritorious Service Award winner Alison Elliott.

Alison Elliot, who is Director of Content Services for the National Library of New Zealand, recently stepped down from her role as Chair of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) technical committee 46, subcommittee 4, Information and documentation – Technical interoperability (ISO/TC 46/SC 4). During her 6 years as Chair, Alison proved to be a strong leader who was able to build consensus and guide the subcommittee through the publication of several amendments, revisions, and new Standards for cataloguing, databases, and information access.

ISO/TC 46/SC 4 develops international Standards that enable interoperability and accessibility to information and documentation. The subcommittee has direct responsibility for 25 published ISO Standards.

As Alison's colleagues noted in nominating her for last year's Meritorious Service Awards, 'Alison brings strong diplomacy to ISO/TC 46/SC 4, which involves working with delegates from 46 countries, four liaison ISO/International Electrotechnical Commission committees, and 15 external liaison organisations'.

As a professional librarian, the work of ISO/TC 46/SC 4 is familiar territory for Alison, who in her current role at the National Library is accountable for the Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa, Collaborative Services, Collection Description and Management, and the National Digital Heritage Archive.

In recent years, Alison's work includes implementing aspects of the National Library's strategy to ensure the delivery of services relevant to 21st century New Zealanders. As part of this, the National Library was reopened in late 2012 after a 3-year closure to refurbish the existing facility. Beyond the physical upgrades, the National Library ushered in several technological advances ranging from an extensive digitisation project for online users, to a social research space, to an interactive touch table that allows people to connect to the National Library's collections.

Alison will continue to serve on ISO/TC 46/SC 4 and is also the lead New Zealand participant on New Zealand and Australia's joint IT-019 Computer Applications Standards committee. With her professional experience and knowledge, Alison ensures that New Zealand has a voice in international discussions and decisions on information management Standards development.


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