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Did You Know?


New York, May 30, 2008

Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the ANSI Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

ANSI to Attend SLA Conference in June
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will be attending the 2008 Special Libraries Association (SLA) Conference in Seattle, WA from June 15-18. This conference brings together information and research professionals, content managers, educators, library and information school students, and others in the industry to provide an environment for networking, communications, learning, and developmental opportunities.

Attendees who visit the ANSI booth will have the opportunity to enter an online survey with a chance of winning one of five American Express gift cards.

For more information on the SLA conference, please click here.

EPA Honors WaterSense Team for Development of Water-Saving Certification Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has honored each of the members of the WaterSense Team with gold medals for developing a certification process for water-saving consumer products. Mary McKiel, EPA standards executive, and Gordon Gillerman, conformity assessment advisor for homeland security at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), led the team in standards and conformity assessment decisions, including decisions on product labels and their verification.

The WaterSense program helps conserve water while maintaining performance on consumer products like low-flow toilets. To learn more about WaterSense, please click here.

ANSI U.S. TAG on Energy Management Earns Accreditation
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved the accreditation of the new U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO Project Committee 242, Energy management. The Georgia Tech Energy & Environmental Management Center (GTEEMC) is the appointed TAG Administrator, effective May 23, 2008.

For additional information, please contact: Ms. Deann Desai, project manager, GTEEMC (telephone: 770.605.4474; fax: 404.894.1192; deann.desai@gatech.edu).

National Alliance for Health Information Technology Releases HIT Definitions Report
Funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), a new report issued by the National Alliance for Health Information Technology (Alliance) provides definitions for key health information technology terms. The Alliance formed two work groups of experts to develop consensus definitions.

Terms defined in the report include: electronic medical record; electronic health record; personal health record; health information exchange; health information organization; and regional health information organization.

For more information, and to see the definitions, please click here.

ISO Advises Managers on Selection and Use of ISO 9000 Family of Standards
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has released an electronic version of the publication Selection and use of the ISO 9000 family of standards. This document advises managers on how to best choose and implement the standards in ISO 9000, Quality Management.

The ISO 9000 family of standards establishes effective and efficient management systems through 17 international quality management standards and guidelines.

Although the best known standard in the group is ISO 9001, Quality Management Systems - Requirements, ISO Technical Committee (TC) 176, which maintains and develops ISO 9000 standards, explains that users will receive the greatest value by “using the entire family of standards in an integrated manner.”

The ANSI-accredited U.S. TAG Administrator to TC 176 is the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

For more information, please view the ISO news item. To read the e-brochure, click here.

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