In this chapter the reader is given a short history about the evolution of the ISO organization, and a view on the goals and scope of standards and standardization and its importance for libraries.
The International Organization for Standardization was established in 1947 and it is the world’s largest standards developing organisation. There are about 160 member countries of this worldwide federation of national standardisation bodies and more than 18,000 International Standards have been published. The ongoing activities of the ISO are framed by its Strategic Plan 2005–2010. Under the slogan ‘standards for a sustainable world’, it sets out seven key objectives ...