Monday, October 27, 2008

EDItEUR Seeks New Director

EDItEUR, the international standards body for books and serials, announced important changes to both its management and governance structure at its meetings during the Frankfurt Book Fair Brian Green, the current Executive Director, is standing down from the post in 2009 in order to concentrate on his role as Executive Director of the International ISBN Agency, whose management is contracted to EDItEUR. EDItEUR is seeking both a new Executive Director (full or part-time) and a full time Associate Director who would be responsible for supporting the management of both the International ISBN Agency and EDItEUR. The location for these jobs is flexible.

In addition, a new management committee will be formed, consisting mainly of nominees of representative national and international trade bodies with interests in standards. This committee will work with the new Executive Director to propose new areas for standardisation and agree EDItEUR’s work plan and priorities.

“We discussed all possible options for the future of EDItEUR with the major stakeholders,” said EDItEUR’s Chairman, Friedemann Weigel of bookseller and subscription agent Otto Harrassowitz, “and there was one hundred percent agreement that the need for an international standards body for the book and journals sectors has never been greater than in the current digital environment”.

Expression of interest in the key industry roles of Director and Associate Director of EDItEUR should be made to Brian Green (, from whom further information is also available, by 14 November. The successful applicants are likely to have a background in the book or serials sectors, a commitment to the benefits of standards and excellent communication skills. In addition, basic management and business skills are important. The applicants should also be prepared to travel to conferences, seminars and book fairs.

About EDItEUR: EDItEUR is the international group coordinating development of the standards infrastructure for electronic commerce in the book and serials sectors. EDItEUR currently has 70 members from 17 countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, Russia, United States and most of the European countries.
Contact: Brian Green,

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