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Karen Reczek (Fed)

Social Scientist

Karen Reczek is a Social Scientist within the Standards Coordination Office (SCO) at the National Institute of Standards & Technology. Karen provides strategic and tactical support to the NIST-administered, Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) and its next iteration. Karen works with high level Federal, State, Local & private sector officials to coordinate standards development to identify and support development of standard activities and programs to meet Federal needs. Karen also advises on the design and development of electronic information products, database applications and internal and external web sites, including system functionality, record and/or site design, and user interface. She is responsible for management and promotion of the “Standards Information Center” and its services, including authoring the US Compliance Guides and providing research services on standards for NIST staff.

Karen is a member of ASTM International’s E30 Forensic Science Executive Committee serving as Membership Secretary, a member of ISO Technical Committee (TC) 272 Forensic Science and the US Technical Advisory Group and a member of the Footwear and Tire Consensus Body of the Academy Standards Board (ASB). Karen serves as the NIST Ex-Officio on the Organization of Scientific Area Committee for Forensic Science (OSAC) Forensic Science Standards Board. She will be the President of the SES: The Society for Standards Professionals Board of Directors from August 2021 - August of 2023.

Previously Karen worked at Bureau Veritas as Senior Manager, Information Resources Center for 14 years and prior to that at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Scientific and Information Resources and Services.  Karen has over 22 years’ experience in standards and conformity assessment activities and research. Karen holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the State University of NY at Buffalo and a BS Double Major in Social Sciences and Humanities from Clarkson University.


2019 SES/CSA Lorne K. Wagner Memorial Award

The SES/CSA Lorne K. Wagner Memorial Award was established in 2001 to recognize a Society for Standards Professionals (SES) member who has made an outstanding contribution to SES.

2018 John Cotton Dana Award from the Special Libraries Association (SLA)

The John Cotton Dana Award is SLA’s top honor, named for SLA’s founder and first president. It is granted to an information professional to recognize a lifetime of achievement as well as exceptional service to SLA and the library and information profession.

Membership and Professional Activities

ASTM International
2018 – Present  
Membership Secretary, E30 Forensic Sciences

ISO US Technical Advisory Group / TC 272 Forensic Sciences
Jan 2017 – Present  
US Delegate

American Academy of Forensic Science Standards Board (ASB) Footwear and Tire Consensus Body
March 2021 – Present  

Organization for Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science
Oct 2014 – Present  
NIST Ex-Officio Member, Forensic Science Standards Board

SES: The Society for Standards Professionals
Aug 2021 - Present
President, Board of Directors

Women in Standards 
Jan 2020 – Present  
Vice President, Board of Directors

Special Libraries Association (SLA)
Jan 1989 – Present  
Various Leadership Positions. Currently active and have held numerous elected and appointed positions at the SLA International, Chapter and Divisional levelsincluding serving on the Board of Directors two different times.


Guidance for NIST Staff on Using Inclusive Language in Documentary Standards

Kathryn Miller, David Alderman, Lisa Carnahan, Lidong Chen, James Foti, Barbara Goldstein, Michael Hogan, Jennifer Marshall, Karen Reczek, Nathalie Rioux, Mary Theofanos, David Wollman
This document provides guidance to NIST staff regarding the use of inclusive language in documentary standards and documents which support the realization and
Created October 9, 2019, Updated August 3, 2021