NASIG Statement Against Racism

NASIG is appalled by the murder of George Floyd and numerous other Black Americans. We mourn their deaths and recognize that this violence is not a one-time occurrence but is the inevitable result of systemic racism built into the institutions and culture of the United States. We support the protestors who are seeking justice and working to create a better, more equitable world, and we oppose the brutal and vicious response of the state, from local police departments to the very highest levels of our government. .

We believe that Black Lives Matter.

As an organization, we recognize that we have to actively dismantle racist systems and create in their place an equitable, diverse, inclusive world. This means amplifying the voices both within and outside of our community that speak for equal rights. It also means acknowledging the work that still needs to be done in our own organization and in our own places of work. Libraries and archives are not neutral spaces. As a whole, NASIG is largely white and must work to ensure justice and equity for BIPOC working in and being served by libraries. Everyday, we face a choice: Use our privilege to support anti-racism work, or remain complicit in our silence.

NASIG is committed to eliminating racism and pledges to support the struggle for equal rights. We are committed to fighting against injustice. And we will remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, and the numerous others who have been killed in the name of white supremacy. 

In recognition of them, NASIG is donating $500 to Black Lives Matter.

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Registration Deadline for the 35th Annual NASIG Conference Online

Registration for our first online conference has been excellent and we are looking forward to three great days of programming next week. It’s not too late to join us virtually, but we will be closing registration at 11:59pm ET on Friday, June 5, 2020 or once we reach at 2,900 attendees, whichever comes first.   

NASIG will hold the 35th Annual NASIG Conference online, June 9-11, 2020. The conference will be free to all attendees, thanks to the generous contributions of our sponsors.

The synchronous online conference will include an opening session featuring vision speaker Janetta Waterhouse, along with 14 sessions originally scheduled for the in-person conference. The full program can be found at https://nasig2020.sched.com/.

In addition to our synchronous event, many of our other presenters will be recording their talks for on-demand viewing. We will encourage discussion of these events on the NASIG website. The entire conference program will be made freely available on YouTube after the live event.

Attendees can register by Friday, June 5, 2020 for the synchronous conference here: https://forms.gle/CWP8UXrSsZsiudXX8

If you are unable to register, NASIG will be tweeting out a link to a YouTube LiveStream of the event that will be open to anyone. You can follow us @NASIG on Twitter.

The Board also wishes to thank the members of our Program Planning, Conference Planning, Continuing Education, and Communications committees, all of whom have come together to make this event happen on a very short timeline.

Thanks also to you, our members, for your continued support. We hope to see you online next week!

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NASIG 2020 Virtual Fun Run

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The NASIG 2020 Fun Run is going virtual! We may not be able to run through Spokane’s beautiful Riverfront Park, but we can still run, highlight our favorite local routes and share them online! To celebrate NASIG’s 35th year, we are running at 7:35 a.m. or 7:35 p.m. any day of the conference, June 9-11. Simply join our event on NASIG’s FaceBook page, then walk, jog, run any distance on your favorite local route. After your run share your race route and photos and include this one of a kind virtual NASIG 2020 Fun Run medal in your post! #NASIG2020funrun

NASIG 2020 Fun Run virtual medal

If you’re so inclined, please also join Librarians who Run!

 

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NASIG Call for Recorders

Hello,

NASIG is seeking conference recorders for sessions at this year’s annual conference (online) June 9-11. Recorders are asked to attend/view a specific session, take notes and then synthesize the notes into a readable, comprehensive report of the session for the Conference Proceedings. The Conference Proceedings will be published in The Serials Librarian. Recorders will work under the general direction of the Proceedings Editors.

If you are able to write clear, organized prose, and submit a report by July 31st, please consider this opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the profession and to NASIG. To apply, please fill out this application form

The application will require:

  • Your contact information
  • Whether you have previously served as a recorder for the NASIG Proceedings and the year(s)
  • A link to a writing sample. The writing sample can be on any topic; it does not have to be related to librarianship.

Application Deadline: May 27th

Thanks, Paul Moeller
Proceedings Production Editor

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NASIG Student Mentoring Program – Call for Mentees

NASIG Student Mentoring Program

ATTENTION: NASIG STUDENT MEMBERS

  • Are you looking for an opportunity to get some first-hand information about working in the library field?
  • Would you like to interact one-on-one with an experienced library professional on topics such as professional development, research and publication, and job searching?
  • Are you interested in getting more involved with NASIG?

If your answer to any of these questions is YES, please consider applying to be a member of the 2020/2021 group of NASIG student mentees. This program is designed to provide a yearlong opportunity for networking and professional development between NASIG regular members and our student members. The sponsors of the program are the NASIG Mentoring and Student Outreach Committee.

Any current NASIG student member is eligible to participate (student membership is free). For more information and to apply to be a mentee, see the NASIG Student Mentoring Program page.

Contact daniellenasig@gmail.com for questions.

The deadline for applications is extended to June 15, 2020

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NASIG Call for Mentors

The Mentoring and Student Outreach Committee is calling for NASIG members to volunteer to mentor a student or new to the professional librarian for 2020/2021.

This program is designed to provide a yearlong opportunity for networking and professional development between NASIG regular members and our student members or new professionals.

Any current NASIG member is eligible to participate. See more information and apply to be a mentor on the NASIG Student Mentoring Program page.

Contact daniellenasig@gmail.com for questions.

The deadline for applications has been extended to June 15, 2020

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Congratulations to the 2020 NASIG Award Winners!

The NASIG Awards & Recognition committee is pleased to announce the 2020 award winners.

Due to the conference’s cancellation the winners will be honored at NASIG 2021.

Congratulations!

Birdie MacLennan Award:
Greg Yorba (California State University, Fullerton)

Capstone Award:
Karen Davidson (Mississippi State University)

Diversity & Inclusion Award:
Rivkah Cooke (Indiana University, Bloomington)

First-Timer Award:
Nancy Bellafante (University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School)

Fritz Schwartz Serials Education Scholarship:
Madina Grace (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Horizon Award:
Ilda Cardenas (California State University, Fullerton)

John Riddick Student Grant:
Erin Calhoun (University of Toronto)

Mexican Student Grant Award:
Omar Alejandro Yañez Sandoval (Universidad de Guadalajara, Sistema de Universidad Virtual)

Paraprofessional Specialist Award:
Rebecca Jo Jude (University of Kentucky)

Rose Robischon Scholarship:
Drew Balduff (University of Findlay)

Marcia Tuttle International Grant:
Mantra Roy (San Jose State University)

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Announcing the 35th Annual NASIG Conference Online

The NASIG Executive Board is pleased to announce that we will hold the 35th Annual NASIG Conference online, June 9-11, 2020. We are even more pleased to announce that the conference will be free to all attendees, thanks to the generous contributions of our sponsors.

The synchronous online conference will include an opening session featuring vision speaker Janetta Waterhouse, along with 14 sessions originally scheduled for the in-person conference. The full program can be found at https://nasig2020.sched.com/.

In addition to our synchronous event, many of our other presenters will be recording their talks for on-demand viewing. We will encourage discussion of these events on the NASIG blog. The entire conference program will be made freely available on YouTube after the live event.

Attendees can register for the synchronous conference here: https://forms.gle/CWP8UXrSsZsiudXX8

The Board also wishes to thank the members of our Program Planning, Conference Planning, Continuing Education, and Communications committees, all of whom have come together to make this event happen on a very short timeline.

Thanks also to you, our members, for your continued support. We hope to see you online in June!

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Accelerating print-to-digital and the need for Digital Preservation

Disruption in the global supply chain due to COVID-19 has led some publishers to reduce or temporarily put a hold on the production of print journals. Both physical delivery and the ability to hold stock of print publications are affected by shelter-in-place requirements. Librarians may be shifting from print book purchases to eBook purchases due to disruptions in the print supply chain and the need for digital access for students and researchers..

Whether these changes in policy or approach continue or are expanded further beyond the end of current measures related to the pandemic remains to be seen. Publishers who have previously reduced or eliminated their print journals may have advice to offer publishers reconsidering their workflow processes. Libraries may also want to look at workflows around publications which they may now need or want to consume digitally, either due to practical constraints around conventional reader access to print counterparts, or their lack of availability.

The need for digital preservation for digital only publications is reinforced by these current and perhaps ongoing changes. Digital Preservation organizations may wish to expand their educational outreach efforts to reach new players who are unfamiliar with key services. Librarians should check in with providers who are ceasing print delivery to ensure that they participate in the relevant initiatives.

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NASIG Student Mentoring Program Call for Mentors

The NASIG Mentoring Committee is now accepting applications to join the mentoring program.  The program is a yearlong commitment, and connects professionals with LIS students or people new to the industry.

This mentoring program, unlike the First-Timers Mentoring Program, is not connected to the conference and will still be held throughout the year.

The goals of the program include:

  • Providing an opportunity for student members to get involved with NASIG and learn from professionals.
  • Providing an opportunity for mentors to give back and help student members grow in the field while at the same time learning from their mentees.

Participants must be NASIG members in good standing at of the start of the program, and must either attend the Mentor/Mentee orientation at the NASIG Annual Conference or be able to participate in a virtual orientation at a time to be determined.

Click here for more information and to apply to be a mentor.

The deadline for applications is: May 1, 2020

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