NASIG Announces Conference Rates for 2018

NASIG is pleased to announce registration rates for our 33rd annual conference in Atlanta, GA from 8-11 June 2018. As a non-profit entity, we work very hard to ensure attendees get as much value as possible out of our events, so we are particularly pleased that the regular conference registration rates for 2018 are unchanged from the previous two years. In addition, we’ve negotiated a very competitive room rate at the conference hotel (the Grand Hyatt Atlanta – Buckhead) of $149 per night.

The NASIG Board made these decisions based upon your feedback about concerns for rising conference costs that limit participation. We are also investigating options for offering access to online session recordings for a reasonable additional fee. Stay tuned for a separate announcement on that topic to come.

Our annual conferences present significant cost savings in comparison to peer events while also continuing to provide the top notch conference programming and networking events that we’ve always been known for. (See our previously announced lineup of #nasig18 vision speakers and preconferences.)

We hope this advanced notice will help you make a more informed decision about conference plans for next year. Note that conference registration will officially open in late January or early February. Additional questions can be directed to

Early Bird

Full Conference Registration – Members  $385
Full Conference Registration – Non-members  $500
Full Conference Registration – Students & Paraprofessionals  $100


Full Conference Registration – Members  $435
Full Conference Registration – Non-members  $550
Full Conference Registration – Students & Paraprofessionals  $150


On-site Full Conference Registration – Members  $460
On-site Full Conference Registration – Non-members  $575

1-Day Registration

1-Day Conference Registration – Member & Non-member  $250
1-Day Conference Registration – Students & Paraprofessionals  $125


1/2-Day – Member & Non-member  $100
1-Day – Member & Non-member  $200

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Apply now for the 2018 John Merriman Joint NASIG/UKSG Award!


Win a fully funded trip to the USA or the UK!

Enter our joint NASIG/UKSG competition to attend the premier conference for the scholarly information community on the other side of the Atlantic – the NASIG Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA, 8-11 June 2018 and the UKSG Annual Conference in Glasgow, 9-11 April 2018.

NASIG and UKSG are offering two lucky members, one from NASIG and one from UKSG, the chance to attend each other’s annual conference.  The award is intended to cover travel and accommodation costs and each award recipient will also receive paid conference registration (which includes most meals).  Named in honour of John Merriman, in recognition of his work in founding both UKSG and NASIG, it provides an invaluable opportunity for people to learn and share experiences.

The UK award winner will be supported by the generous sponsorship of Taylor & Francis Group for the US trip and will in addition receive full financial support from UKSG to attend the UKSG conference.

Last year’s UK winner said:

“I was delighted to win the John Merriman Award that enabled me to attend NASIG 2017 in Indianapolis.  The conference was very well organised with a good variety of sessions.  I was able to network with many library colleagues in America and found this very beneficial.  At the concurrent sessions I shared my knowledge and experience about approaches to open access promotion in my University with colleagues who are in the process of setting up their institutional repositories.  In return I gained knowledge about recent cataloguing developments and was introduced to the concept of open educational resources, something we do not currently focus on at my institution.  The social activities at the conference were excellent.  I enjoyed my evening at the Indy Car Factory where I got the chance to ride in an Indy Car.  I also attended a baseball match and enjoyed the atmosphere very much.” Eimear Evans, Institutional Repository Officer, McClay Library, Queen’s University Belfast


The award is open to members of NASIG and UKSG with one recipient being chosen from each organisation.  Applicants should be in a role within a Library or Information Service with responsibility for managing online resources or in direct contact with library users, supporting them in the use of online resources.  Current Board members and Officers of NASIG and UKSG are not eligible to apply.


All applicants must supply the following materials which should be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word documents:

  • A completed application form from the applicant including a short written piece (250-400 words) on the topic of ‘What is the biggest challenge facing you in your current job and how, in an ideal world, would you address it?’

  • A reference questionnaire from the applicant’s line manager.

Application forms and reference questionnaires are available through the NASIG AWARDS Page at and the UKSG website at

For NASIG members (applying to attend the UKSG conference in Glasgow) application forms and reference questionnaires should be sent by Friday 26 January 2018 to:

Del Williams
Chair, NASIG Awards and Recognition Committee

Tel.: +1 (818) 677 7176

For UKSG members (applying to attend the NASIG conference in Atlanta, GA) application forms and reference questionnaires should be sent by Friday 9 February 2018 to:

Anna Grigson
Chair, UKSG Education and Events Subcommittee

Applications emailed after the respective closing dates will not be considered. Applications will be judged on evidence of awareness of issues in the wider scholarly communication world and a clear statement of aims and objectives for attending the conference.  English is the designated language.

NB: The successful UKSG recipient of the award agrees to work with UKSG to convert their entry into an editorial for UKSG eNews.  The successful NASIG recipient will be required to write an article about their conference experiences for the NASIG Newsletter.

UKSG, set up in 1978, has a mission to connect the information community and encourage the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication.  Established in 1985, NASIG is an independent organisation that promotes communication, information and continuing education about serials and the broader issues of scholarly communication.

Anna Grigson

Chair, UKSG Education & Events Subcommittee

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NASIG Proposed Bylaws Changes – Spring 2018 Ballot

We are asking the NASIG membership to vote on the proposed changes to the bylaws.

In accordance with the bylaws, a thirty-day comment period was held from November 21 to December 21, 2017. All comments received were positive. The online ballot period will run from January 16, 2018 to February 7, 2018.

Please login at and you will be prompted to vote on the proposed Bylaws changes.

Contact Kate Seago ( with any questions.

Thank you,
NASIG Bylaws Committee

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December 2017 issue of the NASIG Newsletter

Just in time for the winter break, the December 2017 issue of the NASIG Newsletter is now available.  This issue features:

  • Updates about the 2018 conference, including more fun facts about Atlanta (the site of our next conference)
  • Profiles of Eugenia Beh, NASIG’s Publicist and E-Resources Librarian at MIT, and Shannon (Regan) Keller, Chair of NASIG’s Digital Preservation Task Force and Acquisitions Coordinator of E-Resources & Serials at NYPL
  • Columns about you, dear reader, including updates on new members, promotions, and titles changes
  • And more!

Check out the full issue here:

Kate B. Moore
NASIG Newsletter, Editor-in-Chief

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Sponsorship Opportunities for NASIG 2018

NASIG is looking for a few good sponsors! Thanks to the generous support of such sponsors as AIP Publishing, ACS Publications, Duke University Press, EBSCO and Harrassowitz, we are able to keep our regular conference registration rates the same for 2018!

NASIG offers both conference tier and award sponsorships:

Conference Tier Sponsorships: $1,500-$3,000

Display of logo – includes company logo presence on conference website and screen displays in all general sessions at conference.
Reduced registration rate is available during early bird registration in the amount of $200 for either two representatives for Tier 1 OR one representative for Tier 2 for the full conference.
Vendor expo – includes participation in the conference vendor exhibition with one table and two chairs.  Electricity and/or hardwired internet have additional fees that are listed below on the order form.
Lightning talk – participation includes a reserved slot in lightning talks schedule.
Newsletter Ad – includes single interior page ad in NASIG Newsletter.
Conference Registration List – provided to Tier 1 sponsors only – includes a copy of early bird registration list prior to conference permitting a one-time use of e-mail addresses.

NASIG Award Sponsorships: $2,500-$3,500

Award sponsorships come with recognition as an award sponsor and conference tier benefits. Award descriptions can be found on the NASIG website.

Tier 1 Award Sponsorships – $3,500

1.     Fritz Schwartz Serials Education Scholarship
2.     John Merriman Joint NASIG/UKSG Award
3.     Marcia Tuttle International Award

Tier 2 Award Sponsorships – $2,500

1.     John Riddick Student Grant
2.     NASIG Conference Mexican Student Grant
3.     Rose Robischon Scholarship
4.     Paraprofessional Award
5.     First Timer’s Award
6.     Horizon Award
7.     Birdie MacLennan Award
8.     Capstone Award

For more details, see the sponsorship form. Contact the NASIG Fundraising Coordinator at for questions about becoming a NASIG sponsor.

We received a higher number of proposal submissions than usual and are looking forward to reviewing them all! Thank you to all who submitted their ideas! We look forward to an outstanding program at our 2018 conference in Atlanta from 8-10 June.

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2018 NASIG Grants, Awards, and Scholarships

NASIG is pleased to announce the beginning of the application cycle for its 2018 grants, awards, and scholarships to be awarded at the 33rd Annual Conference being held in Atlanta, GA. June 8-11, 2018.


Birdie MacLennan Award
An award for a mid-career professional, covering conference registration, three nights lodging, and travel costs within North America.

Capstone Award
A $1500 award to recognize a professional who has made significant and distinguished contributions to the field of information resource management.

First-Timer Award
An award for an information resources management professional or paraprofessional who has not attended a NASIG conference, covering costs of registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America.

Horizon Award
Award for a promising new information resources management professional, covering cost of conference registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America. Recipients will also be invited to serve on a NASIG committee.

John Merriman Joint NASIG/UKSG Award
An award for a professional within each organization to attend both the NASIG and UKSG annual conferences.

Marcia Tuttle International Grant
A $3,000 grant for an individual working in the information supply chain to fund appropriate activities in fostering international communication and education.

Mexican Student Grant
This grant serves as assistance to a Mexican student of Library Science or Information Science, who wants to learn and develop professionally in the area of serial publications.

Paraprofessional Specialist Award
Awards for promising paraprofessionals, covering cost of conference registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America.

Rose Robischon Scholarship
A scholarship awarded to an information resource management professional lacking funds for travel. The scholarship covers the cost of conference registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America.


John Riddick Student Grant
Grants for qualifying students to attend the NASIG annual conference, covering cost of registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America.

Fritz Schwartz Education Scholarship
A $3,000 scholarship and conference travel grant for a graduate student demonstrating excellence in scholarship and the potential for accomplishments in an information resource management career.

The application deadline for the awards listed above is February 9, 2018.


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2017-2021 NASIG Strategic Plan

A new NASIG Strategic Plan for 2017-2021 is now available, having been approved by the NASIG Executive Board this past summer. The Board is grateful for the hard work of members of the NASIG Strategic Plan Implementation Task Force:

Joyce Tenney, Chair
Virginia Bacon Martin
Carol Ann (Borchert) Davis
Kittie Henderson
Betsy Hughes
Steve Kelley
Angie Thorpe

The new plan grew out of a few important developments. In 2015, the NASIG Board established the Financial Planning Task Force to take a long-term view of NASIG’s finances, set benchmarks and timelines, and to establish financial goals for the next five years. Their work and recommendations fed into the next step, when October Ivins (former NASIG President (1994/95)) worked with the Board for a full day of strategic planning in early 2016. Many great ideas came out of that session, and several of them have already been implemented. The Board appointed a Strategic Plan Implementation Task Force to draft the final strategic plan for the remaining items, and we are very pleased with the result.


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