2022 Conference Survey Report

The 37th Annual NASIG Conference was both in-person and online after two years of virtual only conferences. Due to continuing but reduced COVID-19 health concerns, the NASIG Board decided to offer the conference in both formats. The Program Planning Committee made an optional messaging channel available on the Discord platform to provide additional opportunities for attendees to interact.  The hybrid conference took place over four days and included an opening session, a vision session, a vision panel, 25 live and recorded sessions, two vendor lightning sessions, and six virtual only sessions. Other online events included a ramble, an evening social, a crafters-makers-artists virtual gathering, and a first-timers reception. Out of 331 attendees, 105 submitted conference survey responses. Survey respondents could enter to win a $50 gift card. The winner of this year’s gift card was Christine Radcliff at Texas A&M Kingsville. 

Respondent Demographics

NASIG members had the highest response rate (58% or 61 respondents). Similarly, to previous surveys, the majority of respondents (71% or 75 respondents) were academic library employees. 69% of respondents had at least 11 years or more of professional experience, suggesting that NASIG has the opportunity to expand outreach efforts to professionals that are earlier in their career. 

Respondents were asked to “describe your work” using 29 keyword checkboxes (including “other”). They could check more than one answer. The top five responses were: 

  1. Electronic Resources (55%)
  2. Acquisitions (42%)
  3. Serials (35%)
  4. Catalog/Metadata (33%)
  5. Collection Development (25%)

Overall Conference Rating

Respondents were asked to give ratings on a Likert scale of one to five, with five being the highest. The overall 2022 conference rating was 4.13, which is a decrease from previous years. It is possible this decrease may be partially attributed to fatigue of online meetings and conferences or because of higher expectations for online conferences and overall dissatisfaction with collaborative options. 

The balance and variety of sessions received a 4.08 which was an increase from last year. 

The ease of use of Sched was rated 4.23, which was almost the same as last year.

The usefulness of Discord channels was parsed out a little more this year and rated 1.96 for social interactions, 2.66 for discussion sessions, and 3.04 for finding information about the conference.

Opening and Vision Sessions

The 2022 conference included an opening session and a vision session. The Opening session, which was live only, was attended by 41 people out of the 105 that took the survey and the 25 comments were all positive. The local speaker at the Opening session also received mostly positive comments out of 29 total. The Vision session was both live and available synchronously online. Respondents were asked to indicate their agreement with statements based on a Likert five point scale with five being the highest. 68 respondents answered for the Vision session, giving an overall 4.58 rating that the keynote session was valuable. There were 21 comments, the majority which were positive. 

Hybrid Sessions

NASIG 2022 offered 25 live sessions which were also pre-recorded and two live vendor lightning sessions. Respondents were asked to indicate their agreement with statements based on a five point scale. The majority of respondents rated the hybrid sessions at a 4 or higher. The sponsor lightning talks were rated on a 5-point Likert scale of one to five, with five being the highest. Monday’s lightning talks were rated 4.42 and Tuesday’s lighting talks were rated 4.38.

Panel Session

NASIG 2022 hosted the vision panel “Progress, Not Perfection: DEI Work within Information Organizations” presented by Ilda Cardenas, Dr. Kawanna Bright, Sarah Dupont, and Maha Kumaran. Respondents were asked to indicate their agreement with statements based on a Likert five point scale with five being the highest. 44 respondents answered and rated the session as valuable with a score of 4.51. Respondents rated the presenters as knowledgeable, organized, and easy to understand at a score of 4.53.

Virtual Only Sessions

NASIG 2022 offered 6 online only sessions, not including one informal session. 96 respondents answered this question with 35.42%, or 34 of those respondents, indicating that they had watched some of the sessions. Most of these sessions had few if any comments.

Future Conferences

The survey requested that respondents rate their likelihood to attend the 2023 NASIG Conference on a Likert scale of one to five with one indicating not at all likely and five indicating very likely. 95 people responded to the question. Of those, 22 respondents indicated they were very likely to attend, 18 indicated they were likely to attend, and 24 responded with a rating of 3 that they were somewhat likely to attend. For those not likely to attend in-person, the highest indicated reason provided was no professional development funds, and the second highest reason was that they plan to attend a different conference, which could also indicate limited travel funds.

The survey requested responses on what future topics attendees are most interested in based on a Likert scale of one to five with five being the highest. The top five rated topics from 93 respondents include: 

  • Issues related to electronic serials (4.15)
  • Open Access (3.99)
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (3.95)
  • Collection Development (3.90)
  • Technology (3.87)

Report by 2022 Evaluation and Assessment Committee: Victoria Koger (chair), Kevin Balster, Elizabeth Derouchie, Brad Hanley, Jessica Harris, Bonnie Thornton, Madeline Kelly

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Recording of NASIG 2022 Vision Session by Sarah Lamdan

A highlight of last month’s #NASIG2022 was a vision session presented by Sarah Lamdan on “What Does the Transition from Publishing to Data Analytics Mean for Libraries?”

Lamdan, a professor at CUNY School of Law and a librarian, focuses her research on information law and policy across the spectrum from open government to personal privacy. More recently, Professor Lamdan testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee as part of a hearing on “Digital Dragnets: Examining the Government’s Access to Your Personal Data.”

NASIG is pleased to offer this free recording on our YouTube channel, and we hope you take the time to watch Professor Lamdan’s thought-provoking presentation, followed by audience Q&A.

Recordings of other #NASIG2022 sessions will be made available at a later date.

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NASIG and SSP Agree to Collaborate

NASIG is pleased to announce that with NASIG Board approval, President Dana Sinclair recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) to become an affiliated organization. Our collaboration with SSP is only the latest of many we have established over the years, as prominently noted on our homepage.

One aspect of this agreement is that NASIG members are now able to enjoy a discounted rate on SSP’s webinars, thereby enhancing the value of annual membership. There is a reciprocal discount on NASIG webinars for SSP members.

Shared work is vital for addressing important issues facing libraries, publishers, and other stakeholders in the information community. NASIG is excited about what lies ahead in our collaboration with SSP and other partners!

If you have questions about this arrangement, or would be interested in similarly collaborating with NASIG, please email info@nasig.org.

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C4DISC News

The Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications is one of NASIG’s partner organizations. Its mission is to work with organizations and individuals to build equity,
inclusion, diversity, and accessibility in scholarly communications.

To learn more about C4DISC and its activities, visit C4DISC website and read its most recent June newsletter.

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Announcing the NASIG Model Digital Preservation Policy

NASIG’s Digital Preservation Committee is pleased to announce publication of the NASIG Model Digital Preservation Policy, an important new tool designed to help you measure, grow, and publicize your organization’s commitment to preserving its scholarship. It includes advice on identifying and taking first steps, more advanced options and activities, and opportunities to share and refine professional experiences. Developed in informal collaboration with the Library Publishing Coalition and the Society for Scholarly Publishing, the model policy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

“This is a fantastic resource for any organization or institution that wishes to preserve the valuable digital content in its collections,” said Ted Westervelt, Past President of NASIG, “and a great example of collaboration between NASIG and its colleagues within the wider information community.”

Jennifer Regala from the American Urological Association said, “Developing a preservation policy is so important for publishers of all kinds. This model policy is the first of its kind. Written with publishers in mind, it is a valuable, accessible tool developed by library preservation experts and library/society/university presses. I applaud NASIG’s leadership in bringing diverse stakeholders together to collaborate in this fruitful way.”

With publication of the model policy, NASIG continues to deliver on its strategic vision of supporting development of information and tools that benefit the scholarly information community. The NASIG Model Digital Preservation Policy complements other publications including its well-regarded Core Competencies for Scholarly Communication Librarians, Core Competencies for Electronic Resources Librarians, and Core Competencies for Print Serials Management.

NASIG is an independent, non-profit organization working to advance and transform the management of information resources. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate and improve the distribution, acquisition, and long-term accessibility of information resources in all formats and business models.

Questions about the policy can be emailed to info@nasig.org.

(Featured photo by infocus Technologies via Flickr.)

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Looking Ahead to NASIG 2023

We are thankful for the feedback we’ve received so far about #NASIG2022. If you attended and haven’t done so yet, please fill out our conference online evaluation survey soon (deadline: 29 June). You’ll also be given the opportunity to enroll in a drawing for a $50 gift card!

Although the dust has barely settled on last week’s event, we are already actively planning for #NASIG2023, which will be held 22-25 May in Pittsburgh, PA at the fabulous Omni William Penn Hotel. (This is the same hotel we used for our annual conference in 2019.)

If you are thinking about or planning for professional development activities for the next year, please consider penciling in our event. Vendor colleagues: we hope you will also consider supporting our event through your valued sponsorship (see https://www.nasig.org/Contact for more details and a sponsorship form).

A formal call for presentation proposals will be sent out sometime this Fall. In the meantime, questions can be sent to info@nasig.org. We hope to see you there!

(Featured photo taken by Matthew Paulson and used under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.)

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NASIG 2022, Day 3

All good things come to an end, or so it is often said. This is true of #NASIG2022. We enjoyed a final day of great sessions for in-person and virtual attendees on topics such as:

Significant NASIG transitions also occurred today. Congratulations to outgoing President, Ted Westervelt, as you “retire” to the Past President role! And best wishes to incoming President, Dana Sinclair! Thank you to outgoing Board members (Betsy Appleton, Past President; Cris Ferguson, Treasurer; and Member-at-Large Keondra Bailey) and committee members whose terms have now concluded. Welcome to incoming Vice-President/President-Elect, Courtney McAllister, as well.

Planning and discussions for next year’s event in Pittsburgh, PA on 22-25 May are already well underway; stay tuned for more details in coming months. As we talk to sites/hotels when exploring future potential venues for NASIG annual conferences, local event planning people express amazement that we do this with all volunteer effort. We are so grateful for the many volunteers who make a conference like this possible, especially those on this year’s PPC and CPC. THANK YOU! It is a real feat to pull off a hybrid conference as there are so many more moving pieces than either a completely virtual event, or an in-person one. And to do that while coping with a pandemic makes it even more challenging. Please give us feedback — we closely pay attention to that.

As previously announced, we are excited that proceedings from this conference and future ones to come will be published fully Open Access thanks to partnership with Michigan Publishing. We are so pleased by everyone’s enthusiastic support and engagement during our event. And again, we are also deeply grateful for strong financial support from vendor colleagues.

Stay safe and bon voyage. We hope to see you all again next year at the fabulous Omni William Penn!

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NASIG 2022, Day 2

At the close of our second full day of #NASIG2022, there is a lot to reflect on. This is what a great conference is all about, right? In-person attendees will soon go out to continue to enjoy the local Baltimore cuisine, followed by the Evening Social, so the day isn’t quite over yet.

Today started off on the right foot (joke) with our traditional NASIG Ramble. Those who enjoy a brisk walk or run gathered for a time of exploration and camaraderie by Baltimore’s famed Mr. Trash Wheel in the harbor. They took in wonderful views of the harbor and Federal Hill along the way.

This was followed by a plethora of interesting and varied program sessions on topics such as:

One of the big features of the day was our Town Hall at which in-person attendees were able to engage in a lively discussion on NASIG’s newest draft Strategic Plan, Q&A about our finances, the conference, and more. We plan to hold an online Members Forum via Zoom in the near future, as well. Another feature was part 2 of Vendor Lightning Talks and a virtual social for NASIG crafters, makers, and artists. Quite an interesting time!

It wasn’t all hard work. We also enjoyed another day of wonderful food and fellowship.

Tomorrow is another action-packed day; don’t forget to refer to the online conference schedule for lots of helpful information including links to pre-recorded sessions, session presentations, and more. We are grateful for everyone’s enthusiasm and for joining us (even if only virtually) to learn and grow together.

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NASIG 2022, Day 1

Today has been a whirlwind time of getting together for the first full day of stimulating conference sessions. Those fortunate enough to attend in-person not only enjoyed the programming, but also the amenities at the beautiful Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood, including an opportunity to snack on crab dip and crab cookies.

Although virtual attendees missed out on the snacks, both virtual and in-person attendees were once again able to interact, discuss, debate, and share information with one another on conference sessions and mutual interests via NASIG’s dedicated Discord server.

Sarah Lamdan’s (CUNY School of Law) thought-provoking presentation on implications of data analytics for publishing and libraries got things off with a bang!

This was followed by an engaging mix of Concurrent (generally, in-person only) and Hybrid (in-person and pre-recorded) sessions on a wide variety of relevant issues such as NASIG’s new Model Digital Preservation Policy, federated authentication, link resolver troubleshooting, serials cataloging, bibliodiversity, collection analysis for serials, predatory publishing, and many others. We also saw part 1 of Vendor Lightning Talks as well as Spotlight Sessions. Be sure to check out the online conference schedule for links to presentation slides and more detail.

Many attendees are now enjoying an evening meal with dine-arounds with their fellow attendees. A dine-around is a cherished NASIG tradition where we get to sample local restaurants and their culinary offerings together with other attendees. Given the location of this year’s event, no doubt there is an emphasis on fresh seafood.

If you are attending, be sure to make use of NASIG’s Discord server. Don’t forget to follow NASIG on its various social media channels including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. Search for posts with the tag #NASIG2022. And check out a growing collection of conference photos on Instagram or follow NASIG on Instagram, too.

Finally, if you see or know someone from NASIG’s Conference Planning (CPC) and/or Program Planning (PPC) committees, please take a moment to thank them for their hard work.

We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization and these people have devoted many months of effort and time to make NASIG 2022 possible. Also be sure to thank our conference sponsors for their wonderful support. Without the tireless efforts and commitment of so many, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy this great event.

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OCLC – NASIG Conference Sponsor

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