2018 Call for Proposals – Transforming the Information Community

NASIG 33rd Annual Conference

Transforming the Information Community

June 8 to 11, 2018

Atlanta, GA

Publishers, vendors, librarians, and others in the fields of electronic resources, serials, library publishing and scholarly communication are encouraged to submit proposals relating to scholarly communication, publishing, resource acquisition, management, and discovery. Proposals based on emerging trends, case studies, and descriptive and experimental research findings are encouraged.  Proposals reflecting the conference theme will be especially valued.

As we have in recent years, the PPC specifically welcomes programs focusing on the Core Competencies that the NASIG Core Competency Task Forces developed for Electronic Resources Librarians, Print Serials Management, and Scholarly Communication Librarians. Please refer to the Core Competencies.

Program topics inspired by the Core Competencies include:

  • Electronic resource life cycle and management
  • Collection analysis and development
  • Standards and systems of cataloging and classification, metadata, and indexing
  • Licensing and legal framework
  • Standards, initiatives, and best practices
  • Personal qualities of electronic and/or print serials resources librarians as defined in the NASIG Core Competencies for Electronic Resources Librarians and Print Serials Management.
  • Scholarly communication (copyright, institutional repositories, publishing, data management)
  • Life cycle of print serials
  • Workflow of print resources
  • Effective communication with those within and outside the library community
  • Supervision and management of staff working in areas included in the core competencies
  • Management of projects related to electronic and/or print resources or scholarly communication

Please use the online form to submit a proposal or program or idea. This Call for Proposals opens on September 18, 2017 and will close on November 15, 2017.

Please note the following:

  • The PPC welcomes proposals that are still in the formative stages, and may work with potential presenters to focus their proposals further.
  • Proposals should name any particular products or services that are integral to the content of the presentation. However, as a matter of NASIG policy, programs should not be used as a venue to promote or attack any product, service, or institution.
  • Time management issues generally limit each session to one to three speakers for conference sessions. Panels of four (4) or more speakers are discouraged and must be discussed in advance with the Program Planning Committee (prog-plan@nasig.org)
  • Please refer to the NASIG reimbursement policy for reimbursement of speaker expenses.
  • All session speakers must complete a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prior to speaking at the conference.
  • All speakers must honor NASIG’s Code of Conduct.
  • NASIG may provide online live streaming of presentation sessions, and all speakers will be required to give NASIG the right to stream this content.

Inquiries may be sent to PPC at: prog-plan@nasig.org

Don’t forget to check out our Vision Speakers and confirmed pre-conference presenters and topics!

We look forward to a great conference in Atlanta!

Violeta Ilik and Maria Collins
NASIG PPC Chair and Vice-Chair

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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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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 info@nasig.org.

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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NASIG Executive Board: Call for Nominations

The Nominations & Elections Committee invites nominations for Vice-President/President-Elect, Secretary, and three Member-At-Large Board positions. Information on each office is found under the Officers and Executive Board Job Descriptions.

If you have someone in mind who would be great for a NASIG office, including yourself (self-nominations welcome), please complete the nomination form.

**** The deadline for nominations is Monday, November 6, 2017. ****

You may submit multiple nominations for one office by submitting separate forms. If you have trouble with the online form , please send nominations to Erika Ripley (N&E Chair, eripley@unc.edu). All active NASIG members are eligible for nomination except current members of the Nominations & Elections Committee.

Please contact the Nominations & Elections Committee chairs if you have any questions: Erika Ripley eripley@unc.edu or Stephanie Adams sjadams@tntech.edu

Many thanks for your participation! 


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Recordings for archived webinars now available

Recordings for the following webinars are now available.

1. COUNTER Release 5 Free Webinar
Monday, July 17, 2017
Link to recording.

2. NASIG 2017 First Timers Lightning Q&A Session
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Link to recording.

3. ER Sleuths are on the Case: Best Practices for e-resource Acquisitions
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Link to recording.

4. An Introduction to COUNTER usage reports for Librarians-20161020 1700-1
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Link to recording.

6. Troubleshooting Electronic Resources with ILL Data-20160218 1800-1
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Link to recording.

7. Planning for the Budget-ocalypse: The Evolution of a Serials/ER Cancellation Methodology-20150420 1801-1
Monday, April 20, 2015
Link to recording.

8. The Electronic Resource Librarian’s Role in Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communications
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Link to recording.

9. DIY E-Resources Management: Basics of Information Architecture
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Link to recording.

12. Scholar Commons @ USF: Sharing Knowledge Worldwide
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Link to recording.

13. Working Outside of the Library: “With Google you are not limited. You have as much as you can pull up
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Link to recording.

14. From scratch: Designing serials and e-resources tools for Kuali OLE
Friday, February 22, 2013
Link to recording.

15. Publisher Metadata in Library Systems and How It Helps the User
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Link to recording.

16. Effective Negotiation in the 21st Century: From Computer-Mediated Communication to Playing Hardball
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Link to recording.

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November NASIG Webinar: Tracking Down the Problem: The Development of a Web-Scale Discovery Troubleshooting Workflow

Title: Tracking Down the Problem: The Development of a Web-Scale Discovery Troubleshooting Workflow
Date: November 16, 2017
Time: 1pm Eastern Time


When the University of North Texas Libraries first implemented Summon as their web-scale discovery service, the staff encountered many anecdotal reports of problems with the service, but often were unable to replicate the issues themselves due to lack of concrete details. With the complexity involved with diagnosing problems, most patrons were unable to provide the level of detail needed to determine what the root cause of an issue might be. Realizing that they needed a more effective way to gather information about these phantom problems, in 2013 they added an error reporting link to their results pages which harvested metadata about specific citations and links, enabling them to begin effectively troubleshooting the errors. Since that time, they have received over 7,000 error reports for review and have developed their workflows to resolve these issues as best they can with limited staff time. This presentation will walk through the basic troubleshooting workflows, provide a breakdown of the types of errors encountered, and share some analysis of the most frequently encountered errors and their causes.

Registration link: http://www.nasig.org/site_event_detail.cfm?pk_association_event=15496

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Pre-conference Presenters and Topics Announced for the 2018 NASIG Annual Conference

The NASIG Program Planning Committee is pleased to announce the following pre-conference workshop presenters and topics (dates and times TBD):

  • Linked DataAmber Billey and Robert Rendall (Columbia University)
  • MarcEdit – Terry Reese (Ohio State University)
  • Serials Cataloging (CONSER) Steve Shadle (University of Washington)
  • EZproxy Hank Sway (OCLC)

The 2018 NASIG Annual Conference will be held in Atlanta, GA from Friday June 8 – Monday June 11, 2018, with pre-conference workshops on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning prior to the conference opening.

The call for proposals for NASIG’s 33rd Annual Conference is open! Please submit your proposals by November 15, 2017.

Questions may be sent to the Program Planning Committe at: prog-plan@nasig.org

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