2020 NASIG Annual Conference Call for Proposals

NASIG is soliciting proposals for its 35th Annual Conference, to be held June 8-12, 2020, in Spokane, WA.

NASIG seeks proposals for one-hour conference sessions on topics related to scholarly communication and publishing, and the acquisition, management, and discovery of library collections. We particularly welcome proposals related to the areas defined in NASIG’s Core Competencies, including:

  • Electronic resource life cycle and management
  • Collection analysis, assessment, and development
  • Licensing and legal framework of library content
  • Standards and systems of cataloging and classification, metadata, linked data, and indexing
  • Standards, initiatives, and best practices for library content
  • Scholarly communication, including copyright, data management, and assessment and impact metrics
  • Institutional repositories, publishing, digital preservation, open educational resources, and open access
  • Life cycle and workflow of print continuing resources
  • Relationship building between libraries, vendors, publishers, standards bodies, and others involved in the information community
  • Supervision and management of staff working in areas relevant to NASIG
  • Management of projects related to electronic and/or print resources or scholarly communication
  • Initiatives and best practices in areas included in the core competencies and awareness of trends and ongoing developments in those areas
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion in relation to libraries

Each 1-hour session should include approximately 45-50 minutes of content, with time left for discussion. Presentations are selected by the Program Planning Committee based on their relevance to NASIG interests. Co-presenters are welcomed, but we ask that you limit submissions to no more than three presenters. All presenters will be asked to publish a conference report in the NASIG Proceedings, which will be published through the journal Serials Librarian. Additional information for speakers can be found on our speaker resources page.

Accepted presenters will be offered a $100 discount on the cost of registration.

Please submit all proposals using the online form at https://proposalspace.com/calls/d/1114. The submission deadline is Monday, November 18, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact the Program Planning Committee (PPC) Co-Chairs, Wendy Robertson and Megan Kilb, at prog-plan@nasig.org.

NASIG is an independent 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. Visit http://www.nasig.org/ for more information.

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NASIG Webinar: Designing for Accessibility on October 24th

NASIG Webinar: Designing for Accessibility

Date: October 24, 2019
Time: 1 PM EST
Length: 1 Hour

Registration deadline for live event: October 23, 2019

This webinar will be recorded and made available to registrants after the webinar is completed.

Late registration dates to purchase recording: October 25, 2019 – April 25, 2019.  After April 25, 2019 the recording will be made freely available.

Webinar Rates:

NASIG Members: $35
NASIG Student Members: $15
NISO Members: $35
NASIG Non-Member: $50
Group Registration: $95

NASIG Members should login for member rate.

NASIG Student Members and NISO Members will need to contact the NASIG Continuing Education Committee (cont-educ@nasig.org) prior to registering in order to receive a priority code used for getting listed rates.


From online course materials to documents and presentations, we all share some responsibility when it comes to creating accessible content. This session provides a brief introduction to designing for accessibility: the importance of accessible design and high-impact practices digital content creators can apply to create documents, images, audio, video, and web content accessible to users of all abilities.

Webinar participants will:

  • Discover the importance of accessible design
  • Explore common accessibility challenges and solutions
  • Identify resources for creating accessible content


Melissa Green is a teacher, librarian, technology enthusiast, and an IAAP Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC). A Technology Accessibility Specialist with The University of Alabama’s Center for Instructional Technology, Melissa helps to ensure that technology users, including those with disabilities, have a functional and accessible technology experience with the university’s web presence and instructional and emerging technologies. Melissa holds an MEd in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in assistive technology from George Mason University and an MLIS from The University of Alabama. Melissa embraces technology’s potential to foster access and inclusion for all, a perspective informed by her work in the disability community, libraries, and information technology.

Register now

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NASIG Executive Board: Call for Nominations

The Nominations & Elections Committee invites nominations for Vice-President/President-Elect and three Member-at-Large Board positions. Information on each office is found here.

To nominate someone for a NASIG office, please complete the nomination form.

You may submit multiple nominations for one office by submitting separate forms.  If you have trouble with the online form, please send nominations to Madeline Kelly (N&E Chair) at Madeline.Kelly@wwu.edu

All active NASIG members are eligible for nomination except current members of the Nominations & Elections Committee.

For more than 30 years, NASIG has been dedicated to creating community among diverse individuals within the information ecosystem. We welcome participation from all scholarly communication perspectives, striving for a shared understanding of our challenges and goals.  Furthermore, NASIG is committed to promoting involvement, maximizing engagement, and expanding access to leadership opportunities across identity groups and professional levels. We encourage the nomination of individuals with diverse experiences, from underrepresented backgrounds, from all career stages, and from all sizes and types of libraries.

**** The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 1st, 2019 ****

Please contact the Nominations & Elections Committee chairs if you have any questions: Madeline Kelly at Madeline.Kelly@wwu.edu or Xiaoyan Song at xsong9@ncsu.edu

Many thanks for your participation!
Madeline Kelly
N&E Chair

Xiaoyan Song
N&E Chair

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September 2019 issue of the NASIG Newsletter is available

  • The September 2019 issue of the NASIG Newsletter is now available. This issue features:
  • Session reports and post conference wrap up from the 2019 conference
  • A profile of NASIG President, Kristen Wilson
  • Fun facts on Spokane, venue of the 2020 conference
  • And more!

Check out the full issue here: https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2027&context=nasig 


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Vision III: Philip Schreur – Bridging the Worlds of MARC and Linked Data

Building Bridges is an immensely important theme: bridges connect communities, connect ideas, connect generations and practices. But they need to be built with caution. Although bridges can create a safe pathway through unsettling times, they can allow us to distance ourselves from the cause of that turbulence. The realities of the Sematic Web, disruptive innovation, and social justice are shaking our world. They cannot and should not be avoided. How can libraries, especially Technical Services, fold these emerging concepts into the core of what they are and what they do?

Philip Schreur is currently the Associate University Librarian for Technical and Access Services at Stanford University. He earned a PhD from Stanford in Medieval music theory and an MLIS from the University of California, Berkeley. Philip has been the Chair of the Program for Cooperative cataloging and deeply involved in the implementation of the new cataloging rules Resource, Description and Access (RDA) in the United States. With a mid-career move to HighWire Press, he developed an interest in the automated taxonomic analysis of digital texts. Currently, he is in charge of coordinating linked-data project development for the Stanford University Libraries (SUL). Initial areas of interest include the use of linked data as a mechanism for identity management across traditional resources and those within the digital library, the integration of linked data from disparate sources, and the transition of traditional technical services workflows to processes rooted in linked open data.

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Vision I: DeEtta Jones – Courageous Leadership: Walking Your Talk from Wherever You Are

We are experiencing significant shifts in leadership, at national and local levels, and within and across our professional communities. As the opinions swing about style and characteristics of leaders, there are some constants. We need leaders at every level of our organizations, including people who do not see themselves in these roles. Leaders must be culturally competent, able to engage and create space for new voices. And leaders must be brave. You are often standing, taking action in the service of a greater good. This session is for leaders, all of us, who are taking courageous action in the service of shared values. It will inspire you to act, remind you about your why, and provide practical steps for leading from wherever you are.

Bio – DeEtta Jones
For over 20 years, DeEtta Jones has guided people and organizations through the process of fundamental transformation. She has been a leading voice in shaping contemporary thinking and practice around integrated and sustainable approaches to personal transformation, workplace culture, diversity and inclusion.

Before launching DeEtta Jones and Associates in 2005, she served for 10 years as Director of Diversity and then Director of the Office of Leadership and Management Services at the Association of Research Libraries, an international not-for-profit representing the largest research institutions in North America. In these roles, DeEtta was called upon as a thought-leader to set direction for the design and oversight of more than 9 international leadership programs, as well as a suite of professional development services including training and organization development. Prior to this, she was Director of Multicultural Education at Colorado State University and Director of Human Rights Advocacy and Education for the City of Fort Collins.

DeEtta has served as an adjunct faculty member, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on leadership and diversity, at Colorado State University and University of Maryland, College Park. DeEtta has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in student affairs in higher education from Colorado State University, and an MBA from The Johns Hopkins University. She lives outside of Chicago, IL, with her husband and their children.

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NASIG Board seeks comments on proposed model for tiered membership fees

At the Members Forum at this year’s NASIG conference, several attendees raised the possibility of introducing a tiered system of membership that would offer a lower rate based on salary. This new membership structure would be rolled out alongside the already approved regular membership dues increase from $75 to $100, scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2020.

Taking into account this feedback, the Board proposes the following membership fee schedule:

Regular Members, salary range $50,000 or above – $100 USD
Regular Members, salary range up to $50,000 – $75 USD
Retired Members – $25 USD
Student Members – Free
Lifetime Members – $1000 USD (one time fee)
Organizational Members – $195 USD

Salary has been used as the dividing line between the regular membership tiers to achieve equity between members in all position types and geographic locations. Members will self-report their tier using the honor system.

The Board welcomes comments from the NASIG membership about the proposed fee schedule, and will take all comments into account before the final fees are announced. Public discussion of this proposal can be sent to NASIG-L. To submit a comment anonymously, please use the form found at: https://forms.gle/bU4iZZ9UWFbxuZPV6.

Please submit all feedback by September 6th.

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