NASIG Webinar: An Introduction to COUNTER Usage Reports for Librarians – October 20, 2016

NASIG‘s Continuing Education Committee is pleased to present the following webinar:

An Introduction to COUNTER Usage Reports for Librarians

Date: October 20, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm (ET)
Length: 1 hour
Registration deadline: October 19, 2016

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

Webinar Rates:

NASIG members: $35
NASIG non-member: $50
Group registration: $95

(NASIG members should login for member rate)


This webinar will explain what COUNTER is and why COUNTER reports are an important tool in decision making. We will explain how to get the reports and provide an overview of the key report types. The session will also show how some libraries are analysing COUNTER data. Finally, we will provide links to further help and support.


Lorraine Estelle is the COUNTER Project Director. Launched in March 2002, COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) is an international initiative serving librarians, publishers and intermediaries by setting standards that facilitate the recording and reporting of online usage statistics in a consistent, credible and compatible way.

Lorraine is experienced in the information industry with a background in libraries, consortia, shared services, vendors and publishers. She has managed and conducted a wide range of projects, with a particular interest in new business models for electronic information resources and has directed the development of a number of UK national shared services including Jisc Collections and the Journals Usage Statistics Portal.


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NASIG 32nd Annual Conference: Call for Proposals

NASIG 32nd Annual Conference
Racing to the Crossroads
June 8 to 11, 2017
Indianapolis, IN


Publishers, vendors, librarians, and others in the fields of electronic resources and serials 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 Force developed for Electronic Resources 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

●      Technology and providing access to electronic resources

●      Licensing and legal framework

●      Standards, initiatives, and best practices

●      Scholarly communication

●      Life cycle of print serials

●      Workflow of print resources

●      Effective communication with those within and without the library community

●      Supervision and management of staff in electronic and print serials departments

●      Personal qualities of electronic and/or print serials resources librarians

●      Management of projects related to electronic and/or print resources

Please use the online form to submit a proposal or program or idea. This Call for Proposals will close on November 15, 2016.

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 must be discussed in advance with the Program Planning Committee (

●     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.

●     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:

We look forward to a great conference in Indianapolis!

Steve Kelley and Violeta Ilik
NASIG PPC Chair and Vice-Chair


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NASIG Executive Board: Call for Nominations

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

If you have someone in mind who would be great for a NASIG office, including yourself (self-nominations welcome), 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 Patrick Carr (N&E chair)

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

****The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, November 1st, 2016****

Please contact the Nominations & Elections Committee chairs if you have any questions: Patrick Carr or Erika Ripely

Many thanks for your participation!

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Become a NASIG Student Outreach Ambassador!

The Student Outreach Committee members are actively recruiting a group of ambassadors to assist with fostering strong relationships with LIS programs and to recruit the next generation of continuing resources specialists.

What is involved with being an ambassador?

  • Establish and maintain a strong, collaborative relationship with assigned programs to promote the overall visibility of NASIG and to recruit new members
  • Become familiar with NASIG resources, such as the Student Grant awards, and promote them within the programs, be it through listservs, social networking, or public gatherings
  • Partner on continuing education opportunities offered by the schools and arrange for guest lecturers (NASIG members in the area) to discuss continuing resources in classes

We are in need of Ambassadors for these programs:

Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Dalhousie University
Drexel University
Indiana University
Kent State University
Long Island University
McGill University
Queens College
St. Catherine’s University
Texas Women’s University
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
University of Alberta
University of Arizona
University of British Columbia
University of Hawaii
University of Iowa
University of Michigan
University of Montreal
University of Oklahoma
University of Ottawa
University of Puerto Rico
University of Rhode Island
University of Tennessee
University of Toronto
University of Western Ontario
Wayne State University

Please Contact the Student Outreach Committee if you are interested:

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September issue of NASIG Newsletter now online

Hi NASIG members,

The complete September issue of the NASIG Newsletter is now available.  This issue features:

  • The 2016 Conference Reports (short summaries of many of the 2016 conference sessions, providing a sneak peek before the Proceedings are published)
  • Profiles of NASIG president, Anna Creech, and of Nettie Lagace, the associate director for programs at NISO
  • Columns about you, dear reader, including updates on new members, retirements, and new research published by NASIG members
  • Reports and the evaluation of the 2016 conference in Albuquerque
  • Updates on the 2017 NASIG conference scheduled for June 8-11, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana

Check it out here:



Kate Moore

NASIG Newsletter, Editor-in-Chief

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2016 Conference Vision Sessions recordings now available

The recordings of the 2016 Conference Vision Sessions are now available on the NASIG YouTube channel!

You can connect to the recordings from the 2016 Conference page on the NASIG website under the Conference Vision Session Videos heading. Or by going to YouTube and searching NASIG. Click here to go to the YouTube channel now!

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NISO webinar: How Librarians Use, Implement and Can Support Researcher Indentifiers

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