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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Service Opportunities are waiting for You!

Interested in advancing your career, meeting new people, or simply putting your talents to use through volunteer work?  We are looking to fill NASIG committees with a diverse and motivated corps of volunteers.  Please express your interest by submitting the form linked below.  Priority will be given to those who express interest by March 1st.

Volunteer Form:

Remember, student memberships are free:

Contact Angela Dresselhaus at if you have any questions.

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NASIG/NC Serials Free Webinar – Joining the Library Profession: Getting Hired, Attending Regional Conference, and Finding a Mentor

NASIG/NC Serials Free Webinar – Joining the Library Profession: Getting Hired, Attending Regional Conference, and Finding a Mentor
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 2:00 pm
Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Link to join the webinar:

Event number: 661 782 932

Event password: m622bT6d
Call-in toll number (US/Canada)
Access code: 661 782 932

Webinar information:

Are you graduating from a library school and getting ready to start your career in the library world? Are you in the early stages of your library profession and trying to look for ways to further your professional development? Come and join us for this free webinar. Three well-qualified speakers will share with you on the value of regional conferences, networking and mentoring opportunities, and insights on what hiring managers are looking for with new hires.


Christine Fischer is Head of Technical Services for the University Libraries of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she has worked for twelve years. She has experience in acquisitions, serials, and reference in public and private academic libraries, as well as hospital and government libraries. She is a co-Chair of the North Carolina Serials Conference planning committee.

Kimberly Lawler is the E-Resources and Serials Acquisitions Specialist at the University of Colorado Boulder. Kimberly received her bachelors in History and Foreign Language –German from the University of Northern Colorado and her masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Denver. Currently, Kimberly is an active member of NASIG, serving as the chair of the Student Outreach Committee and as an ambassador to four different library science graduate programs. Kimberly has presented at both the Colorado Alliance Library Assessments Workshop in 2015 and the ALCTS Exchange in May 2017. She also won a NASIG First Timer Award for the annual conference in 2017. Kimberly is interested in the areas of information resource management, serials, acquisitions, licensing, e-resources, and the access and discovery of e-resources.

Maria Collins is the Head of Acquisitions & Discovery at North Carolina State University Libraries and has served in various capacities at NCSU for twelve years. Prior to her work at NCSU, she worked as Serials Librarian and Serials Coordinator at Mississippi State University Libraries. In both these roles, she was involved in hiring and onboarding numerous library-related positions, both paraprofessional and professional, and has over 17 years of management experience. She is the current editor-in-chief for Serials Review and has published in the areas of electronic resource management, open access, and workflows.

Session details:

What kinds of professional development opportunities are available in librarianship? We attend webinars and workshops and training sessions at our libraries and schools, but it can be rewarding to travel a bit to attend a library conference. In this session, Fischer will consider the benefit of participating in a regional library conference using the North Carolina Serials Conference as an example of such an opportunity. Library and information school students, as well as practitioners, can find value in meeting with and learning from their colleagues.

NASIG supports student career success through the different committees and programs it offers. Work from the Student Outreach Committee and the many ambassadors that liaise with different library school programs help with this student career success. Some of the things Lawler will talk about briefly are the student mentoring program, Student Spotlight Sessions at the Annual Conference, and possible opportunities that arise by volunteering for a NASIG committee.

Based on her years of management experience in serials and technical services, Collins will discuss what she looks for when hiring new librarians. Topics covered in the session will include cultural fit, desirable attributes for a successful candidate, and tips for the interview.

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Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange Highlights NASIG!

Thank you to the Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange for featuring NASIG on their blog – check it out!!

Learning About Library Associations: NASIG (formerly the North American Serials Interest Group

This week we’ll take a look at the organization called NASIG, formerly known as the North American Serials Interest Group. NASIG was established in 1985 with the goal of promoting “communication, information, and continuing education about serials, electronic resources, and the broader issues of scholarly communication.”

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NASIG Great Ideas Showcase and Snapshot Sessions – Call for Proposals

The NASIG Program Planning Committee (PPC) invites proposals for the Great Ideas Showcase and the Snapshot Sessions for the 33rd NASIG conference in Atlanta, GA, June 8 to 11. The theme of the conference is “Transforming the Information Community.”

The Great Ideas Showcase will be held on Saturday from 3:45-4:45pm, and the Snapshot Sessions will be held on Sunday from 2-3pm. Presenters must be available to discuss their showcases or present their snapshots during that time.

The Great Ideas Showcase will provide an opportunity to share innovative ideas, new workflows, and new applications of technology in an interactive and informal setting. Great Ideas can be demonstrated in a variety of ways – posters, laptops, tablets, e-readers, etc. Participants will be given a table or poster board (4’ x 6’) to showcase their idea to attendees, depending on their need.

The Snapshot Sessions will consist of up to eight 5-minute presentations with a focus on an idea, project, workflow, etc.  If you’ve always wanted to speak at NASIG, but haven’t felt like you had enough to say for a full session, this is a great opportunity for you.

Proposals may present a report of a research study, an analysis of a practical problem-solving effort, or a description of an innovative program that may be of interest to the NASIG community. Proposals should name any particular products or services that are integral to the content of the showcase or snapshot. However, as a matter of NASIG policy, showcases and snapshots should not be used as a venue to promote or attack any product, service, or institution.

Submit your Great Ideas Showcase proposal here:

Submit your Snapshot Session proposal here:

Proposals must be received by 5pm EST on Friday, March 30, 2018. Members of the Program Planning Committee will evaluate abstracts, and presenters will be notified of the status of their proposal by mid-April. (Note: Presenters for the Great Ideas Showcase or Snapshot Sessions do not qualify for a registration discount. Presenters must be registered for either the full conference or for Friday single day registration.)

Inquiries may be sent to the NASIG PPC Chair and Vice-Chair, Violeta Ilik and Maria Collins at

We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

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NASIG 2018 Pre-conferences

Please find below preliminary information for our pre-conferences for the 2018 NASIG Annual Conference. Registration information will be coming soon!

Day 1:
A Beginner’s Guide to MarcEdit 7 – Speaker: Terry Reese – full day
Introduction to Serials Cataloging with RDA – Speaker: Steven Shadle – full day

Day 2:
Beyond “Set it and Forget it”: Proactively Managing Your EZproxy Server -Speaker: Jenny Rosenfeld – half day
Linked Data for Serials – Speakers: Amber Billey and Robert Rendall – full day

Day 1

Title: A Beginner’s Guide to MarcEdit 7
: Terry Reese

Released at the end of 2017, MarcEdit 7 represents the most recent version of the MarcEdit software suite.  So, whether you are just hearing about MarcEdit, or have used it for years and interested in learning how you might be able to improve your existing workflows and processing – this preconference will endeavor to provide you with the tools that you need to take your MarcEdit skills to the next level.  Presented by the software creator, the preconference offers attendees and opportunity to learn using real-world questions address issues like automation, regular expressions, and common MARC processing questions.  Additionally, this presentation will look at new functionality in MarcEdit 7…from new linked data functionality, deeper integrations with OCLC, and new tools related to clustering and accessibility – this preconference will give users the opportunity to see not only what MarcEdit can do today, but where it is going.

Primary Audience:  Novice to Power MarcEdit users.  What will not be covered is scripting/programming using MarcEdit.  Additionally, regular expressions will only be an overview – a deep discussion of regular expressions is out of scope for this session

Title: Linked Data for Serials
Speakers: Amber Billey and Robert Rendall

Are you baffled by BIBFRAME? Overwhelmed by ontologies? Or feeling turmoil about Turtle? Then this workshop is for you. Learn the practical foundations of Linked Data with a particular focus on serials in this one-day workshop. The presenters will go beyond just talking about RDF triples and actually break down linked data technology and how its application can be utilized for serials. Topics to be covered:

  •    Linked Data 101
  •    Ontology Basics
  •    Turtle Tutorial
  •    Other ontologies for libraries
  •    CONSER Standard Record to BIBFRAME 2.0 Mapping
  •    Current hot topics in serials and linked data

Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop. The presenters will be demonstrating online linked data tools that attendees will have the opportunity to use, and the workshop will include hands-on exercises working with ontologies and creating linked data descriptions of serials.

Day 2:

Title: Introduction to Serials Cataloging with RDA
Speaker: Steven Shadle

Resource Description and Access (RDA) is the cataloging standard that replaced AACR2. This Basic Serials Cataloging Workshop, part of the Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program, will offer an introduction to cataloging serials with RDA. It will cover RDA and CONSER standards, RDA core elements and terminology, transcribed versus recorded elements, new or revised areas of information, and creation of new records and serial maintenance. Attendees will participate in hands-on exercises which will include use of tools and documentation in support of cataloging with RDA. Access to the PowerPoint presentation will be given to participants ahead of the workshop via email.

Title:Beyond “Set it and Forget it”: Proactively Managing Your EZproxy Server
Speaker: Jenny Rosenfeld

When was the last time you really took a deep dive into your EZproxy configuration? Many EZproxy administrators are happy that EZproxy “just works,” but they may be missing critical opportunities to provide better access to their e-resources. In this workshop, Jenny Rosenfeld, Senior Implementation Program Manager at OCLC, will share a simple monthly routine to help reduce your patrons’ barriers to access and identify potential security concerns. We’ll also cover current topics of interest to the EZproxy community, such as how to modify database stanzas to support HTTPS, for both OCLC-hosted and self-hosted customers.

On behalf of the PPC:
PPC Chair Violeta Ilik
PPC Vice-Chair Maria Collins

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Request for Serials Spoken Here Submissions

The “Serials Spoken Here” column in Serials Review is seeking contributors to cover the following sessions at the upcoming ALA Midwinter Conference in Denver:

Resource Access for the 21st Century: Toward A Modern Access Architecture;
CaMMS Forum (ALCTS CaMMS): Cooperatively Conscientious Cataloging;
Subject Analysis Committee II (ALCTS CaMMS): FAST-Wikipedia Linking;
Who’s The Boss: Letting Data Drive, But Not Dictate Selection with Evidence-Based Acquisition;
RDA Toolkit Redesign Update and Preview

We would also like to welcome contributions on continuing resources-related interest groups, committees, forums, and discussions such as the following:

Access to Continuing Resources Interest Group (ALCTS CRS);
Continuing Resources Standards Forum (ALCTS CRS);
Electronic Resources Management Interest Group (LITA ALCTS);
Technical Services Managers in Academic Libraries Interest Group (ALCTS);
Technical Services Workflow Efficiency Interest Group (ALCTS);
Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group (ALCTS);
Publisher/Vendor/Library Relations Interest Group Forum (ALCTS);
Scholarly Communication Discussion (ACRL STS);
Research and Scholarly Environment Committee Meeting (ACRL)

…and more!

Remember that this is an excellent way to inform colleagues who are not able to attend Midwinter. If you wish, please get in touch with me for more details about contributing to the column.

Much appreciated,

Treasa Bane
column co-editor, Serials Review


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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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