NASIG Statement on Current Events

If there is one lesson that current political events in the U.S. clearly demonstrate, it is that words have power and meaning. Therefore the NASIG Executive Board wishes to join with other library organizations in voicing our condemnation of racism, white supremacy, violence, and discrimination such as what was so fully displayed some days ago in Charlottesville, VA. We join with others in mourning the loss of lives and in supporting the principles of liberty and justice for all. We also wish to remind others of our code of conduct which outlines in more detail what our expectations are for participating in our organization

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NASIG Core Competencies for Scholarly Communication Librarians

The NASIG Core Competencies for Scholarly Communication Librarians have been approved and adopted by the NASIG Executive Board. They are now available at the NASIG web site. This document describes the skills that librarians need to work in the highly collaborative environment related to digital scholarship and scholarly communications in today’s libraries. Please share widely.

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HARRASSOWITZ Announces 2017 Charleston Conference Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to former NASIG Board and longtime NASIG member Christian Burris on winning HARRASSOWITZ’s 2017 Charleston Conference Scholarship!

HARRASSOWITZ, international booksellers and subscription agents, is pleased to award the 2017 Charleston Conference Scholarship to Christian Burris, Serials Acquisitions Coordinator at Wake Forest University. Mr. Burris was awarded the $1,000 scholarship to attend the conference, which takes place November 6-10 in Charleston, South Carolina.

In support of the 2017 conference theme of “What’s Past is Prologue”, applicants for this year’s scholarship were asked to submit a short essay on the topic “What does ‘What’s Past is Prologue’ mean to libraries and vendors?” In his winning essay, Mr. Burris points out that “both libraries and vendors are faced with questions regarding emerging technologies”, and goes on by saying that:

It is into this new landscape that libraries and vendors now find themselves, but past endeavors have prepared both groups for what is to come. By working together, libraries and vendors have advanced their respective reaches, and worlds that were once viewed separately are intrinsically linked. They both retain individual identities, but they can collectively bring a wealth of experience and knowledge using their respective skills. The next development to revolutionize academia is always on the horizon, but using the information from past developments can serve as a reminder of how to prepare for it.

“’What’s past is prologue’”, he concludes, “serves as an adage to revere, but for libraries and vendors it can serve as a plan of action.”

Judging the submissions were: Clint Chamberlain, Educational Resource Support Officer, Dallas County Community College District; Lynda Fuller Clendenning, Head of the Acquisitions Division at Indiana University in Bloomington; and Justin Clarke, HARRASSOWITZ’s Director of Sales and Marketing for North America.

“HARRASSOWITZ is pleased to once again provide a travel scholarship to someone who has never attended the Charleston Conference”, Justin Clarke said. “The panel of judges appreciated Christian Burris’ positive outlook of the future and his value of partnerships amongst vendors, libraries, and their patrons. We look forward to having Christian join us at the Charleston Conference this year and are confident he will find it a unique and rewarding experience.”

The complete essay can be viewed here.

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Updated dates for 2018 Annual Conference

Dear NASIG community,

It was great to see many of you at the Indianapolis conference! Even though it seems like the 2017 conference just wrapped up, planning for next year’s conference in Atlanta is already well underway. And I hope that you are looking forward to it as much as I am. Be sure to look out for exciting news about the program and other aspects of the conference in coming weeks.

For now, I want you to know that the conference dates for Atlanta have changed. Our conference will be June 8-11 (Friday to Monday), not June 7-10 (Thursday to Sunday) as previously announced.

As you think ahead and plan to attend, please keep these corrected dates in mind.



Steve Oberg
Assistant Professor of Library Science
Group Leader for Resource Description and Digital Initiatives
Wheaton College (IL)
+1 (630) 752-5852

NASIG President

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Feedback on presentations at the 2017 NASIG Conference

Thank you to all who filled out the 2017 conference evaluation survey. If you presented at the 2017 NASIG Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana and are interested in receiving feedback on your presentation, please send your request to the Evaluation & Assessment Committee at  Remember, for confidentiality purposes, you will only receive your individual ratings and not those of co-presenters.

Melody Dale
Chair, Evaluation & Assessment Committee

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Recording of COUNTER Release 5 Webinar

(Thank you to everyone for your interest! We sincerely apologize that not everyone who wanted to view the webinar was able to, as the default cap for our webinars is 100 and we did not anticipate that we would exceed that number. We have increased the number of attendees for future webinars and we would like to share the recording below with those who were unable to view it.

Again, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or frustration that you may have experienced. We truly appreciate your interest in NASIG’s continuing education offerings.)

CEC NASIG wants to share this WebEx recording with you.

COUNTER Release 5 Free Webinar-20170717 1800-1
Monday, July 17, 2017
2:00 pm | Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

Recording password: (This recording does not require a password.)

Slides for the presentation: COUNTER R5 Whats New – 2017-07-17. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Link to the Friendly Guide that Lorraine mentions in the webinar.

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2017 Vision Session III: The Secret Life of Comics: Socializing and Seriality

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