Bridging the Gap: NASIG & UKSG Working Towards Open Access Conference Proceedings



February 4, 2019

Bridging the Gap: NASIG & UKSG Working Towards Open Access Conference Proceedings

Open Access publication is a democratizing force advocated by many in the library and information community. NASIG’s vision outlines our stance to improve the distribution of information resources in all formats. We are taking a step forward by pursuing a partnership with the UKSG to publish the 2021 NASIG Conference Proceedings in the Open Access journal, Insights.

Andrew Barker, Chair of UKSG said:

“NASIG is a very important collaborative partner for UKSG, and we have a long tradition of working together. We are delighted by NASIG’s decision to pursue this partnership in offering its Conference Proceedings through the UKSG open access journal, Insights.  This will give UKSG and NASIG the opportunity of broadening the reach of both UKSG Insights and NASIG’s Conference Proceedings through an Open Access model that will ensure that all of us within the knowledge community can benefit from the great work that’s taking place in our international community”.

Former NASIG Presidents serving on the Insights Editorial Board share their support:

“NASIG conferences provide a huge amount of practical and insightful information every year, and I’m very excited to see the organization moving in the direction of making this information freely available. This will be a great benefit to the world of scholarly communication.”  -Rick Anderson, NASIG President 2009/2010

“NASIG has always been one of the premier organizations providing mentorship and pathways to LIS students and early career librarians. The decision to move the NASIG Proceedings to an open scholarship environment benefits everyone involved in the LIS community and we should support this initiative wholeheartedly.”  -Jill Emery, NASIG President 2008/2009

Today, NASIG makes this commitment, but we need your support to meet fundraising goals. In the coming months NASIG will be releasing a series of initiatives aimed at generating $25,000 a year to support Open Access.  Join us at the NASIG conference in Pittsburgh, PA to learn more!

Angela Dresselhaus
NASIG President 2018/2019



Andrew Barker
UKSG Chair

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2020 & 2021 NASIG Conference Locations

The NASIG Site Selection Committee is very excited and pleased to announce the conference locations and dates for 2020 and 2021!

The committee determined early on that we wanted to look to the Midwest and Western regions for the next two conferences, and we also wanted to keep our option open in doing so. RFPs were sent out to 26 cities with reasonable airport access that were also not in states on the California travel ban list. The committee reviewed the responses from all locations, factored in as many of the site selection criteria as possible, and narrowed down the selection to one city for each region.

After a site visit to both locations, it was clear to the committee that these would be excellent choices for NASIG. Both of the selected hotels were in the heart of their respective cities, with plenty of dining and entertainment options nearby. Both hotels offered competitive room rates in the range NASIG attendees have come to expect. Both hotels had more than adequate meeting space and enough sleeping rooms for our conference size, with some room for anticipated growth.

So, where are they? When are they?

The 2020 conference will be held at The Davenport Grand in Spokane, Washington, on June 8-12, and the 2021 conference will be held at The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club in Madison, Wisconsin, on May 17-21. If you are interested in serving on the conference planning committees for either location, please indicate that on the volunteer form.

Here’s what Spokane has to say about itself:

Making the most of your time in greater Spokane is hassle-free and it’s easy to enjoy everything our great city has waiting to share with you. Without traffic to slow you down it’s simple to connect to our regional experiences. From the urban core to our family-owned farms, to banks of lakes and rivers, and up into the mountains there is so much to explore. And the best part is Spokane is so convenient that you don’t have to choose.

Culinary adventures await you after your meeting! Within a few minutes walk of The Davenport Grand there are dozens of bold and daring restaurants with inspired chefs waiting to welcome you with a relaxing meal. Sip local wine or cheers a pint of Spokane Style craft beer while you discuss the latest innovations and best practices in your field with co-workers and new colleagues. When you meet in Spokane you don’t have to search to find the post-conference snack you’ve been craving since lunch, and you don’t have to wade through traffic to get there, it’s there right outside the doors.

Searching for something to bring home with you? After your conference, you have time to explore local shops and boutiques and coveted national retailers. No grabbing something at the airport because you didn’t have time to find the shopping district. The shops are minutes from the conference. They’re so close you could even get some retail therapy in during the session lunch break. It’s all located in Spokane’s walkable downtown core – which the convention center district is a part of.

Sometimes you just need to unwind with a brisk post-conference walk, or get your blood pumping with a quick run. Within minutes of your last session of the day you can change into your gear and hit the trail while you take in breath taking views of the majestic Spokane River gorge. Scenic views and a 100-acre park are adjacent to the convention center district. Rent a stand-up paddle board and explore the river, or plan an after-session group rafting trip with your colleagues, the river is not only right outside your door, but you can take those adventures without leaving downtown Spokane.

When you meet in Spokane you get your time back. You can take that run, explore the shops and grab a great meal prepared by an award-winning chef all in one evening. When you meet in Spokane there’s a whole new session waiting for you when the conference lights dim, only in this session you explore the gracious city that’s welcomed you in.

And Madison’s not too shy about its features, either:

One of Madison’s many claims to fame is that it plays host to the nation’s largest producers-only farmers’ market. Farm-to-table fare continues to be a top trend nationwide, and you’ll often see our local chefs shopping the market for seasonal and sustainable offerings that are prepared and served that same day at our restaurants, from fine dining destinations to corner food carts.

Greater Madison is microbrew country, and there are ample opportunities to sample it all, from award-winning ales to savory seasonals. But our craft culture doesn’t stop with beers. You may not think of ours as a grape-growing region, but we are home to two award-winning wineries as well as distilleries where spirits and liqueurs are handcrafted in small batches using Wisconsin-grown ingredients. Many of our breweries, wineries and spirits purveyors offer tasting rooms and tours, in addition to making their products available in fine restaurants and stores around the country and online.

The greater Madison area is a mecca for recreational opportunities because we offer four seasons of fun! Whether you enjoy winter sports such as skiing or skating, love to be on the lakes (or in them!) for everything from sailing to swimming, you can explore the outdoors year-round in Madison. Fun fact: we boast about having more bikes than cars, and with more than 120 miles of scenic biking and hiking trails to explore, it’s no wonder we were ranked #4 in Best Cycling Towns by USAToday Travel.

Madison is home to several colleges and universities, but is perhaps best known for UW-Madison, a world-class, public research university that has been recognized for everything from research and rankings to Game Day experiences. Our destination’s focus on higher education makes Madison a progressive center of activity, at UW-Madison and Madison College downtown, as well as at Edgewood College in Madison’s Monroe Street neighborhood.

Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright spent his childhood years in nearby Spring Green and returned to live in the area when he was at the height of his international fame. Greater Madison makes the most of its architectural heritage by offering many opportunities to discover Mr. Wright at special sites, from the Monona Terrace® Community and Convention Center to Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous home, studio, theater, farm and burial site.

The 2018-19 Site Selection Committee hope you put these dates on your calendar today and plan to attend the 2020 and 2021 NASIG conferences!

Anna Creech
Angela Dresselhaus
Kristen Wilson


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Deadline extension for NASIG Student Spotlight Sessions – Monday, April 29, 2019

Deadline extension to Monday, April 29th

The NASIG Student Outreach Committee (SOC) invites proposals for the Student Spotlight Sessions for the 34rd NASIG conference in Pittsburgh, PA from June 5 to June 8. The theme of the conference is “Building Bridges.”

The Student Spotlight Sessions will consist of up to eight 5-minute presentations with a focus on an idea, project, workflow, etc.  Student Spotlight Sessions provide an excellent introduction to professional presentations and look great on resumes!

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 Student Spotlight Session proposal here:

The proposal deadline has been extended to 5pm EST on Monday, April 29, 2019. Members of the Student Outreach Committee will evaluate abstracts, and presenters will be notified of the status of their proposal by early May. (Note: Presenters for the Student Spotlight Sessions do not qualify for a registration discount. Presenters must be registered for either the full conference or for Thursday single day registration.)

Inquiries may be sent to the NASIG SOC Chair, Danielle Williams at

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Last Call to Vote: 2019 NASIG Executive Board Online Ballot Now Available

Dear NASIG members,

This is your last reminder to vote in the 2019 NASIG election. Online balloting is now available and will close at midnight EDT on Monday, April 15, 2019. If you have not yet done so, please login to the NASIG website where you will be presented with the ballot.

Candidate profiles are now available for your review here.

**Note: you will need to be signed into the NASIG website before you will be able to view this page.**

If you have forgotten your membership password or account name, please use the “Reset Password?” link on the website sign-in page.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stephanie Adams, Chair, NASIG Nominations & Elections Committee 2018/2019,

Thank you for participating in the election process!

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Reminder: Call for NASIG Mentees

NASIG Student Mentoring Program


  • Are you looking for an opportunity to get some first-hand information about working in the library field?
  • Would you like to interact one-on-one with an experienced library professional on topics such as professional development, research and publication, and job searching?
  • Are you interested in getting more involved with NASIG?

If your answer to any of these questions is YES, please consider applying to be a member of the 2019/2020 group of NASIG student mentees. This program is designed to provide a yearlong opportunity for networking and professional development between NASIG regular members and our student members. The sponsors of the program are the NASIG Student Outreach Committee and the NASIG Mentoring Group.

Any current NASIG student member is eligible to participate (student membership is free). Click here for more information about the NASIG Student Mentoring Program and to apply to be a mentee.
Contact for questions.

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2019.

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Reminder: Call for NASIG Mentors

The Student Outreach Committee is calling for NASIG members to volunteer to mentor a student or new to the profession librarian for 2019/2020.

This program is designed to provide a yearlong opportunity for networking and professional development between NASIG regular members and our student members or new professionals. The sponsors of the program are the NASIG Student Outreach Committee and the NASIG Mentoring Group.

Any current NASIG member is eligible to participate. Click here for more information about the NASIG Student Mentoring Program and to apply to be a mentor.

Contact for questions.

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2019.

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NASIG Fun Run!


Join us on Friday morning of the conference for a Fun Run around Pittsburgh’s city center!

We will see the sights of downtown Pittsburgh as we run over the Rachel Carson Bridge and see views of PNC Park when you cross back over the Allegheny river on the Roberto Clemente Bridge. We will run to the Point, past the fountain and see the convergence of the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers to form the Ohio River. Enjoy great views of Mt. Washington and the city along the route.

Meet at 6:00am on Friday, June 7 in Mellon Park across from the hotel. The route* is just under 3 miles. Please ensure you fill out a waiver.

Run in style with a NASIG Performance T-Shirt:

2019 Conference LOGO:


*Please note there is one staircase along the route.

See you at the conference AND if you haven’t registered, it is not too late!  Register now to take advantage of early bird rates (ending April 30, 2019).

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NASIG 2019 Award Winners

The NASIG Awards & Recognition committee is pleased to announce the 2019 award winners:

Birdie MacLennan Award:
Sally Glasser, Hofstra University

Diversity & Inclusion Award (sponsored by HARRASSOWITZ):
Natalia Juarez, Tarleton State University

First-Timer Award:
Nelson Santana, Bronx Community College, The City University of New York
Hannah Pearson, Cleveland State University

Fritz Schwartz Serials Education Scholarship:
Andrea Conboy, Simmons University

Horizon Award (sponsored by EBSCO):
Kristy White, Duquesne University

John Riddick Student Grant:
Angel Su, University of Toronto
Soojeong Lee Herring, Kent State University

Mexican Student Grant Award:
Fatima Alejandra Morado Castillo, Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi
Janet Falcon Hernandez, Escuela Nacional de Biblioteconomia y Archivonomia

Paraprofessional Specialist Award:
Karen Spence, Portland Community College
Pamela S. King, The Citadel

Rose Robischon Scholarship:
Nancy Kaida, Northwest Vista College

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