John Merriman Award: UKSG and NASIG collaboration facilitates conference exchange places for information professionals

UKSG and NASIG (North American Serials Interest Group) are pleased to introduce a unique opportunity for a member of each group to attend the annual conference of its sibling organization.  The new John Merriman Award covers all conference fees, travel, accommodation and conference meals. It was named in recognition of John Merriman’s role in the foundation of both UKSG and NASIG.

Tony Kidd, Chair of UKSG said of the award: “A core element of UKSG’s mission is to connect the information community and this award is a perfect example of how we support our members. We have a very close working relationship with NASIG and sponsoring this type of collaboration will not only help cash-strapped members on both sides of the Atlantic to attend key industry events, but will strengthen the ties between us. John Merriman, who set up both organizations, always believed we should work together and so it is fitting this award is named in his honour.”

Rick Anderson, Chair of NASIG commented, “Both the UKSG and the NASIG conferences are highly regarded events.  They offer attendees the chance to learn about new initiatives and industry developments and connect with other information professionals, suppliers and intermediaries. To be offered the chance to gain an additional perspective by attending a conference in a different country is an amazing opportunity for an information professional in the early stages of their career and I am proud that we are able to support this exchange.”

Applicants are invited from people working in a functional (non-managerial level) position with responsibility for some aspect of e-resource management within a Library or Information Service.

Forms are available from NASIG at, from UKSG at,  from Carol Ficken, Co-Chair NASIG Awards & Recognition Committee or from Kate Price, UKSG Education Sub-Committee Chair.

The award is partially underwritten by Taylor & Francis. The successful applicants will attend the UKSG Annual Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, 12-14 April, 2010 or the NASIG Annual Conference, Palm Springs, California,
June 2-5, 2010.

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