Deadline Extended: 2021 NASIG Annual Conference Call for Proposals

Edit: Deadline extended to January 22, 2021, and conference will be all online.

NASIG is soliciting proposals for its 36th Annual Conference, to be held online May 17-21, 2021.

NASIG seeks proposals for one-hour hybrid conference sessions on topics related to scholarly communication and publishing, ethical issues in technical services, and the acquisition, management, and discovery of library collections. Sessions related to accessibility, privacy, open access, and UX are encouraged. We particularly welcome proposals related to the areas defined in NASIG’s Core Competencies, including:

  • Electronic resource life cycle and management
  • Collection analysis, assessment, and development
  • Licensing and legal framework of library content
  • Ethical Issues in technical services
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in relation to libraries
  • Standards and systems of cataloging and classification, metadata, linked data, and indexing
  • Standards, initiatives, and best practices for library content
  • Scholarly communication, including copyright, data management, and assessment and impact metrics
  • Institutional repositories, publishing, digital preservation, open educational resources, and open access
  • Life cycle and workflow of print continuing resources
  • Relationship building between libraries, vendors, publishers, standards bodies, and others involved in the information community
  • Supervision and management of staff working in areas relevant to NASIG
  • Management of projects related to electronic and/or print resources or scholarly communication
  • Initiatives and best practices in areas included in the core competencies and awareness of trends and ongoing developments in those areas

Each one-hour session should include approximately 45-50 minutes of content, with time left for discussion. As a hybrid conference, presenters may choose to present virtually or in-person. NASIG plans to offer online programming via an online platform, such as Zoom. Co-presenters are welcomed, but we ask that you limit submissions to no more than three presenters. Presenters may be asked to combine sessions with other presenters on similar topics, with all efforts made to group paired sessions by format (in-person presenters grouped together, virtual presenters grouped together). All presenters will be asked to publish a conference report in the NASIG Proceedings, which will be published in Serials Librarian from Taylor & Francis. Additional information for speakers can be found on our speaker resources page. Presentations are selected by the Program Planning Committee based on their relevance to NASIG member interests.

Accepted presenters will be offered a $100 discount on the cost of registration for the in-person conference or free access to the online conference.

Please submit all proposals using the online form at The submission deadline is 15 January 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact the Program Planning Committee (PPC) Co-Chairs, Heidi Card and Megan Kilb, at

NASIG is an independent organization working to advance and transform the management of information resources. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate and improve the distribution, acquisition, and long-term accessibility of information resources in all formats and business models. Visit for more information.

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