Mission – Vision – History


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.


There are three key components to NASIG’s mission:

  • NASIG supports a dynamic community of professionals including, but not limited to, librarians, publishers, and vendors engaging in understanding one another’s perspectives and improving functionality throughout the information resources lifecycle with an emphasis on scholarly communications, serials, and electronic resources.
  • NASIG provides a rich variety of conference and continuing education programming to encourage knowledge sharing among its members and to support their professional and career development.
  • NASIG promotes the development and implementation of best practices and standards for the distribution, acquisition and long-term accessibility of information resources in all formats and business models throughout their lifecycle. In addition to developing best practices, NASIG supports the development of standards by NISO, an affiliated organization.


Established in 1985, NASIG (formerly the North American Serials Interest Group, Inc.) is an independent organization that promotes communication, information, and continuing education about serials, electronic resources, and the broader issues of scholarly communication. NASIG welcomes anyone interested in the information chain. Inspired by the United Kingdom Serials Group (UKSG), NASIG held its first conference at Bryn Mawr College in June 1986. The annual conference, usually held in late May or June, offers a premier opportunity to meet others representing the diverse interests of the information resources community and to hear speakers who are on the cutting edge of scholarly communication.

More NASIG history is available on our website.


Founded on strong professional friendships, NASIG constituents work diligently to maintain that personal spirit, exchange of ideas, and unity of purpose on a volunteer basis.  Members include a dynamic group of librarians, publishers, vendors, educators, database producers, library systems representatives and many others involved in the creation, production, delivery, management, and access of serial information, the scholarly communication process, and emerging technologies.


NASIG has five administrative officers and six members-at-large who constitute the Executive Board. This team also has liaison responsibilities to standing committees and special working groups. The standing committees are:

Awards & Recognition, Bylaws, Communications & Marketing, Conference Planning, Continuing Education, Database & Directory, Evaluation & Assessment, Membership Development, Newsletter, Nominations & Elections, Program Planning, Site Selection and Student Outreach.


The annual conference provides a casual venue for preconferences, formal sessions, practical workshops, special events, and networking. An emphasis on thoughtful discourse and informality promotes an intensity of purpose not always possible at other conferences.

NASIG also has a strong commitment to continuing education. We seek collaborative endeavors to educate individuals about changes, issues, and future possibilities surrounding serials information.

An outstanding awards and grants program encourages students and new serials-based professionals to attend the annual conference and serve on committees. See the awards page for specific details about the Birdie MacLennan Award, the Capstone Award, the First-Timer Award, the Marcia Tuttle International Award, the Paraprofessional Specialist Award, the Horizon Award, the John Merriman Joint NASIG/UKSG Award, the Rose Robischon Scholarship, the John Riddick Student Grant and the Fritz Schwartz Education Scholarship.

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