September 2017 issue of the NASIG Newsletter

Hi NASIG members,

It’s here!  The September 2017 issue of the NASIG Newsletter is now available.  This issue features:

  • Updates about the 2018 conference, including a new feature with fun facts about Atlanta (the site of our next conference)
  • Reports from the 2017 NASIG Conference in Indianapolis (short summaries of many of the 2017 conference sessions, providing a sneak peek before the Proceedings are published)
  • Profiles of our new president, Steve Oberg, Jessica LaBrie, a first-time NASIG conference attendee, and CPC Co-Chair, Danielle Williams
  • Columns about you, dear reader, including updates on new members, retirements, and new research published by NASIG members
  • And more!

Check it out here:


Kate Moore
NASIG Newsletter, Editor-in-Chief
Associate Librarian
Coordinator of Collections & Online Resources
Indiana University Southeast

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Vision Speakers for the 2018 Conference

The Program Planning Committee is pleased to announce the Vision Speakers for the 2018 Annual NASIG Conference, “Transforming the Information Community.”

Sören Auer
auer-1Sören Auer studied Mathematics and Computer Science in Dresden, Hagen and Yekaterinburg (Russia). In 2006 he obtained his doctorate in Computer Science from Universität Leipzig. From 2006-2008 he worked with the database research group at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. In 2008 he founded AKSW research group at University of Leipzig, which he led till 2013. From 2013 to 2017, he held the chair for Enterprise Information Systems at University of Bonn and led a department at Fraunhofer Institute for Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS). In 2017 he was appointed as professor for Data Science and Digital Libraries at Leibniz University of Hannover and director of TIB German National Library of Science and Technology. Sören has made substantial contributions to semantic web technologies, knowledge engineering, software engineering, usability, as well as information systems. He received the ESWC 7-year best paper award and the OpenCourseware Innovation award. He led several large-scale collaborative research projects such as the European Union’s H2020 flagship project BigDataEurope. Sören is co-founder of high-impact research and community projects such as the Wikipedia semantification project DBpedia, the OpenCourseWare authoring platform or the spatial data integration platform LinkedGeoData. He serves as an expert for industry, the European Commission, the W3C and board member of the Open Knowledge Foundation.

Lisa Macklin


Lisa Macklin, JD, MLS is the Director of Scholarly Communications Office, Library and Information Technology Services at Emory University. Lisa collaborated with the Library Policy Committee and the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in Open Access Conversations at Emory. In March 2011, the Faculty Council endorsed an Open Access Policy that led to the creation of OpenEmory, a repository of Emory faculty-authored articles. In addition, an Open Access Publishing Fund was launched with OpenEmory, and provides funds to make it easier for Emory authors to publish in eligible open-access (OA) journals and books when no alternative funding is available. Lisa will continue working with faculty advisors as the Libraries implement these and other OA initiatives.

Lauren Smith


Lauren Smith is a Research Associate at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. She co-founded Voices for the Library, a UK-wide public libraries advocacy organisation, and she is involved in the Radical Librarians Collective. Her research focuses on: political information behaviour, political participation and citizenship; information/news/media/digital literacy; critical approaches to education and librarianship; social justice, access, equity and inclusion in education and information.

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NASIG Statement on Hurricane Harvey

NASIG Community,

Our sincere concerns and sympathies are with those affected by the enormous storm damage in the Houston and Gulf Coast area, including many NASIG members and libraries. Along with the American Library Association and other library organizations, we encourage you to consider offering your help via resources set up by the Texas Library Association (TLA) at the following webpage:

TLA Disaster Relief and Support for Libraries


Steve Oberg, President
Angela Dresselhaus, Vice-President/President-Elect
on behalf of the NASIG Executive Board”

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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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