NASIG Executive Board: Call for Nominations

The Nominations & Elections Committee invites nominations for Vice-President/President-Elect, Secretary, and three Member-At-Large Board positions. Information on each office is found under the Officers and Executive Board Job Descriptions.

If you have someone in mind who would be great for a NASIG office, including yourself (self-nominations welcome), please complete the nomination form.

**** The deadline for nominations is Monday, November 6, 2017. ****

You may submit multiple nominations for one office by submitting separate forms. If you have trouble with the online form , please send nominations to Erika Ripley (N&E Chair, All active NASIG members are eligible for nomination except current members of the Nominations & Elections Committee.

Please contact the Nominations & Elections Committee chairs if you have any questions: Erika Ripley or Stephanie Adams

Many thanks for your participation! 


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Recordings for archived webinars now available

Recordings for the following webinars are now available.

1. COUNTER Release 5 Free Webinar
Monday, July 17, 2017
Link to recording.

2. NASIG 2017 First Timers Lightning Q&A Session
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Link to recording.

3. ER Sleuths are on the Case: Best Practices for e-resource Acquisitions
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Link to recording.

4. An Introduction to COUNTER usage reports for Librarians-20161020 1700-1
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Link to recording.

6. Troubleshooting Electronic Resources with ILL Data-20160218 1800-1
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Link to recording.

7. Planning for the Budget-ocalypse: The Evolution of a Serials/ER Cancellation Methodology-20150420 1801-1
Monday, April 20, 2015
Link to recording.

8. The Electronic Resource Librarian’s Role in Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communications
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Link to recording.

9. DIY E-Resources Management: Basics of Information Architecture
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Link to recording.

12. Scholar Commons @ USF: Sharing Knowledge Worldwide
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Link to recording.

13. Working Outside of the Library: “With Google you are not limited. You have as much as you can pull up
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Link to recording.

14. From scratch: Designing serials and e-resources tools for Kuali OLE
Friday, February 22, 2013
Link to recording.

15. Publisher Metadata in Library Systems and How It Helps the User
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Link to recording.

16. Effective Negotiation in the 21st Century: From Computer-Mediated Communication to Playing Hardball
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Link to recording.

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November NASIG Webinar: Tracking Down the Problem: The Development of a Web-Scale Discovery Troubleshooting Workflow

Title: Tracking Down the Problem: The Development of a Web-Scale Discovery Troubleshooting Workflow
Date: November 16, 2017
Time: 1pm Eastern Time


When the University of North Texas Libraries first implemented Summon as their web-scale discovery service, the staff encountered many anecdotal reports of problems with the service, but often were unable to replicate the issues themselves due to lack of concrete details. With the complexity involved with diagnosing problems, most patrons were unable to provide the level of detail needed to determine what the root cause of an issue might be. Realizing that they needed a more effective way to gather information about these phantom problems, in 2013 they added an error reporting link to their results pages which harvested metadata about specific citations and links, enabling them to begin effectively troubleshooting the errors. Since that time, they have received over 7,000 error reports for review and have developed their workflows to resolve these issues as best they can with limited staff time. This presentation will walk through the basic troubleshooting workflows, provide a breakdown of the types of errors encountered, and share some analysis of the most frequently encountered errors and their causes.

Registration link:

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Pre-conference Presenters and Topics Announced for the 2018 NASIG Annual Conference

The NASIG Program Planning Committee is pleased to announce the following pre-conference workshop presenters and topics (dates and times TBD):

  • Linked DataAmber Billey and Robert Rendall (Columbia University)
  • MarcEdit – Terry Reese (Ohio State University)
  • Serials Cataloging (CONSER) Steve Shadle (University of Washington)
  • EZproxy Hank Sway (OCLC)

The 2018 NASIG Annual Conference will be held in Atlanta, GA from Friday June 8 – Monday June 11, 2018, with pre-conference workshops on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning prior to the conference opening.

The call for proposals for NASIG’s 33rd Annual Conference is open! Please submit your proposals by November 15, 2017.

Questions may be sent to the Program Planning Committe at:

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NASIG Webinar: How Accessible Is Our Collection? Performing an E-Resources Accessibility Review

NASIG Webinar: How Accessible Is Our Collection? Performing an E-Resources Accessibility Review

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm (ET)
Length: 1 hour


As usage of electronic resources has grown, ensuring that e-resources are accessible by users with disabilities has often gone ignored. While vendors are increasingly taking steps to address this issue, there is a noticeable lack of consistency across e-resource platforms. American University Library undertook a project to assess the accessibility of its subscribed e-resources and documented the efforts being made by vendors to make their products accessible. This webinar will describe methods and resources for compiling an accessibility inventory, and outline how libraries can further engage with vendors on this crucial issue. The webinar is adapted from a session held at the 2017 NASIG conference in Indianapolis, IN.


Michael Fernandez is the Electronic Resources Librarian at American University, where he oversees an ERM unit responsible for providing access to a diverse array of databases, e-journals, e-books, and datasets. He received his MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has previously held positions at the National Library of Medicine and the University of Mary Washington. His research interests include licensing, collection management, and ERM staffing.

This webinar will be recorded and made available to registrants after the webinar is completed.

 Late registration dates to purchase recording: October 19, 2017 through April 18, 2018. After April 18, 2018 the recording will be made freely available.

Webinar Rates:

NASIG members: $35

NASIG student members: $15

NISO members: $35

NASIG non-member: $50

Group registration: $95

(NASIG members should login for member rate)

(NASIG student members and NISO members will need to contact the NASIG Continuing Education Committee ( prior to registering in order to receive a priority code used for getting the listed rates)

Registration link

Registration Deadline for live event: October 18, 2017.

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2018 Call for Proposals – Transforming the Information Community

NASIG 33rd Annual Conference

Transforming the Information Community

June 8 to 11, 2018

Atlanta, GA

Publishers, vendors, librarians, and others in the fields of electronic resources, serials, library publishing and scholarly communication are encouraged to submit proposals relating to scholarly communication, publishing, resource acquisition, management, and discovery. Proposals based on emerging trends, case studies, and descriptive and experimental research findings are encouraged.  Proposals reflecting the conference theme will be especially valued.

As we have in recent years, the PPC specifically welcomes programs focusing on the Core Competencies that the NASIG Core Competency Task Forces developed for Electronic Resources Librarians, Print Serials Management, and Scholarly Communication Librarians. Please refer to the Core Competencies.

Program topics inspired by the Core Competencies include:

  • Electronic resource life cycle and management
  • Collection analysis and development
  • Standards and systems of cataloging and classification, metadata, and indexing
  • Licensing and legal framework
  • Standards, initiatives, and best practices
  • Personal qualities of electronic and/or print serials resources librarians as defined in the NASIG Core Competencies for Electronic Resources Librarians and Print Serials Management.
  • Scholarly communication (copyright, institutional repositories, publishing, data management)
  • Life cycle of print serials
  • Workflow of print resources
  • Effective communication with those within and outside the library community
  • Supervision and management of staff working in areas included in the core competencies
  • Management of projects related to electronic and/or print resources or scholarly communication

Please use the online form to submit a proposal or program or idea. This Call for Proposals opens on September 18, 2017 and will close on November 15, 2017.

Please note the following:

  • The PPC welcomes proposals that are still in the formative stages, and may work with potential presenters to focus their proposals further.
  • Proposals should name any particular products or services that are integral to the content of the presentation. However, as a matter of NASIG policy, programs should not be used as a venue to promote or attack any product, service, or institution.
  • Time management issues generally limit each session to one to three speakers for conference sessions. Panels of four (4) or more speakers are discouraged and must be discussed in advance with the Program Planning Committee (
  • Please refer to the NASIG reimbursement policy for reimbursement of speaker expenses.
  • All session speakers must complete a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) prior to speaking at the conference.
  • All speakers must honor NASIG’s Code of Conduct.
  • NASIG may provide online live streaming of presentation sessions, and all speakers will be required to give NASIG the right to stream this content.

Inquiries may be sent to PPC at:

Don’t forget to check out our Vision Speakers and confirmed pre-conference presenters and topics!

We look forward to a great conference in Atlanta!

Violeta Ilik and Maria Collins
NASIG PPC Chair and Vice-Chair

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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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