2017 NASIG Election Slate

The following individuals are slated to appear on the ballot for the 2017 NASIG election:

Vice President/President-Elect (3-year term beginning 2017/18)

• Angela Dresselhaus, East Carolina University
• Danielle Williams, University of Evansville

Treasurer (3-year term beginning 2017/18)

• Jessica Ireland, Radford University
• Lisa Martincik, University of Iowa

Member-at-Large (3 to be elected; 2-year terms beginning 2017/18)

• Karen Davidson, Mississippi State University
• Katy DiVittorio, University of Colorado Denver
• Maria Hatfield, WT Cox Subscription Services
• Leigh Ann DePope, University of Maryland, College Park
• Andrew Wesolek, Clemson University
• Ted Westervelt, Library of Congress

Ballots, voting instructions, petition candidate instructions and candidate profiles are forthcoming and will be distributed in separate e-mail messages. Please address any questions to:

Patrick Carr
Chair, NASIG Nominations & Elections Committee 2016/17
patrick.l.carr@uconn.edu

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Vision Speakers for the 2017 Conference

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The Program Planning Committee is pleased to announce the Vision Speakers for the 2017 Conference “Racing to the Crossroads.”

Dr. Michel Dumontier will open the conference Vision Sessions on June 9th. Dr. Dumontier is an expert in the development and use of semantic technologies and machine learning for knowledge discovery. Since January 2017, he is a University Professor of Data Science at Maastricht University, where he leads a new Institute for Data Science that acts as a focal point for data science research and teaching across the University, enhances the management and analysis of public and private data, and pursues the development of effective approaches for knowledge exploration, analysis, and discovery across all domains.

Previously he was an Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Stanford University, and an Associate Professor of Bioinformatics at Carleton University.  Dr. Dumontier’s research aims to develop methods to integrate, mine, and make sense of large, complex, and heterogeneous data. His current research interests include (1) using multi-scale biomedical data for drug repositioning and combination therapy, and (2) developing predictive and crowdsourcing methods to improve the quality of experimental metadata. Dr. Dumontier is an Advisory Committee Representative for the World Wide Web Consortium, a co-Chair for the W3C Semantic Web for Health Care and the Life Sciences Interest Group, a scientific advisor for the EBI-EMBL Chemistry Services Division, and the Scientific Director for Bio2RDF, an open source project to build a network of Linked Data for the Life Sciences. He is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief for a Data Science, a new journal with IOS Press to feature open access, open review, and semantic publishing.

 

The second Vision Session on June 19th will feature April Hathcock. Ms. Hathcock is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at NYU where she educates the campus community on issues of ownership, access, and rights in the research lifecycle. Before entering librarianship, she practiced intellectual property and antitrust law for a global private firm. Her research interests include diversity and inclusion in librarianship, cultural creation and exchange, and the ways in which social and legal infrastructures benefit the works of certain groups over others. She is the author of the article “White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in LIS” and the blog At the Intersection, which examines issues at the intersection of feminism, libraries, social justice, and the law.

Carol Tilley closes out the Vision Sessions on June 11th. Ms. Tilley is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at University of Illinois. She studies the intersection of young people, comics, and libraries, particularly in the United States during the mid-twentieth century. Her research on anti-comics advocate Fredric Wertham was featured in the New York Times and other media outlets. An in-demand speaker on the history of comics readership and libraries, Tilley was a 2016 Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards judge and currently serves as Vice-President / President-Elect of the Comics Studies Society.

 

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Core Competencies for Scholarly Communication Librarians

The NASIG Scholarly Communications Core Competencies Task Force (CCTF) has released the final draft of the Core Competencies for Scholarly Communication Librarians. 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.

The CCTF will hold discussion sessions at the 32th annual NASIG conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, to gather feedback on the draft Core Competencies for Scholarly Communication Librarians. NASIG members are also invited to submit their comments to the Task Force by email.

 

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NASIG Statement of Inclusion

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January 27, 2017

To: NASIG members and the associated professional community

In the wake of the recent contentious U.S. Presidential election, many people have expressed fear that our nation is ripe for an environment in which diverse views and characteristics are no longer valued. While our focus as a membership organization is “to advance and transform the management of information resources,” we cannot forget that this work is done by individual people who are experiencing a multitude of emotions right now, and therefore we must also do what we can to ensure that NASIG remains a space where a diversity of perspectives is welcomed, but divisive and abusive behaviors are not.

For more than 30 years, NASIG has been an organization dedicated to creating a community among a diverse group of individuals in the information chain. We have welcomed individuals from all scholarly communication perspectives, striving for a shared understanding of our challenges and goals. Our membership represents many walks of life in terms of sexual orientation, race, religion, etc., and we honor and value these varied characteristics in our constituents.

In recent years, injustices and imbalances in our world have been brought to light in more ways than were available to us before. We recognize that these are not new, but as we have become more aware of the impact on our lives and the lives of those around us, we are also seeing the widening of a divide between individuals.

To that end, we have evolved and expanded our Code of Conduct to clarify the expectations we have for the behavior of NASIG members not only at our annual conference, but in other NASIG venues, both physical and virtual. NASIG does not tolerate discrimination or harassment in any form.  If any member or conference attendee feels they are experiencing such in a NASIG-sponsored venue, please contact a member of the Board immediately so that we can take appropriate action.

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NASIG Code of Conduct –  https://goo.gl/OrFppM

Anna Creech, 2016-17 NASIG President
on behalf of the 2016-17 NASIG Board

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NASIG Standards Committee Announcement: COUNTER 5 release

COUNTER is developing a new release, COUNTER 5. COUNTER 5 will have fewer reports, 36 reduced to 15, and fewer metric types, 25 fields  reduced to 10, but aims to be more flexible and have more of a focus on demonstrating value in report results.

The current discussion draft Code of Practice for COUNTER 5 was published in January and there will be three consultation webinars during the planned period of feedback and input from January-March 2017.

Interested members of the NASIG community are encouraged to sign up to attend one of the webinars as a way of providing input to COUNTER.

26 January 2017 – Time: 15:00 GMT, 10:00 EST, 07:00 PST, 16:00 CET, 20:30 IST     https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BMBJJH3

23 February 2017 – Time 15:00 GMT, 10:00 EST, 07:00 PST, 16:00 CET, 20:30 IST     https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BX68LF7

23 March 2017 – Time: 15:00 GMT, 11:00 EDT, 08:00 PDT, 16:00 CET, 20:30 IST     https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/B3LR5MQ

Emily Ray, NASIG Standards Committee COUNTER representative

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Deadline for 2017 Grants, Awards, and Scholarships is February 10th

The application deadline for 2017 Grants, Awards, and Scholarships cycle is just one month away!  Application packets must be emailed by Friday, February 10th to be considered. Please visit the Awards page for information about the each award and how to apply.

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December issue of the NASIG Newsletter

 

Hi NASIG members,

Just in time for your weekend reading list, the complete December issue of the NASIG Newsletter is now available.  This issue features:

  • Profiles of the newly formed Standards Committee and Oliver Pesch, Chief Product Strategist at EBSCO, co-chair of NISO’s SUSHI Standing Committee, and chair of the COUNTER Board of Directors
  • Columns about you, dear reader, including updates from new members and members who have recently been promoted, and citations to new research published by NASIG members
  • Updates on the 2017 NASIG conference scheduled for June 8-11, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • SO MUCH MORE!

Check it out here: http://tigerprints.clemson.edu/nasig/vol31/iss4/

Cheers,

Kate Moore

NASIG Newsletter, Editor-in-Chief
kabmoore@ius.edu
Associate Librarian
Coordinator of Collections & Online Resources
Indiana University Southeast
812.941.2189

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