NASIG May Webinar – Making complicated processes simple: a look at how MarcEdit 7 is expanding the user tool kit

Date: May 18, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm (ET)
Length: 1 hour

Registration Deadline for live event: May 17, 2018.

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

Late registration dates to purchase recording: May 18, 2018 through November 17, 2018. The recording will be made freely available on November 18, 2018.

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)


MarcEdit 7 included a number of new tools and options; from a new focus on accessibility, to an emphasis on deeper integrations with other tools found in the library ecosystem. However, three new developments in MarcEdit 7 were specifically designed to remove significant technical barriers when need to:

* Cluster data for editing or identification purposes
* Process XML data from unknown or known formats
* Handle linked data reconciliation

This webinar will briefly look at each of these new functions, introducing users to some of the new ways MarcEdit helps libraries work with their data. These topics, and more, will be covered in more detail during NASIGs annual conference in Atlanta.


Terry Reese serves as the Head of Digital Initiatives for The Ohio State University Libraries. During his career in Libraries, Terry has worked throughout the Libraries…from interlibrary loan, reference and instruction, processing, cataloging, and finally digital initiatives. While at Oregon State University, Terry held the prestigious Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library services; leading various grants and open source projects related to discovery and findability of resources.

Since April 2013, Terry has called Columbus home, working with The Ohio State University Libraries to redevelop their digital library infrastructure, and reimagine the Library not only as a destination for collections and services, but as a digital platform that can both support and generate new research.

Terry is a sought-after speaker and instructor related to issues of discovery, digital preservation, and library metadata. His current research is focused on the ways in which libraries can leverage semantic web techniques to transform legacy library metadata into something new, and exciting. This work intersects with his development of MarcEdit, a metadata suite that is used tens of thousands of librarians annually from around the world. The project serves as not only as a platform to conduct research related to metadata reconciliation and the intersections of semantic data and library data, but as a platform for re-imagining library metadata workflows and processing.

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NASIG Digital Preservation Task Force Guides

One of the tasks the Digital Preservation Task Force is charged with is raising awareness about digital preservation initiatives. To that end, the Task Force has created three reference guides:

The Guides are intended to be a jumping off point for further research and discovery about digital preservation. Digital Preservation 101 is a broad introduction to digital preservation, lists relevant digital preservation initiatives, and links to several other applicable resources. The Guide to the Keepers Registry provides insight into how you may begin evaluating the preservation status of the digital scholarship in your collection. Talking Points and Questions to Ask Publishers about Digital Preservation offers direction about how to include digital preservation in conversations with your publishers and vendors.

Please share these guides with your colleagues. The Task Force welcomes any feedback or suggestions. Please email the committee at:

DPTF Members Wendy Robertson and Heather Staines will be joined by Jeremy Morse (University of Michigan) in discussion about digital preservation at the Library Publishing Coalition Forum on Tuesday, May 22 at 10am (Central Time).

DPTF Members Shannon Keller and Wendy Robertson will be joined by Kim Steinle (Duke University Press) to give an update about the task force’s work and recent developments with digital preservation initiatives at the NASIG Annual Conference. The session is on Saturday, June 9 at 10:45am.

Digital Preservation Task Force

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NASIG Newsletter Conference Reporters Wanted 2018: First Call

The NASIG Newsletter regularly publishes reports covering conference sessions in the September issue. We are soliciting your help in covering the sessions at the 2018 Conference in Atlanta, GA for inclusion in the Newsletter. We would like to cover all sessions. If you are planning to attend the conference and are interested in submitting a report on a session, please contact Rachel Erb (

Please indicate the session(s) that you would like to cover. The list of sessions is available here:

The following guidelines will apply:

  • The reporter’s name will appear in the byline as the author of the report.
  • The deadline for submitting a Newsletter conference report July 9, 2017 (about 3-4 weeks after the conference) for inclusion in the September issue.
  • Reports are generally summaries of presentations and may vary somewhat in length, scope, and depth of coverage, at the reporters’ discretion; reports must be full prose (not outlines or written out notes) and preferably between 250-500 words.
  • The Newsletter Editorial Board reserves the right to edit reports to any degree, or to not publish any report it deems inappropriate or unsatisfactory.
  • Reporting for the Newsletter is not the same as recording for the Conference Proceedings; Newsletter reports are generally less substantial than articles in the Proceedings. Focus your report on a few session highlights that would be of interest to our readers.
  • NASIG members, and especially the Newsletter Editorial Board, will be very appreciative and grateful for your report!
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Call for 2018 NASIG Conference Informal Discussion Groups and User Groups #NASIG18

The NASIG Program Planning Committee (PPC) invites ideas for topics and for volunteer discussion facilitators for Informal Discussion Groups and User Groups. The deadline for proposals is May 11th, 2018.

The Program Planning Committee invites suggestions for 1) topics to be considered by these groups and 2) would like to hear from any conference attendee who would like to facilitate an Informal Discussion Group or a User Group. The facilitator must be registered for the full conference.

Informal Discussion Groups (formerly known as Networking Nodes) serve to promote discussion among NASIG attendees who have a shared interest in a topic, idea, workflow, or problem. The emphasis of these sessions is open discussion and the generation of new ideas. Informal Discussion Groups will take place on Friday, June 8th, from 1 pm to 3 pm.

Please submit your  suggestions or volunteer to lead a group at .

If you have any questions, you can contact the Program Planning Committee at The deadline for submissions of topics and volunteers is May 11th, 2018.

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It is not too late to sign up to be a Mentee or Mentor for the First-Timers Reception

It is not too late to sign up to be a Mentee or Mentor for the First-Timers Reception.

Deadline to apply is Friday, May 4, 2018


NASIG’s Mentoring Group is again sponsoring a Conference Mentoring Program to help make new conference attendees feel more at ease, highlight membership benefits, and create networking opportunities. The program will match experienced NASIG conference attendees with new conference goers.

The only requirement to be a mentee is attendance at the 33rd Annual NASIG Conference in Atlanta, GA.

To be a mentor, we ask you have attended a previous NASIG conference, be willing to make contact with your mentee prior to the conference, and be willing to meet with your mentee at the conference. Of course, we hope you will also check on your mentee during the conference, especially at group social events, just to make sure they are not lonely.

We invite all mentees and mentors to the First-timers Reception on Friday, June 8th. This is a great time to meet up with your mentor or mentee for the first time and get to know one another.

The deadline for applications will be Friday, May 4, 2018. After all applications are received, we will contact you with the name of your partner. This program has been very successful for several years and we look forward to your participation this year!

Click here to sign up to be a mentor or mentee.

Please feel free to contact me or any committee member for additional information about the mentoring program.

Trina Holloway, chair,
Nadine Ellero, member,
Sandy Folsom, member,
Rachel Lundberg, member,

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Proposed Changes to Bylaws at the Member Forum at the Annual Conference Update

Based on comments received, the Bylaws Committee has made some wording changes to Article VIII, the second paragraph on voting to distinguish between in-person and online balloting. The comment period will be open until Wednesday May 30, 2018.  All changes to the bylaws include: 1) changing what constitutes a valid online vote for future bylaw changes; 2) terms of office for committee members and circumstances for granting an exception; and 3) minor updates in language for clarity and accuracy (defining organization and name of the Nominations & Elections Committee)

Proposed Changes include: (see text in red)

Article III. Membership

Section 1. Membership rights and responsibilities.

Active membership shall consist of individual members or organizational members who remit dues, and shall carry with it the right to vote, to hold office, and to share in the benefits afforded by the objectives of NASIG. Organizations (for-profit or non-profit) receive three memberships to be used by individuals in the organization.  Each of the three individuals within the member organization is a full member of NASIG with all rights and privileges.  The organization itself is not a member and cannot vote or otherwise function in NASIG as a collective entity.  Members shall act in accordance with the stated purposes and policies of NASIG and abstain from actions tending to injure the good name of the organization, disturb its well-being, or hamper its work. In cases where infractions occur, the Executive Board may take action as necessary.

Article VI. Committees.

Section 1. Composition.

Any active member of NASIG shall be eligible to serve on committees. The President of NASIG shall serve as an ex-officio member of all committees, except the Nominations & Elections Committee.

Section 2. Standing Committees.

Standing committees, and their chairpersons, shall be appointed by the Vice President/President elect with the approval of the Executive Board for terms commencing after the conference at which the Vice President assumes the Presidency. The size of the committee shall be determined by its needs. Committees may be subdivided, and additional appointments made by the current President with the approval of the Executive Board and the chairpersons of the committees.

Section 3. Terms of Office.

Members of standing committees, except the Nominations & Elections Committee and the Standards Committee, shall be appointed for terms of two years unless appointed by special action of the Board, and may be reappointed for a second term.

Members of the Nominations & Elections Committee shall be appointed for terms of one year. Nominations & Elections Committee members can be reappointed for a second one year term provided that at least 50 percent of the committee consists of new members.

Members of the Standards Committee shall be appointed for terms of five years.

The Vice President of NASIG shall have the discretion to appoint a committee member to a third consecutive term without an intervening period if that appointment is for chair or vice-chair. In all other cases, members are limited to serving on the same committee for no more than two consecutive terms without an intervening period of two years.

When establishing a new committee, half of the members shall be appointed for a one-year term and half for a two-year term in order to have staggered terms thereafter. After the first year, all terms will be for two years or the length specified in the Bylaws.

Article VIII. Meetings and Voting.

An annual business meeting shall be called by the Executive Board, to be held at the site of, and in conjunction with, the Annual Conference. Other meetings, either virtual or in person, may be called by the Executive Board as deemed necessary. Notice of meetings shall be distributed to the membership at least thirty days in advance of the meeting and shall include notice of business to be transacted.

Voting may be conducted either in-person or via an online ballot. To pass, in-person votes or ballots require a two-thirds majority of those present. To pass, online ballots require a two-thirds majority of those participating in the vote. If the ballot includes an amendment to the bylaws, it will adhere to the guidelines set out in Article XII.

Article XII. Amendments to Bylaws.

Proposed amendments may be submitted in writing to the committee responsible for bylaws, or may be presented at any meeting of the membership. Proposed amendments shall be distributed to the membership by the committee responsible for bylaws at least thirty days prior to the call for vote. Voting shall be conducted as provided for in Article VIII. An amendment shall become effective after adoption, unless otherwise stated.[Adopted 4/19/94; amended 1996; amended 1997; revised 2003; revised 2004; revised 2007; revised 2008; revised 2009; revised 2010; revised 2014; revised 2016]

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New Proceedings Editors

Hello NASIG Members,

I am pleased to announce that Courtney McAllister and Cecilia Genereux will be joining the NASIG Proceedings Editors this summer.

Cecilia Genereux, Continuing Resources Metadata Librarian at the University of Minnesota, will become the new Production Assistant.

Courtney McAllister, Electronic Resources Librarian at The Citadel, will join Cindy Shirkey in the role of Proceedings Editor.


Paul Moeller
Director of Metadata Services
University of Colorado Boulder

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