Call for NASIG Conference Proceedings Recorders

NASIG is seeking conference recorders for sessions at this year’s annual conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 8-11. Recorders are asked to attend specific sessions, take notes and then synthesize the notes into a readable, comprehensive report of the session for the Conference Proceedings. For vision sessions, recorders may be asked to listen to a recording of a presentation and work with the speaker to create a report for publication in the Proceedings. Recorders will work under the general direction of the Proceedings Editors.

If you are able to write clear, organized prose, and submit a report by July 28th, please consider this opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the profession and to NASIG.

To apply, please fill at the application form at:

Application Deadline: May 8th

The application will require:

  • Your contact information
  • Whether you have previously served as a recorder for the NASIG Proceedings and the year(s)
  • A link to a writing sample. The writing sample can be on any topic; it does not have to be related to librarianship. The purpose of the writing sample is to illustrate your writing ability. Suggested samples include journal articles, book chapters, research papers, or reports on a process, event, or meeting. Minutes of meetings or brief book reviews are not appropriate as they do not offer enough text to gauge writing style/ability.

Regards from the editors,

Kristen Wilson
Associate Head, Acquisitions and Discovery (Serials), North Carolina State University

Cindy Shirkey
Head of Collection Development at East Carolina University

Leigh Ann DePope
Head, Acquisitions and Data Services, University of Maryland

Paul Moeller
Director of Metadata Services, University of Colorado Boulder

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NASIG 2017 Conference Mentoring Program

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 first-time attendees.

The only requirement to be a mentee is attendance at the 32nd Annual NASIG Conference in Indianapolis.

To be a mentor, we ask that 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’ll also check on your mentee periodically during the conference.

We invite all mentees and mentors to the First-timers Reception on Thursday, June 8 at 4:00  pm. This is a great time to meet up with your mentor or mentee and get to know one another.

The deadline for applications will be Wednesday, May 24, 2017. After all applications are received, we will contact you with the name of your mentor or mentee. This program has been very successful for a number of 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 for additional information about the mentoring program.

Sandy Folsom, Chair
NASIG Mentoring Group

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NASIG Webinar: Introduction to SUSHI – May 18, 2017

NASIG Webinar: Introduction to SUSHI

Date: May 18, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm (ET)
Length: 1 hour

Registration Deadline for live event: May 17, 2017.

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

Late registration dates to purchase recording: May 19, 2017 through November 18, 2017. After November 18, 2017 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)


This webinar will provide an overview and introduction to SUSHI, the ANSI/NISO Standard used to enable automated harvesting of usage statistics for electronic resources.  Topics covered will include how SUSHI works, relevant software, how you can find the information you need to successfully configure SUSHI requests, and the upcoming changes to SUSHI that are proposed in the current draft of COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5.


Anne C. Osterman is Director of the Virtual Library of Virginia, the consortium of the 72 nonprofit college and university libraries within the Commonwealth of Virginia.  She currently serves on the NISO SUSHI Standing Committee and the COUNTER Release 5 Communication Sub-Group, and she is Chair of the Supervisory Board of Usus.

Oliver Pesch works as chief strategist for EBSCO Information Services where he helps set direction for EBSCO’s resource management and access products. He is currently co-chair of the NISO SUSHI Standing Committee; chair of the COUNTER board of directors; serves on both the COUNTER Executive Committee and Technical Advisory Groups; and, chairs the COUNTER Release 5 Technical Working Group.

Registration Link:

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New Proceedings Editors

Hello NASIG Members,

I am pleased to announce that Paul Moeller and Cindy Shirkey will be joining the NASIG Proceedings Editors this summer.

Paul Moeller, Director of Metadata Services at University of Colorado Boulder will become the new Production Editor.

Cindy Shirkey, Head of Collection Development at East Carolina University will join Kristen Wilson in the role of Proceedings Editor.


Angela Dresselhaus
Head of Electronic Resources,
East Carolina University

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2018 and 2019 Conference Sites

On behalf of the Site Selection Committee (Anna Creech, Anne McKee, and myself) and the Executive Board, I am really pleased to let you know that sites for the 2018 and 2019 conferences have been chosen.
  • For 2018, we will visit Atlanta, GA. The conference hotel will be the Grand Hyatt Atlanta – Buckhead, and the dates will be June 7-10.
  • The 2019 conference location will mark a return to Pittsburgh, PA (where the 1999 conference was held), and the conference site will be the Omni William Penn Hotel. Dates will be June 5-8.
We were really impressed, not only by hotel amenities, but the wealth of interesting cultural, dining, and travel opportunities offered by both cities for NASIG attendees. Both locations were very eager to host our event. And as Anna noted in a recent email to you all, our hope is to be able to return to them on a site rotation schedule in future.
At the moment, I am working on committee appointments for 2017/18 so if anyone is particularly interested in working on the Conference Planning Committee (CPC) for 2018 and hasn’t yet volunteered, please contact me directly. In addition, we are hoping to get an early start on CPC for the 2019 conference, so if anyone is interested in that opportunity, please also let me know. Angela Dresselhaus  (incoming Vice-President/President-Elect) and I will work together to appoint that group.
Mark your calendars and plan to attend at these two very special locations!

Steve Oberg

NASIG Vice-President/President-Elect
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Passing of John Riddick

On behalf of the NASIG organization, the Executive Board wishes to express our great sorrow for the loss of John Riddick.  Without John’s leadership, vision and driving force, NASIG would not be entering its 32nd year.  As our founder, John is held in high regard and is owed a great debt of gratitude.

As NASIG’s primary marketing strategist in 1984/85, John tirelessly promoted the concept of a North American group for all participants in the serials information chain. John believed in what he called the “technique of personal marketing” – hundreds of hand-typed letters traveled throughout North America and designated ambassadors spread the word through visits and phone calls.   His plan was a great success and the first conference had over 250 attendees and soon after the organization was off and running.

Self-effacing, never taking credit himself, John always talked about the collaborative efforts of all those involved.  In his speech at the 10th conference (1996), John said, “And thus there was no heroic figure … NASIG was conceived and brought forth through the efforts and dedication of many individuals.”  John capably motivated the right people and ensured that all sectors of the information chain were represented – libraries, vendors, publishers, and other service entities.

Most of all, he thrived in being a mentor and in seeing NASIG become a leading serials organization.  Once he saw that others were able to take over, John stepped back and did not seek recognition. He had other projects to focus on – his research in British India.

In honor of John’s valuable contribution, the Executive Board in 2010 named the student scholarships the “John Riddick Student Grant Award”.  The award entitles library school students to attend the NASIG conference with transportation and registration covered by NASIG.  John originated the idea and the first scholarships were given in 1988.

To continue to celebrate John’s life, the NASIG Executive Board made a donation to CMU Library.  We are so fortunate that John envisioned and then ensured that NASIG continues into the future.

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Deadline Extended: Great Ideas Showcase and Snapshot Sessions – Call for Proposals

The NASIG Program Planning Committee (PPC) invites proposals for the Great Ideas Showcase and the Snapshot Sessions for the 32nd NASIG conference in Indianapolis, IN, June 8 to 11. The theme of the conference is “Racing to the Crossroads.”

The Great Ideas Showcase will be held on Friday, June 9, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., and the Snapshot Sessions will be held immediately after on Friday, June 9, from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. Presenters must be available to discuss their showcases or present their snapshots during that time.

The Great Ideas Showcase will provide an opportunity to share innovative ideas, new workflows, and new applications of technology in an interactive and informal setting. Great Ideas can be demonstrated in a variety of ways – posters, laptops, tablets, e-readers, etc. Participants will be given a table or poster board (3.5’ x 7.5’) to showcase their idea to attendees, depending on their need.

The Snapshot Sessions will consist of up to eight 5-minute presentations with a focus on an idea, project, workflow, etc.  If you’ve always wanted to speak at NASIG, but haven’t felt like you had enough to say for a full session, this is a great opportunity for you.

Proposals may present a report of a research study, an analysis of a practical problem-solving effort, or a description of an innovative program that may be of interest to the NASIG community. Proposals should name any particular products or services that are integral to the content of the showcase or snapshot. However, as a matter of NASIG policy, showcases and snapshots should not be used as a venue to promote or attack any product, service, or institution.

Submit your Great Ideas Showcase proposal here:

Submit your Snapshot Session proposal here:

Proposals must be received by 5pm EST on Friday, April 14, 2017. Members of the Program Planning Committee will evaluate abstracts, and presenters will be notified of the status of their proposal by mid-April. (Note: Presenters for the Great Ideas Showcase or Snapshot Sessions do not qualify for a registration discount. Presenters must be registered for either the full conference or for Friday single day registration.)

Inquiries may be sent to the NASIG PPC Chair and Vice-Chair, Steve Kelley and Violeta Ilik, at

We look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis!

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