Report on the 2015 NASIG Award Winners
Post Conference Wrap-Up
At the 2015 NASIG annual conference, the Awards and Recognitions Committee presented the following awards: the John Riddick Student Grant, the Fritz Schwartz Serial Award, the NASIG grant for Mexican students, the Serials Specialist Award, the Rose Robischon Scholarship, and the Horizon Award. Each award included a financial component offsetting award winners' expenses to the conference. At the close of the conference each award winner was asked to comment on their experience. Questions were asked in the form of a survey, a compilation of their responses is included below.
Why do you feel it is worthwhile for newcomers to the
field of serials to attend a NASIG conference?
It really will give you a well-rounded and general
understanding of the field. The breakout sessions
are diverse that you can take a sampling of so many
different topics. A newcomer would surely walk
away knowing a little bit more about the hot button
topics in serials. It's also a wonderful opportunity to
get to know your peers who are just bursting to
answer your questions and share their professional
wisdom with you.
Yes! A conference is always a good way to jump into
a field, refine one's "pitch," learn to talk with other
The experience in a NASIG conference broadens our
perspective, opens the possibility for dialogue and
makes us able to compare the different methods on
building a serial collection.
Unlike the larger conferences with a broader scope,
the narrower focus on serials keeps the conference
small enough to allow better opportunities to get to
know others working in serials.
The main reason is the face to face interaction
(networking). They are able to gain insight and
knowledge from others with experience in the field.
Newcomers can gain valuable practical knowledge
from the seasoned and innovative speakers.
Professional relationships with fellow attendees can
also be a great way to learn about the field.
How did attending the conference benefit you
I have added to my knowledge bank! The
conference definitely reinforced the things that I am
learning in library school, and even added some
new concepts as well! It's one thing to hear about
open access mandates and e-resource management
in class. It's another thing to hear it coming from
librarians, vendors, and publishers at an
internationally recognized conference.
For me, NASIG was a learning experience I did not
expect. I thought that I would be in a very pro-open
access environment, but I found myself among
librarians and professionals with much more
nuanced views. In many cases, I met colleagues
whose professions depended on various aspects of
the scholarly publishing "status quo." This exposed
me to people and perspectives I would not have
sought out otherwise, and made me a better open
access advocate for it.
The conference helped me to understand different
points of view on the subject, to see serial
collections in a new perspective.
I gained a betters sense of the current scholarship in
serials, I met others tackling some of the same
issues I have been examining, and I reconnected
with colleagues from previous positions.
Attending the sessions gave me a better
understanding on how to deal with certain aspects
of my job. Also, during the socials I meet some
great people who were willing to share tips. I
enjoyed meeting the students, they had many
questions and I was happy to share what I knew.
It was wonderful to spend time with such a friendly
and relaxed group, and I felt very comfortable
during the conference. I found that many of the
conference session topics were very relevant to my
position, and I will definitely be applying lessons
learned to aspects of my own job.
Did attending the conference influence your career
plans? If so, how?
Most definitely. I am seriously considering a library
career in acquisitions and e-resources.
If anything, attending the conference confirmed my
career plans in aiming for a career in open access
and digital rights advocacy.
It had a big impact on my resume, and makes me
able to get a job on serials and to study the subject
Rather than changing my career plans, seeing a
continued need for the organization and
interpretation of data reaffirmed my concentration
on the technical side of serials management
My career plans were reconfirmed. I am interested
in upper management. Attending NASIG gave me
an idea of what skills I need to develop.
My career plans did not change by attending the
What can NASIG and/or the Awards & Recognition
Committee do to improve the NASIG Horizon Award
I would have really liked to attend one or two of the
post-conference workshops, but I couldn't work it in
my budget. That would have been a nice addition to
the award to be able to attend those without
My experience was overwhelmingly positive. The
application was not confusing, questions about the
application/process were answered quickly,
decision and disbursement details were
communicated comprehensively, and Tim was
extremely helpful with travel arrangements. Thank
This was the first time someone from my university
got the award. It was because they didn’t get
notifications earlier, and the students are not well
informed on the awards.
The timeframe for submission and announcement
seemed less concrete than it could have been.
Rose Robischon Scholarship – any scholarship that
offers financial assistance is great. After reviewing
the scholarships NASIG offers, none of them
mention a mentor. It would be great if the
recipients are assigned an experienced NASIG
member to serve as a mentor. I think this will be a
great assets especially for students.
Nothing. Every aspect of my experience was a
positive one. The various committee members who
contacted me regarding the fact that I had won, the
registration process, travel plans, & follow-ups
communicated swiftly, clearly, and professionally.
What could NASIG and/or the Awards & Recognition
Committee do to improve your conference
I would have liked planned, quick social activities in
between sessions. I found myself not really knowing
anyone, and the waiting in between sessions was
kind of long.
It would have been good to know more in advance
about expectations of award winners, especially
what events we should we absolutely be at (e.g. the
opening dinner). It would also be cool to have some
way to communicate with other award winners
before/after the conference, especially (for me, at
least!) with fellow students and early-career
I’d have liked to meet more people from the NASIG
group, and to see a more diverse group, especially
Everything was planned nicely, and I cannot think of
anything I would have wanted changed. I felt very
welcomed even as a paraprofessional among mostly
professionals, and the mentoring program and
firsttimers reception certainly helped, as well.
I had a great experience. I didn’t know the awards
winners would be recognized at the opening
reception. I would include this information so
winners know in advance.
My experience during the conference was positive
and I felt very welcomed. Communications
regarding the awards dinner, the first-timer &
mentoring cocktail hour and the committee
meeting breakfast were clear and any questions
that I posed were answered in a timely manner.
Do you have any other suggestions or comments?
Please tell us about them here.
The conference was truly a great experience. Thank
you for the opportunity.
Not that I can think of right now, but I will be in
touch if I do!
No, it was great overall.
I enjoyed listening to the speaker at the awards
dinner, and I thought it was refreshing to have that
slight break from serials scholarship to hear about
local DC history.
A group photo of the winners – set a no conflict
time if possible.
Can’t thank the Awards & Recognition Committee
enough, as well as NASIG as a whole, for providing
me with this wonderful and enlightening
experience. NASIG is obviously a very special group
and it has been an honor to meet and learn from
the speakers and other attendees. My only
suggestion is a selfish one – keep the conference in
How/where did you learn about NASIG's awards?
I received an e-mail on the University of Missouri
School of Information Science and Learning
Department (UW iSchool MLIS) listserv
My university got an invitation through AMBAC, the
Mexican association on library science. I was
working on the program coordination when it came
through, so I posted in Facebook and applied.
The announcement was emailed to all staff in my
department by my department head.
I learned about the awards via NASIG listserv and
did more research on the website
I learned about the awards on the NASIG Website. I
was browsing the NASIG Conference Archives to get
a sense of what this conference is all about, and
followed the ‘sponsors’ link.
Where should NASIG be promoting awards?
Everywhere! Lol, just kidding. To library schools
was the way I learned. I think that scholarship
seekers will look first to their school, so that would
be the best and most appropriate place.
It sounds like NASIG is already promoting to
schools/departments. Connecting with student
associations (ALISS, etc.) might also ensure that
students hear about it and pay attention when they
NASIG website, library listservs, MLS/MLIS
programs, other conferences
Promote awards on the conference registration’s
website. This serves as a reminder to members that
awards are available.
Large national/International listservs, small local
listservs, library schools, social media.