September 2008

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September 2008

PRESIDENT'S CORNER Jill Emery 0 NASIG President 0 0 Guests: Cory Tucker, Co-Chair, 2008 Conference Planning Committee Sandra Wiles, Co-Chair, 2008 Conference Planning Committee Erika Ripley, Co-Chair, 2008 Program Planning Committee Sarah George Wessel, Co-Chair, 2008 Program Planning Committee, Incoming Member-At- Large Bob Boissy, Incoming Member-At-Large Virginia Taffurelli , Incoming Member-At-Large , USA 70 71 - CONFERENCE PHOTOS 13 OPENING SESSION 20 OPENING RECEPTION 21 PRECONFERENCES 21 VISION SESSIONS 26 STRATEGY SESSIONS 29 TACTICS SESSIONS 41 POSTER SESSIONS 52 USER GROUP - SIRSIDYNIX 53 BUSINESS MEETING 54 BRAINSTORMING SESSION 55 POST-CONFERENCE BOARD WRAP-UP 57 REPORT FROM AWARD WINNERS 58 CONFERENCE EVALUATION SUMMARY REPORT 61 PROFILES JILL EMERY OTHER NASIG NEWS CONFERENCE REGISTRATION WINNER LSOC SEEKS NEW AMBASSADORS 2007 PROCEEDINGS AVAILABLE PUBLICIST DUTIES SHIFT TO PUB/PR COMMITTEE ANNUAL REPORT – E&A OTHER SERIALS NEWS ALA CONTINUING RESOURCES UPDATE FORUM ALA SERIALS STANDARDS UPDATE FORUM 66 Vol. 23, no. 3 September 2008 72 73 74 75 ALPSP AWARDS 2008 SHORTLIST WHAT’S HOT It was hot in Phoenix in June and most of us liked it, thanks to an amazing venue, wonderful conference planners, and fantastic conference program planning. It’s currently hovering around 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Austin, and I can tell you it’s not nearly as much fun as Phoenix was. Each year, NASIG’s Program Planning and Conference Planning Committee members outdo themselves, and while I don’t expect the weather temperatures to be as high in Asheville, North Carolina, next June, I’m already convinced that the conference and program planning will be equally impressive! The current conference theme for 2009 is “Riding the Rapids through a Mountain of Change,” which is certainly how I feel on any given day at work. Keep your eyes out for the upcoming calls for presentation topics as the Program Planning Committee begins to set about putting together more great programming. This past year, we experimented with organizational sponsorships for the annual conference and as it turns out, it is a good thing we did. Twelve thousand dollars came in from our limited and focused sponsorship drive and this funding resulted in NASIG maintaining a profit balance of $4K on the conference overall. Given these results, the board is convinced that organizational sponsorships should be further developed this next year. The duty of conducting the organizational sponsorship drive for the 2009 conference has been given to Char Simser. As past president, she has both the working knowledge of NASIG and a broader understanding of the organizations that may be willing to help us out with the conference. A list of close to sixty possible sponsors from North Carolina, the publishing realm, libraryland in general, and the vendor community has been identified and will be targeted for this year’s sponsorship drive. Knowing Char, this is sure to be a successful endeavor! WHAT’S NEW There are a few new task forces at work this year. One task force, the Administrative Support Task Force, is being chaired by Katy Ginanni and is currently hard at work identifying tasks an administrative support person would do for the management of various NASIG duties in the future. This group is working very diligently and we expect to see exciting times ahead as they continue to develop this position. The other task force is looking at reimbursement costs for speakers and examining the equity of cost structures currently in place for strategy and tactics session speakers. This past year with the change to conference programming to have few sessions repeat, more speakers received reimbursements of one form or another. Dan Tonkery is leading a small focused group through various analyses of the current cost structures in place, and this group should have a recommendation to the board for speaker reimbursement changes before the fall board meeting. Lastly, we’re beginning the planning for putting together a 25th Anniversary Task Force to focus on events and a potential publication on NASIG’s history for the 2010 conference. All in all, there are a number of members doing lots of additional work to help maintain the momentum created by Denise Novak and Char Simser and I look forward to seeing what happens next! The Financial Development Committee has been reformed and will be chaired by Denise Novak. This group is also getting to work identifying tasks to be accomplished and defining short-term goals that are more manageable within the scope of any year. Again, this is a dedicated group who will provide us with a firmer platform for financial stability, work that was begun by former NASIG President Steve Savage. The Electronic Communications Committee has done an amazing job with the management of the new discussion lists set-up and the further development of the content management system for the website. All members of ECC are to be commended, especially the chairs, Dalene Hawthorne and Jia Mi, for all their hard work. I’m constantly hearing praise for the new site and for a relatively smooth transition, which isn’t the easiest thing to accomplish in today’s technological age. For those NASIG members on Facebook and LinkedIn, NASIG has been added as a group and everyone is encouraged to join in adding themselves to both groups. WHAT’S COMING UP Currently, I’m in transit to meet Joyce Tenney and Rick Anderson to view some possible venues for the 2010 conference. We’re excited by the proposals we’ve received and look forward to bringing our 2010 conference proposal to the NASIG Board at the fall board meeting. Joyce has helped make our jobs easier and more concise by drafting site evaluation forms that are already proving to be useful for gathering all the various evaluation points we look at during a site visit. Once we’ve finalized these evaluation forms, we’ll post a blank one to the forms area on the NASIG website for future venues to use and for the membership to see as well. Speaking of the fall board meeting, it will be early this year. We’ll be holding it 16-18 September so as not to conflict with peak fall foliage viewing in Asheville. This pushes some scheduled items up earlier, such as committee budgets and reports to the board. Many board members are experimenting with different means of transportation to Asheville. Some of us will fly directly into Asheville, some will drive in, and some of us are flying into Charlotte and renting a minivan. I hope to have a report for the next NASIG Newsletter about how all our various transportation experiments work out. Given the early fall board meeting, the board’s conference call that is normally held in August will be moved to November to help make sure we’ve got everything on track for the Midwinter board meeting at the University of Denver. Many, many thanks to our NASIG colleagues at the University of Denver who have been instrumental in helping us make these arrangements. At this point, I’m really looking NASIG Executive Board Minutes Joyce Tenney, NASIG Secretary forward to Denver in January given the weather report showing another week of 100+ temperatures in Austin! Lastly, I really hope NASIG members will be in touch with me throughout this next year. I can be reached most readily at: Date, Time: June 4, 2008, 8:36 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Place: Tapatio Cliffs, Phoenix, Arizona Attending: Char Simser, President Jill Emery, Vice President/President-Elect Peter Whiting, Treasurer Denise Novak, Past President Joyce Tenney, Secretary Members-At-Large: Rick Anderson Anna Creech Kim Maxwell Alison Roth Bob Schatz Jeff Slagell Ex-Officio Member: Kathryn Wesley, NASIG Newsletter, Editor-inChief Guests: 1.0 Welcome (Simser) Simser called the meeting to order at 8:36 a.m. She welcomed all to the meeting and reviewed the rules of order. I welcome feedback on any of the topics discussed here or any other NASIG business you’d like to discuss! 2.0 Secretary’s report (Tenney) 2.1 Approval of board action items since January meeting. 2/12/08 Minutes of the January 2008 NASIG Executive Board were approved. 2/19/08 Board approves the CEC request to $500.00 support for the NETSL meeting. 2.2 Action items from January meeting Tenney requested that everyone review the action items and let her know if there are any updates. Also, please review the contact information on the board roster list and send any updates. Simser reminded all board members to review the NASIG working calendar and send any updates to the secretary. 3.0 Treasurer’s report (Whiting) 3.1 Report Whiting reported the following: Memberships continue to be processed with the Database & Directory Committee. As of May 22, 2008 we have 733 memberships. Donations have been down because people could only write checks for renewals during the transition to the new website. They tend to only pay for their NASIG membership if they have to write a check. ArcStone uses Chase Paymentech for processing credit card. The credit card charges and fees have gone up. Chase Paymentech has agreed to lower the percent rate for both Visa and MasterCard. ACTION ITEM: Whiting will work with ArcStone over the summer to get our credit card processing fees reduced. We are insured and bonded. Duncan Directors & Officers 2/28/08 to 2/28/09 and Cliff Davis 3/4/08 to 3/4/09. Audit of NASIG’s finances sent to Rich Bellew, CPA, May 2008. 3.2 2008 budget and expenditures to date Whiting reported that the budget looks good. NASIG is in sound financial standing. Whiting noted that he will be working closely with incoming committee chairs to assist in formulating budgets for the 2009 budget year. 4.0 Consent agenda (Simser) Simser explained the consent agenda process. Schatz requested that the Proceedings editors be moved off the consent agenda. The following reports were approved as part of the consent agenda. All of the committee chairs and members were thanked for their efforts on behalf of NASIG. Committee chairs for next year are encouraged to focus on a small set of attainable priorities. Reports approved: Archivist, Awards & Recognition, Bylaws, Evaluation & Assessment, Library School Outreach, Membership Development, Publications/PR, Publicist, Translators Resource Team. ACTION ITEM: All were encouraged to remind attendees to complete the online conference evaluation form. Creech suggested reminding audiences as you introduce speakers. Emery noted that the Library School Outreach will request some money for a more formal reception for library schools. It was suggested that perhaps library schools could be approached to sponsor this reception or receptions, as an organizational sponsor. Schatz discussed the copyright form that Taylor & Francis has presented for use in the articles for the NASIG Proceedings. After discussion Schatz will discuss the following questions with the Proceedings Editors: How does this impact institutional repositories? What version will be posted on the NASIG website? 5.0 Program Planning (Wessel, Ripley, Emery) Ripley and Wessel praised the hard work of the Program Planning Committee and noted the exceptional program that is slated for the 2008 conference. This year’s conference has 37 sessions with more than 85 speakers. Conference handouts will be posted on NASIGWeb. Over one half of the handouts are already up on the site. Ripley noted that PPC was going to review procedures for preconferences over the next year. The board thanked PPC for a great program. 5.2 Reimbursement and compensation policy for 2009 Emery discussed the proposed review of the NASIG speaker reimbursement and compensation policy. After general discussion of issues, it was agreed to try the concept of a travel stipend. It was hoped that this could simplify the process. Anderson suggested a small group be convened over the summer to work up a proposal for this type of system. Anderson moved to accept the proposed revisions of the policy for the 2009 conference. Maxwell seconded. There was a unanimous vote to approve the proposed revisions for the 2009 conference. ACTION ITEM: Emery will appoint a task force to review the concept of a travel stipend and report at the fall board meeting. 6.0 Conference Planning (Wiles, Tucker, Anderson) 6.1 Last minute updates Wiles and Tucker reported that the resort has been great to work with. The budget seems to be coming in as projected. They noted that the Fun Run was going to be at 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning in the West Courtyard. They reported that the hotel will do recycling of plastics. Wiles and Tucker were thanked for all of their work and the board sent thanks to the entire CPC. 7.0 Committee reports and other business requiring discussion 7.1 CEC (Slagell/Maxwell) priorities and guidelines Slagell requested clarification on what CEC should concentrate on for the upcoming year. It was agreed that they needed to focus on getting regional programming in process that would generate income for NASIG. Simser recommended that they use the UKSG for an outline of possible programs. NASIG members should have a reduced rate for the programs and speakers needed to be attained at a reasonable rate and be fiscally responsible in the arrangements for the meetings. It was suggested that there may be possibilities to offer preconferences at existing conferences such as North Carolina Serials Conference, or other similar meetings. ACTION ITEM: Slagell will ask CEC to put out targeted calls for potential speakers and topics, and possibly use the NASIG Speakers and Consultants Directory to identify potential speakers. Slagell will ask CEC to develop the programs and try to find locations or organizations that will offer meeting rooms free or at a nominal charge. Simser proposed a potential program she is willing to organize in Kansas that should attract interest from neighboring states and Boissy suggested the development of a program on end user marketing. ACTION ITEM: Simser will submit her proposal to CEC. Slagell will relay to CEC the idea of a program on end user marketing. 7.2 Database & Directory 7.2.1 Database maintenance (Slagell) Slagell relayed questions from D&D on what information on non-renewed NASIG members needs to be retained and the desired duration of the retention of the information. Novak suggested that once a year a snapshot of the database be preserved. Membership Development can obtain information on inactive members from this snapshot. It was agreed that there should be a three year rolling wall for the retention of this information. ACTION ITEM: Slagell will ask D&D to update their manual to reflect the proposed retention plan and schedule. ACTION ITEM: Schatz suggested that D&D send emails to the membership twice a year to remind members to check their NASIG contact information. 7.2.2 Membership renewals grace period (Slagell/Simser) Simser reported on the unexpected implications of the possible grace period for renewals in the rolling membership payment cycle. After discussion, it was agreed that there would not be a grace period for renewals and that alerts would be sent out to members to remind them that their membership needs to be renewed. ACTION ITEM: Slagell will ask D&D to update their manual to reflect that there will be no grace period for membership renewal, however email should be sent to notify members when it is time for their renewal. After three years the nonrenewed members will be purged from the database. Sixty days before the first purge of the database, D&D should go back to the board and confirm that the purge should occur. Whiting suggested a couple of emails throughout the year to the entire membership to remind them to check their renewal dates. Slagell will check with D&D and see if nonrenewing member information can be automatically deactivated after 60 days of nonrenewal. 7.3 Electronic Communications (Creech) 7.3.1 Recommendation on listserv options (Creech) After discussion, the board endorsed the ECC recommendation to continue the listservs for the following year and review options and make recommendations at the January board meeting for committee communications. Simser asked that all committees be asked to experiment with the communication options on the ArcStone site and report in their board reports at the January board meeting. Maxwell suggested updating the committee report template to reflect these questions. ACTION ITEM: All board liaisons will ask their committees to include the following sections in their fall and or January board report: • What has been your experiences in using the new NASIG website? • What suggestions do you have for developments and improvements in the website and back-end uses? • What other technologies are you using in your committee communications, or what other technologies have you explored? Creech will ask ECC to update the committee report template to reflect these questions. ACTION ITEM: All board liaisons will ask their committees to report bugs and enhancement requests to ECC. ACTION ITEM: All board liaisons will ask their committees to review what is on the old site and look at what should be archived and what can be deleted. Simser noted that the old NASIG-L will be going away, so blast emails, blogs and forums will be taking the place of NASIG-L communications. She asked that Creech review training needed to get chairs and committees comfortable with the administrative functions of the new website. Wesley asked that ECC submit an article for the NASIG Newsletter on these changes. ACTION ITEM: Creech will ask ECC to submit an article to the Newsletter. 7.3.2 Technology implementation phase II Simser discussed the report from the implementation work on the new NASIG website. Suggestions for improvements were discussed. One of the suggestions on the report was accepted, with the stipulation the costs be negotiated with ArcStone. ACTION ITEM: Creech will ask ECC to work with ArcStone on the development request and have the work completed at the negotiated price. Simser noted that ArcStone provided pricing information on blogs, but this will be reviewed later in the year. It was agreed that no-cost alternatives to ArcStone’s wikis be investigated. It was suggested that two or three committees could experiment with some of the free wiki sites and report back on their experiences. CPC was suggested as a possible test committee. 7.4 Newsletter- liaison/relationship with ALCTS Newsletter Online (Wesley) Wesley noted that Taffurelli was the NASIG liaison to the ALCTS Newsletter Online, however now that she is on the Executive Board she will not be able to continue this role. Emery suggested moving this to the Publications/PR Committee. ACTION ITEM: Anderson will ask Publications/PR to facilitate the exchange of information from NASIG to the ALCTS Newsletter Online. Wesley reported that she had contacted the UKSG to see if they would like to exchange editorials. UKSG thought that as NASIG already receives their newsletter there would not be additional information from their group for our Newsletter. 7.6 Nominations & Elections - Nominations & Elections process - open elections (Schatz/Novak) Schatz noted that the Bylaws Committee reviewed the NASIG Bylaws and moving to an open election process would require a bylaws change. Before the Bylaws Committee can draft specific wording for a bylaws change, they will need an outline of a process for open elections. Novak reported that she asked Nominations & Elections Committee to review a possible open election process and they were generally favorable with the following concerns: • How would the vetting process be maintained? • How would the reference verification work? • How would the balance of librarians, vendor, publishers, etc., on the board be maintained? She noted that we would not be able to enact an open election process until the 2010 election cycle, as the bylaws change would need to be in place before the election. After discussion it was agreed that the concept of an open election process would work for the member-at-large positions. Simser will work with Nominations & Elections Committee to develop a proposal for enacting this process. ACTION ITEM: Simser will ask Nominations & Elections Committee to develop nominations criteria for member-at-large in an open election system that does not involve extensive committee vetting. Allowing any willing member meeting set criteria to be on the primary ballot or a general election. Need to develop process for run-off elections and thresholds required to make it to a general election. 7.6 Site Selection (Emery/Simser/Tenney) The committee has received approximately fifty proposals to review. After discussion of the pros and cons of various locations, it was agreed that the committee would concentrate on the western sites for 2010. Site Selection will review the Portland, Oregon, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Palm Springs, California, sites for possible conference locations. 8.0 Other business requiring discussion 8.1 Administrative Support Task Force (Simser) Simser reported that the task force has been collecting job descriptions from other associations and organizations. The task force will meet at the NASIG conference and start the process of writing a draft job description. The task force has a working calendar set up and will have a follow up report later this summer. 8.2 Reduced conference rates for first-timers (Schatz) Schatz introduced the idea of a $50.00 reduction on the conference rate for first time attendees, in hopes of attracting more attendees and new NASIG members. After discussion the idea was tabled. 8.3 Need-based (Creech/Novak) scholarship proposal Creech and Novak discussed the proposal they developed to help supplement funding for the NASIG conference for attendees that have little or no travel funds from their institution or organization. It was noted that this would not impact the number of student grant awards given. Tenney moved and Maxwell seconded that the concept of a need-based scholarship be accepted and that Awards & Recognitions Committee be asked to develop criteria and process for implementation. The criteria and process document would be discussed at the September board meeting. The board voted unanimously to accept the motion. ACTION ITEM: Award & Recognition Committee will be asked to develop criteria and process for the implementation of a needsbased scholarship program. Draft of process should be ready for discussion at the September board meeting. 8.4 Providing articles for Serials E-News (Emery) Emery noted the need to get submissions for the UKSG Serials E-News. She suggested picking a couple of themes from the conference and asking Publications/PR to develop submissions. ACTION ITEM: Anderson will ask Publications/PR to work with the NASIG Newsletter to obtain articles for the UKSG Serials E-News by July 15, 2008. As NASIGuides are posted announcements or articles should be sent to the UKSG by Publications/PR. Publications/PR will consult with authors of articles to verify that publishing them in the UKSG Serials E-News is acceptable to the author. 8.5 Planning for editorial responsibilities for The Serials Librarian (Anderson/Emery) Emery and Anderson reported on meetings with Haworth Press and Taylor & Francis. Discussions are still in the very early stages, but as one half of the current yearly content of The Serials Librarian is the NASIG Proceedings, Taylor & Francis has expressed an interest in NASIG assuming editorial responsibility for the entire journal. The board discussed various possibilities should this become a reality. It was agreed that Emery and Anderson would continue discussion with the concerned groups and keep the board informed. Should this become a reality, NASIG would need to have a business plan in place to assume this role in 2010. ACTION ITEM: Anderson will discuss ideas for dealing with NASIG assuming editorial responsibility of The Serials Librarian with Publications/PR. As Publications/PR have assumed several new responsibilities, it was noted that PR may need to be a separate group. 6 Organizational sponsorship (Emery) Emery discussed documentation and progress. After a discussion of the tiers and administrative procedures of the process, Emery will edit the documentation for the past president to work with for the 2009 conference. It was suggested that the library schools in the area of the 2009 conference be approached as possible sponsors for this coming year’s conference. Simser and Emery will work together to thank this year’s sponsors and develop documentation for next year. 9.0 Strategic planning objectives/action items review of Simser noted that the board needs to keep reviewing the spreadsheet of goals and update as they are completed. Simser will update the spreadsheet after the meeting and then Emery will assume responsibility for the spreadsheet. The board reviewed the spreadsheet and noted areas that were completed and areas that needed additional time. Action items from the discussion are as follows: ACTION ITEM: Wessel will talk with conference Discussion Group leaders to ask them to write up reports for the NASIG Newsletter and the discussion forums. ACTION ITEM: ECC will work with committee chairs to get information for a “What’s New” quarterly email blast to the membership. ACTION ITEM: Evaluation & Assessment will review the last two years' program evaluations and let CEC and PPC know what the most popular themes and programs were. ACTION ITEM: All board liaisons should work with their committees to determine if there will be new projects or if they will need extra money this year and alert board for discussion at the September board meeting. Final budget requests and approval will be done over email after the September board meeting. ACTION ITEM: Boissy will work with Membership Development Committee to determine the progress on the membership brochure and work with them to move the final content to a graphic design stage for production. ACTION ITEM: Wesley will ask vendors and publishers for articles for NASIG Newsletter. ACTION ITEM: Financial Advisory Committee will review the financial plan and decide on specific goals for the coming year. Simser and Emery noted that the updated spreadsheet of the Strategic Plan would be posted on the NASIG Website. Simser called for any old business. None being reported, she called for new business. Schatz offered his thanks to Novak for her years of excellent service on the NASIG Executive Board. All agreed with his motion. Outgoing board members Roth and Schatz were thanked for their service over the past two years. The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m. Accepted 7/11/08 TREASURER’S REPORT Peter Whiting, NASIG Treasurer NASIG’s finances continue to remain stable. The balance sheet below reflects our income and assets as of August 14, 2008. Current assets are $326,238.91. Balance Sheet 7/31/2007 (Includes unrealized gains) As of 8/14/2008 Nominations & Elections Program Planning Site Selection Technology Treasurer TOTAL $133.07 $719.97 $522.49 $17,823.75 $12,464.40 $58,602.34 $34,400.00 $555.00 $18,300.00 $1,200.00 $3,625.00 $6,450.00 $150.00 $50.00 $1,850.00 $400.00 $579.30 $1,274.00 $100.00 $700.00 $250.00 $2,000.00 $20,000.00 $7,525.00 $99,408.30 2008 Phoenix conference summary Thankfully we received generous donations from organizations for the conference. INCOME 100 Organizational sponsorship 80 Conference registration 80A Preconference income TOTAL INCOME $12,000.00 $174,358.80 $13,225.00 $199,583.80 ASSETS Cash and Bank Accounts Charles Schwab-Cash CHECKING-264 SAVINGS-267 Cash TOTAL Cash and Bank Accounts Investments Charles Schwab TOTAL Investments 11C conference design 11F Conference - Housing 11H Conference - Meals 11K Conference - Office 11L Conference Photocopying & Printing 11N Conference - Receptions 11QQ Conference supplies 11R Conference Speakers 11U Conference Transportation $300.00 11XX Conference refund $16,350.75 $122,730.13 11Z Conference phone, fax & internet 79 Travel Transportation $57.96 99A Catering for Events $970.84 $633.30 $1,682.18 $5,680.05 $7,888.38 TOTAL EXPENSES TOTAL EXPENSES TOTAL INCOME Total $1,987.50 $28,156.92 $402.50 $16,381.54 $203,322.05 NEW COMMUNICATION TOOLS FOR NASIG Dalene Hawthorne, ECC Co-Chair On June 24, 2008, the Electronic Communications Committee announced the retirement of NASIG-L, our longstanding communication medium. While this is a little bit sad, it's also a sign that we're moving forward with technology and into the Web 2.0 world. Our new website (hosted by ArcStone) provides one-way messaging capabilities, which can be used to send announcements to the NASIG membership, and discussion forums, but no email discussion lists. The discussion forums are available through the Quick Links on the NASIG home page at I hope you'll find your way there and join the discussions. If you want to send a message to all members, please send it to and the Electronic Communications Committee will post it for you. Committee chairs and NASIG Board members have the ability to send messages directly to the membership through the website. If you are a committee chair or board member and do not know how to send a message to the membership, please contact . The Electronic Communications Committee will be developing training documentation to help future NASIG members use the website. Committees still have discussion lists available to them for their work. The discussion lists are still being supported by, our former Web host. They were converted to new discussion list software in June, and the discussion lists have different addresses. The new listserv software allows committee members to send attachments to everyone on the committee through the discussion list. This wasn’t possible with the previous software. Only committee members can send messages to the committee discussion lists, and if you are on a committee you should have been invited to join the new discussion list address. If not, please contact your committee chair. Discussion lists are set up with the format of . So, for example, the Electronic Communications Committee discussion list is . If you are unsure of the address of your discussion list, contact . We will also post the new list names on the website. Committees also have space on the website available for their work. To access your committee space, log into the NASIG website and click on the My Membership tab. Your committees will be listed at the bottom of the My Profile page. The Electronic Communications Committee has been charged with looking for communication alternatives to the discussion lists for committees. We are currently setting up a Google Group to use and evaluate. If anyone has any other suggestions, please send them to . CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Tim Hagan, Co-Chair, Nominations & Elections Committee The Nominations & Elections Committee invites nominations for vice president/president-elect, secretary, treasurer-elect and three member-atlarge positions. If you have someone in mind who would be great for a NASIG office, including yourself, please complete the nomination form available at: about_elections_process.cfm. All current NASIG members are eligible except current members of the Nominations & Elections Committee. An online form for those who wish to submit nominations anonymously should be up on the website shortly. The deadline for nominations is October 12, 2008. For the first time, to make the election process as effortless as possible, once nominees agree to be review, they will not be required to fill out forms with their activities. A current resume or curriculum vitae along with a position statement will be all that is needed. For additional information about the N&E process, please see information in the NASIG Newsletter at 2007/06/10/223-200709-nasig-nominationselections-process-detailed/. For information on the duties and requirements of Executive Board members, see: about_executive_board.cfm. Thank you in advance for your nominations. This year’s N&E Committee members are: Kathy Brannon, chair Tim Hagan, co-chair Sarah Gardner Susan Markley June Garner Joe Badics Alison Roth Betty Landesman Norene Allen Char Simser, board liaison 24TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE (2009) CPC UPDATE Eleanor Cook and Steve Kelley, Co-Chairs Your Conference Planning Committee is already hard at work preparing for NASIG’s 2009 conference to be held in Asheville, North Carolina, June 4-7! Asheville is nestled in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina, a fact reflected in this year’s conference theme, “Riding the Rapids through a Mountain of Change.” A conference logo embodying the theme has been designed and we expect to get board approval very soon. The newly refurbished Marriott Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville will be the main conference hotel, with the Sheraton available nearby for overflow. Conference-goers will have easy access to downtown shops, restaurants, and bars, as well as Asheville’s lively art and music scenes. One of Asheville’s biggest attractions is the Biltmore House. CPC is working with Biltmore representatives to find an affordable package in order to hold a conference event there. Keep your fingers crossed and stay tuned! We’re working to get the conference website up as soon as possible in order to post early travel information and a link to the hotel. Asheville, here we come! The Program Planning Committee is getting to work on 2009, and what we hope will be another great conference. The 2009 theme is “Riding the Rapids through a Mountain of Change.” You can submit your program proposals and ideas at: sm=gLDuSAnEoUWee0bttCXLgA_3d_3d. The first round of submissions will be reviewed after September 5, 2008. Ideas submitted after that time will be considered in a second round of reviews. Look for a second call in late September for more details. The committee is particularly interested in hearing from publishers, vendors, librarians, and others about issues relating to scholarly communication, licensing, and publishing. Proposals based on both descriptive and experimental research findings are especially welcome. If you have a suggestion for a great topic or speaker, please don’t hesitate to share that information with PPC and to encourage colleagues to submit proposals. As always, the evaluation and assessment report for the 2008 annual conference will serve as a valuable planning tool as PPC considers ideas for the program schedule, the number and types of sessions, and ways to include a broad variety of content. If you have thoughts you want to share with the committee, please contact us at . We're looking forward to seeing your program ideas! CALL FOR PROPOSALS NASIG 24th ANNUAL CONFERENCE "RIDING THE RAPIDS THROUGH A MOUNTAIN OF CHANGE" JUNE 4-7, 2009 – ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA Erika Ripley and Morag Boyd, Co-Chairs The 2009 Program Planning Committee (PPC) invites proposals and/or program ideas for preconference, vision, strategy, and tactics sessions. The program planners are specifically interested in hearing from publishers, vendors, librarians, and others in the field of serials and electronic resources about issues relating to scholarly communication, licensing, and publishing. Proposals based on both descriptive and experimental research findings are especially welcome. The Program Planning Committee will review all submitted proposals for their content and timeliness, and reserves the right to combine, blend, or refocus proposals to maximize their relevance and to avoid duplication. This call for proposals will close on September 5, 2008. Presentations must be original and not previously presented at other conferences. The Programming Planning Committee hopes to notify applicants by the end of the calendar year, but no earlier than December 1, 2008, as to the status of proposals. Inquiries may be sent to the PPC co-chairs, Erika Ripley and Morag Boyd at: . For additional details and to suggest a proposal or idea, please go to SAnEoUWee0bttCXLgA_3d_3d. Welcome to the 23rd NASIG Conference! Frieda Rosenberg takes ten upon arrival. CPC co-chair Cory Tucker. Group scene at the mentoring reception. 15 Shana McDanold and friend at mentoring reception Registration desk dine sign. Poolside between meetings! Donnice Cochenour, project manager for the NASIG website migration. Why they call it Tapatio Cliffs. Passin' on that gavel. 2007/08 Prez Char Simser, 2008/09 Prez Jill Emery. For hundreds of additional photos, search Flickr ( for the tag “nasig2008.” 19 NASIG 23RD ANNUAL CONFERENCE REPORTS (2008) OPENING SESSION Reported by Jennifer O’Brien This year’s 23rd annual NASIG Conference opened with an introduction by President Char Simser, who welcomed this year’s first-timers, delighted in the air of volunteerism among all NASIG members, and shared a bit about her recent visit to the United Kingdom Serials Group (UKSG) meeting in Devon, United Kingdom. Paul Harwood, chair of the UKSG, chose to attend this year’s NASIG Conference and took a moment to discuss his organization’s ongoing work. The UKSG’s 31st conference was held this past April, and was very successful. Seven hundred fifty delegates, including a number of NASIG members, were in attendance. UKSG’s conference included a number of very interesting and timely programs on a wide array of topics. It was his hope that the NASIG Conference would be both successful and enjoyable. Paul Harwood Every year, NASIG awards several student awards and scholarships. Clint Chamberlain and Patrick Carr, co-chairs of the NASIG Awards & Recognition Committee, announced this year’s award winners. • Fritz Schwartz Serials Education Scholarship - Alena Jewel Rucker • Horizon Award - Betsy Appleton • Marsha Tuttle International Award Stephanie Schmitt • NASIG Conference Student Grant - Eugenia Beh, Barbara Birenbaum, Kathryn Machin, Jason Ronallo, Pegeen Sever, Nancy B. Thomas • NASIG Conference Mexican Student Grant Armando Avila-Gonzalez • Serials Specialist Award - Marie Peterson Sandra Wiles and Cory Tucker, Conference Planning Committee co-chairs, provided attendees with both informative trivia about Phoenix, Arizona, and additional information about the conference schedule. After the awards announcements, Sandra introduced the guest speaker, Don Dedera. Mr. Dedera, a local historian, editor, and award-winning author, treated conference-goers to a richly detailed description and history of the Arizona he knows and loves so well. He also included a great anecdote about libraries, librarians, and the expectations of bird-loving children. Char was pleased to announce that NASIG now has organizational sponsorships; donated funds provided by EBSCO, Elsevier, Annual Reviews, Sage, Springer and Wiley supported this year’s events and activities. Further information regarding the sponsorships would be discussed during the business meeting. Drawings for conference registrations for Asheville 2009 will be held after everyone has had the opportunity to participate in the online conference evaluation/survey. Anyone wishing to contribute to the conference blog or photoshare may do so online at, or may upload photos to Further details may be found on the NASIG website. Lastly, any profits from NASIG swag, available for purchase via CaféPress, will be folded into the annual awards and scholarships funds. Betty Landesman brainstorms. The floor was open for comments and ideas which included: Partner with CONSER, including presenting Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program (SCCTP) workshops as preconferences. This has been done in the past. Partner with the United Kingdom Serials Group (UKSG) specifically presenting a UKSG program at NASIG. Partner with library schools. Partner with the North Carolina Serials Conference. Partner with the Ohio Academic Libraries Group. Target under-represented groups, such as public librarians. The Public Library Association (PLA) could be a potential partner. Partner with state or regional library associations, particularly those affiliated with the state the annual takes place in that year. NASIG should have a presence at state and regional library conferences. NASIG members could take brochures and set up a table in the vendor exhibits. NASIG could provide a guide for doing this, including talking points. Members could consult NASIG’s Speakers and Consultants Directory when planning local conferences. Target more conference programming towards non-librarians so that their organizations/companies will want to partner with us. Partner with publishers, including international ones. Partner with Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP). This would be a particularly good time to do this as their current president is a NASIG member, October Ivins. Implementation of a year-long mentoring program could be a way to develop relationships with publishers. NASIG members could serve as an advisory group to small publishers. Collaborations would not have to be at the annual conference, they could also be at a regional continuing education event. Consider joint or overlapping conferences with other organizations. From the annual conference create “the best of NASIG” to take on the road as programming for other conferences or continuing education events. Note: The Executive Board is already talking about this possibility. Programs would not necessarily have to be delivered by the original presenters. There was a suggestion to change the time of year that the NASIG annual conference is held because it is too close to the American Library Association’s annual conference and some state conferences. This idea led to a lively discussion generating some additional points: Moving the conference requires changing the NASIG calendar and we would have to go more than a year without a conference. June is a busy time for publishers. If we move the conference, weather could be a problem with winter weather conditions to deal with in the north and extreme heat and/or humidity possible in the south, depending on the month selected. What months have the fewest conflicting events, possibly February and March? We could pick the month by whom we want to partner with in a given year and plan our conference timing and location around their conference. Would this impact our ability to negotiate good deals with conference facilities? Jill thanked everyone for participating and invited members to send any additional comments to any of the Executive Board members. NASIG EXECUTIVE BOARD 2008 ANNUAL CONFERENCE WRAP UP SESSION JUNE 8, 2008, TAPATIO CLIFFS, ARIZONA Attending: Char Simser, Peter Whiting, Alison Roth, Kim Maxwell, Bob Schatz, Rick Anderson, Jill Emery, Denise Novak, Anna Creech, Sarah Wessel, Bob Boissy, Virginia Taffurelli, Joyce Tenney NOTES OF DISCUSSION Comments on conference from attendees • Resort was somewhat isolated. Not good distribution of information on city bus availability. • No dessert opening night. • Service was excellent at the resort. • Lots of positive comments. We should consider returning to Tapatio Cliffs. Thoughts for next year’s CPC • Have a laptop devoted to the CaféPress site, so attendees can purchase conference souvenirs. • Have one type of each shirt to raffle off during the conference. • Have a link on the registration form to CaféPress. • Need more computers for Internet Café. • Need a ADA station for Internet Café. • Have Internet Cafe in a room not a hallway and have chairs. • If doing a line for food and not various stations, have at least two lines to avoid the problems of the museum event. If we return to Phoenix, do not use Arcadia Farms catering again. • Make sure non-members can access handouts from conference. • Check links to handouts. • Make sure that A&R and CPC get accurate lists for awards and announcements for next year. • The “Meet the Board” session needs to have more information on the schedule and maybe need to rethink format. Perhaps note that this is a forum to ask about being on the board and what it entails. • Do travel advisory as air travel is getting problematic for smaller airports. • Will need lots of PR starting early in summer. • Target local organizations and east coast organizations to get the maximum number of people that can drive in to keep our numbers up. Continuing Education Committee • Initial concern over the charge to have money-making programs for the year, but they are excited about the opportunities. • The co-chairs of the committee will be distributing the work throughout the committee to keep burn out from happening at the co-chair level. • They will be using the same platform as the conference registration form for registration for Continuing Education programs. All NASIG committees • Char asked all to review committee charges with their committees and see if we need any revisions or updates. Bring suggestions to the fall board meeting. Publications/PR Committee will need to reword their charge with the introduction of organizational sponsorship. • Remind all committees that official NASIG PR should go through the Publications/PR Committee. • The Proceedings editors were concerned over the announcement that NASIG might assume editorial responsibility for The Serials Librarian. Emery noted that it would not fall to Proceedings even if it did occur. Would be spread out among other members. Thoughts from brainstorming session • There was positive feedback on working with ER&L. Emery will pursue. • There was positive feedback on working with state associations and CONSER. Need to have Pub/PR pursue getting announcements of NASIG meetings out on the CONSER listserv and other state associations close to the area of NASIG programs. • An idea of an advisory board for small publishers came up in working with SSP. It would be similar to a mentoring relationship. • The idea of having a joint conference with organizations like SSP and SLA seemed to have support. • The idea of taking the best programs from the NASIG conference on the road to local areas had a lot of support. CEC will be looking at this for the coming year. • The idea of moving the conference from the typical May/June time to earlier in the year was discussed. There were pros and cons for any month of the year. The idea was tabled until the bids for 2011 are issued to hotels. NASIG assuming editorial responsibility for The Serials Librarian • Emery spoke with Bev Ackerman and will be speaking with Bill Cohen. A possible target date is late 2010. This would give over a year to get a plan in place. • Emery noted that there would not be a collected volume for the conference. Taylor & Francis are talking about 8 issues per year, so conference articles may need to spread out through these issues. Lots of NASIG’s 2008 awards cycle drew many commendable applications. The following is a snapshot of the applications process, the award winners, and a survey of winners’ conference experiences. The Awards & Recognition Committee received twelve applications for the Student Grant Award, seven applications for the Fritz Schwartz Scholarship, seven applications for the Horizon Award, sixteen applications for the Serials Specialist Award, and one application for the Marcia Tuttle International Award. The identities of the applicants were blinded from each committee member, and committee members removed themselves from judging any award for which they knew an applicant. For 2008, the committee awarded six Student Grants, one Mexico Student Grant, one Fritz Schwartz Serials Education Scholarship, one REPORT FROM THE 2008 AWARD WINNERS Sarah E. Morris, Awards & Recognition Committee issues and ideas to be discussed in this process. Proposal from UKSG for creation of award to have a NASIG member attend UKSG and then stay over for a week and work with a UK librarian, and have a UKSG member attend the NASIG conference then stay over for a week and work with a US librarian. • Emery noted that Sage and Taylor & Francis would sponsor this. • Need to have A&R develop a proposal for 2010. Proposal should include how we will vet the applications and coordinate with UKSG. • Possibility of naming it after Rose Robischon. • Possibility of having a publisher that could work with a librarian and then the librarian could work with a publisher. NASIG‘s 25th anniversary • Need to start a task force to write a history of NASIG. • Look at doing an oral history, perhaps look for some grant funding. Horizon Award, one Serials Specialist Award, and one Marcia Tuttle International Grant. These awards covered the cost of travel, room and board, and registration fees for the 23rd NASIG Conference held in Phoenix, Arizona, and a one year NASIG membership. In addition, the Fritz Schwartz Scholarship winner received $3,000 to help defray the costs of library school tuition. In lieu of a conference stipend, the Marcia Tuttle International Grant provided a $3,000 grant for the recipient. The 2008 award winners are as follows: NASIG CONFERENCE STUDENT GRANT AWARD • Eugenia Beh, University of Texas at Austin, School of Information • Barbara Birenbaum, University of California—Los Angeles, Department of Library and Information Studies MEXICO STUDENT GRANT AWARD • Armando Avila-Gonzalez, Escuela Nacional Biblioteconomía y Archivoeconomía, Mexico City, DF, Mexico FRITZ SCHWARTZ SERIALS EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP • Alena Jewel Rucker, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Information Science HORIZON AWARD • Betsy Appleton, University Libraries George Washington SERIALS SPECIALIST AWARD • Marie Peterson, University at Buffalo, State University of New York Libraries MARCIA TUTTLE INTERNATIONAL GRANT • Stephanie Schmitt, Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Schmitt’s project for the Marcia Tuttle International Grant was entitled “Union List for Serial Titles Held in the Arabian Gulf Region” and has an estimated completion between March 2008 and March 2009. In her application, Schmitt described the proposed value of the project: “In the Arabian Gulf countries, there is no shared record of bibliographic holdings and the work to coordinate interlibrary loan services is just beginning. This project will enable resource discovery and coordination that will support knowledge sharing in the region. The capacity for coordinated efforts is limited only by the lack of data able to be shared. This project will initiate the work required to compile information and study the potential for sharing knowledge that formal relationships and arrangements will provide.” Schmitt may present a summary of her findings at the 2009 NASIG conference in Asheville, North Carolina. All award winners except Stephanie Schmitt attended the conference in Phoenix. When they returned home the committee sent out a survey to the recipients to provide feedback about their conference experience. A summary of their responses is included below, following the survey questions. Why do you feel it is worthwhile for students and newcomers to attend a NASIG conference? • “The workshops alone offer such an insight into current serials issues for newcomers and provide an incomparable learning experience…all set in an environment that is very supportive and encouraging.” • “…the immersion into ’all things serials’ can lay the foundation of a serials career from a standpoint of getting it, as opposed to reaching for, and not getting, the big picture.” • “The conference also provided great access to vendors to learn that side of the business.” • “This is one…rare opportunity for entry-level professionals and students to meet and learn from other serials professionals in an intimate and low-key environment.” • “The serials field has a very high initial learning curve, and meeting to discuss issues with other serialists helps newcomers better understand the various opportunities and complex challenges in the field.” • “The experience allow[s]…the newcomer to know [the latest] topics related to…serials.” • “Networking with others working in the same department and sharing the same experiences and issues only common to serials librarianship.” • “The conference gives the newcomer many opportunities to discuss problems that they may be having in regards to serials, budgets and implementations of various software and system upgrades.” How did attending the conference benefit you personally? • “I made several key friends and acquaintances on both coasts and in varying ranges of institutions.” • “The chance to see a different perspective of librarianship in North America.” “Many of the programs were directly relevant to the kind of work I am already doing. Talking with many librarians…gave me perspective on the job search.” “Finding that there are other libraries and librarians with the same experiences and problems.” “I gained so much from this conference, not the least of which is the enthusiasm and inspiration I came away with from the vision sessions…The panel presentation on vendors (What they didn’t tell you in library school…) has been of immediate benefit to me in my job.” “I was immersed in various sessions that contained large amounts of information regarding system upgrades, various formats and the increasing challenges that electronic resource management departments are facing…Every session was relevant to my work, which was a nice surprise.” “The conference gave me more of a sense of being a professional in the field and brought me into contact with others with whom I would hope to have a chance to collaborate with in the future.” “It was extremely helpful to meet and network with other serials professionals…I’m able to directly apply much of the information I picked up at NASIG to…my professional development and daily work.” Did attending the conference influence your career plans? If so, how? • “I now feel more confident about applying for serials jobs. In addition, I learned more about the tenure process for librarians, which I had not known much about previously.” • Developed an interest in focusing on serials cataloging, and “want to keep being a NASIG member.” • “I have a clearer focus on what kinds of institutions I would like to apply to…[and] how to evaluate an institution before applying and during the interview process.” • “Renewed my goal of becoming a serials librarian.” • “Encouraged me to continue my pursuit of a serials cataloger or serials librarian position.” • “The sense of community and professionalism at the conference was amazing, the amount of information invaluable, and I would venture to say that I see myself staying in this field.” “Seeing the dedication and enthusiasm in other professionals gave me more of a concrete picture of my future career goals and how to achieve them.” “…the conference provided a venue in which I could learn more about positions and career paths influenced by serials that are not necessarily similar to my current position. I am more informed about these alternative opportunities than before attending the conference.” What could NASIG and/or the Awards & Recognition Committee do to improve their award programs? • Transportation difficulties were cited twice. • Would “be best if the award can be for more people,” as demand is high. • Hand out the awards on the floor, “rather than on a stage.” • “…it was far more than I had expected. Anything in addition that can be done, perhaps through the…Outreach committee, would be more than worthwhile.” • “After accepting an award, an [immediate] emailed summary of these “nuts and bolts” issues [travel, etc.] would be good.” What could NASIG and/or the Awards & Recognition Committee do to improve your conference experience? • All answers here were positive; one person couldn’t think of any improvements and the rest listed more positive comments about their experience. Do you have any other suggestions or comments? Please tell us about them here. • “More activities in the evening after the sessions and dinner.” • “For those who have never been at a professional conference before, it might be helpful to point newcomers to a general conference etiquette and expectations guide.” • “…having a limited number [of conference t shirts] for sale at the conference.” • “NASIG folks were a very friendly and approachable bunch and that’s what really made the conference great for me.” • “…the award is a great incentive for all the winners to keep moving forward, doing the best everyday.” • “All [your] efforts and support are very good.” • “I just wanted to…thank all the members of NASIG for supporting programs such as this. It was a great honor to receive the award and a memorable experience.” • “Everyone was very organized, efficient and very courteous.” • “I was especially surprised at the level of service in making agreeable travel plans. The mentor program was a great way to kick off the conference.” • “It was truly a wonderful experience, and I learned a great deal.” • “There was such a sense of community and respect for every person in the field…there was not any kind of hierarchal pecking order, just professionals coming together to learn about their profession and each other. It was great!” How/where did you learn about NASIG’s awards? • Word-of mouth from professional librarians (including supervisors) • Library school posters • Library-related and library school listservs Where should NASIG be promoting awards? • At library schools, “where the NASIG ambassadors can…be of help, and perhaps also at other library conferences.” • “I saw many academic librarians at the conference, but not as many special and corporate librarians. This may be a more difficult group to reach, but it could help add to the diversity of NASIG.” • “You might consider posting on ALA’s website, including the LSSIRT section for support staff.” Many thanks to the Awards & Recognition Committee for their work selecting the winners and for all the conference attendees who helped make the award winners' experiences so memorable! 2008 CONFERENCE EVALUATION REPORT TAKING THE STING OUT OF SERIALS! JUNE 5-8, 2008 Submitted by the 2008 Evaluation & Assessment Committee Lori Terrill (chair), Ann Doyle Fath (co-chair), Carole Bell, Jana Brubaker, Sarah Corvene, Susan Davis, Janice Lindquist, Martha Spring, Christina Torbert NASIG’s 23rd annual conference was held in Phoenix, Arizona, at the Tapatio Cliffs Resort. The conference featured four preconferences, three vision sessions, thirteen strategy sessions, fifteen tactics sessions, and six poster sessions. Other events included an opening reception at the resort’s Falls Water Village, dine-arounds in Scottsdale, and a reception at the Phoenix Art Museum. This year, 328 of the 520 conference attendees filled out the online evaluation form. The 63% response rate is one of the best in NASIG history. This boost of 9% over last year’s response rate may be attributed in part to reminders made to non-member attendees via new functionality with ArcStone’s administrative module and a reminder posted to SERIALST. This was the first year that evaluation forms were only available online. As a special incentive to fill out the forms, the Executive Board approved a drawing for a free conference registration for 2009 or 2010. The drawing was entered by 258 of the individuals who filled out the evaluation forms. The winner was announced in the NASIG Newsletter. CONFERENCE RATING Overall Conference Overall Facilitites Location Meeting Rooms Hotel Rooms Meals Breaks Social Events Conference Web Site Forum Conference Blog Facilities, Local Arrangements, and Conference Information Ratings Respondents were asked to give ratings on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest rating. The overall rating for the 2008 conference was 4.36, slightly higher than last year’s conference which rated 4.23. Respondents were asked to rate several aspects related to conference facilities and local arrangements. These ratings averaged 4.30. Comments were divided between those who loved the resort location and others who found it to be too isolated. The Phoenix location rated 4.15, just below Louisville’s rating of 4.18. The meeting rooms (4.44) and hotel rooms (4.66) received slightly higher ratings than last year. The meals (4.21) and breaks (4.16) were also rated somewhat higher than last year. Attendees were overwhelmingly pleased with the opportunities for breaks and small group interactions. Comments noted a desire for light snacks at the breaks. Social events rated 4.19, slightly down from last year’s 4.21 rating. Many attendees noted that they would prefer to have sign-up sheets for dine-arounds as in previous years. Online conference information, including the conference website, forum, and conference blog, rated 4.24, 3.58, and 3.51 respectively. Comments suggested that there may be some confusion over the purpose of the forum and blog: Are they intended to convey information before the conference or for use during the conference? Some felt they could have been better publicized and utilized. Another new feature over the past year was the creation of an online NASIG store for conference souvenirs. The majority of respondents (72%) have not visited the store or have no opinion about it. Those who are happy with the selection came in at 23% and those who are not at 5%. Suggestions included several requests for shirt colors other than white, and the addition of useful items like notepads, pens, hats, magnets, and book bags. Many attendees expressed their thanks to the Conference Planning Committee and Program Planning Committee for all their hard work. PROGRAM This year the program followed a “no-repeat” format where most sessions were not repeated. Attendees were split on the topic, with 34.7% in favor of continuing the practice, 37% neutral or uncertain, and 28.3% preferring the old format of repeating strategy and tactics sessions. Respondents were asked if the layout and explanation of program choices was easy to understand. This area received a 3.98 rating, up from a 3.47 rating last year. Respondents were also asked if there was a balance in the types of programs offered. This aspect rated 4.02, up from 3.95 last year. A few people recommended the Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference as a model for how to do the program. Average Session Ratings 0 1 2 3 5 an average of 3.89. Eight sessions scored 4.0 or higher. The highest-rated tactics session was “Journal Title Display and Citation Practices” presented by Les Hawkins, Regina Reynolds, and Steve Shadle. Six poster sessions were presented this year. Ratings ranged from 3.48 to 4.08, averaging 3.80. Deberah England’s “Solved at First Sting: A Flowchart to take the Deadly Sting Out of Troubleshooting E-Resources” received the highest rating of the group. There were four preconferences offered this year with ratings from 4.00 to 5.00, with an average rating of 4.35. David Lee King’s “Emerging Trends, 2.0, and Libraries” received the highest overall rating of the group. Pre‐Conference Sessions Vision Sessions Strategy Sessions Tactics Sessions Poster Sessions This year the conference featured three vision sessions. Marshall Breeding’s “Next Generation Library Automation: Its Impact on the Serials Community” received a 3.89 rating. “Information Shadows: Ubiquitous Computing Serializes Everyday Things” with Mike Kuniavsky received a 4.30 rating. The final vision session, “Discovery and Delivery: Making It Work for Users” with Carol Pitts Diedrichs rated a 4.02. The average rating for vision sessions this year was 4.07, up from last year’s average of 3.98. The thirteen strategy sessions this year generated ratings from 3.78 to 4.50, with an average rating of 4.11. Ten of the programs rated 4.0 or higher, with the highest rating going to Paul Harwood’s “USKG Project Transfer.” There were fifteen tactics sessions offered in Phoenix. Ratings ranged from 3.11 to 4.49 with OTHER CONFERENCE EVENTS Other Conference Events Ratings 0 1 2 3 5 The Phoenix conference featured some returning and some new special programming events. The user group sessions averaged a 3.72 rating and the informal discussion groups averaged a 3.78 rating. The majority of respondents would like to continue both types of sessions. The speed dating session to meet publishers rated 3.70. The majority of respondents (57.6%) were uncertain if this session should be continued in the future, 34.7% indicated that it should be continued, and 7.6% that it should not. The First-Timers/Mentoring Reception rated a 3.93 with strong support for continuing this event in the future. The brainstorming session received a rating of 3.77. RESPONDENT DEMOGRAPHICS Respondents by Organization Type Sixty percent of respondents support continuing this event in the future. Comments indicate a need for better advertising of the session, including announcing the topic beforehand. The business meeting rated a 3.65. Finally, a new session called “Meet the Board Members” received a 3.47 rating and majority (65%) support for its continuation at future conferences. Comments indicated that it could have been better publicized and its purpose explained. Vendors & Publishers As in past years, academic library employees represented the largest group (73.2%) of respondents. This includes university (196), college (37), and community college (6) librarians. Responses from the vendor and publisher community, including subscription vendors (12), publishers (12), book vendors (3), database providers (2), automated systems vendors (1), and binders (1), comprised 9.5% of the total respondents. Attendees from specialized libraries, including medical (9), law (10) and special or corporate libraries (7) made up 8% of respondents. Other types of institutions included government, national, or state libraries (4.3%); public libraries (1.5%); library networks, consortia, or utilities (0.6%); students (0.6%); and those selecting “other” (2.1%). Respondents were asked to describe their work, selecting more than one category as applicable. The largest respondent groups identified themselves as serials librarians (47.7%), electronic resources librarians (36.3%), acquisitions librarians (30.5%), and catalog/metadata librarians (27.7%). Collection development librarians comprise 17.2% of respondents, technical services managers make up 15.1%, and licensing/rights management positions constitute 14.8%. All other categories were selected by fewer than 10% of respondents. 10% 20% 30% When asked for their amount of serials-related experience, nearly half (48%) are in the first decade of their serials careers, including those with less than a year (11), 1-3 years (34), 4-6 years (46), and 7-10 years (66). Those with 1120 years experience comprise 25% of respondents and those with more than 20 years comprise 27%. Respondents by Number of NASIG Conferences Attended More than 20 Years 11‐20 Years 7‐10 Years 4‐6 Years 1‐3 Years Less than 1 Year 3% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% Respondents by Years of Experience 20% 25% 27% 11% 14% 21% 20% More than 20 3% 16‐20 11‐15 6‐10 1‐5 0 6% 11% Most were repeat NASIG attendees: 39% of respondents had attended 1-5 previous conferences, 21% had attended 6-10, 11% had attended 11-15, 6% had attended 16-20, and 3% more than 20. First-time attendees represented 20% of respondents. The Evaluation & Assessment Committee would like to thank everyone who took the time to fill 39% out the online evaluation forms. We continue to be impressed each year with thoughtful comments that reflect a strong interest in continuing to improve upon the high quality conference NASIG puts on each year. Your comments and feedback are vital to the success of future NASIG conferences. PROFILE OF JILL EMERY Susan Davis, Profiles Editor Our new president, Jill Emery, is head of acquisitions at the University of Texas Libraries in Austin. She has lived in Texas almost all of her life, having graduated from UT’s information school and having previously held positions at the University of Houston, the University of Texas, Arlington, and Texas Southern University. NASIG president Jill Emery She has been the subject of several other profiles and interviews on the Web. See: Library Journal when she was named one of 50 “Movers and Shakers” in 2004, article/CA385876.html; Emerald Insight, management/interviews/emery.htm; and OCLC Systems & Services, archive/00006033/01/ELIS_OTDCF_v22no1.pdf. She was also the 2006 recipient of the Esther J. Piercy award given by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. ALL ABOUT NASIG Jill was a 1995 Conference Student Grant recipient, and is the second student grant winner to be elected president (the other being Steve Oberg, a 1991 student grant winner and president for 1998/99). I asked her to think back to that momentous occasion (the 1995 NASIG conference) to see if she ever imagined she’d become president. She laughed. Jill told me she was actually a bit down about her career prospects after graduation because the academic library job market was not very promising at that time. Participating in the NASIG conference bolstered her spirits, erased doubts about her career choice, and generated interest in becoming involved in the organization. The 1995 conference at Duke was NASIG’s 10th anniversary and we had a cake to celebrate, among other special events. Jill remembers spending some one-on-one time with October Ivins, NASIG president at the time, who became a valuable mentor. October was about to embark on a PhD program at UT Austin, and Jill was finishing her MLS there. They had lots to talk about, especially comparing notes on the library school! Jill believes her involvement in NASIG has given her a broader perspective of librarianship and the opportunity to make some really good contacts. She has a wide network of colleagues she can tap into when she needs others to work on projects with her. In some organizations, the president or chair has a theme for their presidency, and while some of the earlier generation of presidents simply wanted to survive the year without a major disaster, Jill has some definite ideas about what she’d like to accomplish this year. She’d like to see NASIG build relationships with other organizations, particularly ER&L (Electronic Resources & Libraries) and SSP (Society for Scholarly Publishing). All three have important roles to play in the field, each with a somewhat different focus. NASIG should not feel threatened by any of these--there is room for all! ABOUT LIBRARIANSHIP Jill told the story in other interviews about being one of the “geeky” kids helping out in the library during elementary and junior high school. She found it was a good way to get to read Cricket, National Geographic, and Ranger Rick before everyone else did. Jill’s story about how she became a librarian is not unusual. She had been working in the library during her undergraduate years and thought she’d be a technical writer. The job market for writers was pretty tough, and her colleagues in the library where she got a job after college encouraged her to go to library school because she “cared too much” about the library. So she went to library school, won a NASIG Conference Student Grant award, and the rest, as they say, is history! In previous interviews, Jill stated that she viewed librarianship as an interim step before doing something else. Yet, thirteen years later she’s still a librarian. She still believes librarianship is an interim career for her, but she even now isn’t sure what else she’d like to do. Jill is very comfortable with what she’s doing now, nonetheless she doesn’t envision staying with it for the rest of her life. PERSONAL STUFF I noted from reading other interviews with Jill that she likes to read mysteries and had been reading Japanese mystery novels. She has moved geographically onto the Asian continent and is reading Russian mysteries by Boris Akunin. One series is Erast Fandorin set in late czarist times; another is with Sister Pelagia. A couple of friends who are food sociologists have sparked her interest in the economies and sociology of food culture so she has begun reading books such as The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of Modern Delicacy. It’s about how tuna grew from a cat food ingredient to a major delicacy. Jill used to have a blog but it’s on hiatus. She does read a number of other folks’ blogs. I don’t know how she fits all of this into an already full workday, but here’s a list of the sites she tries to follow: Peter Brantley (executive director, Digital Library Federation) Karen Coyle (mostly on RDA) The Blog Lific (Peter McCracken) (Siva Vaidhyanathan) Scholarly Publishing) Kitchen (Society for Scholarly Library Web Chic (former colleague Karen Coombs) T. Scott (T. Scott Plutchak) Jill does find time for fun on occasion and enjoys an eclectic taste in music. Due to time constraints she has to be more selective in the live music events she attends, and she particularly enjoys smaller venues. In March each year, Austin hosts South by Southwest (SXSW, Inc.), a Music and Media Conference. Jill says this is a great place to see bands you like in smaller venues or at odd times. She also goes to see friends play live shows. She also tries to support her friends who are artists by attending their shows and purchasing some of their works. Jill bought a house in Austin with a big yard about a year ago and has been somewhat successful trying to get a garden going. The hot, dry conditions have minimized her tomatoes and okra plantings, and I suspect the remnants of Hurricane Edouard were too little, too late to perk up her plants. Jill was about to embark on a top-secret site visit for the 2010 conference with Joyce Tenney and Rick Anderson. I’m sure we’ll hear more about that visit in future board minutes or via the NASIG website. That will be NASIG’s 25th anniversary so it has to be a very special venue! CONFERENCE REGISTRATION WINNER ANNOUNCED Lori J. Terrill, Evaluation & Assessment Committee Chair LSOC SEEKS NEW AMBASSADORS Marcella Lesher, Co-Chair The Evaluation & Assessment Committee is pleased to announce the winner of the drawing for a free conference registration. Marc Conrad of the Chicago Public Library was selected at random from among those who submitted an online evaluation form for the 2008 NASIG conference. Congratulations Marc! The NASIG Library School Outreach Committee is seeking volunteers to serve as ambassadors to all ALA-accredited library schools. Part of our charge is to “foster strong relationships with library science schools and recruit the next generation of serials specialists.” Currently, we have ambassadors working with the University of Texas at Austin, Louisiana State University, Indiana University, Dominican University, the University of Illinois, the University of Arizona, and the University of Washington. Ambassadors can play numerous roles including promoting the NASIG awards, identifying NASIG colleagues who might serve as mentors or guest lecturers, and/or recruiting for NASIG. The committee would like to thank everyone who took the time to fill out the online conference evaluation form. Your input is vital to the success of future NASIG conferences! If you are interested in being an ambassador, please contact either Marcella Lesher () or Sarah Sutton (). We can provide you with further guidelines and connect you with a current ambassador to find out more about the program. Even if you would like to work with one of the schools already served by an ambassador, we would like to hear from you. As ambassadors cycle out of the program, we’d love to know who else might be available to serve. We have set up a networking site for our ambassadors so that they can exchange ideas and information as well. 2007 NASIG CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS NOW AVAILABLE IN JOURNAL FORMAT! Carol Ann Borchert and Buddy Pennington, Co-Editors “Place Your Bets in Kentucky: The Serials Gamble” has been published by Taylor & Francis as volume 54, no. 1-4 of The Serials Librarian. Edited by Carol Ann Borchert and Buddy Pennington, the Proceedings provide a written record of the sessions presented at the conference, which took place May 31 through June 3, 2007, in Louisville, Kentucky. The Proceedings include summaries of all sessions and includes a listing of conference registrants by name and affiliation. If you were unable to attend, check out what you missed! Electronic versions of the articles are also available to NASIG members on the NASIG website. From the homepage, you can navigate to the 2007 Proceedings through the Annual Conference or Publications tab. The direct URL is conference_proceedings/2007.cfm. The practice of publishing a monograph version has been discontinued and the Proceedings will now only be printed as journal issues of The Serials Librarian. The co-editors wish to thank all speakers and recorders who made this published version of the 2007 NASIG Conference Proceedings possible. Your important contribution to these Proceedings is greatly appreciated! PUBLICIST DUTIES SHIFT TO PUB/PR COMMITTEE Rick Anderson, Publications/Public Relations Board Liaison Now that the NASIG past president is charged primarily with securing organizational sponsorships, the role of NASIG publicist will be filled by a member of the Publications/Public Relations Committee. The publicist manages and distributes publicity items about NASIG to publications, listervs and other outlets, helping to ensure that timely and accurate information goes where it will most effectively help NASIG achieve its goals. We are pleased to announce that Marilyn Carney, serials services librarian at Wake Technical Community College, has agreed to serve a one-year term as the NASIG publicist, effective immediately. Her email address is . Our thanks to Marilyn for her willingness to fill this important role! EVALUATION & ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE ANNUAL REPORT June 2008 Lori Terrill, Chair Committee members (2008): Lori Terrill, chair (University of Wyoming), Ann Doyle Fath, cochair (Getty Research Institute), Carole Bell (Temple University), Jana Brubaker (Northern Illinois University), Sarah Corvene (Harvard Business School), Susan Davis (State University of New York, Buffalo), Janice Lindquist (Rice University), Martha Spring (Loyola University of Chicago), Christina Torbert (University of Mississippi), board liaison: Alison Roth In January the committee membership changed over as the committee is appointed for the calendar year. The committee reviewed the standard questions asked on the evaluation forms each year and consulted with PPC, CPC, SSC, and the Executive Board in order to identify any needed updates to those questions. Low response rates last year for preconference and poster session evaluations were discussed. The committee decided to incorporate the separate forms for those sessions into the main conference evaluation form in an effort to increase the response rates. In April the committee chair was trained on the ArcStone survey software. Due to some limitations with the software, the Executive Board approved the committee’s recommendation to continue to use SurveyMonkey for the evaluation forms in 2008. E&A will work with Donnice Cochenour and ArcStone on enhancements to the survey software so that it can be used in 2009. In May the committee prepared the evaluation form. This year, the evaluation form will be online only and individuals filling out the evaluation will be eligible for a drawing to receive a free conference registration in 2009. A link to the form will be available on the conference website and announcements will be made via e-mail to remind conference attendees to fill it out. The due date for evaluations is July 1, 2008. In late summer, the committee plans to develop a survey aimed at all NASIG members (not just those who attended the Phoenix conference) regarding conference attendance/nonattendance. CONTINUING RESOURCES SECTION UPDATE FORUM AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN ANAHEIM, CA MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2008, 1:30-3:30 p.m., ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER Jennifer Young, Northwestern University, Recorder Introductions of the committee were made. CONSER REPORT & LC REPORT Les Hawkins (CONSER) and Steve Shadle (University of Washington) This year marks the 35th anniversary of the CONSER program and the 10th anniversary of SCCTP. UCLA is revising the Basic Serials Cataloging Workshop, which includes information about the CONSER Standard Record. The hope is to also have this program available online, possibly as a PowerPoint presentation. The Serials Holdings course is also being revised with the help of the AMIGOS network. The University of California has created a CONSER funnel – the first bibliographic funnel in PCC, comprising of 10 campuses. The CONSER Operations Committee meeting was held in May, marking one year since the implementation of the CONSER Standard Record. A monitoring group is being formed to evaluate how the standard is being used. The committee is seeking a reemphasis on the principles of the standard, such as simplifying decision making and keeping a focus on user needs. Les continued with the Library of Congress report, on behalf of Regina Reynolds, who was unable to attend this forum. LC is undergoing reorganization of its Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Divisions. Serials work is distributed along based on subject matter. The work done by the National Serials Data Program (NSDP) will in the near future be done by the ISSN Publisher Liaison team. In preparation for these changes, and for the implementation of the linking ISSN, NSDP has implemented some new automation for ISSN work and doing record cleanup. Steve Shadle expanded on ISSN-L using slides provided by Regina before the conference. The purpose of the ISSN-L, or linking ISSN, is to serve as a collocating, medium-neutral identifier for all versions of a serial which can be used in link resolvers and other finding aids. MARBI has approved new subfield coding for it, but this hasn’t been implemented by OCLC or any ILS vendors. Equivalence tables will be provided in August at no charge from the International ISSN Centre that will allow libraries and other agencies to update their records with this new identifier. CC:DA, MARBI LIAISON REPORT Kevin Randall (Northwestern University) Kevin Randall gave a number of updates related to Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new developing cataloging code. CC:DA has been working on a response to the RDA draft from December and other JSC documents. RDA will have an option to only show core elements. Most proposals for the reorganization of RDA were not accepted since it's too close to the publication date. The corporate body main entry rule has been reinstated. JSC liked the proposed workflow feature for RDA, allowing for customization. The biggest issue is timing – the Committee of Principals wants to publish RDA in early 2009, with the content done by the end of July 2008. However, the schedule has been adjusted for review in the fall 2008 and the submittal of the final text in April 2009. There will be a very limited call for comments. ALA Publications has stated that the availability of print versions as well as pricing information is unknown at this point. A demo of RDA will be available at IFLA in August and a preconference on RDA will happen next year at ALA. The Rare Serials Task Force will issue its report in July 2008. “ON THE RECORD: REPORT OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WORKING GROUP ON THE FUTURE OF BIBLIOGRAPHIC CONTROL." Diane Boehr (NLM) Diane was the Medical Library Association representative to the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control (LCWG). The LCWG was formed in response to LC's series tracing decision. She gave her highlights of being on the working group and the reactions to the final report. In three meetings around the country, 350 people attended these presentations. Seventyfive written comments were submitted. On the draft of the report, 135 pages of comments were submitted. The recommendations of the working group were all unanimous. The overall conclusion of the working group's report is that improvement is needed by all sectors of the library community. The serials community is ahead of other communities by our use and creation of metadata standards. OCLC is experimenting using ONIX information to create MARC records. In the sciences, computational indexing works really well for their needs. The working group would like more people involved in RDA testing – volunteers should be able to enlist in September 2008. The RDA time frame has been adjusted to May– November 2009. The LCWG had recommended that work on RDA be suspended to allow for more testing, however it was felt that too much work has already gone into RDA to allow for this. Diane emphasized that the standards future is here and we need to catch up. The community needs to start taking action – ALCTS has started with its "10 Actions for ALCTS." ALCTS should also be able to influence OCLC in these areas. Additionally, better communication needs to occur within and without LC. We all need to be taking action. "FRBR FOR SERIALS: ROUNDING THE SQUARE TO FIT THE PEG” Adolfo Tarango (Univerisity of California, San Diego) Adolfo has been thinking and talking about FRBR for serials for several years. Everett Allgood's paper, “Serials and Multiple Versions, or the Inexorable Trend Toward Work-Level Displays,” Library Resources & Technical Services (July 2007, 51:3) was an inspiration for his proposal, as was Frieda Rosenberg's concept of a "superwork." Adapting their ideas, he has developed the concept of a "work segment": all expressions and manifestations of a serial work issued under a specific title. Notes, variations in title and subject headings from records created for different manifestations would all be recorded on the unified record. Recording all ISSNs in bibliographic records will help A & I services tremendously. National Library of Medicine already catalogs like this, according to Diane Boehr. In order for this concept to work, it would also require the creation of a Serial Work Authority Record. 670/675 notes might be needed in the authority records. Adolfo argued that this is a good way to build upon the records others have created and maximize access to content. Questions and discussion covered the problems of confusing publication history with holdings data; navigating gaps in the chain of records when a library doesn’t hold every intervening title; whether the aggregated record couldn’t best be created by the system on the fly rather than being hand created by catalogers. SERIALS STANDARDS UPDATE FORUM ALA ANNUAL CONFERENCE SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2008 Angela L. Dresselhaus, Indiana University, Recorder The Serials Standards Update Forum at the 2008 ALA annual conference held in Anaheim California featured three speakers. The ISSN-L was discussed by Françoise Pellé of the International ISSN Centre and Steve Shadle of University of Washington, on behalf of Regina Reynolds. Don Chvatal wrapped up the forum with a discussion on institutional identifiers. Françoise Pellé and Steve Shadle began the forum by providing an update on the progress of the ISSN-L. The revision of the International Standard ISO 3297 included a provision for a new ISSN that will serve as a linking number for various formats of a single resource. Separate ISSNs are assigned to various formats for ease of inventory management by content creators. The new ISSN-L will allow for the collocation of each of the various formats. The ISSN-L will be a separate data element and will be recorded as a subfield “f” in the 022. A table providing relationships between all ISSN-L and ISSN will be provided free of charge on the ISSN Centre web site Implementation is planned for August 2008. The development of the ISSN-L has also resulted in the statement that an ISSN is a unique identifier, clarifying that each medium should receive a separate ISSN and the ISSN-L will be the mechanism for collocating a title. Following the presentation on ISSN-L, Don Chvatal, president of Ringgold, Inc., spoke about institutional identifiers. The institutional identifier, “Ringgold Identifier” is created for institutions that subscribe to academic journals The judges for the 2008 ALPSP Awards have announced the finalists for this year’s ALPSP Awards. The winners will be announced on 11 September at the ALPSP International Conference Dinner at Beaumont House ( ALPSP AWARD FOR BEST NEW JOURNAL 2008 SHORTLIST • ACS Nano, ( ancac3?cookieSet=1) published by American Chemical Society • Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice (IOP), ( journal.asp?ref=1754-9426) published by Wiley-Blackwell for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Pyschology • International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, ( ASSOCIATION OF LEARNED AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY PUBLISHERS ANNOUNCES SHORTLISTS FOR BEST NEW JOURNAL AND PUBLISHING INNOVATION AWARDS and is used explicitly by publishers and vendors to identify their customers. The identifier is intended to simplify identification and foster clear communication between publishers, vendors, and subscribing institutions. Ringgold, Inc. has developed a Web service, OpenIdentify, which facilitates searching their database of over 100,000 Ringgold Identifiers. A free version provides a searching mechanism for the database that will display institutions and the hierarchy of the organization. A subscriptionbased product will provide additional data. A participant in the forum noted that the library community still needs identifiers for publishers. There was a consensus in the forum that publisher identifiers were needed, but it is unclear if this will be incorporated into Ringgold’s products. The website for this service is, but you will need to register to view and search their website. Don Chvatal’s power point presentation is hosted on the ALA Conference Materials Archive wiki at the following location: Image: ALA_Anaheim_Chvatal_I2_20080629.pdf. products/journals/journals.htm?PHPSESSID =lm00ia233sqtrpcqhl424jegm4&id=ijmpb) published by Emerald Group Publishing • Journal of Informetrics, ( • journaldescription.cws_home/ 709551/description#description) published by Elsevier ALPSP AWARD FOR PUBLISHING INNOVATION 2008 SHORTLIST • Bioscience Horizons, ( from Oxford Journals • CrossCheck ( from the CrossRef/iParadigms Partnership • OECD.Stat ( cl=17/nw=1/rpsv/dotstat.htm) from the Organisation for Economic and Co-operation Development • Ringgold Institutional Identifier ( si_pd.cfm?pid=24) from Ringgold Ltd. • Routine authoring and publication of enhanced figures ( services/enhancedfigures.html) from the International Union of Crystallography ABOUT THE ALPSP AWARDS PANEL OF JUDGES Richard Gedye, research director, Oxford Journals (chair) Geoffrey Bilder, director of Strategic Initiatives, CrossRef Sue Corbett, general manager for Medicine, Wiley-Blackwell Mark Ware, director, Mark Ware Consulting Hugh Look, senior consultant, Rightscom Hazel Woodward, university librarian & director of Cranfield Press ALPSP Award for PUBLISHING INNOVATION in recognition of a truly innovative approach to any aspect of publication. Applications are judged on their originality and innovative qualities, together with their utility, benefit to their community and long term prospects. Any area of innovation is eligible - it could, for example, be a novel type of print or online publication or service, or even a radically different approach to a marketing campaign. ALPSP Award for BEST NEW JOURNAL - open to any journal launched within the past 3 years. The judges consider four main aspects of the journal and its launch: market research, editorial strategy, marketing and commercial success. The journal should include a substantial number of peer-reviewed articles. ABOUT THE ALPSP INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2008 sees a new conference for ALPSP members and everyone involved in scholarly publishing. It’s the perfect opportunity to discuss issues of common interest and to share information and best practice in an informal setting. There are sessions for books and journals publishers, with keynotes from Timo Hannay (Nature Publishing Group) and Paul Evans (Elsevier). The conference begins on the Wednesday evening with a cocktail reception and buffet and the guest speaker at the Awards Dinner is Ben Goldacre, author of The Guardian’s ‘Bad Science’ column. FURTHER INFORMATION For further information, please contact Lesley Ogg (; +44 (0)1245 260571) or Nick Evans (; +44 (0)8789 2384). Kurt Blythe, Columns Editor At five entries this quarter's bibliography is limited in quantity but certainly not in quality. Thank you, Wayne, Sarah, and Christopher for your contributions. Jones, Wayne, ed. E-Journals Access and Management. New York: Routledge, 2008. Jones, Wayne. Rev. of Handbook of Electronic and Digital Acquisitions, ed. Thomas W. Leonhardt. Library Resources & Technical Services 52.3 (July 2008): 211-12. Sutton, Sarah. Rev. of Managing Electronic Resources: Contemporary Problems and Emerging Issues, ed. Pamela Bluh and Cindy Hepfer. Serials Review 34.1 (March 2008): 8081. Sutton, Sarah and Denise Landry-Hyde. "Open Access, Scholarly Communication, and the Millennials." Journal of Teaching Writing 23.2 (2007): 55-63. Walker, Christopher H. “Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic: A Drowning Cataloger’s Call to Stop Churning the Subject Headings.” Radical Cataloging: Essays at the Front. Ed. K. R. Roberto. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2008. TITLE CHANGES Kurt Blythe, Columns Editor [Note: Please report promotions, awards, new degrees, new positions, and other significant professional milestones. You may submit items about yourself or other members to Kurt Blythe at . Contributions on behalf of fellow members will be cleared with the person mentioned in the news item before they are printed. Please include your e-mail address or phone number.] LISA HARRINGTON KURT has recently accepted a position as head of Serials and Electronic Resources at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Kurt won't be starting in that position until August 20, 2008, and is currently in the middle of moving to Reno from Boston, where she served most recently as public services librarian at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. As Kurt says, "I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work in this new position at the UNR Libraries, and to be back in serials and e-resources. UNR Libraries seems to be an exciting and forward-thinking institution and I'm looking forward to joining them soon." While she's not new to Belmont University, DAWN STEPHEN is new to NASIG. Formerly Belmont's periodicals librarian, Stephen has served as collection management librarian more than one year. According to Stephen, "My acceptance of the collection management librarian position has resulted in a merging of my periodicals responsibilities with managing all functions of serials, cataloging, and acquisitions. A friend recommended NASIG to me and the focus of the organization is clearly very applicable to my responsibilities." This column would like to note, that's a very good friend. Stephen may be reached at: This column can't say it better than the University of Central Florida (UCF) Libraries, which recently announced the retirement of JEANNETTE SOMMER following press release: WARD with the Ward has been working in libraries since 1975, when she was an acquisitions searcher. She received her MLS degree from Rutgers University and took her first professional library position as head of the Serials Department at the Rider College (now Rider University) library in Lawrenceville, NJ. One of the unique facets of Ward's very full and productive career is the fact that she has been a driving force in not one, not two, but three complete library management system conversions, beginning with one at Rider College and then two more, twenty years apart, at the UCF Libraries where she began working in 1984 as the technical services librarian. Anne Marie Allison, director of Libraries (UCF, 1983-1997), remarked, “Jeannette has always been ahead of us with technology. She announced new trends and developments long before the acknowledged gurus introduced them.” In 1986 Ward was appointed head of the UCF Serials Department, later serving as the department head for the combined Serials and Acquisitions & Collection Development departments. In summer 2005, Ward was appointed the first associate director for Collections & Technical Services. Throughout her career, Ward has been an active member, presenter, and leader of several professional organizations at the national, state, and local levels, including the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG), American Library Association (ALA), and Florida Library Association. She has also presented programs at EDUCOM and the Charleston Conference. Ward received UCF's Excellence in Librarianship award presented at the university-wide Founders' Day Convocation. For her more than twenty years of service in the library profession, ten or more of which having been served at the UCF Libraries, she will also receive the UCF Libraries Lifetime Service Award. In addition to her technological acumen Ward has the hands of an artist and has been a doll maker and accomplished sewer for many years. She hopes to fill her retirement with time spent traveling with her husband George and enjoying quality time with her daughter, son, and five granddaughters. Lillian DeBlois, Calendar Editor [Please submit announcements for upcoming meetings, conferences, workshops and other events of interest to your NASIG colleagues to Lillian DeBlois, .] September 3-5, 2008 Society for Scholarly Publishing Top Management Roundtable “Constant Content and Autonomous Authors The New Role of Publishers in the Era of Empowered Authors” Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Meetings_and_Seminars/2008_TMR/ spage.aspx September 17, 2008 NASIG Fall Executive Board Meeting Asheville, North Carolina September 29-October 24, 2008 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services Online course "Fundamentals of Acquisitions Web Course" alctsceevents/events.cfm October 20-22, 2008 Internet Librarian Monterey, California November 5-8, 2008 Charleston Conference “The Best of Times, the Worst of Times” December 5, 2008 ACRL/NY Annual Symposium “The 21st Century Librarian: Targeting the Trends” Baruch College New York, New York January 22, 2009 NASIG Executive Board Meeting Denver, Colorado January 23-28, 2009 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting Denver, Colorado upcoming/midwinter/home.cfm February 9-12, 2009 Electronic Resources & Libraries Los Angeles, California erl/2009 March 20, 2009 NASIG UnConference Manhattan, Kansas March 27, 2009 North Carolina Serials Conference “Are You Ready? New Opportunities in Challenging Times” Chapel Hill, North Carolina March 30-April 1, 2009 United Kingdom Serials Group Annual Conference and Exhibition April 2-3, 2009 Association for Library Collections & Technical Service “Basic Collection Development and Management” Buffalo, NY confevents/upcoming/workshop/index.cfm April 6-May 1, 2009 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services Web Course “Electronic Resources & Acquisitions” confevents/upcoming/webcourse/ foelectronic.cfm April 8, 2009 National Information Standards Organization NISO Webinar “KBART and the OpenURL” April 13-May 8, 2009 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services Web Course “Fundamentals of Acquisitions” confevents/upcoming/webcourse/ foacquisitions.cfm May 4-29, 2009 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services Web Course “Collection Development & Management” confevents/upcoming/webcourse/ focollection.cfm May 6, 2009 National Information Standards Organization NISO/COUNTER Webinar “COUNTER: A How-to Guide” May 13, 2009 National Information Standards Organization NISO/COUNTER Webinar “Usage Issues” May 13-14, 2009 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services “Metadata and Digital Library Development” Harrisonburg, VA confevents/upcoming/workshop/meta_digital.cfm May 15-20, 2009 Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual Conference “Infusions” Honolulu, HI May 27-29, 2009 Society for Scholarly Publishing 31st Annual Meeting Baltimore, MD COPYRIGHT AND MASTHEAD The NASIG Newsletter is copyright by the North American Serials Interest Group and NASIG encourages its widest use. 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