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REPORT FROM THE CONFERENCE
VOLUMEERS NEEDED FOR
ANNOUNCINNGEW FEATURE: "TITLECHANGES"
LIBRARYm C E STUDENT
CALL FOR APPUCA'TIONS ' '
RECIPIENTS' REPOR~OSN 1992
CORRECITONTSO THE SEFTEMBER1992
CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS
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This year the Ex&tive Board'h e l h '&W k&
meetingin New York City ou Saturday,November
7th. It was a productive meeting and I would like
to share some of the highlightdwith you. (The
minutes of the meeting will appear in the next
issue.) Much time was devoted to discussion and
decision-makingfor conferences,past, present and
1992 UIC Conference
The Board reviewed the conference evaluation
report from our 1992conferenceat the University
of Illinois at Chicago, prepared by Ann Okerson,
our past president,with assistancefrom her staff at
the Office of ScientificPnbtishing, Association of
Research Libraries. The report confirms many of
the informal comments attendees shared with me
during and after the conference.
new programs. The conferencefinancialstatement
and the conferenceevaluationreportwillappearin
the next issue.
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The NASIG Newsletter (ISSN 0892-1733)ispublished 5 times a year for the members of the North American
SerialsInterest Group, Inc. It is availableonly through personal membership in the organization. Members
of the Editorial Board of the Newsletter are:
Enen Finnie Duranceau
Daphne C. Miller
Wright State University School of Medicine
Universityof California, Davis
Kathy Wodrich Schmidt
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
NASIG Executive Board Liaison:
ElaineNorthern Illinois University
Institute for ScientificInformation
The Newsletter is published in February, April, June, September, and December. Submission deadlinesare
4 weeksprior to the publication date (January 1, March 1, May 1, August 1, & November 1). The submission
date for the next issue is Janunry 1. NO LATE SUBMISSIONSWILL BE ACCEPTED.
Send all snbmissions,and Calendar of Events items to:
Daphne Miller, Serials Library Media Assistant,
Wright State UniversitySchool of Medicine,
Fordham Health SciencesLibrary,
P.O. Box 927, Dayton, OH 45401-0927
513-813-3574 FAX: 513-879-2675 Bitnet:
dcmillSend all editorial comments and items for Title Changes" (see p.5) to:
Ellen F i e Dnranceau, Assodate Head, Serials & AcquisitionsSeMces,
MassachuscttsInstitute of Te.chnology,
The Libraries, Room 14E-210, Cambridge, MA 02139
617-253-702S FAX: 617-253-2464 Internet:
Send all inquiries concerningthe NASIG organizationand membership, and change of address information
Send all daims for unreceived issuesof the Newsletter to:
Maggie Horn, Head Serials CatalogLibrarian,
University of California,Davis,
ShieldsLibrary, Davis, CA 95616
916-752-2600 FAX: 916-752-3148 Bitnet: mehorn@ucdavis
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1993 Brown Conference
No doubt many of you are eager for news about
our 1993 conference to be held at Brown
University in Providence, RI, June 10-13. The
Hepfer ( S U N Y Buffalo) and October IviDs
(Louisiana State University), selected the theme,
"New Scholafihip: New Serials," and is currently
reviewing proposals for plenary papers and
workshops. The program will once again offer
plenary sessions and a selection of eighteen
workshops. Also planned is a session that will
feature a plenary speaker followed by four
"breakouts"or panel discussions, which will focus
on specificaspects of the topic presented by the
The Conference Planning Committee, co-chaired
by Pat Putney (Brown University) and Jean
CaUaghan (Wheaton College), is working with the
conference staff at Brown University and has
startedplanning the localarrangementsand social
events. Providence and Newport, which is less
than an hour away, offer a variety of historical
sites, galleriesand museums.
At the meetingthe Board reviewedthe conference
budget and set the registration fees Profits from
the 1993 conferencewill allow us to "hold the line
on fee increases." The 1993 conference fees are
$275.00 for resident attendees housed in the
recently built Thayer Street Quad dorm complex,
$245.00 for resident attendees housed in other
dormitories, and $175.00 for commuters. AU
dorms have single moms and shared rest mom
1994 Conference Site
Looking to the future,the Boardselecteda site for
our 1994 conference after reviewing final reports
on three campuses in the Pacific Northwest the
University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon,
University of Washington in Seattle,Washington,
and Universityof British Columbiain Vancouver,
BC. The 1994 conference will be held on the
campus of the Universityof British Columbia.
A number of factors are consideredwhen selecting
a site, including the dates available,the condition
of the dorm facilities,quality of the food seMce,
and the general ambienceof the campus. Special
thanks to our members who participated in the
1994 site selection for the Pacific Northwest:
Karen Darling (University of Oregon), Mary
D e v h (Faxon), Kat McGrath (University of
British Columbia) and Laurie Sutherland
Focus on Current F'roiects
John Tagler (Elsevier) presented a draft report on
the 1992 membership survey. As you may recall,
the membership survey was distributedlast spring
approxhately75% of the membershipresponded.
Because the report, which focuses on members'
perceptions of NASIG activities, is extensive, the
Board asked the Task Force to draft an executive
summary. We willbe sharingthese documents and
other informationaboutthe survey resultswithyou
in the coming months.
The Board received exciting news from the
ElectronicCommunicationsCommittee. With the
support of our colleagues at the American
Mathematical Society, a test file of papers
presented at the 1992conferencehas b n created
and the Committee will begin testing a Gopher
applicationthat willoffer full-text retrievalto users
who access NASIGNET over the INTERNET.
The Board asked the committee to continue its
efforts and to work with the editors of our
Newsletter to develop and test a similar
applicationfor the NASIG Newsletter. These are
the first stepstoward providingthe Newsletterand
proceedings to members in an electronicformat.
Finally, I would like to welcome our new Editorial
Board for the NASIG Newsletter: Ellen
Duranceau, Editor-in-ChieS Maggie Horn,
Distribution Editor; Daphne Miller, Submissions
Editor; and Kathy Schmidt, Production Editor.
This is their first issue!
Very best wishes to you all for the holidays! See
you at ALA in Denver.
A warm Ocean State welcome from the Brown
University Conference Planning Committee! The
Committee is hard at work planning the first
NASIG conference to be held in New England.
Brown University, founded in 1764, is located in
historic Providence, Rhode Island. Providence is
located 1 hour from Boston, 3 hours from New
York City, 45 minutes from Newport, and 1 hour
to the beginning of Cape Cod. It is an ideal
location as a Staaing point for a New England
vacation! Rhode Island, the "smallest state in the
union,"offersmany attractions,including384 miles
providence is easily accessible by all modes of
transportation: by air V.F. Greene Airport/
Providence is a 15 minute drive to the Brown
campus); by train (Amtrak offers seMce to
Providence on the Northeast Comdor route; the
train station is 5 minutesfrom campus); by car (via
Route 95, the main East Coast north/south
interstate); by bus (seMced by both Greyhound
and Bonanza, with hourly seMce to downtown
Boston and to Logan AirpoNBoston);and by sea!
(Providence is located at the top of Narragansett
The members of the Conference Planning
Committee are: Jean Callaghan, cochair
(Wheaton College), Mary Beth Clack (Harvard
University), Marilyn Geller (Mm,Jane Hedberg
(Welldey College), Deborah Jensen (The Faxon
Co.), LeslieKnapp (ESSCO),PatriciaPutney,
CoChair (BrownUniversity), Joseph Raker (Boston
Public Library), Marian Reijnen (Martinns
Nijhof j , and SteveThompson(BrownUniversity).
Full details on the conference, including travel
information, will be published in the next issue of
the Newsletter. For further information, please
Jean CaUaghan, Sen& Liirarian
Wallace Library,Wheaton College
Norton, MA 02766
Phone: 508285-77mJ 3 0
Head, Acquisitions Department
Rockefeller Library, Box A, Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
B m AP201001@BROWNVM
Rhode Island's state motto is HOPE - we HOPE
to see you June 10-13, 1993 at Brown University
for NASIG's 8th Annual Conference!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CONFERENCE
EVALUATION FORM I Ann OLerson
At the NASIG board meeting on Saturday,
November 7,it was decided that NASIG should
invest some time in working with the conference
evaluationform, in order to:
-Prepare an evaluationform for 1993 Conference
-Review 1992 evaluation form and evaluation
report (prepared using Survey Pro software)
-Explore ways to provide more usehl feedback to
-Consult with current and past Program
Committeemembers for their input
-Review and recommend softwarepackages
-Consider separateforms for general conference
feedba&speaker/swrLshop feedbaaand other
aspects of the Conference
Accordingly, w e Rast and I willbe participating
in such a Task Group, which will do its work over
the first quarter of 1993.
We are seeking a few volunteers to join in the
process. We are particularly interested in
volunteers with the following skills
-Developmentof evaluation forms, particularlyfor
-Use of m e y or similar software, preferablybut
not necesady more than one package
-Skill with spreadsheetprograms such as Lotus
1-2-3, Excel, and others
-Possiile willingnessto write and later tabulate the
m e y (a timeansnming pr-!)
We mention the above, not becauseother skills are
irrelevant, but because these may be harder to
locate. If you are interested,please send a note of
your interest and relevant experience or
Ann Okerson, NASIG Past-President
Phone: 202-232-8656 FAX: 202-462-7849
TREASURER'S REPORT I Ann Vidor
Alongwithyour copy of the SeptemberNewsletter,
you should have received the 1993 Renewal form
and the Directory informationform. These forms
are bright pink and orange in the hope that they
would be too conspicuousto be ignored or if they
were set asideon your desk, they would eventnaliy
be n o t i d ! Although the September Newsletter
was a little late being sent out, we are still going to
follow the original timetable. This is because we
need to have an updated membership databaseby
early January. Reminderswill be sent out in
midNwember if your renewal has not been received.
NASIG now has a permanent address. It was
decided at the Board meeting last June, at the
request of the Treasurer, that we establish an
address which would not change each time there
was a new Treasurer. Tbe addresswillnot be used
for routine activities such as renewals and
conferenceregistration,but for officialtransactions
such as filingour tax returns, directoryListings,and
for use with organizations requesting NASIG's
Federal identification number and our address.
The permanent address is a mailbox location in
Atlanta. For the remainder of this year, mail will
be forwarded to my home address. After July
1993, any mail will be forwarded to the new
NASIG membershiphas reached 1,ooO for the first
time. Janet Gaisford of the Metro Toronto
ReferenceLiirarywas the loooth member to join.
[And as of November 9, NASIG membershiphad
reached 1,035, according to Joan Luke Stephens,
Chair of the Directory and Database Committee.
ANNOUNCING "TITLE CHANGES"
With the next issue, the Newsletter win include a
new feature: a column descriiig NASIG
members' "title changes" -- their promotions, new
positions, and other significant professional
milestones. n e goal of the column is to help
NASIG members keep track of each other and to
giveus a way to recognize each other's achievements
The column will depend to a large extent on
member contributions, so if you change jobs,
receive a promotion, complete a degree, win an
award,or have any other professionalnewg please
send a note to the Editor. Contributionson behalf
of fellow members are weloome, and will be
cleared with the person mentioned in the news
item before thev are Drinted.
LIBRARY SCIENCE STUDENT GRANT
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS I Hnrriet K c m y
NASIG is currently seeking candidatesfor grants
to attend the Eighth Annual Conferenceto be held
at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island,
June 10 to 13, 1993. Through the granting of
these awards, NASIG desires to encourage
participation in the serials information chain by
students who are interested in some aspect of
serialswork upon completion of their professional
SCOPE OF AWARD: Recipientsare expectedto
attend the entire conference and submit a brief
written report to NASIG. Expenses for travel,
registration, meals, and lodging will be paid by
E L I G I B I L W Studentscurrently enrolled at the
graduate level in any ALA amedited library
school, who do not already have an ALA
amedited degree, and who have expressed an
interest in serials and/or technical seMcss work,
are eligible. Applicants be full- or part-time
students at the time of application. In order to
accept an award, a recipientmust not be employed
in a position requiring an ALA accrediteddegree,
nor on leave from such a position,at the time of
acceptance of the grant. Equal considerationwill
be given to all qualifiedapplicanywith preference
given to those graduating the year of the
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Application
forms will be available after January 15, 1993, in
ALA accredited l i b r a r y schools and from Harriet
Kersey, Chair, Library Science Student Grant
Committee. Completed applications should be
Harriet Kersey, Asst. Head, Information Control
and Management, Georgia Tech Library, Atlanta,
GA 30322-0900. Phone: 404-894-4523.
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APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 1993.
Applications received after this date will not be
AWARD NOTIFICATION Award recipientswill
be notified by April 15,1993. A maximum of six
grants may be awarded for 1993.
LIBRARY SCIENCE STUDENT GRANT
PROGRAM: RECIPIENTS'REPORTS ON 1992
W I G CONFERENCEI Bnrriet Kersey
Each year, recipients of the grant to attend the
NASIG conference are asked to submit a written
report, s t ~ d u r e d as responses to speciijc
questions, about their conference experience.
Here, the Student Grant Committee shares with
the NASIG membership some of the students'
Why do pu feel it is worthwhile for
students to attend a NASIG conference?
NASlG exposes [thestudent] to the multiple facets
of the profesdon - revealingthe varied specialties
a serials librarian may develop.
The chance to interact with a wide variety of
liiarians,publishem, and vendors gave me a wider
perspective on the chain of serialsinformation.
Serials represent a tremendous investment on the
part of all libraries Issues concerning serials
tonch upon every department within a library.
Attending a NASIG conference is a unique and
wonderful opportunity for a library school student
(0 bemme better educated about the various
aspects of this extremelyimportant facet of library
It is an excellent opportunity to learn more about
serials...an addition to classroom learning or work
experience. A student can see how a liiary
conference works and how dedicated members
need to be.
It gives students a taste of what belonging to a
professional society is like and thus prepares them
for their future involvement.
How did attending the conference benefit
To see hiarians who are aggressively pursuing
problem-solving for a challenging area of
librarianship breaks all stereotypes I had of the
I appreciate the experience with "professional"
behavior. Having seen any number of excellent
models of professionalism at its best, I certainly
have MIlack of standards to emulate in my career
as a librarian.
I enjoyed the plenary sessions in which several
speakers piqued my thoughts on matters of
concern to serials librarianship. Some of these
speakers (as well as many of the NASIG
committeespeakers)displayed good oratory styles,
and in this way set valuable examples of
It gave me an idea of where I might find a place in
I came to a better understanding of so many
aspects regardingserialsand the role of librariesin
I feel that I made some life-long friends, and I
believe that this experience will benefit me
throughout my professional career.
Did attending the confernnee innuence
yonr career plans?
It heightened my interest in serials and, also, in
many ways made me feel more comfortable about
them and their ambiguities. It was comfortingjust
hearing that others are equally confounded by
them, and yet, enjoy the challenge of them.
The conference intrigued me [and iespied me] to
explore further the challengesof serialswork.
It reinforced my interest in serials.
I was already planning a career built around
serials, and the NASIG conference confirmed my
decision. It opened my eyes to the possibility that
there is more to do with a Masters of Liirary
Sciencethan be a librarian.
Wbat suggestions do you have for the
1993 NASIG Student Grant Program?
The program seems to work well as is. The
interest and dedicationof committeememberswas
evident,and I enjoyedthe warmth and friendliness,
which certainly made me feel welcome. Don't
change a thing!
To facilitate integration [of students and NASIG
members], having other NASIG members join
pairs of students for breakfast or lunch the fmt
andfor second day might be helphrl..to expose the
students to other NASIG members.
A d d i t i d mmments or suggestions.
I think NASIG does itself and the studentsa great
service through the Grant Propram. By
encouraging students in serials librarianship,
NASIG benefitsthroughthe futureparticipationof
these new librarians. Having spoken with a few of
the Grant's past recipients, I should think that
NASIG would be pleased at such additionsto the
I was struck, vexy early on in the conference, by
the strong senseof community among the NASIG
membership. The profession of librarianshipas a
whole is so large and so diverse. that I find it
difficult to imagine a similar sense of community
at [ALA]. This strong sense of community is a
valuable tool for effective action...NASIG seems
better equipped [than A I A ] to envision and
actualize its own future.
I jnst can't say enough about my experience
attending the NASIG conference in Chicago. I
loved it from beeinnine to end.
A W A R D ANNOUNCEMENTS:
L I B R A R I A N S ~ A W A R D
Presented by the Serials Section, Association for
Library Collections & Technical SeMces.
An annual award consisting of a citation and a
serials librarianship, including but not limited to
those made within the previous three years,
demonstrated by such activities as leadership in
serials-related activities through participation in
professional associationsandfor library education
programs, contriiutions to the body of serials
literature, conduct of research in the area of
serials, development of tools or methods to
enhance access to or management of serials, or
other advances leading to a better understanding
of the Geld of serials.
1992 Winner: Linda K. Bartley
Send nominationsby December 15,1992,to:
Rex Bross, Head, MonographsDept.
University of Toledo Libraries
2801 W.Bancroft St.
Toledo, OH 43606
Please include all supportingdocumentation. For
more information, contact Rex Bross or call the
LIBRARY ACOUISITIONS:PRACIlCE &
THEORY 1993 RESEARCH A W A R D
The Librarv Awuisitions: Practice & Theory
(LAF'T) Research Award provides an annualprize
of S1,OOO for research in the broad areas of
acquisitions, serials, publishink and collection
management. The award will be given for one
proposal and administeredintwoparts: $500 when
the proposalis selectedto fund the research effort
and $500 when the completed manuscript is
submitted to Liirarv Acauisitions: Practice &
m. The award will be granted to the
individual,not the institution,and may be used to
wver expensesincurred in conductingthe research
outlined in the Winning proposal including travel,
postage, staff support, supplies, and other items
The winning proposal will identify a critical issue
in aquisitions, serials, publishing, or collection
management and outline a rigorous approach to
testing or solving the issue raised. Proposals will
be judged on their sigdkance, clarity, and
originality. The proposal shouldbe.a brief, concise
description (no more than 500 words) of the
project. A budget proposal and a one pagevita of