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0 DIARY OF A "BLUE DOT" / Kathy Meneely, Collection Development Librarian, Serials, Cleveland Health Sciences Library
Coverage of the 2nd Annual NASIG ConferencE ~~ Denison University in Granville, Ohio begins with an article by Kat~y Meneely, one of the many dedicated conference planners, describing some of the joys and interesting experiences of a "blue dot." [For those of you who were not at the conference, the conference organizers and the Executive Board members wore blue dots on their name tags to indicate that they were resource people, problem solvers, etc.) Minutes from both the Executive Board and General Membership Meetings follow Kathy's article. Members are reminded that the 3rd Conference is scheduled for June 4-7 at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia and an article by Tina Feick with particulars concerning price, etc. appears later in this issue.
After three months of entering registration information
into the PC, answering questions via letters and the telephone,
collating and mailing checks, xeroxing maps and letters and
creating weekly lists, the big day had finally arrived! I packed
all of the computer printouts, name tags, registration cards and
other paraphernalia into the car and headed for Denison
Upon arrival, had a lot of help unloading and "setting up"
in the conference center - this area was the base of operations
during the entire conference.
All rooms were assigned and accommodations had been made
for the early arrivals (numbering 78 in all) when the word came
that none of the rooms on the fourth floor of Shorney were
available!! Plan B: move all fourth floor early arrivals to new
June 14th Sunday--The morning begins - a "water closet" in Smith is constantly running; the message was relayed to the appropriate people.
As Sunday progressed all those disembodied voices that I
had spoken to during the past months materialized; greeting the
participants was a highly satisfying experience.
The library reception was a success and Dr. Charles
Maurer's "dinner summons" delighted everyone. The reception
following the picnic afforded ample opportunities for serials
talk, re-establishing old friendships and getting acquainted with
colleagues from the U. S., Canada, England, and The Netherlands.
Later that evening, Smith dormitory had some unwelcome
guests (wasps) due to a lack of screens; screening was secured.
June 15th Monday--
The registrQtion unit, which was maintained throughout the
conference, went on loca~ion to Herrick Auditorium for the morning
sessions. Meanwhile, the Fellow classrooms were checked for AV
equipment, seating arrangements and air-conditioning prior to the
After lunch I accompanied other committee members to
Slayter Hall where the cabaret was being set up for that evening
helped transfer cases of liquor from the Conference Center to
Evening activities included an Italian dinner, the business
meeting and dancing. Due to liquor restrictions in Slayter, the DJ
and dancers were on different levels! However, through a bit of
creative problem-solving (serials folks are good at this!) the OJ,
equipment, and dancers were united in the second floor. At one
point the OJ was overheard to say "These are librarians?" •••
June 16 Tuesday--
After breakfast went to the library to xerox several copies
of a bibliography for one of the workshops. Worked on tour changes
and compiled a check-off list for each tour. Crashed in the
afternoon. The day's activities ended with a banquet, dance and
much camaraderie. Rumor has it that a few revellers continued on
into the wee hours of the morning.
June 17 Wednesday--
Check-out activities dominated much of the morning, with
the last airport-bound bus departing at approximately 1:30 p.m.
"Blue Dot" activities prevented my attendance at many
sessions, but I gained a great deal just meeting and talking to
all of the people during those five days because I was a "Blue
Many thanks to the following people for all of their help:
Susan Davis, Tina Feick, George Lupone, Kathryn McArtor, Peggy
Merryman, Michaele Murphy, Carol Patrick, Frances Piesbergen, John
Riddick, Catherine Wells, and Holly Schwartz.
-3MINUTES OF THE NASIG EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING, JUNE 13, 1987,
DENISON UNIVERSITY, GRANVILLE, OHIO / Lenore Wilkas
John Riddick thanked everyone for their support throughout the
year and distributed copies of letters received from members
concerning whether or not NASIG should accept gifts from the
Susan Davis reported that we had a balance of $45,257.43 in our
account but that sum does not reflect charges for the second
conference. We have 561 members, including 333 renewals.
George Lupone and Kathleen Meneely joined the Executive Board to
speak about the arrangements for the Denison Conference. Kathleen
reported that there were 272 registrants and some were turned
away. She suggested that next year's conference should consider
300 as the limit. She also suggested recycling our name tags for
next year. George ~uggested that planning such a conference should
always be done in teams as it made it much easier. With the early
arrival on Saturday by so many participants, it made it difficult
for the planners to set things up. He suggested that next year's
conference begin on Saturday.
Tina Feick reported on a questionnaire that she and Ann Okerson
are finalizing to survey members' opinions on future directions
for NASIG. A first draft will be sent to the Executive Board
during the summer. The questionnaire, after approval, will be
sent to the general membership.
The Librarian Exchange Committee was represented by John Merriman
as Minne Saxe was unable to attend. John said that the committee
was working through LIBEX (Bureau for International Library
Exchange) in Wales which has much experience in such matters. The
Committee will be placing an advertisement in the UKSG Newsletter
to test response. John Riddick suggested doing the same in The
NASIG Newsletter. John Merriman expects that the committee will
arrange two or three exchanges per year.
The Library Science Student Grant Committee headed by Ann Vidor
now consists of two librarians, one publisher, and two library
school faculty members. The Committee is working on a draft that
will go to the library school deans in the fall. They hope to
send out a letter and application forms in the winter. There will
be an announcement in The NASIG Newsletter. The goal is for four
to six library school students to have their registration funded
for the next conference.
Marcia Tuttle spoke on her Continuing Education proposals. She has
no committee as of yet and feels that NASIG must create a market
for this activity by means of publicity brochures and creating
liaisons with other groups. She feels that Tina and Ann's survey
of the membership will tell us what is needed. Arlene Moore
Sievers will be assisting Marcia in planning the tour to Amsterdam
-4Christie Degener spoke about her work in establishing liaison
ties. Her main question to the Executive Board was how large do we
want NASIG to become. She also stressed her need for a membership
list. Tina Feick, Susan Davis, and Becky Lenzini will look into
the establishment of a membership database.
Mary Beth Clack spoke briefly about the House Exchange Committee.
Her notice asking for members was in the last newsletter and thus
far she has had no response. David Woodworth is her counterpart in
Leigh Chatterton and Mary Beth Clack spoke about the Conference
Program. They both felt that there was a need for the call for
papers to be distributed sooner. They also felt there was a need
to get first drafts of papers before the conference date to
expedite the editing. This year Liegh and Mary Beth have about
three weeks to do the editing. They asked the Executive Board if
NASIG wanted a theme for the coprprence call for papers. They said
there were fewer responses than last year.
The Site Selection Committee chaired by Tina Feick reported that
plans were well underway for the Third NASIG Conference in 1988 at
Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia. Plans are underway for
selecting a 1989 site in California. John Riddick said there had
been some interest in having a 1990 Conference in Canada, probably
in Toronto. He asked for the Board's thoughts on that.
The NASIG Newsletter editor, Lenore Wilkas, spoke of the need to
enlarge the newsletter due to more submissions, committee reports,
and other announcements. She reported on the many requests for
undamaged copies from members who had received mutilated issues.
She suggested a cover similar to the UKSG Newsletter. John Riddick
asked her to investigate the cost involved. Lenore said that when
NASIG is incorporated as a non-profit group, the newsletter will
be able to be sent cheaper at bulk rate postage. She also
suggested the need for a NASIG archivist. She also mentioned that
copies of the 1st NASIG Conference Proceedings in hard copy would
be available in the registration area for $17.50 (half-price).
John Riddick spoke about the acceptance or rejection of gifts from
corporations, publishers, etc. the Executive Board earlier in the
year had rejected gifts. Susan Davis asked about the possibility
of receiving blind gifts or asking those wishing to contribute to
advertise in the newsletter or contribute to a scholarship. This
question will be asked of the general membership. John Riddick
affirmed that the Executive Board had approved a proposal for a
committee to be formed to deal with firms, libraries, and others
who wanted to place job ads in the newsletter.
-5MINUTES OF THE SECOND ANNUAL GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING, JUNE 15,
1987, DENISON UNIVERSITY, GRANVILLE, OHIO / Lenore Wilkas
John Riddick, President of NASIG, opened the meeting by
introducing the members of the NASIG Executive Board. Kathleen
Meneely discussed some of the logistics for the conference tours.
Susan Davis, Treasurer, announced that there were now 561 paid
members and yellow membership cards had been sent to all. There is
over $45,000 in our interest-bearing account. This does not
reflect the bills which are estimated at $37,000 for the 2nd
Conference. She announced that NASIG is pursuing non-profit
incorporation status and that the Finance Committee will be
meeting with lawyers this summer. The articles of incorporation
will go to the membership for a vote.
Marcia Tuttle spoke briefly about the tour to Scotland made after
the UKSG Conference last spring and announced that another tour is
being planned for Amsterdam before the 1988 UKSG Conference. As
Chairperson of the Continuing Education Committee she encouraged
ideas and asked for volunteers. She spoke of possible programs:
specific programsupon request; programs in conjunction with other
library organizations; pre-conferences; road shows; seminars; a
clearinghouse for speakers; programs for support staff; and a
The Chair of the Library Science Student Grant Committee, Ann
Vidor, announced that they hoped to present four to six library
school students with grants to attend NASIG's 3rd Conference in
Atlanta. The committee hopes to have letters and applications to
deans by winter.
Official greetings from our friends in the UKSG were brought to us
by John Merriman. He spoke of the UKSG's 10th Anniversary
Conference last March in Oxford which was attended by 365
delegates. Their membership is over 400 with nearly a 50-50 split
between librarians and non-librarians. The UKSG plans to turn its
newsletter into a quarterly journal. They are also planning a
series of road shows to library schools which would consist of a
publisher, agent, and serials librarian. The 1988 UKSG Conference
will be March 28-31 in Leeds. Mr. Merriman also spoke about the
Librarian Exchange Committee. He and Minne Saxe are working
through LIBEX, an organization in Wales, with experience in
librarian exchanges. More will be written about this in the
Christie Degener, Chair of the Liaison Ties Committee, spoke about
establishing ties for NASIG with other professional organizations.
She asked for volunteers who would be willing to assist.
-6Mary Beth Clack spoke about theiormation of the House Exchange
Committee. She and her UKSG counterpart, David Woodworth, would
like to find four to five members for the committee who would
represent each section of the United States.
Lenore Wilkas, newsletter editor, stated that due to more
submissions there were plans to expand the newsletter (but not
into a journal!) and provide it with a cover which would prevent
some of the postal mutilation being reported by NASIG members. She
asked anyone who received a damaged copy to let her know. She also
asked the membership for their comments on the newsletter by
asking them to answer the newsletter question on the conference
Tina Feick, Chair of the Conference Site Selection Committee,
spoke about next year's site, Oglethorpe University in Atlanta,
Georgia. She assured everyone that all rooms (including dorms)
will be air-conditioned! The Third Conference will be the first
week of June. Members of the local arrangements commi~~?e are
Roger Presley and Ann Vidor. If anyone in that area would like to
assist them they should contact Roger or Ann. Future sites being
considered for 1989 are in California and there is some thought
being given to having 1990 conference in Canada.
Earl Boyce, Sylvia Martin, and Jan Scullin of the Nominations
Committee were introduced. Members were encouraged to make their
nominations before the deadline, June 26th. Announcements were
made concerning ALA programs of interest at San Francisco.
Because so many members took advantage of the airlines super-saver
fares and arrived on Saturday, the Executive Board is seriously
considering starting the next conference on Saturday rather than
Sunday. Members were asked to comment upon this on the evaluation
forms in their packets.
John Riddick related how many employers had approached him and
other NASIG Executive Board members about people to fill job
vacancies. NASIG plans a committee to deal with employers and to
have possible vacancies announced in the newsletter.
A lengthy discussion followed about the feasibility of acceptance
of outright gifts to NASIG. The early ad hoc Executive Board said
"no" to grants and the formally-constituted Executive Board has
also refused a grant from a vendor. Some alternatives suggested
were anonymous gifts, advertising in the newsletter, or a
continuation of the no-grants policy. John Merriman said that the
UKSG has only asked for grants to underwrite the banquet at
Blenheim Palace last March. Many of the NASIG members from the
corporate community added that they preferred the personal
membership policy and the no-exhibits policy. Some members thought
-7that accepting gifts for library school scholarships would be
good. Someone added that grants for librarians whose institutions
could not afford to send people to the conference would be great.
Becky Lenzini, past Co-Chair of NASIG, spoke about the birth of
NASIG and its present status. She spoke about John Riddick's
dedication to seeing that NASIG became a reality. The meeting was
adjourned after an ovation for John Riddick.
ATTENTION, SPORTS FANS!
On a warm and humid June morning some intrepid runners began their
battle with a 2.4 mile course around Denison University. All
finishers agreed that the hill at the end of the race was a
The winners and their time~ were: lst- David Winchester (16:30) Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas 2nd- Bill Willmering (16:35) National Library of Medicine 3rd- Michael Markwith (17:38) The Faxon Company, Inc.
The 2nd Annual NASIG Conference generated some correspondence from
several of our members in the publishing field. The first
submission is from Graham Marshall, Director, Sales and Promotion,
Butterworths. His article is followed by responses from Tina
Feick, NASIG Vice President and Mary Fugle, Executive Board member
from Springer-Verlag, New York City. These are fOllowed by a
letter from Brian Scanlan, Pergamon Journals, Inc. which gives
librarians some hints as to how to interest publishers in NASIG.
THREE QUESTIONS FOR THE ORGANISERS OF THE NEXT CONFERENCE / Graham
As a member of the UKSG I was very pleased to attend the NASIG
Conference (my first, your second) in Granville. The programme
promised some interesting discussion on topics equally important
to librarians, vendors and publishers.
A glance through the list of delegates on arrival gave me much
food for thought: how few of my fellow publishers were present.
-8It seems to me that NASIG provides the ideal forum for exchange of
ideas between librarians, vendors, and publishers, but it will not
function properly until there is a more balanced membership.
Bob Houbek and Chuck Hamaker made many good points but the
problems they have highlighted will only be resolved by dialogue
not by monologues, however well presented.
In my view, we have many important issues that can be resolved by
discussion and by carefully directed concerted effort. Here in the
U.K., for example, a massive publicity campaign conducted by
librarians, publishers, vendors and authors successfully fought
off the threatened introduction of VAT [value-added tax] on books
and periodicals. It is possible that we have only won the battle
here and not the war, but even that small victory would not have
been possible if the interested groups had not been working
Publishing, the information business, is not like the automobile
industry or the oil business. Yes, it is a business but it is
only part of the scientific information chain which, if unbroken,
is circular: library users are journal contributors; vendors are
publishers customers and library suppliers; journal editorial
boards comprise many academics, teaching or researching within the
same institution as the libraries and often serving on the library
As with other businesses however, competition and a healthy
growing market will produce price stability. Cancellations and
unlicensed photocopying, on the other hand, will lead to price
If the market is in poor health what is to be done? The answer,
surely, does not lie in internecine strife.
I ask the organisers of NASIG's third conference three questions:
1. Can there be a more balanced group of delegates and
2. Can the burning issues of the day be covered at the
beginning of the conference, so that there is ample time
for informal discussion afterwards?
3. Can there be more time for questions after the speakers
have delivered their papers?
A positive answer to these three questions, coupled with the
promised air conditioning should completely eliminate any "hot
air" in Atlanta next year.
I look forward to meeting many of you there.
A RESPONSE / Tina Feick, NASIG Vice President
Based on the results of the returned evaluations, NASIG's Second
Annual Conference was a success. The overall rating was 4.3 (out
of 5.0). Most of the participants reported that they found the
conference worthwhile and, if money permitted, would attend
another conference. Those of us on the Local Arrangements
Committee and on the Executive Board were very pleased with the
responses that we received.
As Mr. Marshall indicated in his letter, the imbalance of the
commercial sector attendance in relationship to librarians was,
however, one aspect that marred the conference; an aspect that has
been a prime concern of the NASIG Executive Board. Mary Fugle of
Springer Verlag has been working throughout this past year to
promote NASIG to the publishing sector. Personal letters, phone
calls, and conference mailings have been sent to many publishers.
OUI return rate has been low, but as NASIG moves towards our third
conference, we anticipate that we will see the numbers increasing.
How to change this imbalance? The Conference Program Committee has
already taken several steps to address this problem. Mary Beth
Clack (Co-Chair) has mailed the Call for Papers to several
journals in the publishing field (our thanks to Brian Scanlan for
suggestions). We will be inviting several publishers to join the
Conference Program Committee. In addition, this committee is
looking for topics that are of interest to all members of our
organization, for example, copyright concerns. As NASIG becomes
known as an organization that promotes open dialogue among all
parties, we will see more participation from the commercial
sector. It is important that NASIG be receptive to all viewpoints;
that we give everyone an opportunity to speak; and, that we take
time to learn more about the other parts of the information chain.
For next year's program, we plan to present the "burning issues"
earlier in the conference in order for more discussion throughout
the conference. More question and answer time is on our list of
priorities for the Atlanta Conference. At Denison, many speakers,
to be blunt, did go over their time limit and, therefore, cut into
our discussion time. Next year, our moderators are just going to
have to be ruthless and cut people off (in a nice way).
We are also considering an open forum for the airing of concerns,
follow-up questions to papers previously presented, and discussion
of other serials-related topics.
I encourage all NASIG members to urge publishers and other
commercial sector people to join and participate in our
organization. NASIG can only be a vital force with the assistance
of all of its members.
-10ANOTHER RESPONSE / Mary Fugle, Sales Manager - Libraries,
Wholesalers and Journals, Springer Verlag
Thank you for your thoughts on NASIG's Second Annual Conference.
John Riddick informs me that your points 2 and 3 have been
directed to the Program Committee. I will address your first
After the first NASIG conference, I had similar feeling of an
unbalanced group of delegates and speakers. After a discussion
with John Riddick I agreed to serve as Membership Director for the
publishing constituency. Last Spring I contacted approximately 15
publishers to tell them of NASIG's misssion and encourage their
participation in the second conference. Though my success was
limited, I plan to continue, particularly at ALA Mid-winter. I
also ask that everyone reading this help me! I suggest that when a
publisher's representative calls or visits a library, that the
serials librarian spend a few minutes talking about NASIG. I feel
U.S. and Canadian publishers and University Presses are
conspicuous by their absence. I would encourage the commercial
members of NASIG to lobby amongst their colleagues for
As one of the first members of NASIG, I strongly believe in its
goal to be an open forum for discussion. Next year, I believe, is
crucial to NASIG's proving itself as such a forum. With the
efforts I've outlined, the possibility exists.
I look forward to seeing you in Atlanta.
ADVICE TO NASIG LIBRARIANS / Brian Scanlan, Pergamon Press
It was noted by John Merriman that participation at the UKSG
Conferences is split evenly between librarians and representatives
from the publishing and subscription agency sectors. Several
times during the meeting at Denison I was asked how we could
further encourage publisher participation in NASIG's future
meetings and membership activities. We publishers that have
participated in NASIG last year and at Denison this year have
encouraged our colleagues at other firms to join NASIG and attend
Despite our contacts, however, librarians are really in a much
better position to encourage publisher and vendor participation.
Those of you who are librarians and who see publisher and vendor
representatives in the course of your work might do well to keep
track of which of them participated in the most recent NASIG
conference, and encourage those firms who have not, to do so in
the future. As purchasers of serials and users of vendors'
services, librarians are in a much better pOSition to encourage
people in these areas to support our organization. So keep your
list of participants handy, and let publisher and vendor
representatives know that you expect participation in NASIG in the
-11We have received the following two letters from publishers
concerning their journal pricing policies. They are printed here
in their entirety for the benefit of NASIG members. Publication of
this information is not to be considered an endorsement by NASIG.
AN OPEN LETTER TO LIBRARIANS IN NORTH AMERICA FROM BASIL BLACKWELL
LIMITED AND BLACKWELL SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS
Dear Librarian: We share your concern about past differentials between the U. S. dollar and overseas sterling prices for journals produced in the
In order to get information to library agents at the appropriate
time we are obliged to announce dollar prices for the next year
six months before the start of that year. We hold these prices,
irrespective of fluctuations in the exchange rate which may occur
in the following 18 months. This is done by selling dollars
forward. It is important to realize that we do not benefit from
any subsequent change in the exchange rate during the course of
Our policy, then, is to fix a dollar rate which reflects, as
closely as possible, the real exchange rate. In some cases, we do
not control pricing and may be overruled by the learned societies
we represent. Where we can, however, we will avoid any dramatic
changes in the prices charged to North American libraries.
If you would like to discuss our policy or would like further
clarification please write to us directly.
Rene Olivieri Deputy Managing Director Basil Blackwell Limited
Robert Campbell Acting Managing Director Blackwell Scientific Publications
IRL PRESS DISCONTINUES DIFFERENTIAL PRICING / John Bradley, Sales
IRL Press has announced that it has taken notice of the views of
NASIG members on the question of differential pricing for
scientific journals and will discontinue the practice with effect
from the 1988 subscription year. Sales Director John Bradley
explained that large fluctuations in the exchange rate in recent
-12years have made it increasingly difficult to set a u.s. dollar
price for America and a different pound sterling price for Europe
and the rest of the world. Henceforth, therefore, IRL Press
journals such as Nucleic Acids Research and The EMBO Journal will
be priced solely in u.s. dollars and will cost the same in the
United States and, for example, France and West Germany.
The company has chosen to price its journals in u.s. dollars
because North America is its biggest market and because it intends
to start publishing a number of new journals from its subsidiary
office in Virginia. Customers in the home UK market may continue
to pay for their subscriptions in pounds sterling.
Currently there is not a great deal of difference between the
differential prices set in dollars and pounds by IRL Press and the
real exchange rate: therefore, non-American libraries should not
be penalized by having to pay in U. S. dollars. Furthermore, in
isolated cases where a potential problem exists, IRL Press has cut
the U.S. dollar price which will obviously benefit libraries in
NOTICE FROM TAYLOR & FRANCIS The following notice which appeared on the Taylor & Francis 1988 Journal Subscription Price List may be of interest to NASIG members:
From 1988 the U. S. Dollar Price will apply to subscribers to
Taylor & Francis journals in all countries except those in the UK
and Republic of Ireland where the pound sterling price will apply.
Agents and subscribers are asked to note this and ensure correct
payment is made.
Additionally those journals formerly published by Crane Russak and
Company, Inc. are now all published by Taylor & Francis New York
Inc. and have been incorporated into this price list.
SEMINAR IN LONDON ON SERIALS ACQUISITIONS / Marcia Tuttle, Serials
Dept., Universityof North Carolina, Chapel Hill
On March 27 in London the Association of Learned and Professional
Society Publishers and the Publishers Association sponsored their
Third International Learned Journals Seminar. This year's topic
was The Changing Market for Serials: New Trends in Acquisitions.
Having been a speaker at the first of these seminars in 1985, when
the topic was the emotionally-charged nDifferential Pricing,n I
-13found both audience and attitude to have changed. This year's
audience was more heavily publishers than the earlier session,
with fewer librarians and subscription agents and fewer attendees
from continental Europe. The mood of the group was no longer
adversarial but somewhat open to information. The American
contingent was about the same size as in 1985. There was some
overlap of speakers from two years ago, as Gillian Page, John
Merriman, and I were on both programs.
The first session was titled "Value of Learned Information: The
Librarians Dilemma." Gillian Page (Pageant Publishing) explained
the difference between the relatively low cost of printing an
article and the high price of getting the information. Professor
Brian Coles (Imperial College, London) spoke from the scholar's
perspective, and Norman Higham (University of Bristol) responded
with the librarian's viewpoint. In the second morning session two
representatives of international publishers, David Anderson
(Springer Verlag) and Herman Pabbruwe (Kluwer Academic), and a
subscription agent, Takashi Yamakawa (USACO), discussed "Economic
and Marketing Aspects of International Trading."
Folowing lunch, three papers treated "New Trends in Library
Acquisitions." May Katzen (Leicester University) concentrated on
new developments in information technology and John Merriman
(Blackwell Periodicals) revealed to the publishers what he has
been hearing about serials acquisitions from activist librarians
in Britain and elsewhere. Speaking as a member of the NASIG
Executive Board, I discussed five trends in serials acquisitions
in the United States: containing rising costs, cooperative
acquisitions, new technology (including CD-ROM and optical disks),
online serials management systems, and the changing role of the
The final segment of the seminar consisted of an informal wrap-up
and general discussion of the issues raised during the day.
Richard Rowe (Faxon Company) moderated the discussion. Themes that
recurred throughout the meeting were just what one would expect:
costs of publishing and of acquiring; the possibilities, risks,
and threats of the new technologies; a general conviction that the
paper journal is here to stay. My impression of this third seminar
is that it was a better meeting than in 1985 because the
participants were not feuding this time; there was thus less
emotion in the presentations and questions from the audience; the
papers meshed far better than two years ago, aided in part by the
speakers keeping to their allotted times; and the unhurried,
free-flowing wrap-up pulled together the various aspects of the
topic so that we left with a feeling of a day well spent.
NASIG COMMITTEE REPORTS:
COMMITTEE ON LIAISON RELATIONS /Christie Degener, Chair
Virginia R. Reed has been named SLA-NASIG Liaison for 1987-88; she
also acted in this capacity during 1986-87. Virginia currently
serves in dual roles at Northeastern Illinois University as
Periodicals Librarian and also Science Bibliographer. She has
been a member of the Special Libraries Association since 1960 and
joined NASIG in 1985. NASIG members wishing to voice concerns of
mutual interest to SLA and NASIG, or ideas about beneficial
two-way communication between these groups, should contact
Virginia at the following address:
Virgini~ ~. Reed
Library Seriels Dept.
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
Progress on establishing liaison ties with other professional
groups will be reported on in future issues of The NASIG
CONTINUING EDUCATION COMMITTEE / Marcia Tuttle, Chairperson
While no Continuing Education Committee has been appointed yet,
all persons who volunteered to serve as members are participating
in the work of defining the objectives and scope of the program.
Shortly after the Denison Conference, I sent each volunteer the
outline of potential activities and asked him or her to critique
and expand this document. Each of them emphasized a concern with
making available NASIG continuing education programming to the
greatest number of people possible, including library support
staff. Statewide and regional activities were supported strongly.
One person made the point that not enough listed activities are
for non-librarian serials specialists. The categories that should
be given priority, according to the volunteers' responses, are:
programs for support staff, programs for specific situations,
speakers' bureau, and seminars. The forthcoming questionnaire to
determine the needs and interests of NASIG members will have a few
questions regarding continuing education. Response to these
questions will also be incorporated into the programming design.
-15As the NASIG continuing education effort grows, there will be a
place for everyone to participate. The actual committee will be
composed of chairs of subcommittees; the subcommittees will
concentrate on one aspect of the education program, such as
seminars or speakers' bureau. We may also try to form state or
regional groups to promote NASIG and develop and present
programming in their areas. We hope to be a couple of steps
farther along by the deadline of the December newsletter.
THE NASIG EXCHANGE PROGRAM COMMITTEE / Minna Saxe, Chair
Earlier this year the NASIG Exchange Program Committee, consisting
of Kimberly Dobbs, Norma Hervey, Deborah Jensen, Kenneth Kirkland,
and Minna Saxe, chair, drafted a statement of purpose. To quote
from this document, the Committee " ••• will serve as an
informational clearinghouse for those NASIG members who are
interested in working in an exchange capacity in a library in the
United Kingdom. The Committee will not plan, coordinate or
arrange any actual exchanges, but will provide the applicants with
information to guide them in their pursuits."
The Committee will be coordinating its activities with its
counterpart in the United Kingdom Serials Group; both groups will
be using the excellent services of LIBEX (Bureau for Intenational
Library Staff Exchange), which is operated by Mr. A. T. Hillier of
the College of Librarianship, Wales.
Ms. Diane Harkins, a NASIG member currently residing in Cambridge,
England, has agreed to serve as the Committee's liaison in the
United Kingdom. She will be able to obtain information for
potential exchange librarians, as well as work directly with Mr.
John B. Merriman, chair of the UKSG Exchange Program Committee,
and with Mr. Hillier.
If you are interested in more information on participating in the
Exchange Program, please contact:
Minna C. Saxe, Chair NASIG Exchange Program Graduate School Library Serials Dept.
City University of New York
33 West 42nd Street
New York, New York 10036
VISIT HOLLAND WITH NASIG!I! / Marcia Tuttle
NASIG's second tour will precede the UK Serials Group's annual
conference this year because of the early Easter holiday. Current
plans call for ten days in Holland, beginning March 18, then
flying to Leeds, England for the UKSG meeting. While in Holland
the group will visit Martinus Nijhoff Subscription Agent, the
Royal Agricultural College Library, E. J. Brill Publishers, Swets
Subscription Service, Faxon Europe, and Elsevier's publishing
headquarters. In between these professional visits are stops at
the Kroller-Muller Museum, the Frans Hals Museum, market day in
Leiden, and a traditional Indonesians "rijstafel" dinner in The
Hague. As with the Scotland trip last year, plenty of time is left
free for individual or small-group sightseeing, such as: the
Heineken Brewery, Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, and the Amsterdam
canal tour by enclosed boat. The Holland tour concludes with a
weekend full-day visit to Bruges, spectacular medieval city in
The itinerary is being set up and arrangements are being made with
the assistance of three NASIG members who live or havelived in
Holland: Arlene Sievers, Judy Nederstigt, and Jane Baldwin. All
three will accompnay the tour. We have not yet determined all
costs, so at this time it is not possible to give a price for the
tour. Full details will be in The NASIG Newsletter December issue.
An announcement will also be in the December UKSG Newsletter, in
hope of attracting some British traveling companions.
THIRD ANNUAL NASIG CONFERENCE (1988) / Tina Feick
Location: Oglethorpe University
City: Atlanta, Georgia
Dates: June 4th (Saturday) through June 7th (Tuesday), 1988.
Registration will be Saturday afternoon with the conference ending
Tuesday after lunch. Please plan for airplane departures after 3
p.m. on Tuesday.
Cost: No more than $200.00 for the conference. (Does not include
transportation; may not include transportation from the airport).
Answers to anticipated questions:
1. Yes, all buildings, including dorms, are air-conditioned.
2. Yes, the conference starts on Saturday - to help everyone save
3. Yes, registration will be limited.
Registration and program details are due in January 1988. All
members will receive an information packet. Please mark these
dates on your calendar!
North American Serials Interest Group
CALL FOR PAPERS
The North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG), an
organization committed to cross-communication among, and education
of, all members of the serials information chain, will hold its
third annual conference Saturday, June 4 to Tuesday June 7, 1988
at Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia.
The chief objective of NASIG's annual conference is to
provide a forum in which all participants (librarians, publishers,
vendors, Library Science educators, binders, etc.) might exchange
views, present new ideas and discuss issues of current interest.
This is a call for papers treating any aspect of serials
administration (acquisitions, cataloging, automation, binding,
budgeting, union listing, procurement, publishing, etc.) with a
view toward the relationships between the various constituencies
of NASIG. Members are particularly interested in hearing papers
treating the publishing/commercial relationships among the NASIG
This is also a call for abstracts from individuals
interested in leading a workshop at the conference. Work$hops are
sessions designed to be lively discussions of any aspect of
serials and their management within the library and of links with
publishers, subscription vendors, binders and automation vendors.
Submissions from all members of the serials informa~ion
chain are welcome. Suggestions from members of topics and speakers
are also welcome.
Titles and abstracts (100 words maximum) of proposed papers
and workshops may be submitted by October 15, 1987 to:
Chestnut Hill, MA 92167
Mary Elizabeth Clack Serials Record Librarian Harvard College Library Cambridge, MA 02138
THE NASIG NEWSLETTER (ISSN 0892-1733) is published for the
membership of NASIG (North American Serials Interest Group).
Editor: Lenore Wilkas, Serials Acquisitions Librarian, University
Submissions for the December 1987 issue are due November 15th and
should be sent to: Lenore Wilkas, One Veterans Square, Apt. D-2,
Media, PA 19063.