22:3 (2007:09) TOC

September 9, 2007 at 5:44 pm | Posted in TOCs | 2 Comments


———Metadata Standards and Applications
———SCCTP Integrating Resources Cataloging Workshop
———Publishing 101
———Evolution of Reading and Writing in the Networked Era
———Hurry Up, Please.  It’s Time – State of Emergency
———A New Approach to Service Discovery and Resource Delivery
———On Your Mark, Get Set … Talk! NASIG Speed Rounds
———Column People: What’s Their Future in a World of Blogs?
———What’s Different about the Social Sciences?
———Institutional Identifiers in the Journal Supply Chain
———How Does Digitization Affect Scholarship?
———From Tech Services to Leadership
———Alternative Career Paths for Those with an MLS
———Early Lessons and Accomplishments of CLOCKSS
———Academic Journal Publishing
———Cooperative Trends in Digital Archiving
———Tumbling Dice: Publishers, Aggregators and ERM
———Successive Entry, Latest Entry, or None of the Above?
———Serials as a Public Service
———Betting a Strong Hand in the Game of E-Resource Management
———Training Silents to Millennials to Work as a Team
———New and Not-So-New Serialists Share Experiences
———Making Sense of Your Usage Statistics
———Verbal Bourbon
———ERM on a Shoestring
———Risky Business: Outsourcing Serials Cataloging
———EDI for Libraries, Publishers, Agents
———Creating a Local Print Repository for State Consortium Online Purchases
———Little Things Mean a Lot
———Alternatives to Licensing of E-Resources


*[Ed. note: Not all conference sessions were covered for the Newsletter.]


22:3 (2007:09) 22nd Conference (2007): Conference Photos

September 9, 2007 at 5:41 pm | Posted in Conference | Leave a comment


22nd NASIG Conference in Louisville.  Photo by Char Simser. 

CPC at the Registration Desk.  Photo by Char Simser.

CPC Co-chairs Angel and Tyler.  Photo by Char Simser.

Opening session speaker Tom Owens.  Photo by Char Simser.

On the way to the Frazier Museum.  Photo by Char Simser.

Exhibit at the Frazier.  Photo by Char Simser.

Dinner at the Frazier.  Photo by Char Simser.

Vision speaker Karen Schneider and Anna Creech schmooze at the Frazier. 
Photo by Char Simser.

Public art horse and jockey.

Vision speaker Bob Stein.  Photo by Char Simser.

Sign for speed rounds strategy session.  Photo by Char Simser.

2007 award winners.  Photo by Char Simser.

Louisville Slugger Museum.  Photo by Char Simser.

Brainstorming session attendees with moderator Katy Ginanni.

Early crowd at the brainstorming session.

Jonathan David Makepeace makes a point at the brainstorming session.

More people at the brainstorming session.

Public art bike rack.

Carol Green and friend.

Public art chandelier and, yes, that is a penguin.

Vision speaker Daniel Chudnov.

Outgoing committee chairs Paoshan Yue and Adolfo Tarango and outgoing board member Adam Chesler.

Sunrise on the Ohio River.  Photo by Char Simser.

The passing of the gavel.  Outgoing president Denise Novak and incoming president Char Simser.

And it’s on to Arizona.  2008 CPC co-chair Cory Tucker and the winner of the Arizona tee shirt door prize.

22:3 (2007:09) Title Changes

September 7, 2007 at 3:09 pm | Posted in Title Changes | Leave a comment

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 (kcblythe@email.unc.edu).  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.]

CHRIS BRADY says of his June 5th change from being Serial and E-Resources Catalog Librarian at Baylor University to being Catalog and Government Documents Librarian at Baylor Law School that, “Six months ago I wouldn’t have thought I would be making this move now.  I was quite happy with my old job.  But I liked helping out over at the law school this spring while there was a vacancy, and now I am over here full time.”  Chris may now be found at:

Chris Brady
Catalog and Government Documents Librarian
Baylor Law School Library
PO Box 97128
Waco, TX 76798-7128
Tel.: (254) 710-4914
Fax: (254) 710-2294
E-mail: C_Brady@baylor.edu

Similarly staying at his institution is PATRICK CARR, who has switched, as of December 2006, from being Mississippi State University’s Serials Librarian to being their Serials Coordinator.  His contact info is now:
Patrick L. Carr
Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Serials
Mississippi State University Libraries
PO Box 5408
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Tel.: (662) 325-8184
E-mail: pcarr@library.msstate.edu

PETER FLETCHER has changed institutions along with titles, having begun work onJuly 2, 2007 as Cyrillic Catalog Librarian at the UCLA Cataloging and Metadata Center, after working as Serials and Electronic Resources Cataloger at Tulane University.

JULIE KANE has likewise moved across the country, having reported to her new position as Head of Technical Services at Sweet Briar College on August 6, 2007.  Of leaving Stanford Law School, where she was a Serials Librarian/Cataloger, Kane says, “Since my husband and I are originally from Vermont, we wanted to get back to the East Coast to be closer to our families after 6 years in California.  I’m excited for the challenge of a new position with greater responsibilities in a very close-knit community setting – all of the faculty and staff I’ve met have been extremely welcoming and supportive.  I will miss my colleagues at Stanford Law but am thrilled to begin work in this wonderful new community, to be in the same time zone as our families, and to experience all four seasons again!”

Staying in the eastern United States, but with a long move behind him, nonetheless, is LEE KRIEGER, who left his position as Collection Development Special Projects Librarian at the University of Miami to start work April 16, 2007 as Manager, Collection Development & Technical Services for the Library System of Lancaster County (PA).  Krieger says of the move that, “It gave me an opportunity to move back to my home state and to an area (Central Pennsylvania) that I already had lived in before and loved, with the added bonus of not having to worry about hurricanes anymore!  Also, after 18 years of dealing exclusively with acquisitions, this position gave me a chance to revitalize my interest in technical services librarianship by giving me new responsibilities in related areas and in a different environment, that is, public libraries.”  However, Krieger adds that, “Unfortunately, I have very little to do with serials anymore, but I still follow the news with interest.” 

ALISON MAJEAU remains at Worcester State College, but, as of March 12, 2007, has left her position there as a serials consultant for a permanent position as Serials Librarian.  Majeau says of the opportunity that, “Worcester State College had been without anyone in the Reference/Periodicals librarian position for a number of years.  My first order of business was to catalog and create access through our website and OPAC to the 100+ online journals that we have been paying for but unable to access.  I’m now responsible for reorganizing the entire serials workflow into one instead of three departments, in addition to collection analysis and preservation.” Majeau adds that, “It’s nice to be back in NASIG, which I was a member of from 1983-1997 when I was Editor of the Boston Library Consortium Union List of Serials.”

DENA SCHOEN began work at East View Information Services, Inc. as Director of Sales on January 15, 2007.  Schoen’s new employers noted in a February 2007 press release that her “strengths include a substantial career serving scholarly and academic libraries with print, subscription and electronic resources. She comes to East View from German bookseller and subscription agent OTTO HARRASSOWITZ GmbH & Co., where she led a sales team as Director of Sales for North America.” From her office in Seattle, WA, Schoen feels “ideally situated to develop East View’s business relations with western United States and Canadian libraries and research institutions. I will support customers worldwide.”

Still at Grand Valley State University, but with a new title and new job focus is BOB SCHOOFS.   Schoofs reports of his change from Periodicals Librarian to Arts & Humanities Librarian that, “I began my new job in May of 2006. It happened as the result of a restructuring in the library that did away with the Periodicals Department.  I wrote an article about the restructuring titled ‘Abolish the Periodicals Department,’ which I think NASIG members will find interesting.”  Published in College & Research Libraries News, the article may be found at: http://tinyurl.com/y6excj.  Schoofs goes on to say, “I am still involved with serials in various ways, but I now spend much more time teaching and working with the 5 academic departments to which I am now assigned as liaison: history, writing, philosophy, classics, and liberal studies.”  Schoofs may be contacted at:
Bob Schoofs
Arts & Humanities Librarian
Grand Valley State University
E-mail: schoofsr@gvsu.edu

JOHN SKRTIC is also no longer a Periodicals Librarian, having left his position in the Periodical Center of the Cleveland Public Library to assume a new role as Cleveland Public’s Assistant Head, General Reference Department, in addition to serving as its Serials Committee Chair.

22:3 (2007:09) 2007/08 Committee Rosters

September 7, 2007 at 2:33 pm | Posted in Rosters | Leave a comment


Sheryl Williams

Sarah Sutton, Chair
Clint Chamberlain, Co-chair
Patrick Carr, Chair-in-training
Chris Brady
Evelyn Brass
Alan Diehlman
Carol Ficken
Christine Freeman
Marcella Lesher
Elizabeth McDonald
Sarah Morris

Konstantin Gurevich, Chair
David Bynog, Co-chair
Janet Arcand
David Burke
June Garner
Elizabeth Parang
Kate Seago
Adolfo Tarango

Cory Tucker, Co-chair
Sandra Wiles, Co-chair
Michael Arthur
Mary Bailey
Karen Davidson
Holly Eggleston
Lisa Gomes
Smita Joshipura
Reeta Sinha
Fran Springer
Janene Wandersee
Xiaoyin Zhang

Betty Landesman, Chair
Valerie Bross, Co-chair
Michael Bradford
Cris Ferguson
Jessica Gibson
Jill Grogg
Lei Jin
Steve Oberg
Jayne Sappington
Virginia Taffurelli
Sarah Tusa

Lisa Blackwell, Chair
Marty Gordon, Co-chair
Alice Bright
Heather Cannon
Ann Ercelawn
Cecilia Genereux
Julie Kane
Tzu Jing Kao
Greg Matthews
Bob Persing
Suzanne Thomas

Abigail Bordeaux, Co-chair
Dalene Hawthorne, Co-chair
Beth Ashmore
Nancy Beals
Tonia Graves
Jonathan Makepeace
Jia Mi
Smita Parkhe
Wendy Robertson
June Yang

Anne Mitchell, Chair
Lori Terril, Co-chair
Joe Badics
Carole Bell
Jana Brubaker
Sarah Corvene
Susan Davis
Ann Doyle Fath
Lee Krieger
Janice Lindquist
Martha Spring
Christina Torbert

Linda Smith Griffin (MDC)
Steve Oberg (CEC)
Sarah Sutton (A&R)
Denise Novak (Publicist)

Marla Chesler, Co-chair
Tina Feick, Co-chair
Bob Boissy
Pam Cipkowski
Rachel Frick
Linda Smith Griffin
Anne Meringolo
Michele C. Monson
Alice Rhoades
Zac Rolnik
Vicki Stanton

Eleanor Cook, Chair
Katy Ginanni, Co-chair

Kathryn Wesley, Editor
Kurt Blythe
Susan Davis
Lillian DeBlois
Sharon Heminger
Kathy Kobyljanec
Naomi Young

Gail Julian, Chair
Kathy Brannon, Vice chair
Christie Degener
Sarah Gardner
Tim Hagan
Susan Markley
Jenni Wilson

Carol Ann Borchert
Buddy Pennington

Sarah Wessel, Chair
Erika Ripley, Co-chair
Norene Allen
Jennifer Arnold
Morag Boyd
Stephen Clarke
Mary Grenci
Michael Hanson
Trina Holloway
Sandy Hurd
Chandra Jackson
Bill Kara
Meg Mering
Bonnie Parks
Danielle Williams

Marit Taylor, Chair
Glenn Wiley, Co-chair
Susan Banoun
Sandy Folsom
Kathryn Johns-Masten
Linda Pitts
Gracemary Smulewitz

Jill Emery
Char Simser
Joyce Tenney

Frieda Rosenberg, Coordinator
Derek Hiatt
Shana L. McDanold
Birdie MacLennan

22:3 (2007:09) 2007/08 Committee Liaisons

September 7, 2007 at 2:28 pm | Posted in Executive Board, Rosters | Leave a comment



Char Simser Financial Development             TBA 
Char Simser Newsletter Kathryn Wesley, Editor-in-Chief 
Jill Emery Program Planning                                  Sarah Wessel, Chair
Erika Ripley, Co-Chair
Denise Novak Nominations & Elections Gail Julian, Chair
Kathy Brannon, Vice-Chair
Denise Novak Publications/PR Marit Taylor, Chair
Glenn Wiley, Co-Chair
Joyce Tenney Archivist Sheryl Williams, Archivist
Rick Anderson                           Conference Planning Cory Tucker, Co-Chair
Sandra Wiles, Co-Chair 
Anna Creech                             Electronic Communications                                            Abigail Bordeaux, Co-Chair
Dalene Hawthorne, Co-Chair 
Anna Creech Translators Resource Team        Frieda Rosenberg, Coordinator 
Kim Maxwell Continuing Education Betty Landesman, Chair
Valerie Bross, Co-Chair
Kim Maxwell Library School Outreach TF        Sarah Sutton, Chair 
Alison Roth Awards & Recognition                           Sarah Sutton, Chair
Clint Chamberlain, Co-Chair 
Alison Roth                       Evaluation & Assessment                      Anne Mitchell, Chair
Lori Terril, Co-Chair 
Bob Schatz  Bylaws                                                                                      Konstantin Gurevich, Chair
David Bynog, Co-Chair
Bob Schatz  Proceedings      Carol Ann Borchert, Editor
Buddy Pennington, Editor 
Jeff Slagell Database & Directory Lisa Blackwell, Chair
Marty Gordon, Co-Chair
Jeff Slagell Membership Development                     Marla Chesler, Co-Chair
Tina Feick, Co-Chair
Jeff Slagell   Mentoring Group Eleanor Cook, Chair
Katy Ginanni, Co-Chair

22:3 (2007:09) 2007/08 Executive Board Roster

September 7, 2007 at 1:06 pm | Posted in Executive Board, Rosters | Leave a comment


Char Simser, President
Jill Emery, Vice President/President-Elect
Denise Novak, Past President
Joyce Tenney, Secretary
Peter Whiting, Treasurer

Rick Anderson
Anna Creech
Kim Maxwell
Alison Roth
Bob Schatz
Jeff Slagell

22:3 (2007:09) Other Serials News: Mississippi State E-resources Workshop

September 6, 2007 at 6:50 pm | Posted in Other Serials and E-Resources News | Leave a comment

Reported by Patrick L. Carr

For a seventh year, Mississippi State University (MSU) Libraries hosted an e-resource workshop for information professionals working in libraries across the Southeast. Co-sponsored by NASIG, MSU Libraries, EBSCO Information Services, Haworth Press, and SirsiDynix, this year’s workshop was held at Mitchell Memorial Library on July 20, 2007. Titled “Black Cats & Broken Links: Dispelling E-resource Superstitions,” this workshop provided the approximately one hundred attendees with valuable insights and knowledge that will enable them to overcome the many challenges related to the role and management of e-resources in libraries.

The workshop featured four presentations given by leading innovators in the field of e-resources and libraries. Keynote speaker Stephen Abram got the workshop off to a lively and thought-provoking start with his presentation “Our User Experience: Puzzle Pieces Falling in Place.” Drawing on his experiences as Chief Strategist of the SirsiDynix Institute, Abram argued that libraries’ tools for information access and management must evolve in light of the changing needs and expectations of users.  The presentation explored this topic by discussing the information environment in which libraries currently exist and highlighting the conceptual challenges that information professionals must overcome to succeed.  Abram ultimately provided attendees with ten key recommendations that will allow their libraries to thrive in the future.

The workshop’s second speaker was Tim Bucknall, Assistant Director for University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In his presentation, “Are Consortium ‘Big Deals’ Cost-Effective? A Comparison and Analysis of E-Journal Access Mechanisms,” Bucknall provided attendees with detailed data regarding the various e-journal acquisition models that his library has explored in recent years.  Comparing individual subscriptions, pay-per-view access, and consortium packages, Bucknall analyzed the advantages and disadvantages of each option, including cost-per-use and the impact on collection development at the library. Ultimately, Bucknall advocated that the advantages of consortial partnership for e-journal access—embodied in his development of the Carolina Consortium—can often provide a library’s users with the greatest amount of e-journal access at the lowest cost.

The workshop’s third presentation, titled “ERM on a Shoestring: Betting on an Alternative Solution,” was co-presented by Dalene Hawthorne, Head of Systems and Technical Services at Emporia State University, and Jennifer Watson, Head of Electronic and Collection Services at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center Library. Hawthorne and Watson’s presentation provided attendees with snapshots of how two libraries with limited resources have developed innovative ways to use existing tools in order to effectively manage e-resources. Watson began the presentation by describing how her library has utilized three separate tools—a Filemaker Pro database, a MySQL database, and the Blackboard course management system—in order to successfully manage the licensing, access, and invoicing terms of her library’s collection of e-resources. Hawthorne’s portion of the presentation provided an alternative e-resource management strategy which utilizes the acquisitions module of her library’s ILS.

The workshop’s final presentation was given by Oliver Pesch, Chief Strategist at EBSCO Information Services. Pesch’s presentation, titled “Library Standards and E-resource Management: A Survey of Current Initiatives and Standards Efforts,” provided attendees with a whirlwind tour of the standards and initiatives which are currently shaping how libraries manage and provide access to e-resources.  Among the topics that Pesch described in his presentation were organizations leading the way in the development of e-resource-related standards and the role that specific standards and initiatives play over an e-resource’s lifecycle.

Based on the enthusiastic evaluations submitted by attendees, this year’s workshop can be deemed a success. While Abram’s presentation inspired the attendees to contemplate the larger philosophical questions related to the evolving role of e-resources in libraries, the presentations of Bucknall, Hawthorne and Watson, and Pesch all brought to light specific tools, trends, and strategies that promise to shape the future of e-resources.  Article-length write-ups of each of these presentations are to be published in an upcoming issue of The Serials Librarian. At present, the workshop speakers’ PowerPoint slides and handouts are accessible at http://library.msstate.edu/nasig/schedule.html.  Audio recordings of the presentations, along with the presenters’ PowerPoint slides and handouts, are accessible at http://library.msstate.edu/nasig/schedule.html

22:3 (2007:09) Other Serials News: NC Serials Conference

September 6, 2007 at 6:40 pm | Posted in Other Serials and E-Resources News | Leave a comment

Reported by Rebecca Kemp

The 16th annual North Carolina Serials Conference took place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, from March 29-30, 2007.  The conference was sponsored by North Carolina Central University’s School of Library and Information Sciences with the aid of other partners.  This year’s theme was “Serials at Warp Speed: Navigating Transitions.”  Although most attendees hailed from North Carolina, several other states were represented.  Academic, public, and special librarians as well as vendors attended and gave presentations.

This year’s conference was augmented by a half-day preconference, “Implementing an Institutional Repository,” presented by Carol Hixson, University Librarian, University of Regina.  Hixson talked about planning for and implementing an institutional repository.  Hixson indicated that it would be wise for libraries to create a business plan, including figuring out how long to support the IR.  Although Hixson emphasized that IRs will not solve the scholarly communications crisis, she noted that IRs are an excellent way to keep university-related intellectual property together as a promotional tool for the university.  She also discussed the considerable amount of marketing that accompanies an IR.  It is necessary to have a good deal of technical expertise on staff to be able to troubleshoot problems, ensure compatibility with standards, install patches and updates, etc.  Hixson outlined various methods of evaluating the success of the repository.

The conference proper began with the opening keynote, “The Changing Faces of Catalogs: Accelerating Access, Saving Time” presented by Karen Calhoun, Assistant University Librarian for Technical Services at Cornell University.  Calhoun presented the “Net Generation” library users’ preferences: most students surf the Web to find information; the library website and catalog rank very low in the list of students’ information sources.  Calhoun emphasized that the library can not assume that users will simply come to us; we have to put the library “where the user is.”  Some new strategies for libraries are digitizing books, using WorldCat.org, partnering with other libraries to create larger (but fewer) catalogs, and innovating within the catalog.  New catalog software such as AquaBrowser, WPOpac, and Evergreen are more user-friendly than older catalog models.  New products on the horizon are ExLibris’s Primo, Innovative’s Encore, and an open source Extensible catalog.

The keynote was followed by a panel on Institutional Repositories called “Transporters to the Next Generation or Just Another Holodeck?”  Panelists were Carol Hixson (University of Regina); Cat McDowell (UNC-Greensboro), Allan Scherlen (Appalachian State University), and Joseph Thomas (East Carolina University).  Hixson argued that IRs will not change established modes of scholarly communication.  McDowell concurred with this view, indicating that most of the IRs with a good deal of content in them are high research institutions, according to the Carnegie classification.  She held the opinion that IRs are not the vehicles for change that initial proponents thought they would be.  The other panelists brought forward other reasons for having IRs, though: Scherlen posited that IRs have overwhelming benefits for the participants, and that libraries ought to collect electronic faculty output as we do print.  Thomas indicated that IRs require a great deal of administrative, library, and faculty buy-in, but that they are very useful for tenure review and storing university output of any kind, whether videos, art exhibits, performances, etc.

The next session was a general session entitled “Empowering the Library Search Experience.”  This was a two-part presentation by Holly Johnson (Howard County Library, Columbia, MD) and Kristin Antelman (North Carolina State University Libraries).  Johnson presented her public library’s effort to make the catalog more user-friendly.  She demonstrated AquaBrowser catalog searches and features such as the “discover cloud,” which is a cloud of related terms to the search terms.  She also demonstrated the faceted search for refining search results and a library databases search that is linked from AquaBrowser.  Howard County Library has added selected RSS feeds, and it is also considering adding a “Buy it” link to bookstore websites when a patron would like to buy a copy of the desired item.  Antelman discussed NCSU’s implementation of the Endeca-powered catalog interface and the issues that are still outstanding a year after implementation.  Antelman raised a few concerns: serials still present challenges for relevancy ranking, and subject access is still a problem because of the disconnect between natural language searching for subjects and the LCSH terms for subjects.  In the future, NCSU will implement RSS feeds and a search box that can be used in patrons’ browsers.  Also, the Triangle Research Libraries Network (North Carolina State University, UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University, North Carolina Central University) will be instituting a consortium-wide Endeca-powered catalog.

The concurrent sessions followed the general session.  A session entitled “Community College Libraries – How Far Do We Need To Go” was led by Marilyn Carney (Wake Technical Community College).  Carney discussed a survey of area community colleges that had three objectives: to find out how community colleges are enhancing journal collections despite small budgets, how they are responding to increased e-journal usage, and how their libraries have been affected by the switch to more online journals.

Another concurrent session, entitled “The Right of Passage: Going from Print to Electronic – Is it the Right Move” was led by Barb Dietsch (Environmental Protection Agency Library) and Leslie Covington (EBSCO Information Services).  Dietsch and Covington discussed the issues involved in the process of switching a library’s subscriptions from mostly print to mostly online.  Covington was able to provide a vendor’s perspective of this process for a full view of the transition.

Yvette Diven (CSA) and Beth Bernhardt (UNC Greensboro) presented on “The TRANSFER Initiative: Helping Develop Guidelines for Journal Transitions Between Publishers.”  The presenters discussed this United Kingdom Serials Group initiative to establish standard practices for title transfers between two publishers.  Recent updates were provided, and Diven provided a publisher’s perspective on the challenges of title transfers.

Sandy Hurd (Innovative Interfaces) presented a session entitled, “Got Chopsticks? Get SUSHI.”  Hurd described the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) that will automatically gather COUNTER-compliant usage statistics and transmit these statistical reports to libraries’ information systems seamlessly.  Hurd described work that has been done thus far and challenges that remain. 

Another session, entitled “Implementing ERMS: Opportunities and Challenges” was presented by Rebecca Kemp (UNC Wilmington) and Jeff Campbell (UNC Chapel Hill).  Kemp and Campbell described what an ERM module does and some of the challenges of implementation.  These included customizing the ERM, organizing and creating documentation, workflow changes, training or retraining staff, and integration with already-existing practices and resources. 

Rob Wolf (UNC Pembroke) led a concurrent session, “User-Based Serials Collection Development.”  Wolf described how UNC Pembroke’s library has used innovative methods of collection development, including consulting reference librarians for their recollections of frequently requested journals as well as usage logs and interlibrary-loan requests.

The closing keynote was entitled, “To Boldly Go: Transforming Cataloging and Catalogs to Meet User Needs.”  Presenter Regina Romano Reynolds (National Serials Data Program) first outlined the user needs of the Net Generation.  Today’s students would like libraries to aspire to the ease of use and customer-friendliness of Internet search engines, bookstores and coffee bars.  Reynolds then discussed how the library has historically responded to user needs, i.e., in the creation of metadata.  Reynolds asked whether there is a way to reduce the duplication of metadata created for the ISSN program, ONIX, and library catalogs.  Lastly, Reynolds discussed the new CONSER standard serials record as a case study in a new practice that has the potential to save cataloging time while still retaining a high standard of metadata creation.  Reynolds ended with the hope that libraries will continue to determine how best to serve the user, given all the new technologies at our disposal.

22:3 (2007:09) Committee Annual Report: Evaluation & Assessment

September 6, 2007 at 6:23 pm | Posted in Committee Annual Reports, Evaluation & Assessment | Leave a comment

Anne Mitchell, Chair

Committee members (2007):  Anne Mitchell, Chair (University of Houston), Lori Terrill, Vice-chair (University of Wyoming), Joe Badics (Eastern Michigan University), Carole Bell (Temple University), Jana Brubaker (Northern Illinois University), Sarah Corvene (Harvard Business School), Susan Davis (State University of New York, Buffalo), Lee Krieger (Library System of Lancaster County), Martha Spring (Loyola University)
Board Liaison:  Adam Chesler

In February the committee was informed that 2007 conference evaluations should again be available both in print and online so conference attendees would have a choice of evaluation format.  To encourage use of the online evaluation form, the Executive Board authorized a drawing for a free 2008 conference registration; anyone who submits an online evaluation is eligible for the drawing.

In April the committee created the print evaluation forms for the conference, preconferences, and poster sessions.  These forms were sent to the Conference Planning Committee for distribution.  To further encourage attendees to use the online evaluations, individual conference packets will not include the evaluation itself, but will contain an insert with the URL for the online evaluations.  A limited number of print evaluations will still be available on-site.

In May the committee developed the online evaluation forms.  In lieu of the custom-programmed evaluation site used in 2006, the committee is using the hosted survey product SurveyMonkey to build the online evaluations.  This tool requires no programming expertise and should greatly simplify survey creation from year to year.

The committee is working with the conference Web designer to provide a link from the conference site to the evaluations a week or so ahead of the conference.  An announcement will be made on NASIG-L when the evaluations are available.

22:3 (2007:09) Committee Annual Report: Electronic Communications

September 6, 2007 at 5:54 pm | Posted in Committee Annual Reports, Electronic Communications | Leave a comment

Anna Creech, Chair and Dalene Hawthorne, Co-Chair
Committee members: Abigail Bordeaux, Jennifer Duncan, Eric Elmore, Tony Goodwyn, Tonia Graves, Jennifer Lang, Jonathan David Makepeace, Jia Mi, and Wendy Robertson; Board Liaison: Katy Ginanni


  • Jennifer L. continues to maintain the online photo album. Jennifer D. and Abigail successfully moved the Jobs section to a WordPress blog. Anna has updated the web pages regularly and has been involved in supporting several projects from other committees. 
  • Anna coordinated the purchase of the nasig.net domain name and hosting services via SiteGround for setting up a Moodle installation to be used at the annual conference. 
  • A one year subscription to SurveyMonkey was also purchased for the purposes of creating membership surveys and post-conference feedback forms. 
  • Anna and Abigail both worked with the task force collecting and evaluating RFP responses from ISPs and other vendors in response to the board’s decision to look for companies who can support the growing needs of the organization.


  • Dalene, Wendy, Jennifer L., Tonia, Jia, and Jonathan have all been rotating the monitoring of the listservs.  The list managers also handle any inquiries from NASIG members, monitor the spam inbox, and resolve bounces from committee lists.
  • Dalene adds new NASIG members, creates new committee lists, updates committee list membership, and updates forwarding email addresses.
  • D&D provided lists of active and inactive members after the membership renewal.  Dalene used these lists to update NASIG-L.  Dalene is still working to remove mostly out-of-date e-mail addresses from NASIG-L.

Many completed activities are now ongoing and included in the above section.

Stimulate diverse communication channels:

  • The Moodle installation will provide options for continuing discussions from conference sessions, and will more easily facilitate the distribution of handouts and other presentation material.
  • SurveyMonkey will make it easier to create feedback channels for the membership.

Define options for using technology and employing support necessary to avoid volunteer burnout:

  • A new host that meets the needs outlined in the RFP will allow NASIG to transition into Web/Library 2.0 models of communication and information organization, as well as provide better tools for managing older technologies such as the listserv.

Website (May 2006 – April 2007):

  • Average hits on the site per month: 222,473 / home page: 4,770
  • Average page views per month: 99,546
  • Average visitor sessions per month: 43,480
  • Average one-time visitors per month: 5,940
  • Average returning visitors per month: 3,010

Full details – http://nasig.org/statistics/


  • 41 committee lists: 29 active
  • 878 current subscribers to NASIG-L
  • 37 active forwarding addresses

None at this time.

None at this time.

  • It is possible to have the committee listservs set up so that e-mail attachments can be used by the committees.  There is no additional charge for this, but it will require bee.net to move our listservs to another server.  Dalene recommends that we ask bee.net to make this change for the convenience of the committee members.
  • Dalene recommends that we change the policy that states that only committee members can be added to the committee listservs and that other NASIG members that are assisting the committees may be added to the committee listservs with the president’s approval.
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