23:1 (2008:03) TOC

March 14, 2008 at 11:16 am | Posted in TOCs | Leave a comment


Strategic Planning Final Report
Strategic Action Plan
JoAnne Deeken on Digital/Analog: TS Organization
PPC Update
CPC Update
Sarah Sutton
A&R Committee
Organizational Sponsorships
Volunteer for NASIG
Pub/PR Updating Speakers/Consultants
Mentoring Program Reminder
—Committee Updates
——Awards & Recognition
——Continuing Education
——Database & Directory
——Evaluation & Assessment
——Library School Outreach
——Nominations & Elections
——Publications/Public Relations
Copyright: Myth, Principles, and the Law
Skills for 21st Century Tech Services



23:1 (2008:03) President’s Corner

March 13, 2008 at 3:06 pm | Posted in President's Corner | 1 Comment

Char Simser, NASIG President

Vote, Volunteer, and Vision!

It’s here! Some might say “big deal” or “it’s about time,” but that does not diminish this historic moment one iota. We talked about online voting for several years. Paper balloting was time-consuming and expensive. The move to online balloting hasn’t come with blood, sweat and tears, but it has been a lot of work behind the scenes. Donnice Cochenour’s technology updates do not describe the hours that she and Lisa Blackwell, Database & Directory (D&D) Committee chair, have put into verifying that the new membership database is working the way we expect. It does not count the hours that Gail Julian and her Nominations & Elections (N&E) Committee members tested the balloting. Online voting is open! We have an excellent group of NASIGers on the ballot this year. Please cast your vote. Participate in the process that elects your leaders, the individuals who will guide NASIG in the coming years!

The call has gone out! NASIG needs you! This organization thrives on the spirit of volunteerism. I sincerely hope you will consider putting your name forward. I jumped in with both feet a few months after first joining NASIG when my (now former) boss and I applied to be Proceedings editors in 1997. That experience allowed me to meet so many NASIGers. Volunteering opens some great networking opportunities and wonderful friendships! Do it! You won’t regret the decision to get involved.

The weather, the primaries and caucuses, and the stock market have been wild these last few months. But nothing exemplifies “wild” like NASIG’s new strategic directions. Okay. Maybe they aren’t that wild but they will chart some new directions for our organization. I kicked off the discussion about our plans in the December Newsletter. I promised we would have documents from our October strategic planning retreat available on NASIGWeb by January. Because of the transition to the new website, I am making the documents available via this column until we can move them to their permanent home. Do take a look at the summary from consultant Betty Kjellberg of Association Solutions, LLC, which includes our action plans outlined for one year, October 2007-October 2008. I will highlight the progress we have made, which is reflected on the revised action plan:

  • Appointed and charged the Administrative Support Task Force, chaired by Katy Ginanni
  • Appointments underway for the Financial Advisory Committee
  • New membership database and online voting in place; new website set to debut soon
  • Publicized our volunteer program and the petition process for elections via the Newsletter
  • Institutional membership report presented to the board; MDC will prepare a formal proposal to go to the Bylaws Committee with a ballot to go to the membership later this year

Site selection for our 2009 conference has been finalized. Asheville, North Carolina, here we come! Those dates are June 4-7, 2009.  We will begin the review process for the 2010 location this spring.

In the meantime, I do hope to see you in Phoenix for NASIG’s 23rd Annual Conference. Check out the Conference Planning (CPC) and Program Planning Committees reports in this issue of the Newsletter and watch your inbox for updates from CPC in the next 3 months. This conference has the potential to be the best NASIG annual meeting yet!

NASIG Strategic Plan Summary

Revised Action Plan

23:1 (2008:03) Thanks to Our Donors!

March 13, 2008 at 1:45 pm | Posted in Donors | Leave a comment


NASIG received donations from the following members in the period of November 2007-January 2008.  Donations are used to support NASIG scholarships and awards.  Thanks to all for their support of these important programs!

Miriam Allman
Mary Bailey
Chris Brady
Joan Cohen
Susan Davis (in honor of Rose Robischon)
Christie Degener
Tina Feick
Tonia Graves
Diane Grover
Lola Halpin
Michaelyn Haslam
Mary Page (in honor of Rose Robischon)
Char Simser
Joyce Tenney
Kathryn Wesley (in honor of Rose Robischon)
Sharon Wiles-Young
Kyle Winward

23:1 (2008:03) Committee Update: PubPR

March 13, 2008 at 1:41 pm | Posted in Publications/PR | Leave a comment

[Ed. note: Highlights from the January committee report to the Executive Board.]

Marit Taylor, Chair

Kathryn Johns-Masten, our committee’s web liaison, made changes to the Speakers and Consultants Directory as outlined in our October report.  This included reworking the submission form, changing the order and naming of the profile fields, in the name of ensuring more consistency.  They quickly resolved some problems reported with the revised form. Susan Banoun and Sandy Folsom sent out a message to people currently in the Directory asking them to update their entries.  Kathryn received twelve updated profiles and five members asked to be removed or are no longer NASIG members. These changes have been made and the new profiles are much more consistent and attractive as well as more up to date.  We will send out a second reminder to those who didn’t respond, and at some point will remove entries for those who don’t respond.   I am planning also to send out a general request for participants through NASIG-L and perhaps also particular ones to people who expressed interest in the Directory while answering my last year’s NASIG-L survey of opinions on the Directory.

Linda Pitts reports that we still have several NASIGuides pending; these are on MARC fields for serials, serials and institutional repositories, and FRBR for serials.  One possibility on working with subscription vendors many not be written by the original people because of the board’s concern about naming individual vendors, although that topic is still open.  We have recently received an email from someone interested in writing a new guide on electronic resources workflow; we responded and plan to discuss his proposal after ALA Midwinter.

23:1 (2008:03) Committee Update: Proceedings

March 13, 2008 at 1:08 pm | Posted in Proceedings | Leave a comment

[Ed. note: Highlights from the January committee report to the Executive Board.]

Carol Ann Borchert and Buddy Pennington, 2007 Co-Editors

  • The manuscript for the 2007 NASIG Conference Proceedings, Placing Your Bets in Kentucky:  The Serials Gamble, was sent to Haworth on October 30, 2007.  Our eleven pounds of glory included thirty-five papers.  Many, many thanks to all of our authors and recorders for their hard work and cooperation!
  • The editors notified Haworth that we plan to go without an index for the 2008 Conference Proceedings.
  • The monograph version of the 2006 NASIG Conference Proceedings, Mile-High Views: Surveying the Serials Vista, was published in October 2007.  The 2006 proceedings have also been posted on NASIG’s Web site.
  • Our call for editors was successful, and Allyson Zellner will be joining us in January 2008.
  • The longtime editor that has been proofreading the NASIG Conference Proceedings since 1992, Nancy Deisroth, will no longer be working with us.  We will miss her guidance and input!  This year, the editors are going through a transitional process as the Haworth and Taylor & Francis merge operations, so, like our publishers, we are in uncharted territory.

23:1 (2008:03) Committee Update: N&E

March 13, 2008 at 1:05 pm | Posted in Nominations & Elections | Leave a comment

[Ed. note: Highlights from the January committee report to the Executive Board.]

Gail Julian, Chair

Nominations were due by October 12, 2007.   A total of 65 names were submitted.

Vice President/President-Elect:  38 nominations for 19 individuals
Member at Large: 100 nominations for 55 individuals

Some persons received multiple nominations, and some were nominated for both VP/PE and MAL.  Five persons could not be considered because they are members of the N&E Committee or were not current NASIG members.  Continue Reading 23:1 (2008:03) Committee Update: N&E…

23:1 (2008:03) Committee Update: LSO

March 13, 2008 at 1:02 pm | Posted in Library School Outreach | Leave a comment

[Ed. note: Highlights from the January committee report to the Executive Board.]

Sarah Sutton, Chair

We have made the following progress on our goals for 2007-08:

  • Kara Killough volunteered for and was appointed to the Committee
  • Developed information pages within our Google Group detailing contact information, previous award winners, and NASIG alumni for “ambassador” schools:
    • LSU School of Library and Information Science
    • Dominican Graduate School of Library and Information Science
    • Indiana University School of Library and Information Science
    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate School of Library and Information Science
  • Shared our contact information for “ambassador” schools with A&R in order to facilitate their efforts to promote NASIG 2008 Awards
  • Begun outreach to these schools by promoting NASIG 2008 Awards
  • Begun the process of recruiting ambassadors to:
    • Texas Woman’s University School of Library and Information Studies
    • University of North Texas School of Library and Information Science
    • University of Texas School of Information
    • University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science
    • San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science Continue Reading 23:1 (2008:03) Committee Update: LSO…

23:1 (2008:03) Committee Update: E&A

March 12, 2008 at 6:26 pm | Posted in Evaluation & Assessment | Leave a comment

[Ed. note: Highlights from the January committee report to the Executive Board.]

Anne Mitchell, Chair

The Evaluation & Assessment Committee believes that the transition to online [conference] evaluations has been a success and recommended that evaluations be electronic-only beginning in 2008.  The Executive Board approved this recommendation at their October meeting.

23:1 (2008:03) Committee Update: D&D

March 12, 2008 at 6:24 pm | Posted in Database & Directory | Leave a comment

[Ed. note: Highlights from the January committee report to the Executive Board.]

Lisa Blackwell, Chair

• 930 current members (down 189 (-17%) from 2007)

  • 95 new members in 2007 (not yet renewed for 2008)
  • 380 renewed members in 2007 (not yet renewed for 2008)
  • 32 new members for 2008
  • 27 pending new member applications
  • 408 renewed members for 2008
  • 7 complimentary or gratis members
  • 1 corresponding member

23:1 (2008:03) Committee Update: CEC

March 12, 2008 at 6:22 pm | Posted in Continuing Education | Leave a comment

[Ed. note: Highlights from the January committee report to the Executive Board.]

Betty Landesman, Co-Chair

The CEC approved three proposals for funding in 2008:

•    Co-sponsorship of program at the North Carolina Serials Conference, April 2008
•    Co-sponsorship of e-resource workshop at Mississippi State University, summer 2008
•    Support of development of online course on “Best Practices for Electronic Resources Management”, summer 2008

We received an inquiry from Joyce Tenney about co-sponsoring a serials program for the Maryland Library Association in May.  I responded that it was a great idea, and we are awaiting a proposal to put before the CEC for approval

Valerie Bross, CEC Co-Chair, contacted Peter Shepherd of Project Counter to discuss the possibility of presenting the “UKSG Usage Statistics Training Seminar” as a NASIG preconference or other NASIG-sponsored forum.  The UKSG will discuss the proposal at their next formal committee meeting.

At the request of PPC, CEC members brainstormed ideas for possible 2008 preconferences and submitted them to Sarah George Wessel.  Possible topics include standards, Web 2.0 for serialists, archival access to electronic resources, distance teaching and learning, and open source tools for serialists.

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