23:2 (2008:06) President’s Corner

May 30, 2008 at 6:01 pm | Posted in President's Corner | Leave a comment

Char Simser, NASIG President

My presidency may be winding down but NASIG is busier than ever. That may be typical for this time of year as we prepare for the annual conference, but a number of new initiatives ratcheted things up a bit! I send a hearty “thank-you” to the board, task force and committee chairs, and members who allow the wheels of NASIG to keep turning. I would encourage you to read the annual reports in this issue of the Newsletter to get a real feel for the work being done by our all-volunteer crews!

Char at Stonehenge
Char says this UK landmark was on her must see list

I had the honor to attend the UKSG annual conference in April. In addition to the trip being my first to the United Kingdom, I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to represent NASIG and to compare notes and network with our counterparts across the Atlantic. You’ve read in past reports about the make-up of UKSG and the differences in our conferences, so I won’t repeat that here. Let me just say that I was extremely impressed with the conference, the programming, and the welcoming delegates who were genuinely interested to hear about NASIG! There was some excellent blogging during the conference. Check out LiveSerials for summaries of programming that I know you’ll find extremely relevant.

Low tide at Torquay, site of this year’s UKSG conference

I shared a number of NASIG “firsts” in my greetings to the delegates at the conference:

  • an online-only election
  • a new conference registration system tied into our membership database
  • a membership database integrated with our web functionality
  • organizational sponsorships at the annual conference

I also mentioned that we plan to hire an administrative staff person by next spring. UKSG had a “first”, too, this year – their first hotel/conference center-based conference, which I’ve heard was a tremendous success and attracted more than 700 attendees to Torquay, Devon on the English Riviera. While that may sound like a warm location, the weather was similar to what I’d left behind in Kansas – cool and windy, overcast with intermittent, gorgeous sunshine, a little drizzle, and snow! I invited the delegates to come to Phoenix where I promised them it would be much warmer.

I do want to go back to that list of “firsts”. The last item is a big change for NASIG but one we’ve been discussing for the last couple of years in a variety of venues from town halls and brainstorming sessions at our annual conferences, in discussions about our financial development, in numerous board minutes, and in articles in the Newsletter. The board voted to introduce organizational sponsorships this year, which will help underwrite some of our conference costs. We’ll talk further about this decision at the business meeting on Friday during the conference and look forward to members’ input as we continue to shape our guidelines for future events.

There is a “hot off the press” development underway that I am delighted to share: NASIG is in discussion with Haworth/Taylor & Francis about assuming full editorial responsibilities for The Serials Librarian. The details, which would include a transitional period with current editor Jim Cole and perhaps some perks for NASIG members, will be ironed out this summer. Many thanks to Bill Cohen at Haworth for recognizing the benefits this will bring to both our organizations.

I look forward to serving as past president and envision many exciting adventures in the coming year. It has been a pleasure to work with outgoing board members Bob Schatz, Alison Roth, and Denise Novak and to get to know them as colleagues and friends. I hope to enjoy that same relationship with incoming members-at-large Bob Boissy, Virginia Taffurelli, and Sarah George Wessel. I am excited to turn the reins over to a couple of “young ‘uns” in Jill Emery and Rick Anderson, who are two of the most dedicated to NASIG folks with whom I have worked.

Thank you for allowing me the privilege of serving as your president. It has been a memorable year.


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