24:2 (2009:05) Committee Annual Report: PubPR

June 1, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Posted in Publications/PR | Leave a comment

PUBLICATIONS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Glen Wiley, chair (Cornell University) and Kathryn Johns-Masten, co-chair (SUNY Oswego)

Members: Nancy Olsen (Sage Publications), Marilyn Carney (Wake Tech), Wm. Joseph Thomas (East Carolina University), Susan Banoun (University of Cincinnati), Sandy Folsom (Central Michigan University)
Board liaison: Rick Anderson

NARRATIVE OF ACTIVITIES

CONTINUING ACTIVITIES
In order to meet NASIG’s obligation to provide content to the UKSG’s Serials E-news, our committee has asked authors of NASIGuides and of particularly good articles in the NASIG Newsletter to grant permission for them to be published by UKSG as well.  However, we did not get too many contributors.  Also, our committee asked all former board members back to 2003 who are still active in NASIG.  We had a few former board members that might be interested, but none of them have produced articles yet.   This is an ongoing effort.

Since the duties of the NASIG publicist have now been shifted to our committee, one of our new committee members, Marilyn Carney, accepted that role for a year.  The committee worked on a revamp of the publicist’s manual, which was two years old and includes quite a bit of information.  We have completed sections of the manual, but not the entire work.  The new chair, Joseph Thomas, and NASIG publicist will complete this activity in the coming months.

The committee brainstormed and worked on developing a template for doing NASIG messages for external venues and outlets.  However, we are still figuring out how best to achieve a universal template.  The committee will be addressing this task in the coming months.

As part of our charge to proactively encourage publication of serials-related literature, we send out solicitations for new NASIGuides.  We have a posted list of potential topics on the Web page, but are also willing to consider suggestions for appropriate new topics.  Next year’s committee should probably brainstorm for new topics.   When someone is shows interest in writing one, we work with them on guidelines, and then edit the completed guide for both form and content.  The committee also continues to seek NASIG members who are willing to submit new entries in the Speakers and Consultants Directory, to serve as potential speakers for meetings or consultants to assist anyone in need of specialized expertise in aspects of serials librarianship.   Next year’s committee should send out further solicitations for those who might be willing to write NASIGuides and/or submit a profile to the Speakers and Consultants Directory.

COMPLETED ACTIVITIES

After a number of new NASIGuides last year, we were only able to have one more completed NASIGuide, “MARC Fields for Serials,” by Beverly Geckle and Elizabeth McDonald.  We still have several NASIGuides pending.  The potential guides are on “Serials and institutional Repositories,” “FRBR Implications for Serials,” and electronic resources workflow.

Graham Stone (editor-in-chief of the UKSG ERM Handbook) and Rick Anderson (NASIG vice president) worked with our committee to incorporate selected NASIGuides into the UKSG’s ERM Handbook as chapters.  Four authors submitted their revised NASIGuides to the UKSG ERM Handbook.  Those titles and authors were “A Beginner’s Guide to Working With Vendors” by Wm. Joseph Thomas, “How to Survive as a New Serialist” by Glenda Griffin, “Cancellation Workflow” by Trina Holloway, and “Title Changes” by Michele Seikel.

Marilyn Carney, NASIG publicist, has been publicizing NASIG-related announcements, like the NASIG UnConference at Kansas State and others.  We have also been able to get Marilyn to have broader Web editing access, like to the “What’s New” section.

ACTIVITIES THAT SUPPORT THE NASIG STRATEGIC PLAN
We will continue to brainstorm and develop initiatives to expand and publicize the Speakers and Consultants Directory.  We also want to raise the visibility of the organization and the expertise of its members through new avenues and publicity messages.

ANY CHANGES OR EXCEPTIONS TO THE BUDGET
None.

ACTIONS REQUIRED BY BOARD

None.

NAME OF PERSON SUBMITTING REPORT

Glen Wiley

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