24:3 (2009:09) Checking In

September 17, 2009 at 5:14 pm | Posted in Checking In | Leave a comment

Kurt Blythe, Columns Editor

[Note: New members, please consider reporting the story of how you came to be a member of NASIG.  You may submit items about yourself to Kurt Blythe at kcblythe@email.unc.edu.  Please include your e-mail address.]

NASIG continues to replenish itself with new members.  In fact, if any correlation may be drawn between the reporting in Title Changes and Checking In, then we can balance one retirement against thirteen new members and state emphatically that NASIG is quite healthy.  In any event, our new members may state more clearly than your humble editor what brought them to our organization.

JOHN BANIONIS writes that, “With the departure of Carrie Esch from Taylor & Francis in March 2009, I undertook the opportunity to represent T&F as journals sales executive for the Central United States.

“As such, I’ve been attending numerous conferences in the journals world, and naturally NASIG had been high on my list.  What impressed me most about the NASIG annual conference was the opportunity for a real exchange of ideas between librarians and publishers that is often not available at the larger, exhibits-oriented conferences.  I am glad to be a member and look forward to contributing to the organization in the years to come.”

John may be reached at:

John Banionis
Journals Sales Executive, Central Region
Taylor & Francis
325 Chestnut St, Ste 800
Philadelphia, PA  19106
Phone: (215) 625-8900, ext 315
Mobile: (215) 939-4236
Fax: (215) 625-2940
E-mail: john.banionis@taylorandfrancis.com

KRISTEN BLAKE reports that, “In 2007, as a recent library school grad and new member of North Carolina State University’s Fellows Program, I was thrown into the world of serials and e-resources.

“Luckily, the trial by fire approach didn’t scare me off and, a year later, I moved permanently to the Acquisitions Department as electronic resources librarian.  As I learned more about the serials field, it became clear to me that NASIG was one of the most respected organizations focused on that type of work.  Coworkers extolled the depth and breadth of the conference, as well as the friendliness and fun-loving nature of the members.  I got to experience the NASIG conference for the first time this year in Asheville, and it was a great time.  As the winner of the Horizon Award, I got to meet many serials luminaries and frontline serialists.  I plan to continue my involvement with NASIG as a member of the [Library School Outreach Committee] and future conference attendee.”

Kristen’s contact info is:

Phone: (919) 513-3354
E-mail: kristen_blake@ncsu.edu

“Although I had worked in an art museum library for over twenty years,” writes SUSAN CLAY, “my work was mostly with monographs.

“For the past two years, however, I have been a serials associate in the University of Georgia School of Law Library.  Earlier this year, my supervisor (and NASIG member), Wendy Moore, began telling me about the upcoming NASIG conference in Asheville, NC, and suggested I apply for the NASIG Conference Student Grant so I could attend; I applied for and was given the grant, in addition to a year’s membership in NASIG.  The conference was a great opportunity for me to meet other people in the field and to also get a really good idea of the current topics and issues in the serials community.  I also found that the NASIG community is very enthusiastic, resourceful, and helpful.  Everyone made an extra effort to make sure I felt comfortable at my first conference.”

LEIGH ANN DePOPE joined NASIG in 2009 when “I started my position as serials/electronic services librarian with Salisbury University.  I was previously the director of a small public library.  This is the first time I am focusing in one area of library work.  I am really enjoying it so far and do not miss juggling different, multiple tasks at once.”

Leigh Ann may now be found at:

Leigh Ann DePope
Serials/Electronic Services Librarian
Salisbury University
1101 Camden Avenue, BL108
Salisbury, MD  21801
Phone: (410) 677-0116
E-mail: ladepope@salisbury.edu

LORI DUGGAN has been working with serials in some capacity since 2001:

“I had heard great things about NASIG from colleagues, and finally had the opportunity to attend the annual conference for the first time in 2007 in Louisville, Kentucky.  I was struck not only by the quality of this conference, but by the energy and expertise of the attendees and presenters, as well.  I left the conference feeling energized and eager to contribute to the field in a meaningful way.  In July 2008, I became the head of Electronic Resources Acquisitions at Indiana University and subsequently joined NASIG as a member.  I once again had the opportunity to attend the annual conference this year in Asheville, and once again left re-charged and ready to apply what I had learned to my work at Indiana.  Working in serials can be intricate and complex but is ultimately rewarding, and it is incredibly helpful to have an organization devoted to this multifaceted area of library work.  I very much look forward to my future activities with NASIG.”

Contact Lori at:
Phone: (812) 856-3184
E-mail: lbadger@indiana.edu

ERNIE EVANGELISTA works as content acquisition and delivery manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta:

“While I’ve worked at the bank over thirteen years, only the last two and one-half years have been in my current position, which entails the acquisition and management of print and electronic resources.  Like the experiences of many other NASIG members, our staff is shifting focus from the print to electronic medium.  In implementing our strategy to promote end user self service, our library is interested in electronic serials management, electronic resource management (ERM) systems, federated and discovery layer searching and content delivery to mobile devices.

“Though I was familiar with NASIG and its annual conference, this year’s meeting focused on several topics related to my 2009 projects.  I took away lessons, best practices and ‘thinking points’ related to serials, collection development, end user web experience, ERM and integrated library systems and the value of the library.  As a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill library school graduate, it was a bit of a homecoming to go to Asheville for the conference.  I’ve since followed up with some speakers; it was enlightening and productive and I look forward to attending many more!”

Ernie’s contact info is:

Phone: (404) 498-8927
E-mail: ernie.m.evangelista@atl.frb.org

KIERSTEN FRASE joined NASIG as a winner of a student travel grant:

“I’m about to start my second year of San Jose State’s MLIS program, but I’ve been working in libraries for most of the past eleven years.  Much of my library experience has been in the realm of serials in academic, public, and special libraries.  After working as a serials assistant at the Wisconsin Historical Society, I attained the title of interim serials librarian after my supervisor retired.  Although I was only supposed to have the position for a few months until a replacement was found, I’m still working in that capacity two years later!  I work with quite an eclectic collection (with everything from genealogical journals to a newsletter for ice cream scoop collectors), which can be both enjoyable and challenging.  I’m hoping to continue working in serials and am looking forward to learning more about the field through my membership with NASIG.”

STEPHANIE KRUEGER has been associate director for Library Relations for ARTstor since January 2008, and has been urged for many years by long-term NASIG member Carol MacAdam to join, and this year it was finally possible.  Stephanie has worked in the online world now for over a decade, following receipt of her M.S. in Information from the University of Michigan.  She additionally holds an M.A. in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University.  Prior to joining ARTstor, Stephanie was at DRAM, a non-profit music resource, and spent five years at JSTOR in several capacities, including as associate director for International Library Relations.  Stephanie has traveled extensively and worked closely with grant-funding bodies to support scholarship in many countries, including the Russian Federation and India.  Before selecting non-profit initiatives as her area of focus, Stephanie worked in the online media industry, where she designed several high-profile websites for automotive and media partners in the United States and Germany.

CHRIS LeBEAU recently joined NASIG, and is not sure why it took so long to do so:

“I was coordinator of Electronic Services for many years at Creighton University, but in 2002 I followed my spouse to a new city and my librarianship took a new focus.  I accepted a uniquely crafted joint appointment between the University of Missouri’s School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, where I am on the faculty as an assistant teaching professor, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where I am a practitioner and business librarian serving the Henry Bloch School of Business and Public Administration.  It’s challenging work with long hours, but I enjoy it.  My teaching position affords me the opportunity to explore many facets of the library world, and I have continued my interest in electronic resources.  I developed the course in our library program devoted to the management of electronic resources, and to support this I follow the work of NASIG closely, but this year instead of just following NASIG, I decided to join!”

MICHAEL MATTHEWS “became head of Serials/Media/ILL because of a retirement in our library.  I don’t know anything about serials management at all, period.  I look forward to announcing my ignorance in an open forum so that fellow serials librarians will rush to my aid.”

Rush to Michael’s aid at:

Michael Matthews
Information Literacy/Online Learning Services Librarian
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Watson Memorial Library, Room 108-F
Natchitoches, LA  71497
Phone: (318) 357-4346
E-mail: matthewsm@nsula.edu

MARY FRAN PROTTSMAN, MLn, AHIP, the newly appointed associate director for Collection Resources at the University of Southern California Norris Medical Library learned of NASIG from her predecessor, Maggie Wineburgh-Freed, an active NASIG member for many years.  Mary Fran worked on the east coast for most of her career, beginning as the serials librarian at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Campus (UAMSC) in Little Rock, and moving on to positions as director of the U.S. Army Aeromedical Center Library in Fort Rucker, Alabama, and information specialist with the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office in Washington, D.C.  Mary Fran and her husband, Ron, moved to California last year, attracted by the climate and proximity to their children.  They enjoy eating, traveling, tennis, and reading mysteries.

Mary Fran has been an active member of the Medical Library Association (MLA), chairing national committees, making lifelong friends, and learning much from her colleagues.  She is looking forward to similar experiences with NASIG as we all grapple with issues which impact on our ability to provide our clients with optimal service.

“I get a lot of mileage of out my junior high career test story where the sole resulting career, to my horror, was librarian,” writes ANGELA RATHMEL.

“But as it turns out, I love working in libraries, especially in technical services where I have been for the past nine years.  Having heard about NASIG from colleagues and as my work has increasingly involved serials and electronic resources, I joined NASIG as a student member this year.  I then applied and was awarded a student grant to attend the 2009 NASIG conference in Asheville.  I enjoyed meeting many like-minded professionals and gained a lot from the sessions I attended.  I will complete my MLS in December and hope to become more involved in NASIG as I pursue opportunities in the serials profession.”

“I was born and grew up in Leningrad, U.S.S.R.,” writes OLEG VINOGRADOV.

“I graduated from the Leningrad State University, majoring in Romance Philology and worked for some time as an interpreter and foreign languages instructor.  In 1984, I joined the Saltykov-Schedrin Public Library (at present, the National Library of Russia), where I cataloged foreign scholarly magazines in the Foreign Periodicals Acquisitions and Exchange Department.  While working in the NLR (which has much more in common with the Library of Congress than with American public libraries), I earned my MLS.

“I worked at the NLR until 1998, at which time I came to the U.S. to study for my PhD in Jewish History at the Graduate Center of CUNY.  While studying at CUNY, I began working at the library of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.  At first, my work took the form of curriculum-related practical training, and then YIVO sponsored me for a working visa and later for a green card.  I continue to work at YIVO as a catalog/acquisitions librarian, both for serials and books.

“Though I have been working with serials many years, I only learned of NASIG this February when my wife, Alla Markova, entered the MLIS program at St. John’s and learned of various professional organizations.  It was then that I applied for the Marcia Tuttle International Award and I am thrilled that I was chosen as [this year’s recipient].  I will work on my project this summer, cataloging Jewish periodicals using the collection of the National Library of Russia.*  I will be more than happy to inform my former colleagues at NLR about NASIG and the wonderful possibilities it provides for librarians cataloging American magazines.”

[Ed. note:  Read more about Oleg’s Marcia Tuttle Award project elsewhere in this issue.]


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