24:4 (2009:12) NASIG 25th Anniversary Task Force Plans

December 9, 2009 at 2:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

NASIG 25th Anniversary Task Force Plans

NASIG will be celebrating its 25th conference in 2010 at the lovely Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Palm Springs, California (http://www.rancholaspalmas.com/).  It is really amazing to think that an all-volunteer organization would reach the quarter-century mark so the Executive Board appointed a task force to develop plans to commemorate this special occasion.  The time seemed right for the task force to provide the membership with an update on our progress.

Conference Gala Dinner

We are planning a short dinner program that will include some video clips about what NASIG has meant to some of our members–no long speeches we promise!  Taking a page from the UKSG conference, we are also looking at an interactive activity such as a short quiz to test your knowledge of NASIG, serials, libraries and the world!  And if that isn’t enough entertainment for you, the Conference Planning Committee is arranging for a DJ to help us dance the night away!  (Fun fact—NASIG hired a live band at the 1st conference in 1986.)


The task force is planning a couple of “take aways” for those attending the 25th conference.  A print booklet will include the dinner program, plus some NASIG history, such as a list of all the conference venues and program themes, a page honoring those who have attended all 25 conferences, an in memoriam section, a list of presidents, and perhaps a short essay about NASIG’s humble beginnings.

We are exploring producing a DVD with some candid photos from previous NASIG events and other fun stuff, as well as a surprise commemorative gift for all attendees.

After the conference, a more fully developed e-commemorative will be created for the NASIG website.  Hosted content or links to content might include a guest editorial, greetings from the UKSG, longer video and audio clips of NASIG memories, complete lists of past board and committee members, award winners, a presidents’ hall of fame, and yes, more photos, perhaps a tee shirt gallery.

Other ideas

The task force is also considering several other ideas:

  • Creating a poster session with past conference sites, a presidents’ hall of fame and/or a history of NASIG
  • Special invitations to past presidents to attend the 25th conference or submit a contribution to the print or e-commemorative
  • Continuing videotaping special memories/what NASIG means to me

What can YOU do to help?

  • Hunt through your old (or not so old) NASIG photographs.  We intend to put out a call for more photos, particular from the non-digital camera era.
  • Watch for volunteer opportunities to assist with some of the projects listed above.
  • Come to NASIG’s 25th anniversary conference “An Oasis in Shifting Sands: NASIG at 25,” June 3-6, 2010.
  • Consider making a brief video during the conference.

Task Force members:

Susan Davis, State University of New York, Buffalo
Deberah England, Wright State University
Tina Feick, Harrassowitz, co-chair
Marty Gordon, Franklin and Marshall College
Teresa Malinowski, California State University, Fullerton, co-chair
Dan Tonkery, EBSCO
David Winchester, Washburn University


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