24:4 (2009:12) NASIG and UKSG to Give Merriman Award

December 9, 2009 at 5:31 pm | Posted in Awards & Recognition | Leave a comment

NASIG and UKSG to Give Merriman Award

The UKSG (UK Serials Group) and NASIG are seeking applicants for a joint venture to allow a member of each group to attend the conference of their sister organization.  The purpose of this conference-swap is for people working at a practical level in e-resource management to learn and share experiences at the UKSG Annual Conference to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, 12-14 April, 2010 or the NASIG annual conference that will be held in Palm Springs, California, June 2-5, 2010.  The 2010 John Merriman Joint UKSB/NASIG Award is partially underwritten by Taylor & Francis.

The UKSG, set up in 1978, exists to encourage the exchange of ideas on printed and electronic serials and the process of scholarly communication.  Established in 1985, NASIG is an independent international organization committed to promoting communication and sharing of ideas among all people working with or concerned about serial publications.

Description of Award

The award is named in honor of John Merriman in recognition of John’s work in starting both the UKSG and NASIG.  The $6,000 award supports two people, one from each association, and consists of travel to the sister conference, and accommodations for the duration of the conference.  In addition to the award, the recipients will receive paid conference registration, which includes most meals.  This award does not include support for the award recipients to attend their home conference, but each applicant is encouraged to attend their home conference.


The award is open to members of NASIG or UKSG with one recipient being chosen from each organization.  Applicants must be in a functional position with direct responsibilities for some aspect of e-resources within a library or information service.  Examples could include administering, or developing systems and services relating to, e-journals, e-books, open access repositories and so on.  English is the designated language.  Current board members and officers of NASIG and UKSG are not eligible.

Application Procedure

The following materials are required to be submitted electronically either in Microsoft Word or plain text (.txt) format by January 18, 2010.

  • A completed application
  • An essay of 500 words or less discussing an issue relating to e-resources that you have experienced in your library, and your role in how this issue was managed
  • A paragraph describing what you hope to achieve by attending the NASIG or UKSG conference
  • Two reference questionnaires
  • The successful recipients of the award will be required to write an article about their conference experiences for the UKSG’s journal Serials or the NASIG Newsletter

Application forms and reference questionnaires will be available after October 1, 2009, through the NASIG Awards Page at http://www.nasig.org, through the UKSG website at http://www.uksg.org.uk, and from Carol Ficken, Co-Chair Awards & Recognition Committee or Kate Price, UKSG Education Sub-Committee.  Completed applications and related materials should be emailed to:

Carol Ficken
Co-Chair, NASIG Awards & Recognition Committee University of Akron Akron, OH, USA
Email:  cficken@uakron.edu
Phone:  330-972-7296


Kate Price
UKSG, Education Subcommittee
University of Surrey
Guildford, UK

E-mail: c.l.price@surrey.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1483 682876

Application Deadline

Applications and related materials must be emailed (received) by January 18, 2010.  Applications emailed after this date will not be considered.


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