25:2 (2010:05) President’s Corner

May 27, 2010 at 9:13 am | Posted in President's Corner | Leave a comment

President’s Corner
Rick Anderson, NASIG President

Looking Back: UKSG and the Fury of Iceland

I write this column having just returned—much more recently than planned—from a wonderful UKSG meeting followed by a harrowing experience of travel chaos, one that I shared with our past president, Jill Emery, and our Merriman Award winner, Selden Lamoureux. Continue Reading 25:2 (2010:05) President’s Corner…


25:1 (2010:03) President’s Corner

March 29, 2010 at 3:00 am | Posted in President's Corner | Leave a comment

President’s Corner
Rick Anderson, NASIG President

Thinking Warm Thoughts of Palm Springs

For many of us, it’s probably hard to believe that spring is really around the corner.  As I write this, the northeastern corner of the United States is bracing for another pair of massive snowstorms, just as it’s finishing digging out from the blizzards that came two weeks ago.  And it’s not just New England, either: there’s been snow in Texas, snow in Mississippi, and I have it on good authority that there was frost under the palm trees in Gainesville, Florida last week—it’s been a crazy, crazy late winter all around the country. Continue Reading 25:1 (2010:03) President’s Corner…

24:4 (2009:12) President’s Corner

December 18, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Posted in President, President's Corner | Leave a comment

President’s Corner
Rick Anderson, NASIG President

The colder it gets here in northern Utah (I’m having to bundle up more and more for my early-morning run), the more I find myself thinking about Palm Springs and our upcoming conference there – and I’m having a hard time believing that it’s now only seven months away.  We had a very productive Executive Board meeting at Rancho Las Palmas this past October, and I was impressed again by the quality of the facilities, the beauty of the setting, and the great bargain we’re getting for such a great hotel in such a desirable place.  It’s going to be a fantastic location for our 25th anniversary – here’s hoping we’ll see all of you there!

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24:3 (2009:09) President’s Corner

September 18, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Posted in President's Corner | Leave a comment

Rick Anderson, NASIG President


In many ways, 2009 is a scary time to be a serialst – but at the same time, I have to say that this is a really, really exciting time to be a member of NASIG.

We’re coming into the home stretch of our 25th year as an organization.  It’s kind of mind-boggling to think about how much our corner of the scholarly information world has changed since NASIG was organized in 1985.  Card catalogs, sending libraries massive printed renewal lists, Kardex files, doing all of our business by phone or by letter, looking up publishers’ addresses in Ulrich’s (in print, of course) – in a way all of those things sound like ancient history, but at the same time they seem to describe the way we lived just yesterday.  As crazy as it is to think about how much our work has changed in the past 25 years, what’s even crazier is to think about how much it will change over the next 25.  If only we could see forward as clearly as we can see backward! Continue Reading 24:3 (2009:09) President’s Corner…

24:2 (2009:05) President’s Corner

June 1, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Posted in President's Corner | Leave a comment

Jill Emery, NASIG President


The 24th annual conference is just about two weeks away and it is definitely exciting these days!  The board is finishing up some last minute business items before our meeting on 3 June 2009, my last as president of the board.  The conference program is wonderful and all the sessions are getting some really fantastic turn-outs.  The preconferences have all made their minimum enrollments and the “Basics of E-Resources Licensing” has far exceeded our anticipation for attendance.  This is a really solid offering of programs and Program Planning has done a truly amazing job getting speakers lined up and set.  It should be noted that one program planning co-chair even found time to give birth to her first child on the first of May!  Congratulations to Erika Ripley and her new daughter Honora!!  Erika will be unable to attend the conference but Anne Mitchell, the co-chair assigned for 2009-10, will step in to help Morag Boyd out with all Program Planning concerns from this point forward.
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24:1 (2009:03) President’s Corner

March 18, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Posted in President's Corner | Leave a comment

Jill Emery, NASIG President


The NASIG Executive Board has been busy in 2009. We held our January board meeting at the University of Denver prior to the ALA Midwinter. We’d like to extend our appreciation to Michael Levine-Clark and the Penrose Library staff, who provided us with meeting space in one of their conference rooms and helped us arrange this event. We had a very full agenda and were able to make many vital decisions regarding the organization which I will describe below. Furthermore, the board has also committed to monthly phone calls between January and June to insure that all critical decisions and concerns are addressed in a timely fashion. Continue Reading 24:1 (2009:03) President’s Corner…

23:4 (2008:12) President’s Corner

December 19, 2008 at 12:56 am | Posted in President's Corner | Leave a comment

Jill Emery, NASIG President


Two months ago, my fiancé and I worked on clearing out the summer garden remnants in our backyard plot and starting planting the fall/winter garden. This growing season is going much better for us in central Texas and we’re observing the daily growth of spinach, kale, and chard and there are even a few jalapeño peppers to be picked soon. One of things we’re most excited by is that both the cilantro and basil have self-set and are producing new plants in what we thought was a somewhat barren area of the plot. We’re looking forward to being able to share some of the harvest come Thanksgiving. In NASIG news, the board has held both our fall board meeting and just completed our follow-up phone call. There is quite a bit underway with the organization as you can see from this issue of Newsletter, so let me focus on some of the things that are starting to flourish and not being reported elsewhere in the Newsletter or Newsletter blog. Continue Reading 23:4 (2008:12) President’s Corner…

23:3 (2008:09) President’s Corner

September 16, 2008 at 3:01 pm | Posted in President's Corner | 5 Comments

Jill Emery, NASIG President

It was hot in Phoenix in June and most of us liked it, thanks to an amazing venue, wonderful conference planners, and fantastic conference program planning. It’s currently hovering around 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Austin, and I can tell you it’s not nearly as much fun as Phoenix was. Each year, NASIG’s Program Planning and Conference Planning Committee members outdo themselves, and while I don’t expect the weather temperatures to be as high in Asheville, NC, next June, I’m already convinced that the conference and program planning will be equally impressive! The current conference theme for 2009 is “Riding the Rapids through Mountains of Change,” which is certainly how I feel on any given day at work. Keep your eyes out for the upcoming calls for presentation topics as the Program Planning Committee begins to set about putting together more great programming. Continue Reading 23:3 (2008:09) President’s Corner…

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.

23:1 (2008:03) President’s Corner

March 13, 2008 at 3:06 pm | Posted in President's Corner | 1 Comment

Char Simser, NASIG President

Vote, Volunteer, and Vision!

It’s here! Some might say “big deal” or “it’s about time,” but that does not diminish this historic moment one iota. We talked about online voting for several years. Paper balloting was time-consuming and expensive. The move to online balloting hasn’t come with blood, sweat and tears, but it has been a lot of work behind the scenes. Donnice Cochenour’s technology updates do not describe the hours that she and Lisa Blackwell, Database & Directory (D&D) Committee chair, have put into verifying that the new membership database is working the way we expect. It does not count the hours that Gail Julian and her Nominations & Elections (N&E) Committee members tested the balloting. Online voting is open! We have an excellent group of NASIGers on the ballot this year. Please cast your vote. Participate in the process that elects your leaders, the individuals who will guide NASIG in the coming years!

The call has gone out! NASIG needs you! This organization thrives on the spirit of volunteerism. I sincerely hope you will consider putting your name forward. I jumped in with both feet a few months after first joining NASIG when my (now former) boss and I applied to be Proceedings editors in 1997. That experience allowed me to meet so many NASIGers. Volunteering opens some great networking opportunities and wonderful friendships! Do it! You won’t regret the decision to get involved.

The weather, the primaries and caucuses, and the stock market have been wild these last few months. But nothing exemplifies “wild” like NASIG’s new strategic directions. Okay. Maybe they aren’t that wild but they will chart some new directions for our organization. I kicked off the discussion about our plans in the December Newsletter. I promised we would have documents from our October strategic planning retreat available on NASIGWeb by January. Because of the transition to the new website, I am making the documents available via this column until we can move them to their permanent home. Do take a look at the summary from consultant Betty Kjellberg of Association Solutions, LLC, which includes our action plans outlined for one year, October 2007-October 2008. I will highlight the progress we have made, which is reflected on the revised action plan:

  • Appointed and charged the Administrative Support Task Force, chaired by Katy Ginanni
  • Appointments underway for the Financial Advisory Committee
  • New membership database and online voting in place; new website set to debut soon
  • Publicized our volunteer program and the petition process for elections via the Newsletter
  • Institutional membership report presented to the board; MDC will prepare a formal proposal to go to the Bylaws Committee with a ballot to go to the membership later this year

Site selection for our 2009 conference has been finalized. Asheville, North Carolina, here we come! Those dates are June 4-7, 2009.  We will begin the review process for the 2010 location this spring.

In the meantime, I do hope to see you in Phoenix for NASIG’s 23rd Annual Conference. Check out the Conference Planning (CPC) and Program Planning Committees reports in this issue of the Newsletter and watch your inbox for updates from CPC in the next 3 months. This conference has the potential to be the best NASIG annual meeting yet!

NASIG Strategic Plan Summary

Revised Action Plan

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