25th Annual NASIG Conference June 3-6, 2010 Palm Springs, CA


25th Annual NASIG Conference
June 3-6, 2010 Palm Springs, CA

It’s time to make those reservations and book your NASIG conference!  Don’t miss this great event.  See our thought provoking sessions at :


The 25th Annual NASIG Conference promises to be an exciting event.  It will be held in beautiful Palm Springs, CA.


When you are not attending the meeting sessions or networking with colleagues, enjoy the scenic beauty of Palm Springs or walk across the street to The River (http://www.theriveratranchomirage.com/river-directory.html) and enjoy some great food or lively entertainment or fun shopping.

The early registration discount ends on April 25, 2010, so don’t miss the savings and you will be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate for Rancho Las Palmas.

Looking for travel information? See our travel information and local information at http://www.nasig.org/conference_travel.cfm

Finally, for all you Southwest Airlines aficionados (http://www.southwest.com), don’t forget Southwest has flights into Ontario, CA airport and you can book a SuperShuttle ride into Palm Springs or rent a car (http://www.lawa.org/ONTcarRentals.aspx) .

Don’t want to pay full fare for the SuperShuttle ride into Palm Springs? Post a message on the  Discussion Board looking for others NASIG attendees flying in on the same day and around the same time and book a shuttle ride together.  The more people you have in the shuttle the cheaper it is. If you can get 7 people  in the van it can be as low as ($24) each way. OR talk with the SuperShuttle folks and see if they already have some folks lined up for the day and time you need.

We look forward to seeing you at the 25th Annual NASIG conference.

Questions?  Email them to  conf-plan@nasig.org

Established in 1985, the North American Serials Interest Group, Inc. is an independent organization that promotes communication and sharing of ideas among all members of the serials information chain – anyone working with or concerned about serial publications.  For more information about NASIG, please visit http://www.nasig.org/.

Second Call for Proposals and Ideas North for NASIG 25th Annual Conference

For more information, contact the NASIG Publicist at publicist@nasig.org)

There is still time to submit proposals and ideas for the NASIG 2010 Conference before the call closes this Friday, November 6,2009. Inquiries may be sent to the PPC co-chairs, Morag Boyd and Anne Mitchell at: prog-plan@nasig.org.

North American Serials Interest Group 25th Annual Conference
An Oasis in Shifting Sands: NASIG at 25 June 3-6, 2010
Palm Springs, California

The 2010 Program Planning Committee (PPC) invites proposals and/or program ideas for pre-conference, vision, strategy, and tactics sessions. The Program Planners are interested in hearing from publishers, vendors, librarians, and others in the field of serials and electronic resources about issues relating to scholarly communication, publishing, licensing, and cataloging.

Please keep in mind the following:

* The Program Planning Committee will review all submitted proposals for their content and timeliness.
* PPC may work with potential presenters to blend or refocus proposals to maximize their relevance to attendees and avoid duplication.
* Proposals based on descriptive and experimental research findings are encouraged.
* Time management issues generally limit each session to two speakers. Panels of four (4) or more speakers must be discussed in advance with the PPC (prog-plan@nasig.org)
* Proposals may be suggested as one type of session and/or format and ultimately be accepted as any one of the other types of sessions or formats; this decision is the purview of the Program Planning Committee.
* Vision and Strategy speakers presenting original content are required to produce a written paper for the conference proceedings.
* NASIG has a reimbursement policy for conference speakers whose organizations do not cover expenses. Details about reimbursement are available on the NASIG website.
* The Program Planning Committee hopes to notify applicants of the status of their proposals in December 2009.

To propose a program or idea or for more information, please use the online form:

We look forward to seeing you in Palm Springs!

– Morag Boyd and Anne Mitchell NASIG PPC Co-Chairs

NASIG Conference Registration is waiting for you!

NASIG Conference Registration is waiting for you!

We know travel dollars are tight or non-existent, but we
also know that the NASIG conference is the best deal around.
If you are into electronic resource acquisition,
management, or general e-resource wrangling, serials or
e-resource cataloging, collection development, serials or
other related areas, NASIG offers targeted programs to
assist in your professional development and some of the best
networking around.  For those who are still “on the
fence,” here are a couple of things to consider.
Times being what they are, this is THE conference not to
miss.  Why?

The Program
As usual, we have an excellent line up of cutting-edge
speakers and poster sessions waiting to inspire and inform
you.   Also informal discussion groups where you can share
ideas with your peers and talk with publishing
representatives.  See:
We’ve also got several great pre-conferences with seats
still open.  If you are a cataloger in the Southeast or
Mid-Atlantic region, here’s a chance to register for an
official SCCTP workshop on Electronic resources/serials
cataloging.  Get it while it’s close by!  Our other
pre-conferences are also valuable opportunities to bone up
on e-journal strategies and licensing.  See:

Opportunities to Network & Forget Our Budget Woes for a Few
Asheville is quite a fun town, with many cultural and
culinary offerings within easy walking distance of the two
conference hotels (which are right across the street from
each other).  We’re providing wonderful live music at the
Crest Center on Saturday night – see:
Our optional NASIG evening at the Biltmore Estate is going
to be fabulous and will give participants a wonderful
dinner, a private evening tour, plus the opportunity to
return for more exploration later in the week.  It’s a
real deal.  For more information see:
The Asheville Tourists baseball team will be playing.
Asheville has many brewpubs, arts and crafts, nature trails
and hiking, the list goes on.  See:

Travel and Roommate Assistance
We will be offering a custom airport shuttle for those
flying into the Asheville airport (more on this soon), and
there are several other cities nearby that offer competitive
airfares.  This is the best time EVER to book airline
flights!  Check out the deals. And if you need any
assistance, check out our Travel Guru Service for free
assistance and advice.  See:  TRAVEL ASSISTANCE: Let
NASIG’s “Travel Gurus” help!
Worried about finding a roommate?  Use the NASIG
“forums” or the NASIG Facebook page to find one!

Special Program for First-Timers
Information about our Mentoring Program, which is very
popular with folks new to the field and first-timers to the
conference, will be posted soon.

Marilyn M. Carney
Publicist, NASIG, Inc.




Conference registration may be completed either online, by fax  or via US mail.  Credit cards (Mastercard or Visa) are welcome on our secure  site.  Registration Questions? : Contact Mary Bailey, Registrar — redhead@ksu.edu


NOTE: Hotel registration is separate, but also is now open – see the NASIG  web site www.nasig.org for links to the official  NASIG conference hotels – Marriott Renaissance and the Sheraton Four Points.

Please note that we have plenty of rooms available in either hotel and we  encourage you to stay in one of these locations in order to enjoy the conference  to its fullest!  We have plenty of travel information on the NASIG web site

NISO April Webinar: KBART and the OpenURL

NISO will be holding their April webinar on “KBART and the OpenURL: Increasing E-Resource Use through Improved User Access” on April 8, 2009 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Knowledge Bases and Related Tools (KBART) (http://www.niso.org/workrooms/kbart) is a joint project with the UK Serials Group (UKSG) to improve the quality and workflow of data in knowledge bases used for OpenURL linking. The Working Group is expected to release initial results of its work in the spring of 2009. This webinar will discuss the group’s draft recommended practice in the areas of terminology, supply chain workflow, effective transfer of metadata to knowledge bases, needed education, and plans for Phase 2 of the project. Using the KBART recommendations will help to improve the accuracy and timeliness of streams of OpenURL and holdings metadata that facilitate OpenURL link resolution.

Significant interest in the project was expressed after presentations at the ALA Midwinter and ER&L conferences.

Registration is $79 for NISO members and $99 for non-members. NASIG members may register at the NISO member rate. There are special rates for international participants (outside U.S. and Canada) and students. Registration is per site (access for one computer), so those with projection capabilities can include a group of people for one registration. Registration also includes access to the online recorded archive of the webinar; if you are unable to participate on the date or time designated, consider registering and viewing the recorded archive at your leisure. (International participants who are not participating live, but only viewing the recorded archive may register at the domestic rate.)

For more information on the webinar and to register, visit the event website (http://www.niso.org/news/events/2009/kbart09).

Unconference Reminder — Still Time To Register

Still time to register!

Local!  Self-directed!  Topics of interest to you!

Go to http://nasigunconference2009.wetpaint.com/page/Invitation+to+Participate
to register now.

2009 NASIG Regional Unconference: An Overview of Serials and Electronic Resources in

Date: Friday, March 20, 2009, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: $25.00 for NASIG members, paraprofessionals and support staff; $50.00 for Non-members

Location: Kansas State University
Hale Library
Manhattan, KS 66506

If you need a parking pass you must register by March 10!