NASIG's 2nd call for papers (Meg Mering) ERCELAA@ctrvax.Vanderbilt.Edu 11 Jul 2000 18:36 UTC

Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 13:13:31 -0500
From: Margaret Mering <mvm@UNLLIB.UNL.EDU>

North American Serials Interest Group
16th Annual Conference
May 23-26, 2001



The North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) returns to Trinity
University, San Antonio, Texas, for its 16th annual conference, May 23-26,
2001. Trinity is a small, private, liberal arts and sciences undergraduate
institution of 2500 students, named by U.S. News & World Report as "number
one in the West" among regional universities for the eighth consecutive
year. Originally patterned after an Italian village, the campus
encompasses 177 acres and is adorned with red brick buildings, native live
oaks, beautifully landscaped grounds, and sparkling fountains. Trinity
University offers a skyline view of downtown San Antonio. Combining Old
World charm, a multicultural heritage, and numerous cultural and
historical attractions, San Antonio is a friendly, enchanting city to
visit. Chart your course now for this conference.

NASIG's annual conference provides a forum for anyone interested in the
exchange of serials information, issues, trends, and innovations.
Proceedings are published in both print and electronic formats, with the
electronic version made available to NASIG members on the NASIG Website
( Note: A separate call for Poster Sessions will be issued
at a later date.

The 2001 Program Planning Committee invites proposals for preconferences,
plenaries, issues, and workshops that relate to the conference theme
"NASIG 2001: A Serials Odyssey."

Plenary Papers and Issues (Concurrent) Sessions
We seek proposals for plenary papers and issues sessions that deal with
visionary or overarching issues (i.e., "the big picture"). Analysis of
trends, historical perspectives with an eye towards future implications
and evolutions in the serials industry and within libraries are other
possibilities. What role will current players have in the production and
dissemination of serial publications in the 21st century? Who will be new
players in the industry? What will scholarly journals be like in five
years? ten years? Will serials survive or be transformed totally for all
those involved in information access? What happens to basic values and
traditional workflow of library and information professionals? What
implications are there for users and practitioners to explore, adapt to,
and shape this information? Will there be black holes or parallel
universes of serials information and communities?

Some additional suggestions to spark ideas include, but certainly are not
limited to:
  Redefining serials
 Aspects of serials information (i.e.,  marketed, packaged, paid for,
accessed, preserved?)
 E-commerce, subscription models
 Knowledge management; distance education
 Transformation of libraries and user needs; virtual libraries
 Digital initiatives and issues
 Standards for serials in all areas (cataloging aspects, publishing,
access, etc.)

Workshops and Preconferences
The Committee also invites proposals for workshops and preconferences that
provide practical information and specific processes about managing
serials within an organization. Typically, workshop leaders share
experiences in a collegial setting and facilitate discussion with
participants if appropriate to the presentation.

A few examples include, but certainly are not limited to:
 Changes in user education and users
 Trends in evaluating, acquiring, managing, accessing e-journals
 Licensing arrangements; copyright implications and considerations
 Managing staff and other resources; decision making strategies for
 Impact of e-journals on binding, microformat, archiving, etc.

NASIG invites members of the information community to submit proposals and
suggest topics and speakers. The Program Planning Committee reserves the
right to combine, blend, or refocus proposals to maximize relevance to our
membership. In some instances, the Committee invites selected presenters
for proposals submitted by teams. Proposals are reviewed competitively.
Please include ALL of the following information for optimum consideration:

Required for ALL Presenters named in the proposal:
1. Name and mailing address
2. Telephone and fax numbers and email address
3. Program Title
4. Abstract: a 200-300 word abstract clearly explaining the proposal and
its relevance to the conference and its attendees.
5.Program Type: A prioritized list for program preference (plenary,
workshop, preconference)

Proposals should be submitted via email, if possible, no later than:
AUGUST 1, 2000
Meg Mering, NASIG Secretary
Principal Serials Cataloger
N209 Love Library
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln NE 68588-0410
phone: 402-472-3545
fax: 402-472-2534