Friday, March 20, 2009

NASIG 2008 Conference Proceedings Available

The Proceedings for the 23rd Annual Conference of the North American Serials Interest Group are now available as a special issue of The Serials Librarian, volume 56, issue 1-4 (2009). The Proceedings were edited by NASIG members Buddy Pennington and Allyson A. Zellner.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Call for Instructors for ALA-ALCTS Web Courses

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) needs knowledgeable librarians from all kinds of libraries to teach additional sections of its popular online courses.

ALCTS offers three continuing education courses over the Web and is in the process of developing several more. We would like to offer multiple sections of some courses targeted to participants from the same type of library.

We are recruiting knowledgeable librarians to teach additional sections of:
  • Fundamentals of Acquisitions Web Course
  • Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions Web Course
  • Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management Web Course
  • New courses in areas of collections and technical services
Please visit the ALCTS Web site for additional information about the courses at:

Courses are provided over a five or six week period. They are composed of self-paced modules and include interaction with the instructors and classmates. This typically involves four weeks of instruction with one week of wrap up; there is no final class grade. The courses are already developed and ready to use; no additional editing is needed. Instructors would participate in evaluations and have the opportunity to recommend updates to the course content as needed. To ensure consistency of instruction and a high value experience for participants, course instructor training has ordinarily had several components:

1. Take the course as a participant.
2. Repeat the course shadowing the instructor, with access to the instructor interface.
3. Team-teach the course with an experienced instructor.
4. Teach the course solo.

A modest honorarium will also be paid for solo teaching each session.

If enough qualified applicants are identified, we would be able to create special "train the trainer" sections of the course that would allow us to accelerate the instructor training process.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in becoming an instructor for an ALCTS Web Course, please complete the online instructor application at You will be asked to:
  • Include a statement of interest (300 words maximum)
  • Specify the areas in which you are interested in teaching (acquisitions, collection development, serials, preservation, etc.)
  • Attach a copy of your resume
Upon submission, the application will be send to Julia Gammon, chair of the ALCTS Education Committee. Review will be completed by the appropriate section level committees.

The deadline for applications is May 4, 2009.

Julia Gammon
Head, Acquisitions Dept. University Libraries
& Interim Marketing Manager, University of Akron Press
University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-1708
330-972-6254 (phone)
330-972-5132 (fax)


Monday, March 9, 2009

Conference Program Available for 2009 NASIG Conference

The 2009 conference program for the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) Annual Conference is now available.

Information on registration, travel, hotels, Asheville, sponsors, and more can be linked to from the conference homepage.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

NASIG's Call for Poster Sessions

The NASIG Program Planning Committee (PPC) invites poster session proposals for the 24th NASIG conference in Asheville, North Carolina, June 4-7, 2009. The theme of the conference is "Riding the Rapids through Mountains of Change."

Posters will be on display 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, June 5th. Presenters should be available to discuss their topics during the afternoon break on this day. Submission form is online.

Poster sessions provide an opportunity to share innovative ideas and new applications of technology. Sessions may present a report of a research study, an analysis of a practical problem-solving effort, or a description of an innovative program that may be of interest to the serials community. In keeping with NASIG's tradition of non-commercialism, poster sessions focusing solely on a commercial product will not be accepted.

Deadline for submission: Applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, March 27, 2009. Members of the PPC's Sub-committee on Poster Sessions will evaluate abstracts. Presenters will be notified in April 2009.

Inquiries may be sent to the PPC co-chairs, Erika Ripley and Morag Boyd at: