Friday, April 17, 2009

"Metadata in a Digital Age: New Models of Creation, Discovery, and Use" recorded by Paoshan W. Yue

This article is the report on a preconference held during the 2008 NASIG Annual Conference. It was co-sponsored by NISO (National Information Standards Organization). Yue's report covers presentations given by various speakers on metadata, providing both library and publisher/vendor perspectives.

Two sections in this article of particular interest to serials catalogers are: "ISSN: Linking Data and Metadata" presented by Regina Romano Reynolds of National Serials Data Program at the Library of Congress, and: "Changes in Cooperative Cataloging Standards: Implementation of the CONSER Standard Record" presented by Les Hawkins, who is the CONSER Coordinator at the Library of Congress. Reynolds provided general information about the ISSN program, as well as an update on the status of the new ISSN-L. Hawkins talked about the establishment of the CONSER Standard Record.

This article is available in The Serials Librarian, vol. 56, issue 1-4 (Jan. 2009), pages 7-24. It will also be available to NASIG members on the NASIG Web site.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

NASIG 2009 Annual Conference in Asheville, NC

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 informyou. 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 Days 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. See: Mentoring Program Announcement.


Marilyn M. Carney

Publicist, NASIG, Inc.


Friday, April 3, 2009

"A Snapshot of Early Acceptance of the CONSER Standard Record in Local Catalogs" by Lori J. Terrill

A new issue of the Serials Review is now online. This article contains the first published research that I'm aware of on the CONSER Standard Record. Here's the abstract:

In an effort to enhance the usefulness of serial bibliographic records, while also increasing the cost-effectiveness of record creation and maintenance, CONSER adopted new cataloging guidelines in 2007. Commonly referred to as the “CONSER Standard Record,” the new cataloging standard was developed to support the user tasks of finding, identifying, selecting, and obtaining resources. This study looks at initial acceptance of the new standard by catalogers by measuring the types of edits made to these records in the copy cataloging process. Results indicate that libraries accept most of the changes made to the mandatory elements in the CONSER Standard Record, as compared to former full-level cataloging standards, and do not suggest the need for significant revision of the standard.

The article can be found in the Serials Review, vol. 35, issue 1 (March 2009), pages 16-27.