Monday, December 20, 2010
View the announcement here.
The application deadline in January 18, 2011.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
- Acquisitions literature published 2010-2011
- Serials literature published 2010-2011
- Requester name, title, and contact information
- The literature to be reviewed (see list above)
- The requester's credentials to write the literature review
- The amount requested
- Budget plan and rationale for how the funds will be expended
Applications and inquiries should be submitted to Peggy Johnson, LRTS Editor, email@example.com
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
- information on new CONSER member libraries
- highlights from the May 2010 operations meeting
- information on the Open Access Journal Project
- Serials Cooperative Cataloging Training Program (SCCTP) update
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
A three-part document covers issues related to RDA, the CONSER Standard Record (CSR), and the Library of Congress Policy Statements (LCPSs). It includes the following sections:
- RDA as Modified by CSR: Recommended Guidelines
- Differences between CSR, RDA, and LCPS
- Using Existing OCLC Bibliographic Records for Serials: CONSER RDA Testers
A webinar recording from September 29, 2010, consisting of RDA test discussions for CONSER catalogers is also available. It is just under one hour long and will be of interest to RDA testers and those dedicated to following the test process.
Helpful links were shared in the webinar:
The Program for Cooperative Cataloging has a web page devoted to RDA testing: http://www.loc.gov/catdir/pcc/RDA-PCC.html
The University of Chicago Library has kindly shared its RDA testing information as well: http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/staffweb/depts/cat/rda.html Included is a link to Renette Davis' presentation "Changes from AACR2 to RDA for Cataloging Serials."
The CONSER website has a page devoted to the project: http://www.loc.gov/acq/conser/Open-Access-Project.html
"CONSER Cooperative Open Access Journal Project" is published in the Serials Review, vol. 36, issue 3 (Sept. 2010), pages 167-168.
"Print Serials Workflow in RDA: A Draft Workflow for RDA Toolkit Based on JSC's Sample Workflow for a Simple Book" is available in the Serials Librarian, vol. 59, no. 3 & 4 (Oct. 2010), pages 244-262.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Gateway to Collaboration
June 2-5, 2011
St. Louis, Missouri
The 2011 Program Planning Committee (PPC) invites proposals for preconference, 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, and resource acquisition, management, and discovery. Proposals based on emerging trends, case studies, and descriptive and experimental research findings are encouraged.
To propose a program or idea, please use the online form.
This Call for Proposals will close on September 17, 2010.
Please note the following:
* The Program Planning Committee reviews all submitted proposals and hopes to notify applicants of the status of their proposals in December 2010.
* The Program Planning Committee welcomes proposals that are still in the formative stages, and may work with potential presenters to focus their proposals further.
* Proposals should name any particular products or services that are integral to the content of the presentation. However, as a matter of NASIG policy, programs should not be used as a venue to promote or attack any product, service, or institution.
* Time management issues generally limit each session to two speakers for Tactics sessions or three speakers for Strategy sessions. Panels of four or more speakers must be discussed in advance with the Program Planning Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
* Proposals may be accepted as a different type of session than was originally suggested; this decision is the purview of the Program Planning Committee.
* NASIG has a reimbursement policy for conference speakers whose organizations do not cover expenses.
Inquiries may be sent to the PPC co-chairs, Anne Mitchell and Michael Hanson, at: email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you in St. Louis!
- Anne Mitchell and Michael Hanson
NASIG PPC Co-Chairs
Friday, August 6, 2010
- Open Access Journal Project
- OCLC's CONSER database scan
- CONSER documentation and training
- RDA testing
- ISSN update
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Early this summer marked the retirement of Jim Cole, both from librarianship at Iowa State University and from his editorship of the peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor and Francis, The Serials Librarian.
Now co-editing SL are Louise Cole of the University of Kingston in London (no relation to Jim!) and Andrew Shroyer of California State University at Los Angeles.
We welcome submissions of new content for SL, and any thoughts you may have about the nature of the journal or directions for the future!
Please forward any articles you have authored for SL (as well as your thoughts) to our shared email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a time of exciting developments and milestones in the evolution of journals and serials. The continuing transition to electronic forms, the devising of big package deals for providing serial publication content, the struggle to adapt the library organization to the demands of e-resources, the advent of open access journals and the testing of RDA, for instance, are all both unsettling and exhilarating processes for serials librarians. We want to ensure that The Serials Librarian provides its readership with relevant readings, knowledge of breakthroughs, good practical pointers and a forum for healthy debate of all the issues.
This is a first effort at serving as a journal editor for each of us. Thank you for your support as we manage this transition.
--Andrew and Louise
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The two featured speakers were:
- Tina Shrader, a representative from the National Agricultural Library on the Task Group coordinating the official testing of RDA
- Renette Davis, who shared thoughts on preparing staff for testing RDA at the University of Chicago
Full minutes of the meeting will also be posted on ALA Connect.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
- ISBD punctuation
- Implementation of new MARC coding
- Multiple character set guidelines
- Open Access Project Task Group report
- Lack of one-to-one correspondence between print and online versions due to changes in title change rules
- Linking field issues
- Changes to uniform titles
- RDA testing
- And more!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
CONSER authentication remains valuable as a guarantee that the bibliographic description is the work of one or more catalogers with significant training. But because serials continue to develop and change until they cease, it may be time to look for strategies, as a cataloging community, to share more widely the burden of keeping those records up-to-date.This article is published in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, vol. 48, no. 2 & 3 (Feb. 2010), pages 161-168.
This article is published in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, vol. 48, no. 2 & 3 (Feb. 2010), pages 135-160.
"The Road to CONSER--Taken by the Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh" by Liping Song
This article is published in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, vol. 48, no. 2 & 3 (Feb. 2010), pages 143-152.
This article is published in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, vol. 48, no. 2 & 3 (Feb. 2010), pages 169-186.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
- Cooperative Open Access Journal Project
- Repeatable 260 Field
- Format changes from CD-ROM to DVD-ROM
- ISSN Report
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Posters will be on display 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 5th. Presenters must be available to discuss their topics during the afternoon break on this day.
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 tradition of non-commercialism, poster sessions focusing solely on a commercial product will not be accepted.
Deadline for submission: Proposals must be received by Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 5 p.m. EST. Members of the PPC's Sub-committee on Poster Sessions will evaluate abstracts. Presenters will be notified in April 2010.
Please submit proposals online: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RXXMKM3
Inquiries may be sent to the PPC co-chairs, Morag Boyd and Anne Mitchell at: email@example.com
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, see: http://www.nasig.org
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Make Sure Your Research has a Purpose!
Hernan, Peter, and Candy Schwartz. "What is a Problem Statement?" Library & Information Science Research 29, issue 3 (2007): 307-309.
Reporting Your Findings and a Few Style Tips
Nitecki, Danuta A. "Finalizing a Research Paper--Findings through Conclusion." Library & Information Science Research 32, issue 1 (2010): 1-3.
Monday, February 8, 2010
“Me and My Shadow: Observation, Documentation, and Analysis of Serials and Electronic Resources Workflow” by Kristen Blake and Erin Stalberg
Blake and Stalberg's “Me and My Shadow” outlines a project done at North Carolina State University Libraries to document and review serials and electronic resources workflow. This three-stage project looked at the entire serials lifecycle and began with a staff shadowing component where a librarian directly observed tasks being performed. Workflow mapping was the next step, where the information gleaned from shadowing was documented in a graphic representation showing what steps were involved in various processes and by whom. Finally, the workflow was analyzed to look for areas that could be made more efficient. This article provides a nice literature review, highlighting several articles looking at library workflow analysis. The authors identified a gap in the literature regarding shadowing techniques in libraries as a tool for workflow mapping and analysis and sought to fill that gap with detailed sections on the shadowing process and outcomes. This article will be of interest to librarians preparing to engage in a serials workflow analysis. A link to view the workflow mapping diagrams created in this project is an added bonus.
The article can be found in the Serials Review, vol. 35, issue 4 (Dec. 2009), pages 242-252.