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NASIG 1999 Conference - Call for Paper (Margaret Mering) Marcia Tuttle 21 Jul 1998 23:13 UTC

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Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 16:13:46 -0500
From: Margaret Mering <mvm@UNLLIB.UNL.EDU>
Subject: NASIG 1999 Conference - Call for Paper

"From Carnegie to Internet II: Forging the Serials Future"

The North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) has scheduled its 14th
Annual Conference, June 10-13, 1999, at Carnegie Mellon University in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a river city of glistening skyscrapers nestled
among lush green hills. NASIG's annual conference provides a forum for
librarians, publishers, vendors, educators, binders, systems developers,
and others in the serials information chain to exchange views, present new
ideas, proactively seek solutions to common problems, and discuss matters
of current interest. The conference proceedings are published in both print
and electronic formats, with the electronic version made available to NASIG
members on NASIGWeb (

Founded at the beginning of this century by Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie
Mellon University is internationally renowned as a center of technological
innovation. Also, its proximity to the convergence of mighty rivers in
downtown Pittsburgh make it an ideal setting for a conference program
focused on reflections about the past century combined with views toward
the future of serials. NASIG invites anyone in the information community to
submit proposals and to suggest topics and speakers.  NASIG's Program
Planning Committee welcomes proposals for plenary papers and preconferences
that look to the future of serials as well as those that contemplate the
strides we have made during the last century. We are interested in
presentations that will examine the reflective, visionary and practical
aspects of the serials information chain, that analyze emerging trends in
light of past and present practices. Sessions which offer relevant research
or which cause us to "think outside our box" as well as proposals which
address decision making processes are welcomed.

Some examples include, but are not limited to:
*impact of Internet II;
*emerging standards for bibliographic access (public and technical
        aspects) in the 21st century;
*metadata projects, XML;
*tracking electronic products and services from aggregators and
    publishersto librarians;
*models of scholarly communication (pricing, access, delivery);
*foundations of serials in the next century;
*life beyond the Web;
*licensing issues;
*ethical concerns for networked information;
*impact of secondary publishers;
*preservation and archival concerns of print and non-print media;
*redefining the nature of serials.

The Committee also invites workshop proposals that will provide practical
information and spark interest in unique and innovative ideas to help
serialists make informed decisions and consider new options in their
workplaces. Workshops provide a collegial setting to facilitate related
discussion with those in attendance, as presenters explain how they manage
specific processes in their own settings.

Some examples include but are not limited to:
*impact of system conversions on serialists;
*bibliographic formats, holdings, and standards;
*standardization and customization issues;
*evaluating and/or organizing Web sources for patrons and librarians;
*creating Web-based resource collections;
*invoicing options;
*managing work in changing public and/or technical services for a
     particular library environment;
*communicating changes and services to libraries, especially for
*collection management trends;
*government documents issues;
*trends for evaluating e-journals and other electronic products;
*innovative resource sharing in public/academic libraries.

The Program Planning Committee reserves the right to combine, blend, or
refocus proposals to maximize program breadth and relevance to our
membership.  As a result, not all presenters from proposals submitted by
teams may be invited to participate.  For optimal consideration in the
competitive review process, please include complete information as follows:

1) Name, address, telephone/fax numbers, and e-address of  the
2) Program title
3) Abstract (200-300 words) clearly explaining the proposal and,
        if appropriate, its relevance to                the theme
4) Prioritized preference for the proposal: plenary, workshop or

DEADLINE:  August 1, 1998
Submit proposals preferably via e-mail to:
Meg Mering, NASIG Secretary, University of Nebraska Libraries,
Love Library, 209N, Lincoln NE 68588-0410. Phone: 402-472-2517; fax:
402-472-5131; email: