NASIG 26th Annual Conference

Jun. 2, - Jun. 5, 2011
Location: Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. St. Louis, Missouri, Missouri

NASIG 26th Annual Conference
June 2-5, 2011
St. Louis, Missouri

Outline of Conference schedule: PDF


Friday, June 3, 9:00am-10:15am

Adam Bly, Seed Media

Program details forthcoming

Saturday, June 4, 9:00am-10:15am

Books in Chains
Paul Duguid, UC Berkeley School of Information

The business notion of the "supply chain" provides a useful way to think about how authors and readers are connected. One intriguing feature of the supply chain in books is that it helps explain not only current battles between Apple, Amazon, B&N, Google, and Sony over "apps," but also much that has come before. Indeed, the chain, in one form or another, is remarkably enduring. We can find it in the world before Amazon; we can find it both in New Grub Street and in the old one; we can even find a version of it in the world before Caxton and Gutenberg. It seems to have survived revolutions in print, in copyright, and in mass production. Will it survive the digital transformation? With this question in mind, the talk will look back to explore why the chain is so enduring, but also forward to see if a better understanding of the chain might tell us something about the future.


Strategy Sessions, Group A
Friday, June 3, 10:30am-noon

(1) Leaving the Big Deal: Consequences and Next Steps
Jonathan Nabe, Southern Illinois University Carbondale; David Fowler, University of Oregon

This session will focus on the consequences of leaving "Big Deals," with the aim of addressing concerns of lost access and community response, and easing the process for other institutions considering taking this step. Specifically, two aspects of this issue will be addressed. First, an analysis will be provided of the impact, measured in terms of loss of access, changes in ILL requests or document delivery services, response from the community, and overall impact on the budget. Second, an examination of the process for moving forward, focusing on renegotiation, including terms such as multiyear vs year-by-year subscriptions, price caps, cancellation allowances, and pitfalls, including increased "content" fees and other surprises. Jonathan Nabe, Collection Development Librarian at Southern Illinois University, will share the experience at SIU's Morris Library, which has left Big Deals from Wiley, Elsevier, and Springer in the last two years. David Fowler, Head, Licensing, Grants Administration, and Collection Analysis at the University of Oregon, will discuss Oregon's experience with Big Deals from Wiley and Elsevier.

(2) Collaborating for Sustainable Scholarship: Models that Serve Librarians, Publishers and Scholars
Sarah Glasser, ITHAKA; Carol MacAdam, JSTOR; Kate Duff, University of Chicago Press

Both libraries and university presses face the challenges of budget constraints and changes to the publishing environment. Librarians recognize and support the value of diversity in resource collection, but both economic and technological challenges have put small- and mid-sized society and university presses at risk. Can collaborations amongst scholarly publishers create sustainable models that benefit librarians, publishers and users? How can they serve the needs of these constituents in a manner that embodies scholarly values? The speakers will examine various cross-organizational collaborations, projects aimed at keeping pace with the evolving needs of researchers, and in particular will discuss their experience, and the experiences of librarians and end users, with the new Current Scholarship Program. The Program, led by the not-for-profit JSTOR and a number of university presses, makes current journals available on the JSTOR platform and encourages other presses to do the same.

(3) No Substantial Penalty for Withdrawal: Investing in a Different Collaborative Model for the Shared Print Archive
Sharon Wiles-Young, Lehigh University; John Barnett, PALCI; Christy Roysdon, Lehigh University

The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium (PALCI) has developed a shared print archive, an archive that promises to maintain for a 10-year period commonly held but rarely used print journals from noted scientific society publishers. The goals for this collaborative project are to ensure access to commonly held print journal titles, to allow libraries to withdraw materials, to re-purpose valuable space in individual libraries, and to share the responsibility of storing print titles at individual institutions instead of requiring a centralized storage facility. The presenters will discuss the grassroots origins for this project and the process decisions involved in turning the archive from vision into reality. Issues relating to preservation, access services, serials management, collection development, and library contractual agreements will be discussed. The presenters will further discuss possible future projects and how this shared print archive intersects with other archives in development nationally and internationally.

Strategy Sessions, Group B
Saturday, June 4, 10:30am-noon

(1) Polishing the Crystal Ball: Using Historical Data to Project Serials Trends and Pricing
Steve Bosch, University of Arizona; Kittie Henderson, EBSCO Information Services; Heather Klusendorf, EBSCO Information Services

Presented by the authors of the annual Library Journal serials pricing article, this program will discuss the major serials pricing studies. An overview of the strengths and weaknesses of methodology utilized to create LJ article as well as the Prices of U.S. and Foreign Published Materials Index compiled by the ALCTS Library Materials Price Index Editorial Board will be included. An invitation to join the panel will be extended to a representative of the American Association of Law Libraries pricing study group and a representative of the Medical Library Association Collection Development Section.

(2) NISO's IOTA Initiative: Measuring the Quality of OpenURL Links
Rafal Kasprowski, Rice University

The IOTA (Improving OpenURLs Through Analytics) Working Group has been formed by NISO (National Information Standards Organization) in January 2010 to develop a community-recognized index for measuring the quality of OpenURL links generated by content providers ( Too often OpenURL links do not work as expected, and although the OpenURL standard was introduced a decade ago, no systematic method has been implemented to benchmark them. The system proposed by IOTA would accept OpenURLs and return scores based on a set of evaluation metrics. This would allow OpenURL providers to see precisely where their links are weakest, letting them target metadata improvement efforts in the most cost-effective manner. IOTA's work builds on an earlier project at Cornell University funded by a Mellon Planning Grant and is supported in the KBART Phase I Recommended Practice Report. After an overview of OpenURL linking and its problems, IOTA's OpenURL scoring system will be discussed, the methodology behind it, and its benefit to the library community, which relies on the transfer of accurate metadata by link resolvers. A public OpenURL analysis tool currently in use, which stores nearly 10 million OpenURLs and continues to grow, will also be covered in detail. It is used to generate reports that compare OpenURLs and can already help OpenURL providers improve their links. Community members are encouraged to follow IOTA's progress online and support the initiative by contributing their OpenURL log files.

(3) Shaping, Streamlining and Solidifying the Information Chain in Turbulent Times
Jose Luis Andrade, Swets; Meg Walker, Taylor & Francis; Anne McKee, Greater Western Library Alliance