This article was posted by Marydee Ojala on the Information Today website and focuses on NASIG’s annual conference held in Indianapolis June 8–11, 2017. She reports that “capitalizing on the city’s racing heritage and its “crossroads of America” motto, NASIG chose a conference theme of “Racing to the Crossroads”. Touching on both concepts, presenters positioned their talks around either what librarians are racing toward or which crossroads concern them.”
Ms Ojala also reminds us that NASIG has “expanded its interests beyond serials … to encompass e-resources of all types, scholarly communication, and academic publishing” and her report reflects this change.
Sessions covered include Sarah W. Sutton (Emporia State University), and her research assistant Rachel Collinge, identifying core competencies for e-resource librarians and NASIG Vision keynotes by Michel Dumontier, a data science professor at Maastricht University, April Hathcock, a New York University librarian, and Carol Tilley, who teaches at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign’s School of Information Sciences. Ms Ojala also recounts numerous breakout sessions on the nuts and bolts of collection assessment and ends her report by offering a brief list of conference takeaways.
Overall, Ms Ojala’s coverage provides those of us who couldn’t be at NASIG 2017 a firm sense of the scope of what was discussed as well as some insights into the key issues.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.