Friday, December 05, 2003

More from CONSER 

A few more items from the CONSER web site to know about:

The CONSER 2002/2003 Annual Report. Highlights include CONSER's 30th anniversary celebration in Toronto at ALA, and news about AACR2 and the Aggregator-Neutral record.

An updated version of Module 31 of the CONSER Cataloging Manual, which pertains to electronic serials, was posted in the fall. This version includes information pertaining to the Aggregator-Neutral record, and even has a definition of "blog" in the Glossary.

NASIG Conference web site 

NASIG sent out an email today about next year's annual conference (slightly edited by me):

"The NASIG 2004 Conference Web site is now up and running! You'll also find a link to it on the NASIG web site. The conference Web site is currently a work in progress, so check back frequently for updates, or watch for messages on NASIG-L. Questions about the conference should be directed to cpc@nasig.org."

I'm originally from Milwaukee, and can't wait for this conference as an excuse to be back in town. Downtown Milwaukee does have a lot of nice things to offer, and with a few festivals going on concurrently (don't miss Polish Fest!), you'll be hard pressed to squeeze everything in between conference programs. Don't forget to bring a sweater, because it's always "cooler by the lake"!

Thursday, December 04, 2003


Here is the listing of CONSER meetings at ALA Midwinter in San Diego. I don't believe that all of the meetings are open to the public, but it would be worth it to attend those that are.

CONSER summit in 2004 

While this is an invitation only conference, the purpose of the PCC-sponsored 2004 CONSER Summit on Serials in the Digital Environment is to "bring together representatives from all aspects of the serials industry...with leaders in the library community to explore the control of electronic serials in libraries."

CONSER has done quite a bit to help define and reign in the challenge that is the cataloging of serials and electronic resources. I'm really interested in the future development and use of the Aggregator-Neutral record, which I'm sure will be discussed in depth, and I can't wait to hear more about the discussions in general.

New issue of NASIG newsletter 

The latest issue of the NASIG Newsletter is now available--and anyone can look at it! (access was restricted to members previously).

The Dec. issue contains information on:

NASIG 18th Annual Conference (2003)

You can link to the issue from the "Publications" link on the NASIG homepage.

Here are links to the PDF and the HTML versions of this issue.

UK Conference in February 

If you happen to be in London at the end of February, here's an interesting sounding conference sponsored by the UK's Association of Subscription Agents and Intermediaries. Seen on SERIALST.

Find the full details of the conference on the ASA's site.

The Money Trail - Cost and Value in Journal Information Provision
23/24 Feb 2004 London Programme

Session 1: Research funding and the acquisition of knowledge
How research is funded. Bahram Bekhradnia, Director, Higher Education
Policy Institute
The acquisition of knowledge. Michael A. Keller, Director of Academic
Information Resources, Stanford University
The value of information. Natalie Ceeney, Director of Operations and
Services, The British Library

Session 2: The Publishing of research information
The publishing process and how publishers price journals? Sue Corbett,
Publishing Director, Blackwell Publishing
Do not-for-profit publishers offer better value? Jerry Cowhig, Director,
Institute of Physics Publishing

Session 3: Funding the libraries
Economics of open access: gauging the impact on academic library budgets. T. Scott Plutchak, Director, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences,
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Consortium finance the way ahead or a dead end? Thorsteinn Hallgrimsson, Deputy National Librarian, The National and University Library of Iceland
The virtual library is a reality : providing and funding a corporate
virtual library service.
Roger Brown, Manager Contracts and Licences, Information Management, GlaxoSmithKline
Gathering up the individuals. Robbie Frazer, Director, Prenax

Session 4. Mergers and acquisitions
The role of venture capital and private equity. Derrick Holman, Consultant
The merger phenomenon - does size matter? David Warlock, Electronic
Publishing Services

Session 5: Improving the efficiency
Prioritising the spend. Christine Fyfe, Librarian, University of Leicester
Keeping research information VAT free. Teresa Hackett, The Frankfurt Group
Tailored services through licensing. Leah Halliday, User Support Manager,
Intermediation improves efficiency, reduces cost. Debbie Dore, Swets
Information Services

Rollo Turner
Secretary General
Association of Subscription Agents and Intermediaries
10 Lime Avenue
High Wycombe
Bucks HP11 1DP
Tel +(0)1494 534778

Directory of Open Access Journals 

From the Resource Shelf:

Directory of Open Access Journals
Search/browse a directory of almost 600 open access publications. Browse by subject or by title. Since the directory is growing all of the time a handy list of "new titles" is also available. Individual entries contain direct links to the publications along with publisher, language, ISSN, keywords, and start year. Exactly what's included in the directory? From the site, "The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. All subject areas and languages will be covered." This page contains detailed definitions along with directory selection criteria. By May, 2004 the directory will launch a searchable article index of material found in directory titles. The Directory of Open Access Journals was launched in May.

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