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NASIG 29th Annual Conference
Taking Stock and Taming New Frontiers
May 1-4, 2014
Ft. Worth, Texas

Established in 1985, the North American Serials Interest Group, Inc. (NASIG) is an independent organization that promotes communication, information, and continuing education about serials and the broader issues of scholarly communication. NASIG welcomes anyone interested in the serials information chain. Inspired by the United Kingdom Serials Group (UKSG), NASIG held its first conference at Bryn Mawr College in June 1986. The annual conference, usually held in late May or June, offers a premier opportunity to meet others representing the diverse interests of the serials community and to hear speakers who are on the cutting edge of scholarly communication.
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Friday, May 2 • 10:40am - 11:40am
The Unbearable Insecurity of the Electronic Resources Librarian

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This presentation (using Powerpoint) will outline the day to day practicalities of the job of an Electronic Resources Librarian (based on my experience in Dublin City University) in the context of the most recent version of the American Library Association's core competencies for the position. The objective of the talk is to make librarians feel less insecure in their jobs as they attempt to come to grips with the ever changing (technologies, social media, ecopyright etc.) landscape in modern academic libraries. Librarians will be encouraged to comment on their own experiences and how closely they match the speaker's (or not). A debate may ensue regarding just what level of expertise we are supposed to attain in the relative outlined competencies. An open and honest debate may also encourage publishers to come forward with their anxieties regarding ebook licensing, open access business models etc. While the talk is mainly aimed at Librarians, who will be reassured that they are not alone as they attempt to perform at the very best level in their positions and that there is plenty of help out there (from Listservs, usergroups, help documentation etc.), it should also be of interest to publishers and other vendors as they gain an understanding of what it is that librarians (their customers) do all day.


Stephen Buck

Electronic Resources and Periodicals Librarian, Dublin City University
Stephen Buck is the Electronic Resources and Periodicals Librarian in Dublin City University (DCU). He has worked as a Health Science Librarian and Computer Science/Engineering Librarian in Trinity College Dublin. He has also been a librarian in FS, the Irish National Training and... Read More →

Friday May 2, 2014 10:40am - 11:40am CDT
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