North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG): 20th Annual Conference – Highlights

Date01 September 2005
Published date01 September 2005
AuthorEva Sorrell,Manuel Urrizola
North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG):
20th Annual Conference ± Highlights
Eva Sorrell and Manuel Urrizola
LIBRARY HITECH NEWS Number 8 2005, pp. 19-23, #Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 0741-9058, DOI 10.1108/07419050510633916 19
What with the Association of
College and Research Librarians
(ACRL) 12th National Conference,
April 7-10, and the North American
Serials Interest Group (NASIG) 20th
Annual Conference, May 19-22, both in
Minneapolis, folks in the Twin Cities
got to see lots of librarians in the spring
of 2005. Minneapolitans are strong
supporters of public libraries as are
Chicagoans. (Chicago was the site of
ALA 2005 Annual Convention.) Nice
to see librarians hold their conferences
in cities whose citizens value libraries.
And such friendly hosts, the people of
Minneapolis and Chicago! Add Boston,
site of ALA 2005 Midwinter
Conference, and one would be hard
pressed to choose three friendlier or
more beautiful northern cities.
Those lucky enough to attend a pre-
conference on Thursday could choose
from three:
(1) Julie Su (San Diego State Univer-
sity) and Catherine Nelson
(University of California, Santa
Barbara) presented a full-day
Serials Holdings Workshop, part
of the Serials Cataloging Coopera-
tive Training Program.
(2) Serials Esperanto: Helping Librar-
ians, Vendors and Publishers
Understand Each Other was a
half-day discussion with panelists
Phil Greene, Kim Maxwell (Mas-
sachusetts Institute of Technol-
ogy), and Adam Chesler
(American Chemical Society).
(3) Also in the morning, How to Avoid
Death by Meeting: Strategies for
Better Meetings was presented by
Betty J. Kjellberg (Association
Solutions, LLC).
Each morning of the Annual
Conference, from 9.00-10.00 a.m., a
Vision Session was held in the large
meeting hall. Friday morning, Marshall
Keys (principal, MDA Consulting)
presented a ``quick, densely illustrated
tour'' ± Chaotic Transitions: How
Today's Trends Will Affect
Tomorrow's Libraries. Saturday
morning, we were treated to a 20th
Anniversary Special Program with ``a
panel of NASIG luminaries,'' who
presented an entertaining past, an
informative present, and an all-two-
short future of the organization. Sunday
morning, Leif Utne (Associate Editor of
Utne Magazine) presented Painting
America Purple: Media Democracy and
the Red/Blue Divide, an exploration of
a democratic media.
The Vision Session on Friday was
followed by Strategy Set I (five
sessions) and Tactics Sets I and II (six
sessions each) in the morning and
Strategy Set II (5 sessions) and Tactics
Set III (six sessions) in the afternoon.
All of the Strategy and Tactics sessions
were repeated on Saturday. Marshalling
our martial knowledge, we would say
that a strategy is the commander's plan
to win the war and that tactics are the
platoon leader's maneuvers in battle.
We will now look at three war plans
or strategy sessions.
FRBR and serials: an overview and
In 1998 the Functional Requirements
for Bibliographic Resources (FRBR)
Final Report was published by the
International Federation of Library
Associations (IFLA) Study Group of the
same name. Ever since, the library
world has been abuzz as to how FRBR
will affect all kinds of things-in
particular cataloging and catalogs (or
OPACs). Steve Shadle's strategy
session on FRBR and serials was the
clearest explanation of FRBR,
especially as it relates to serials, that I
have heard. Steve is Serials Access
Librarian at the University of
Washington Libraries. His talk included
an overview of FRBR, the article and
aggregations, the serial ``work,'' and
FRBR applications.
Shadle prefaced his talk with an
explanation of entity-relationship (ER)
models. There can be relationships (i.e.
associations) among entities (i.e.
identifiable things). Relationships can
be one-to-one, one-to-many, many-to-
one, and many-to-many. Both entities
and relationships can have attributes
(i.e. properties). Attributes can have
particular values.
FRBR entities are grouped into three
types: bibliographic resources;
responsible parties; and subjects.
FRBR group 1 entities ± work (W),
expression (E), manifestation (M), and
item (I) ± form a hierarchy of
relationships: work is realized through
expression (one-to-many); expression is
embodied in manifestation (many-to-
many); manifestation is exemplified by
item (one-to-many). Steve Shadle's A
Square Peg in a Round Hole: Applying
AACR2 to Electronic Journals (W) is
realized through original article (E) and
revised article (E). The original article
(E) is embodied in Serials Librarian 33,
No. 1-2 (1988) (M) and E-Serials:
Publishers, Libraries, Users, and
Standards (Haworth Press, New York,
1998) (M). Serials Librarian 33, No. 1-2
(1988) (E) is exemplified by a copy in
the University of Washington Libraries'
periodicals collection (I) and a copy in
the University of California, Irvine
Libraries' periodicals collection (I).
Group 1 attributes for work include
title, form, intended termination or
continuation, etc. Attributes for
expression include title, form, date,
language, etc., of expression, as well as
expected regularity and frequency of
issue. Manifestation attributes are

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