NASIG Transforming the Information Community

2021 Grants, Awards, and Scholarships

NASIG is pleased to announce the beginning of the application cycle for its 2021 awards for the 36th Annual Conference. Please apply using this Google form

NASIG 2021 is virtual this year, so most of the applications require only submitting the Google form along with a CV. The Fritz Schwartz Scholarship and the Capstone awards have different requirements, so please read the eligibility and submission information carefully.

A list of all past award winners is available here.


Applications are due March 28, 2021


NASIG 2021 APPLICATION GOOGLE FORM


Professional/Paraprofessional Awards

Birdie MacLennon Award

Capstone Award

Equity and Inclusion Award

First-Timer Award

Horizon Award

John Merriman Joint NASIG/UKSG Award

Marcia Tuttle

Paraprofessional Specialist Award

Rose Robischon Scholarship


Student Awards

John Riddick Student Grant

Fritz Schwartz Education Scholarship


Birdie MacLennan Award

Purpose of the Award

To advance the profession by providing mid-career information professionals with the opportunity to share their understanding and accelerate their knowledge of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management) by networking and interacting with a wide range of dedicated professionals working in all segments of the information supply chain; including librarians, vendors, publishers, and other non-traditional serialists.

What is Received

  • Covers virtual conference registration for 2021 and registration for a future on-site NASIG meeting
  • One year's free membership in NASIG
  • Invitation to serve on a NASIG committee the year following the award

Named in Honor of

Birdie MacLennan is remembered by almost everyone who has ever worked with serials in a professional capacity as the Listowner & Moderator for SERIALST, the unique forum for discussion of serials in libraries since October 1990.  As the guiding hand behind this resource, Birdie shaped the landscape for serials management throughout the crucial internet era; a time when the most change occurred in the field since the founding of the first scholarly journals in the 17th Century. She gave generously of her time and experience with colleagues near and far, and was full of humor and good spirit.  Throughout her career she was a friend and fan of the NASIG organization, volunteering in many roles.  NASIG benefited immeasurably from the life of Birdie MacLennan, one of the foremost librarians of her generation.

Eligibility

  • This award is open to qualified NASIG members.
  • Applicants must currently be in a position of a professional nature with primary responsibilities for some aspect of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher.
  • Applicants must have served in this position or an equivalent leadership role for a minimum of five years at the time of the application deadline.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated excellence in the core serials competencies, and have contributed to the profession through innovation and/or mentoring.

    Capstone Award

    A $1500 award to recognize a professional who has made significant and distinguished contributions to the field of information resource management. 

    Purpose of the Award

    To recognize an individual who has made significant and distinguished contributions to the field of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management). Candidates may be librarians, vendors, publishers, or non-traditional serialists whose professional interests align with NASIG’s mission. Such contributions may include: recruiting and educating the next generation of professionals, mentoring new professionals, service and/or leadership in NASIG and other professional organizations, notable research or professional dialogue in areas of particular interest to NASIG, participation in committees and groups that advance innovation in the field.

    What is Received

    • $1500 cash award
    • One year's free membership in NASIG

    Eligibility

    • This award is open to qualified NASIG members with at least 15 years of professional experience
    • Nominees must currently be in a position of a professional nature with primary responsibilities for some aspect of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher
    • Preference will be given to nominees who have demonstrated excellence and collegiality throughout their professional careers and have a strong reputation of innovation, scholarship, leadership, and/or mentoring

    Submission

    In order to nominate someone, please us this Google form. Instructions for how to submit the nomination are available through the Capstone Award webpage.


    Equity and Inclusion Award (formerly the Diversity and Inclusion Award)

    Purpose of the Award

    The purpose of this award is to further the NASIG mission to increase the diversity of its membership and provide financial support to attend the NASIG annual conference. Applicants must be a member of an underrepresented group in the NASIG community.

    What is Received

    • Covers virtual conference registration for 2021 and registration for a future on-site NASIG meeting.
    • One year's free membership in NASIG
    • Invitation to serve on a NASIG committee the year following the award

    Eligibility

    • Applicant must be members of an underrepresented group in the NASIG community (i.e. African-American, Latinx/Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander or Native American/Alaskan Native, members of the LGBTQ+ community or individuals with disabilities).
    • This award is open to qualified applicants residing in any NASIG member country (defined for this purpose as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Greenland).
    • Applicants must currently be in a position of a professional nature with primary responsibilities for some aspect of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher.
    • Applicants must have served in this position for no more than three years at the time of the application deadline and must not have been in a professional library or library-related position (e.g. book vendor, publisher) for more than five years at the time of the application deadline.
    • Applicants must not have attended any previous NASIG conferences, but may have participated in a NASIG conference as a local volunteer.
    • Applicants do not have to be a member of NASIG.
    • Preference will be given to applicants whose career goals include professional growth and development in information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publishing after earning the graduate library degree.

      First-timer Award

      Purpose of the Award

      To provide an information resources management professional or paraprofessional who has not yet attended a NASIG Annual Conference with the opportunity to attend and accelerate their knowledge and understanding of the management of information resources by networking and interacting with a wide range of dedicated professionals working in all segments of the information supply chain.

      What is Received

      • Covers virtual conference registration for 2021 and registration for a future on-site NASIG meeting.
      • One year's free membership in NASIG

      Eligibility

      • This award is open to qualified applicants residing in any NASIG member country (defined for this purpose as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Greenland).
      • Applicants must currently be in a position with primary responsibilities for some aspect of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher.
      • In addition, applicants must not have attended any previous NASIG conferences, but may have participated in a NASIG conference as a local volunteer.
      • Preference will be given to applicants whose career goals include growth and development in information resources management, such as serials and e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, or collections management.

      Horizon Award

      Purpose of the Award

      To advance the profession by providing promising new information professionals with the opportunity to accelerate their knowledge and understanding of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher by networking and interacting with a wide range of dedicated professionals working in all segments of the information supply chain, including librarians, vendors, publishers, and all non-traditional serialists.

      What is Received

      • Covers virtual conference registration for 2021 and registration for a future on-site NASIG meeting.
      • One year's free membership in NASIG
      • Invitation to serve on a NASIG committee the year following the award

      Eligibility

      • This award is open to qualified applicants residing in any NASIG member country (defined for this purpose as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Greenland).
      • Applicants must currently be in a position of a professional nature with primary responsibilities for some aspect of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher.
      • Applicants must have served in this position for no more than three years at the time of the application deadline and must not have been in a professional library or library-related position (e.g. book vendor, publisher) for more than five years at the time of the application deadline.
      • Applicants must not have attended any previous NASIG conferences, but may have participated in a NASIG conference as a local volunteer.
      • Applicants do not have to be a member of NASIG.
      • Preference will be given to applicants whose career goals include professional growth and development in information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, or agent.


      John Merriman Joint NASIG/UKSG Award

        Purpose of the Award

        NASIG and UKSG seek applicants for a joint venture to allow a member of each group to attend the conference of their sister organization. The purpose of this conference-swap is for people working at a practical level in information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher to learn and share experiences at the UKSG Annual Conference or the NASIG Annual Conference.

        Named in Honor of

        This award is named in honor of John Merriman in recognition of John's work in starting both the UKSG and NASIG.

        What is Received

        • One year's free membership in NASIG

        Eligibility

        • The award is open to members of NASIG or UKSG, with one recipient being chosen from each organization.
        • Applicants must be in a functional position within a Library or Information Service, where they have direct responsibility for information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher, or direct contact with library users supporting them in the use of information resources.
        • English is the designated language.
        • Current Board members and Officers of NASIG and UKSG are not eligible.

        About UKSG and NASIG

        UKSG, set up in 1978, exists to connect the information community and encourage the exchange of ideas on the process of scholarly communication. Established in 1985, NASIG is an independent organization working to advance and transform the management of information resources. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate and improve the distribution, acquisition, and long-term accessibility of information resources in all formats and business models.


        Marcia Tuttle 

        Purpose of the Award

        A $3,000 grant for an individual working in the information supply chain to fund appropriate activities in fostering international communication and education through activities involving some aspect of information resources management such as, but not limited to: research, collaborative projects, job exchanges, and presentation of papers at conferences. A Ph.D. is not required.

        What is Received

        • $3000 grant
        • One-year free NASIG membership

        Named in Honor of

        The grant is named in honor of Marcia Tuttle.  Marcia Tuttle’s career was characterized by her energetic activism on behalf of library-publisher communication and fair serials pricing, and for her dedication to educating and mentoring.

        Eligibility

        Applicants may fall into one of two categories:

        They may be information resource management professionals practicing or enrolled in a Ph.D. program in library and/or information science in North American countries (defined for this purpose as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Greenland) seeking funding for appropriate activities involving some aspect of serials taking place outside North American countries

        Or

        They may be information resource management professionals practicing or enrolled in a Ph.D. program in library and/or information science outside North American countries seeking funding for appropriate activities involving some aspect of information resource management in North American countries.

        ·        Applicants must have at least one year of professional experience in the information supply chain

        ·        Proposed projects must deal with some aspect of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher and include foreign travel

        ·        Foreign or English language skills should be adequate to project needs



        Paraprofessional Specialist Award

          Purpose of the Award

          To provide a promising paraprofessional with the opportunity to advance their knowledge and understanding of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher by networking and interacting with a wide range of dedicated professionals working in all segments of the information supply chain.

          What is Received

          • Covers virtual conference registration for 2021 and registration for a future on-site NASIG meeting.
          • One year's free membership in NASIG

          Eligibility

          • This award is open to qualified applicants residing in any NASIG member country (defined for this purpose as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Greenland).
          • Applicants must currently be in a position of a paraprofessional nature with primary responsibilities for some aspect of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher.
          • Applicants must not be in a professional library or library-related position (e.g., vendor, publisher) at the time of the application deadline.
          • In addition, applicants must not have attended any previous NASIG conferences, but may have participated in a NASIG conference as a local volunteer.
          • Applicants do not have to be a member of NASIG.
          • Preference will be given to applicants whose career goals include growth and development in information resources management, such as serials and e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, or scholarly communications.


          Rose Robischon Scholarship

          Purpose of the Award

          To provide an information resources professional lacking funds for professional travel the ability to afford attendance at the Annual Conference.

          What is Received

          Covers virtual conference registration for 2021 and registration for a future on-site NASIG meeting.

          Named in Honor of

          The scholarship is named in honor of Rose Robischon. During her two decades of active service in NASIG, Rose served as member and chair of several NASIG committees and held the elected position of treasurer from 2005 to 2007. NASIG is pleased to offer this scholarship in memory of Rose's many contributions to the library profession and to honor her energy, warmth, and humor.

          Eligibility

          • This award is open to applicants residing in any NASIG member country (defined for this purpose as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Greenland).
          • Applicants must be a current NASIG member holding a position of a professional nature with primary responsibilities for some aspect of  information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher.
          • While there are no eligibility requirements with respect to numbers of years of experience, preference will be given to applicants who have not previously attended a NASIG Annual Conference and who can demonstrate that they will significantly benefit from doing so.


          John Riddick Student Grant

          Purpose of the Award

          To encourage participation in the information supply chain by students who are interested in pursuing some aspect of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher upon completion of their professional degrees.

          What is Received

          • Covers virtual conference registration for 2021 and registration for a future on-site NASIG meeting.
          • One year's free membership in NASIG

          Named in Honor of

          Student grants are named in honor of John F. Riddick, co-founder and first elected president of NASIG in 1986. The idea for student grants came from John, and they were first awarded in 1988. 

          Eligibility

          • This award is open to qualified students residing in any NASIG member country (defined for this purpose as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Greenland).
          • Students who are currently enrolled in a Master's, Doctorate, or Specialist degree program in Library and/or Information Studies, and who have expressed an interest in some aspect of information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher, are eligible.
          • Applicants must be full- or part-time students at the time of application. In order to accept an award, a recipient must not be employed in a position requiring an ALA-accredited degree, or on leave from such a position, at the time of acceptance of the grant.
          • Equal consideration will be given to all qualified applicants, with preference given to those earning their degrees the year of the conference.
          • Students do not have to be NASIG members to apply, and they must not have earned their degrees earlier than the end of the school year prior to the NASIG conference.
          • Applicants must not have attended a previous NASIG conference, but may have participated in a NASIG conference as a local volunteer.


          Fritz Schwartz Education Scholarship

          Purpose of the Award

          Fritz Schwartz

          To advance the profession by providing an aspiring library student who has prior experience with managing information resources the opportunity to enhance their educational opportunities.

          What is Received

          • Covers virtual conference registration for 2021 and registration for a future on-site NASIG meeting.
          • $3,000 scholarship
          • One year's free membership in NASIG

          Named in Honor of

          The scholarship is named in honor of Fritz Schwartz, who was a well-known and highly respected authority on Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), the Internet, and library standards. A frequent speaker at NASIG annual conferences, his last NASIG appearance was to conduct a highly rated workshop at the 10th Conference at Duke University. He actively participated in the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) and the International Committee on EDI for Serials (ICEDIS). At the time of his death, Fritz was Manager of Electronic Services and Standards at the Faxon Company. NASIG is pleased to offer this scholarship in memory of Fritz's many contributions to the library profession and to honor his energy, warmth, humor, and passion for standards.

          Eligibility

          • This award is open to qualified students residing in any NASIG member country (defined for this purpose as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Greenland).
          • At the time the scholarship is awarded, the applicant must be entering an ALA-accredited graduate library program (or Mexican equivalent) or must have completed no more than twelve hours of academic requirements towards the graduate degree at the time of application.
          • The applicant must have experience managing information resources and a desire to pursue a professional career in information resource management (e.g., serials and/or e-resources acquisitions, resource metadata and discovery, scholarly communications, collections management, digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, scholarly publishing, or knowledgebase management), vendor, agent, or scholarly publisher after earning the graduate library degree.

          Additional requirements

          The Fritz Schwartz Scholarship also requires a copy of the applicant's current Library/Information Science Graduate transcript or proof of admission if enrollment begins in Fall 2020. This item may be sent in paper form if necessary. (Note: A sealed, official transcript will be required from the winner before the awarding of the scholarship funds can occur. If the winner has yet to complete any Library/Information Science Graduate coursework at the time that scholarship funds are awarded, a sealed, official transcript may be requested after the first semester of coursework has been completed.)






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