NASIG 2019 Pre-Conferences June 4-5, 2019 



DAY 1 June 4, 2019 

Text Mining 101 

6/4/2019, 8 am - 5 pm $200  (30 spaces) 

Dr. Sarah Sutton
Emporia State University School of Library and Information Science

Supporting text mining research requires an understanding of the process of text mining in order for librarians to assist researchers to use library resources as sources text mining data, to license electronic resources in way that makes provisions for such uses, and to manage and/or provide access to text mining tools among other activities. Because text mining is a relatively new method for research, few librarians have had an introduction to and/or training needed to accomplish these tasks. In this pre-conference workshop I will introduce participants to the basics of text-mining including defining terms, identifying library resources that may serve as data sources for text mining, and introducing the tools and processes used for text mining, for instance the Hathi Trust’s Text Analysis Algorithms and Python scripting.

Library Leadership Your Way 

6/4/2019, 1-5 pm $100  (30 spaces) 

Dr. Jason Martin
Middle Tennessee State University

This pre-conference is intended to be a practical guide for anyone interested in library leadership. Attendees will learn about leadership, become better leaders, and develop their own leadership practices. This pre-conference will allow attendees to engage with the subject of leadership in a meaningful way, by thinking and reflecting on various ideas of leadership and how they might use those ideas in their leadership lives. The point of this pre-conference is not to explain how to lead, but for attendees to discover why they want to lead, how they can best lead, and what their unique leadership practice looks like. Attendees will be asked to think about what leadership means to them, learn overall principles of how to effectively lead themselves and others, be exposed to major leadership theories and philosophies, and finally to revisit their initial ideas about leadership. By the end of the pre-conference, attendees will have developed their own definition of and approach to leadership, understand the basics of major leadership theories and philosophies, and have a leadership practice and plan in place they can use in their everyday leadership lives. This pre-conference is intended for library leaders at all levels - from department head to dean/director, for librarians interested in becoming library leaders, and for informal library leaders as well. 


DAY 2 June 5, 2019 

Contract Construction: Creating an Effective Licensing Toolkit in an Academic Library Setting 

6/5/2019, 8 am-12 pm $100  (30 spaces)  

Stephanie Hess 
Binghamton University 

Megan Kilb 
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 

This session will offer a blueprint for crafting a clear picture of licensing priorities for your library and home institution and for developing an orderly negotiation process to ensure each agreement is properly reviewed and handled. Beginning with a brief overview of standard licensing terms for e-resources, we will discuss how to draw up your own checklists and draft legal provisions customized to successfully fulfill the information needs of your library’s users, while adhering to your institution’s local legal requirements. We will also identify practical methods for reviewing contracts to identify the issues in clauses that are most often challenging or problematic. 

BIBFRAME Basics: A Crash Course 

6/5/2019, 8 am-12 pm $100 (30 spaces)

Dennis Christman Duke University

Interested in learning about BIBFRAME and how it works? This workshop will go over the basics of what BIBFRAME is, how it was developed, and ongoing BIBFRAME initiatives; then cover the underlying technologies in just enough detail to really understand how BIBFRAME works differently from what we do today, including graph data structures, ontologies, and RDF. Finally, we’ll look at the Library of Congress developed BIBFRAME editor and get some hands-on practice creating and editing a variety of resources. Attendees should plan on bringing a laptop to get the most of their experience. 

The Future of Scholarly Communications 

6/5/2019, 1-5 pm $100  (30 spaces)  

Lisa Hinchliffe
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Structured as an interactive workshop, this pre-conference will explore possible futures of scholarly communications and publishing and implications for access, collections, and preservation. Drawing on trends analysis and potential scenarios that have been developed by publishers, library associations, etc., participants will explore what may be possible, plausible, feasible, and/or desirable as well as what seems impossible about these futures. Though no conclusions will be reached about "the future" of scholarly communications, this exploration of "the futures" of scholarly communications will enable participants to think critically and creatively about their organizations, the impact of change and trends, and strategic positioning going forward.