Awards > Merriman


UK delegate sponsored by Taylor & Francis

NASIG (North American Serials Interest Group) 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 to learn and share experiences at the UKSG Annual Conference or the NASIG Annual Conference.

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..

DESCRIPTION OF AWARD: The award is named in honor of John Merriman in recognition of John's work in starting both the UKSG and NASIG.

The $6,000 award supports two people, one from each association, and consists of travel to the sister conference, and accommodations for the duration of the conference. In addition to the award, the recipients will receive paid conference registration which includes most meals. The NASIG member awardee is provided $3000 to support the travel to the UKSG conference and accommodations for the duration of the conference. The registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America for the NASIG awardee to attend the NASIG Annual Conference is also covered. The recipient will also receive a one-year free NASIG membership.

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 managing information resources, 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.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: The following materials are required to be submitted electronically either in Microsoft Word or plain text (.txt) format. Deadline for those applying to attend the UKSG Conference is January 26, 2018.

  • A completed application

  • A short written piece (250-400 words) on the topic "What is the biggest challenge facing you in your current job and how, in an ideal world, would you address it?" (Essays of award winners attending the UKSG conference will be retained in the NASIG archives.)

  • A reference questionnaire completed by the applicant's current supervisor.

  • The successful recipients of the award will be required to write an article about their conference experiences for UKSG eNews or the NASIG Newsletter

Application forms and reference questionnaires will be available after November 1st, through this Awards page, the UKSG website at and from the current NASIG Awards & Recognition Committee chair or Alison Whitehorn, UKSG Business Manager. Completed applications and related materials should be emailed to:

For NASIG Applicants

Del Williams

Chair, NASIG Awards & Recognition Committee

California State University - Northridge


phone: 818-677-7176


For UKSG Applicants

Alison Whitehorn

UKSG Business Manager


Tel.: +44 (0)1635 254292


Applications and related materials must be emailed (received) by January 26, 2018. Applications emailed after this date will not be considered.

AWARD NOTIFICATION: The award recipient will be notified by February 26, 2018.