DESCRIPTION OF AWARD: The purpose of the NASIG Birdie MacLennan Award is 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 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. 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.

Birdie MacLennan will be 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.

The award provides the recipient with a scholarship to the NASIG annual conference. NASIG will directly pay for conference registration and three nights lodging in addition to providing funds for travel expenses and meals not covered by conference registration. In addition, the recipient will receive a year's free membership in NASIG and will be invited to serve on a NASIG committee the year following the award.  Following the Conference, the award winner will be interviewed for an article to appear in the NASIG Newsletter, or, if they prefer, may contribute an article about their Conference experience.

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, or digital publishing, e-resource or serials sales, or scholarly publishing. 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.


The following materials are required to be submitted electronically either in Microsoft Word or plain text (.txt) format:

  • A completed application;

  • A reference questionnaire;

  • A current resume or curriculum vita;

  • An essay (1,000 words or less) discussing the 2018 NASIG conference theme "Transforming the Information Community”. (Award winners' essays are retained in the NASIG archives.)

Application forms and reference questionnaires will be available after November 1st through this website, and from the current Awards & Recognition Committee vice-chair. Applications will only be accepted in electronic form. Completed applications and all related materials should be emailed:

Jennifer Leffler

Vice-Chair, NASIG Awards & Recognition Committee

University of Northern Colorado



APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications and related materials must be emailed by February 9, 2018. Applications emailed after this date will not be considered.

AWARD NOTIFICATION: The award recipient will be notified by March 14, 2018.