JISC Training opportunity: Making your digital collections easier to discover. May 2019

Posted on March 18, 2019
Do you want to optimise the online discovery of your digital collections? To develop your ability to evaluate their usage and impact? Jisc is hosting a pair of one-day workshops- Maximising the use of digital collections in learning and research… Continue reading →

Spoofed invoices from nag email

Posted on September 21, 2018
Unfortunately the main nag.office@ email address has been spoofed and the spammers are sending out fake invoices with malicious viruses attached.  Luckily these are being picked up as suspicious by anti-virus software.  There is very little we can do other… Continue reading →

CILIP Cataloguing & Indexing Group – Could you represent public libraries on our committee?

Posted on August 24, 2018
Are you a CILIP or CIG member who would like to join a dedicated team working on behalf of our 1000+ members in the UK and beyond?  We promote the essential skills of cataloguing, classification, metadata creation & indexing that… Continue reading →

Public Libraries Forum: Stock Selection for Public Libraries

Posted on August 2, 2018
Stock Selection for Public Libraries – what do future models look like? 8th November, The Studio, Leeds Stock Selection differs radically around the country; for NAG public libraries forum we will be sharing ideas and best practice from around the… Continue reading →

Academic seminar fully booked!

Posted on May 18, 2018
We are now fully booked for the Collection Development seminar “Valuing your Collections” next Wednesday in Birmingham at 116 delegates.  This has been a record breaking year for NAG seminar and we’re very pleased so many people are keen to… Continue reading →

Programme available for May Seminar

Posted on April 16, 2018
The full programme is now available for NAG’s 8th Collection Development for Academic Libraries seminar, happening on Wednesday 23rd May at The Studio in Birmingham. This event is now fully booked. Download the full programme here. Continue reading →

Seminars for 2018

Posted on March 26, 2018
For 2018, NAG will be running three seminars; our usual Collection Development for Academic Libraries seminar in May (Birmingham), followed by two day seminars in November (Leeds) with day one focused around academic libraries and day two for papers focusing… Continue reading →

New Sponsorship Structure

Posted on March 26, 2018
For 2018, NAG will be running three seminars; our usual Collection Development for Academic Libraries seminar in May (Birmingham), followed by two day seminars in November (Leeds) with day one focused around academic libraries and day two for public libraries… Continue reading →

BIC Statement on Best Practice for Title and Subtitle Metadata Fields

Posted on March 12, 2018
BIC have released a statement regarding best practice for use of the title and subtitle metadata fields saying: Some publishers and other metadata providers are using the subtitle, and sometimes the title fields, in metadata feeds to carry marketing and… Continue reading →

Remembering Chris Hall

Posted on February 12, 2018
Chris Hall, who died on 28 December 2017, served and supported NAG for almost three decades – a unique contribution recognised by the award of an Honorary Fellowship in 2011, shortly after Chris retired as Bibliographical Services Librarian, City of… Continue reading →

Call for papers: NAG Collection Development Seminar 2018

Posted on January 3, 2018
NAG Collection Development Seminar 2018 Wednesday 23rd May 2018 Call for papers Submissions for papers are welcome for next year’s 8th Collection Development Seminar for Academic Libraries. The theme for Seminar 2018 is ‘Valuing our collections’.   Academic librarians spend… Continue reading →

NAG joins YouTube!

Posted on December 11, 2017
This year at #NAG17 we trialed filming two of the papers and here are the results! Firstly we have Karen Colbron from JISC talking about National Monograph Solutions: Secondly, here is Andy Ryan talking about her Cityread project: Filming was… Continue reading →

NAG Award winner 2017

Posted on November 8, 2017
This year’s National Acquisitions Group (NAG) Award for Excellence has been won by the e-book accessibility audit team. Their project sought to introduce a benchmark for accessibility in e-book platforms by devising a comprehensive audit for e-books in Higher Education.… Continue reading →

NAG Business Plan

Posted on November 3, 2017
Our full new Business Plan is available to download here just in time for #NAG17 Conference next week. Do have a look, and bring your ideas, suggestions and questions to the Exec Committee next week or get in touch by… Continue reading →

Guides from BIC

Posted on October 2, 2017
BIC RFID Privacy in Libraries Toolkit We’re delighted to report that the BIC RFID Privacy Task & Finish Working Group has now released a draft toolkit to provide information on RFID Privacy for librarians (both public and academic), library suppliers… Continue reading →

Full Programme for #NAG17

Posted on September 11, 2017
The full programme for #NAG17 is now available here.  We hope it provides a good balance of public and academic library interest along with four workshops to choose from on both days. The option of half price places for NAG… Continue reading →


Posted on June 26, 2017
UnMentoring – Who should contact NAG and why  NAG’s new UnMentoring scheme is designed for all those working with the selection, acquisition or management of library resources – whether in a library or support service situation. UnMentoring is suitable for… Continue reading →

Glasstree expands academic publishing program to Australia and Middle East

Posted on May 13, 2017
Glasstree Academic Publishing is proud to announce its expansion into two important new regions—Australia/New Zealand and the Middle East/North Africa—through partnerships with local companies Mercedes Waratah (Australia) and Jamalon (Middle East) for printing and distribution. These key partnerships will allow… Continue reading →

Glasstree in Web of Science

Posted on March 27, 2017
Glasstree is delighted to announce its co-operation with Clarivate. This partnership ensures that academic monographs published with Glasstree will be indexed and included in the extensive Web of Science community. About Web of Science By meticulously indexing the most important… Continue reading →

Seminar sponsorship – a new NAG opportunity!

Posted on December 6, 2016
For 2017, in response to requests from publishers and suppliers, NAG has decided to make sponsorship opportunities available for our 7th Collection Development Seminar for Academic Libraries in Birmingham on 17th May 2017.  The Seminar is always popular so it… Continue reading →

Proposed NAG servicing standards for academic libraries

Posted on December 5, 2016
On the back of the success of the NAG Servicing Guidelines: Best Practice for Public Libraries, NAG have instigated work on a similar set of standards for Academic Libraries. We are embarking on the collaborative process with a representative group… Continue reading →

Glasstree Academic Publishing launches new platform

Posted on November 21, 2016
Glasstree Academic Publishing launches revolutionary publishing platform for Academics, Libraries and Learned Societies After more than twelve months of author consultation and intense development Glasstree Academic Publishing launches its revolutionary global online self-publishing platform this month. Welcomed by academics, educational institutions… Continue reading →

Policy Press Newsletter

Posted on October 31, 2016
Are you a librarian? Policy Press, a not-for-profit social science publisher based at the University of Bristol, is keen to develop closer ties with you to understand better the decisions you make around purchasing and to keep you better informed about their publications… Continue reading →

NAG Award for Excellence – sponsored by Nielsen Book – 2016 winner announced

Posted on September 26, 2016
NAG makes an annual award designed to promote excellence, original thinking and innovation by a library or individual within the field of Acquisitions. The NAG excellence award is in its sixth year and is awarded at NAG annual conference. The… Continue reading →

Servicing Guidelines for Public Libraries – Updated

Posted on September 14, 2016
An update to the NAG Servicing Guidelines for Public Libraries was launched at #NAG16 today.  These have been revised and updated to bring them into line with current practice and we hope they will be useful throughout the sector for… Continue reading →

A Librarian’s Guide to RFID Procurement – Updated!

Posted on September 12, 2016
Mick Fortune’s Librarian’s Guide to RFID Procurement has been updated as part of a joint commission with BIC and is available to download from the Publications page of the NAG website. Mick will also be attending day one of #NAG16… Continue reading →

Forthcoming BIC Training Courses

Posted on July 25, 2016
Forthcoming BIC Training Courses Shipping Explained 3 August 2016, Felixstowe https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bics-shipping-explained-training-course-tickets-25788695683 Pre-Press for Publishing 10 August 2016, London https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bics-pre-press-for-publishing-training-course-tickets-25905481994 Digital Book Production Explained 19 August 2016, Chippenham, Wiltshire https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bics-digital-book-production-explained-training-course-tickets-25902643504 eBook Creation: Advanced & Practical 13 September 2016, London https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ebook-creation-advanced-practical-training-course-tickets-24022352503 A… Continue reading →

PLS Seminar: Introduction to Collective Licensing (Birmingham)

Posted on November 9, 2015
PLS Seminar: Introduction to Collective Licensing (Birmingham) – FREE Thursday 19th November 2015 14:15 for a 14:30 start, finishing at 17:00 The Studio, Birmingham What will the session cover? What the Publishers Licensing Society is and how they support publishers… Continue reading →

BIC training course: Bibliographic Metadata & ONIX

Posted on November 9, 2015
Bibliographic Metadata & ONIX This course is aimed at staff with management responsibility for metadata, either in IT, marketing or production within a publisher, or in similar roles in distribution and retailing.  Suitable for beginners and / or those with… Continue reading →

NAG Award for Excellence, sponsored by Nielsen Book – 2015 Winner is announced

Posted on August 20, 2015
The NAG Award for Excellence                 NAG makes an annual award designed to promote excellence, original thinking and innovation by a library or individual within the field of Acquisitions. The NAG excellence award… Continue reading →

BIC Press release

Posted on August 7, 2015
 BIC Press Release On 24th July, BIC was delighted to launch a press release regarding its Production training courses. This press release reported that BIC Production Training Courses Achieve 95% Satisfaction Rating! To read the full press release please click… Continue reading →

News from the LibrariesWest Consortium

Posted on July 16, 2015
  News has come to us about the expansion of the LibrariesWest consortium and the appointment of a new Library Management System supplier. Please see their press release here Continue reading →

BIC’s Upcoming Training Courses

Posted on July 16, 2015
  Upcoming Training Courses     Pre-Press for Publishing 12 August 2015, London https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pre-press-for-publishing-training-course-tickets-14574012263   eBook Creation 13 August 2015, London https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ebook-creation-training-course-tickets-17096243324   Bibliographic Metadata & ONIX 3 September 2015, London https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bibliographic-metadata-onix-training-course-tickets-14850693825   For a full list of BIC training… Continue reading →

BIC Blogs

Posted on July 3, 2015
  BIC Blogs BIC would love to receive your feedback on their training courses and, for a limited time only, if you are prepared to write a BIC Blog (minimum 500 words) about any training course you attend within two weeks… Continue reading →

Managing Access to the Internet in Public Libraries [MAIPLE]: Final report available

Posted on March 6, 2015
  MAIPLE was a 24 month project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), carried out between September 2012 and August 2014 by a team from Loughborough University, led by Louise Cooke and including Rachel Spacey, Adrienne Muir,… Continue reading →

400 colleges gain access to free e-text books

Posted on September 10, 2014
  Jisc offers over 400 colleges free access to a new collection of curriculum focused e-text books through e-books for FE. Go to http://jisc.msgfocus.com/q/1126AMAjJRDSaZ8rzsW/wv for further information   Continue reading →

BIC’s guidance notes on RFID are now available

Posted on August 8, 2014
  Earlier this year Book Industry Communication (BIC) set up a small working party of UK RFID and LMS suppliers, media suppliers, and librarians to examine the issue in more detail and provide some guidance for librarians about the likely… Continue reading →

Social media – managing legal risk

Posted on August 4, 2014
  JISC have published some top tips here http://www.jisc.ac.uk/inform/inform40/SocialMediaandLaw.html#.U9-jAWPQpPU     Continue reading →

Kickstarter library advocacy

Posted on May 15, 2014
  Currently in the news is a library advocacy Kickstarter, which aims to produce a useful book, images, cards and more. It’s at: http://is.gd/LibraryKickstarter Follow the link to read what the project will do, watch the video, and examine what… Continue reading →

Derbyshire wins the NAG Award for Excellence 2013

Posted on September 18, 2013
Announced at the annual National Acquisitions Group (NAG) Conference, Derbyshire County Council Libraries and Heritage Division has been awarded the 2013 NAG Award for Excellence, sponsored by Nielsen, for the launch of their e-book service. Read the full story here… Continue reading →

NAG’s submission of evidence to the panel on E-Lending

Posted on November 7, 2012
  Read NAG’s response here   –    National Acquisitions Group EBook Response Continue reading →

Knowledge Base+ – a new shared service from JISC Collections

Posted on October 12, 2012
  A new funded shared service will help universities manage their e-resources – read more here   Continue reading →

Nielsen adds new WorldCat® link to its search and discovery service.

Posted on October 12, 2012
  Nielsen has added a new WorldCat® link to its market leading search and discovery service: Nielsen BookData Online. Read their press release for more information.     Continue reading →

CILIP publishes a briefing document on E-book acquisition and lending

Posted on August 17, 2012
CILIP has published an Ebook Acquisition and Lending Briefing for Public, Academic and Research Libraries. This paper presents some of the legal, strategic and technical problems that arise from the addition of scholarly and trade ebooks to library collections, together… Continue reading →

NAG statement on the disposal of books

Posted on July 11, 2012
The National Acquisistions Group has produced the following statement on the disposal of books. NAG is a professional and not for profit national organisation for people responsible for or interested in the acquisition, management and development of library resources in… Continue reading →

Copac has a brand new interface

Posted on June 26, 2012
  Copac brings together the catalogues of over 70 major UK and Irish libraries, and in a single search you can discover the holdings of the UK’s national libraries (including the British Library), many University libraries, and specialist research libraries. In… Continue reading →

OCLC adds Linked Data to WorldCat.org

Posted on June 22, 2012
OCLC is taking the first step toward adding linked data to WorldCat by appending Schema.org descriptive mark-up to WorldCat.org pages. Read the full article here Continue reading →

The debate about access to online journals

Posted on May 8, 2012
As the debate about online access to scholarly and other journals rumbles on, one of the proposals before the Finch Working Group offers a ray of hope. The Bookseller discusses it here   Continue reading →

National Acquisitions Group (NAG) launch their new website

Posted on March 1, 2012
NAG are pleased to announce the launch of their all-new website open to  anyone interested in library issues, and particularly library acquisition and stock. In development for the past few months, the new site retains all the valuable features of… Continue reading →

2011 Book production figures

Posted on February 28, 2012
Nielsen have announced the Book Production Figures for 2011 print titles. Continue reading →

Library patrons buy the books they borrow, according to a recent survey

Posted on February 22, 2012
Library patrons use the library to discover new books, and many of them buy books they discover there or even buy books that they have previously borrowed, according to a survey of 2,000 library patrons by Library Journal and Bowker.… Continue reading →

Two more universities have joined the Australia and New Zealand early-adopter programme for the EX Libris Alma library management service.

Posted on February 19, 2012
The newest members are RMIT University, in Australia, and the University of Otago, in New Zealand. These early adopters join over 60 institutions, on three continents, that have committed to adopting Alma through various collaborative and early-adopter programmes. Among those… Continue reading →

NISO has announced the publication of ‘Making Good on the Promise of ERM: A Standards and Best Practices Discussion Paper’.

Posted on February 19, 2012
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has announced the publication of ‘Making Good on the Promise of ERM: A Standards and Best Practices Discussion Paper’. This publication is the outcome of the NISO Electronic Resource Management (ERM) Data Standards and… Continue reading →

New JISC Collections report ‘UK Scholarly Reading and the Value of Library Resources’

Posted on February 19, 2012
JISC Collections has published a report on ‘UK Scholarly Reading and the Value of Library Resources’ based on research carried out by Professor Carol Tenopir from the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee. The report… Continue reading →

The NAG Award – Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea wins the new National Acquisitions Group Excellence Award

Posted on September 29, 2011
The NAG Award – The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea wins the new National Acquisitions Group Excellence Award!! This annual award is designed to promote excellence, original thinking and innovation by a library or individual within the field of… Continue reading →