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Unique opportunity to Win a fully funded trip to the USA!


Enter the joint NASIG/UKSG competition to attend the premier conference for the scholarly information community on the other side of the Atlantic – the NASIG Annual Conference in Spokane. WA, 8-12 June 2020.


Each year NASIG and UKSG are offering two lucky members, one from NASIG and one from UKSG, the chance to attend each other's annual conference. The award is intended to cover conference registration, travel and accommodation costs.  

Named in honour of John Merriman, in recognition of his work in founding both UKSG and NASIG, this prestigious award provides an invaluable opportunity for anyone keen to learn and share experiences from a very different angle.


The UK award winner will again be supported by the generous sponsorship of Taylor & Francis Group for the US trip and will in addition receive full financial support from UKSG to attend the UKSG conference.


Katherine Stephan, of Liverpool John Moore's University is the 2019 UKSG Merriman Award winner, and the 2019 NASIG winner, Sara K Hills from St Edward's University in Austin, TX






The award is open to UKSG members with one recipient being chosen from each organisation (are you a member? Find out here: )

Applicants should be in a role within a Library or Information Service with responsibility for managing online resources or in direct contact with library users, supporting them in the use of online resources.  Current Board members and Officers of NASIG and UKSG are not eligible to apply.



All applicants must supply the following materials which should be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word documents:

A completed application form from the applicant including a short written piece (250-400 words) on the topic of 'What is the biggest challenge facing you in your current job and how, in an ideal world, would you address it?'


A reference questionnaire from the applicant’s line manager.


• An application form


For UKSG members (applying to attend the NASIG conference in Pittsburgh, PA, 5-8 June 2019) application forms and reference questionnaires should be sent by 15th February 2020 to:

Sarah Roughley Barake

Co-Chair of UKSG Outreach and Engagement Committee




Applications emailed after the respective closing dates will not be considered. Applications will be judged on evidence of awareness of issues in the wider scholarly communication world and a clear statement of aims and objectives for attending the conference.  English is the designated language.


NB: The successful UKSG recipient of the award agrees to work with UKSG to convert their entry into an editorial for UKSG eNews



UKSG, set up in 1978, has a mission to connect the information community and encourage the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication.  Established in 1985, NASIG is an independent organisation that promotes communication, information and continuing education about serials and the broader issues of scholarly communication.