Paul Harwood, Chair, UKSG welcomes us to the day and is pleased to note that people have come to Torquay and the reasons for the move: additional space and delegate numbers. This is the first time UKSG has come to the seaside - we're all laughing a little unconvinced at the claim that the sea is warm for the time of year at the moment though!
Char Simser, President of NASIG, is greeting us from our sister organisation in the US. It's Char's first trip to the UK and to UKSG. It's been a year of firsts for NASIG apparently including: no longer volounteer organisation; at the conference in June in Pheonix they will have organisational sponsership; they've just had their first election; migrating content to a new website (available in the next 6=8 weeks) and the website will be linked into their membership database; increasing support for continuing education ("following in UKSG footsteps"); further intregation of vendors etc. Jill Emery is incoming president and is also present at UKSG. Char invited us all to NASIG, June 2008 ("It will be warmer").