In response to Ben Keele query in last week's E-Sylum about NIP, the Numismatic Index of Periodicals, American Numismatic Association Library Manager RyAnne Scott writes:
Due to staffing cuts, the NIP project had been dormant for at least a year when I took over as Library Manager in June 2008. The ANA Library's role as caretaker of the NIP coincided with our transition to an online catalog, and making all library holdings available on the catalog has been a staff priority.
Since then, I have recruited two volunteer indexers, who are working to address the backlog of Numismatist articles missing from the NIP. Their work will eventually be added to the database.
Additionally, we have started to explore ways expand and improve the NIP, and make it the best possible research tool as possible. We are currently discussing the NIP's format, ways to expand the number of publications available, and methods to make articles instantly available to researchers using the index.
These discussions are in their infancy, but I hope make progress on a concrete plan within the next year.
It's great to hear that the project is still alive and getting some traction. I'm sure RyAnn could always find ways to utilize additional volunteers - please contact her if you're like to help out with this immensely worthwhile project for numismatic research.