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On-line Bibliographic Services


Originating in 1977 as the OCLC-SIS, the Online Bibliographic Services Special Interest Section (OBS-SIS) broadened its scope to include all bibliographic utilities and local online systems. The OBS-SIS membership is diverse, embracing staff from both public and technical services who serve in law libraries of every type and size. The section addresses the professional concerns and interests of its members, extending across all organizational boundaries. The section's interests include all aspects of national and local bibliographic online systems, including public access to bibliographic data, technical services functions, interlibrary loan services, and the integration within local systems of data from remote sources.

The OBS-SIS provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on the use and capabilities of various online bibliographic services (including OCLC) and on local automated library systems. In addition, the section explores ways that emerging technologies can be integrated with traditional bibliographic systems and how these changes affect libraries and librarians.

Committee work, Annual Meeting programs and roundtables, and special projects serve as the primary vehicles for carrying out the goals of the SIS. The OCLC Committee communicates members' concerns to the governing body of the bibliographic utility. The Local Systems Committee provides a forum for the exchange of information on the implementation and use of local automated library systems. The Education Committee coordinates educational programming submitted to AALL by the section. The Web Advisory Committee maintains and enhances the OBS-SIS website to meet the evolving needs of the section. The OBS/TS Joint Research Grant Committee participates with the TS-SIS in awarding grants to support research in the technical and online bibliographic functional aspects of service to the clients of law libraries. Membership in OBS-SIS Committees is open to all interested SIS members; appointments are made based on interest expressed on the annual member survey.

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Newsletter: Technical Services Law Librarian
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SIS Membership Roster: Click Here For a Full Roster of SIS Membership
Note: The full membership roster is available to AALL members only. The SIS roster page may be quite long and take a few moments to load.
Roster of SIS Leadership:   2014 - 2015
Effective Date:  3/3/2015   | Previous Year | Current Year | Next Year
Position Member Name Term Date AALL Profile
Chair Ms. Karen Selden 7/16/2014 to 7/21/2015 AALL Profile
Vice Chair Ms. Marjorie Crawford 7/16/2014 to 7/21/2015 AALL Profile
Member at Large Ms. Barbara Ginzburg 7/16/2014 to 7/19/2016 AALL Profile
Member at Large Jennifer Noga 7/16/2014 to 7/21/2015 AALL Profile
Secretary/Treasurer Ms. Melanie Cornell 4/2/2014 to 7/21/2015 AALL Profile
Past Chair Mrs. Katrina M. Piechnik 7/16/2014 to 7/21/2015 AALL Profile
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