OBS-SIS Local Systems Committee

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At the 107th AALL Annual Meeting on Sunday July 13, 11:45 AM, at the Marriott-Riverwalk's Travis Room, during the OBS-SIS Local Systems Roundtable session, OBS presents VIP Nicole Engard, presenting “Open Source Software: a Community and a Philosophy of Freedom.”

Nicole C. Engard is the Vice President of Education at ByWater Solutions. Her primary role at ByWater Solutions is to educate librarians about open source software with a focus on the Koha ILS. In addition to her daily responsibilities, Nicole keeps the library community up to date on web technologies via her website "What I Learned Today..." (www.web2learning.net) and volunteers as a community moderator on opensource.com. In 2007, Nicole was named one of Library Journal's Movers & Shakers; in 2009 she was the editor of "Library Mashups," a book published by Information Today, Inc.; in 2010, she authored "Practical Open Source Software for Libraries," a book published by Chandos Inc.; and in 2012, the second edition of "The Accidental Systems Librarian", which she worked on with Rachel Singer Gordon, was released.

OBS-SIS at AALL Annual Meeting 2014


At the 106th AALL Annual Meeting on Monday July 15th, the Local Systems Roundtable presented the trailblazing work of the Orbis Cascade Alliance-- a 37-member academic library consortium that includes 6 law libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

In 2008, the members of this consortium migrated from individual integrated library systems to a shared library management system- the Ex Libris Alma and Primo management system. This roundtable will focus on the planning and implementing of a shared system by the first cohort of libraries that led to making their vision a reality. Three members from the Alliance will lead an informal moderated roundtable, which will include both prepared and real-time questions from the audience.

Orbis Cascade Alliance Presenters: Bill Kelm, Systems Librarian at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon; Al Cornish, departing Systems Library at Washington State University at Pullman and incoming Shared ILS Program Manager for the Alliance staff; and Ann Nez, one of our own and Coordinator of Technical Services at Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington.

A report on the Roundtable was authored by Rebecca Martin, Boston University Pappas Law Library, and published in Technical Services Law Librarian, Vol. 39 No. 1 (September 2013). Ms. Martin’s report is available at http://www.aallnet.org/sections/ts/TSLL/Issues/Technical-Services-Law-Librarian-39-1-September-2013.pdf.


At the 105th Annual Meeting Marjorie E. Crawford coordinated and moderated the Local Systems Roundtable—“What Does the Next Generation System Look Like?”, which was held at the Boston meeting on Monday, July 23, 2012. Marshall Breeding, the OBS-SIS VIP, was the speaker for the Roundtable.

Mr. Breeding, a noted author on library automation, described automation problems, solutions, and the impact of systems residing in the cloud to an audience of more than 75 people. An exhaustive report on the Roundtable was authored by Ellen McGrath, University of Buffalo Law Library, and published in Technical Services Law Librarian, Vol. 38, No. 1 (September 2012). Ms. McGrath’s report is available at http://www.aallnet.org/sections/ts/TSLL/Issues/Technical-Services-Law-Librarian-38-1-September-2012.pdf.