OBS-SIS at AALL Annual Meeting 2010

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Educational Programs

These are the Online Bibliographic Services Special Interest Section (OBS-SIS) programs presented at the 2010 AALL annual meeting. Presentation slides and handouts will be posted here as they become available.


B-3 Open Source ILS : What a Service Oriented System Brings to You and Your Library
Sunday, July 11, 3:00 - 4:00 PM

While the majority of libraries rely on proprietary systems, the Open Source ILS is a potentially viable approach for some technologically savvy libraries. Find out how the Open Source ILS can reengineer your overall library service, as well as the challenges of its implementation. This program will cover what makes open source software different from proprietary software, how it organizes it elements, what tools it uses, and how it operates. Presenters will also discuss how a service-oriented architecture can be incorporated into an Open Source ILS and how a customized system can be interoperable with various systems to avoid repetitive data management. In addition, this session will survey the foreseeable implementation dilemma on in-house knowledge bases and resources for system development, as well as sustainable system maintenance/update. (co-sponsored with TS-SIS)

PDF file C-5 Catalogers Today: Skill Sets, Expectations and Challenges
Sunday, July 11, 4:15 - 5:15 PM

Is your library short a cataloger, but at the same time faced with an administrative mandate to hold or cut costs? Or are you a cataloger looking for a position and wondering how to best achieve your goal? This conversation based on research can help you cope from either end of the spectrum. Dr. Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis, representing the library science professor perspective, describes her research into the changing expectations pertaining to cataloging positions. Stacey Bowers reacts to the research in her role as a law library administrator attempting to balance the constraints of the budget with the need to make materials accessible. And just to make it even more interesting, there is the impending implementation of new cataloging rules to deal with, as RDA replaces AACR2. (co-sponsored with TS-SIS)

G-5 MARC and RDA: An Overview
Monday, July 12, 4:00 - 5:15 PM

This presentation will explain the changes in MARC (MAchine-Readable Cataloging) to support compatibility with the upcoming cataloging standard, RDA (Resource Description and Access), and the likely influence of those changes on law material cataloging. For years, MARC has successfully supported previous cataloging content standards, such as AACR2. The new cataloging standard, RDA, is designed for our digital world, and is intended to provide more user-friendly access to all types of information resources. Accordingly, MARC formats need to change to facilitate data exchange of records using the new standard. What are those changes, and how will the changes affect law libraries? The presentation will focus on these topics and help law catalogers and other technical services librarians prepare for the RDA era. (co-sponsored with TS-SIS)

H-4 The Semantic Web and RDA: Making the Catalog a Networked Bibliographic Environment
Tuesday, July 13, 9:00 - 10:30 AM

This presentation will introduce how Resource Description and Access (RDA), the upcoming cataloging standard, can integrate the library catalog with the web services developing out of the Semantic Web. The Semantic Web is an emerging technology that will build a web of knowledge from today?s web of documents. Using Resource Description Framework (RDF), the Semantic Web focuses on the identification of information entities and the relationships between them. RDA is similarly based on the entity-relationship model of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR). Applying Semantic Web concepts to the new cataloging standard can result in the evolution of library data into a more effective and flexible information retrieval tool. This will also facilitate data-mining and bibliometric analysis based on the bibliographic relationships coded in the structured metadata. (co-sponsored with TS-SIS)

OBS-SIS Hot Topic
Tuesday, July 13, 1:00 - 2:00 PM

OBS-SIS VIP Janet Swan Hill will discuss current issues in library trends that affect technical services librarians. Specific topics will be developed based on Prof. Hill?s expertise in technical services librarianship and issues of current interest that develop through the year.

K-5 Is Quality Control in Academic Law Library Online Catalogs Declining?
Tuesday, July 13, 3:30 - 4:00 PM

Georgia Briscoe will report on her research funded by an AALL grant to determine if quality control is decreasing in academic law library catalogs and if it really matters. She will discuss why quality may or may not still be important. Anticipate a lively discussion with participants.