OBS-SIS at AALL Annual Meeting 2011

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Educational Programs

These are the Online Bibliographic Services Special Interest Section (OBS-SIS) programs planned for the 2011 AALL annual meeting. Presentation slides and handouts will be posted here as they become available.


The following are the three OBS programs accepted by AMPC:

  1. Library in the Clouds: Cloud Computing and its Impact on Library Services
    Sunday, July 24, at 1:30 p.m. in PCC room 201(C).

    This program, proposed by Keiko Okuhara (University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law and OBS member-at-large), will discuss how cloud computing can be implemented at a library. Panelists are Erik Mitchell (Wake Forest University) and Andrew Pace (OCLC).
  2. Library Operations and the Evolution of the ILS: Backfield in Motion?
    Monday, July 25, at 2:15 p.m. in PCC room 108(AB)

    This program, proposed by Ellen McGrath (University of Buffalo Law Library and OBS representative to TSLL) and F. Tim Knight (York University, Osgoode Hall Law School and the OBS webmaster), will look at the Open Library Environment project, Ex Libris? Unified Resource Management framework, and explore the future of the library staff interface. Panelists include Hsi-yen (Sean) Chen (Duke University School of Law), Michael Winkler (University of Pennsylvania Libraries) and Susan Stearns (Ex Libris Group USA).
  3. PDF file RDA Test: Law Catalogers' Perspectives
    Tuesday, July 26, at 10:45 a.m. in PCC room 108(AB)

    This program, proposed by Pat Sayre-McCoy (University of Chicago, D'Angelo Law Library and OBS immediate past president), will describe the experiences of law librarians who participated in the testing of RDA. Panelists include Pat Sayre-McCoy and Amalia Contursi (Columbia University, Arthur W. Diamond Law Library). This program is co-sponsored with Technical Services SIS.

OBS is also self-sponsoring two programs:

  1. Emerging Technologies and the Library Manager: How to Navigate the Decision Maze.
    Sunday, July 24, at 3 p.m. in PCC room 102(A)

    This program, proposed by Richard Jost (University of Washington, Gallagher Law Library and a past president of OBS), will provide some practical guidelines to use in evaluating new technologies. Speakers include Richard Jost and Simon Canick (William Mitchell School of Law).
  2. OBS Hot Topic: The Public-Technical-Systems Connection: For a Great Library Experience It Really Matters
    Monday, July 25, 12 Noon, in PCC room 102(A)

    Librarians are known to wax eloquently about the virtues of a strong relationship between the public and technical service operations within the library. On a day-to-day basis in our libraries, however, library staff may do little to build and foster these relationships. In worst case scenarios these units may actually work against each other much to the detriment of community members. For those librarians who want to create a great experience for their community members, they will need to do much more than just give lip service to a productive connection between the public, technical and system units in their organizations. In this talk Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian for Research& Instructional Services at Temple University, will explore what it means to design and implement a holistic user experience in a library setting. Doing so requires the delivery of a consistently great user experience at all library touchpoints, and that only happens when the entire organization works together to create an environment of totality. Steven will introduce the Experiential Brand Statement concept as a framework for bringing staff together to discuss and design the library user experience.

    The hot topic this year will be presented by Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian for Research & Instructional Services at Temple University and writer of "From the Bell Tower" in Library Journal online.