OBS-SIS at AALL Annual Meeting 2012

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Business Meetings and Educational Programs

This is the final schedule for the OBS-SIS business meetings and educational programs planned for the 2012 AALL annual meeting. Presentation slides and handouts for the programs will be posted here as they become available.


  • OBS-SIS Outgoing Board Meeting
    Saturday, July 21, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
    Room: Sheraton Dalton B

  • TS/OBS/RIPS/CS-SIS Joint Reception
    Saturday, July 21, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    Room: Pool Patio

  • A-3: Guerrilla Usability Testing
    Sunday, July 22, 10:45-11:45 a.m.
    Room: HCC Room 302

    How can you design systems that work efficiently, while avoiding common problems? Enter usability testing, a process to observe user interaction with a system intended to discover and fix problems. Contrary to popular belief, usability testing need not be expensive or even overly time consuming. This program will demonstrate different types of usability testing, including sophisticated software tools and low-tech solutions; discuss the "test early and often" model of usability testing; and show how to budget time and money for a successful usability testing program. Participants will also see a live usability test conducted during this program. This program is co-sponsored with Computing Services SIS.
    Panelists: Jason Eiseman, Roger Vicarius Skalbeck.
  • OBS-SIS Business Meeting
    Sunday, July 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
    Room: Sheraton Berkeley B

  • Acronyms Challenge Game Show
    Sunday, July 22, 10:45-11:45 a.m.
    Room: HCC Room 206

    FRSAD? RDA? FRAD? BSR? NACO? Acronyms are everywhere in our profession. New ones are arriving all the time and you are supposed to know what they mean. Are you an Acronym Whiz or do you go running whenever they appear? Well here's your chance to test your mettle by participating in this new game - Who Wants To Be An Acronymaire! Not good at playing games? No problem! Come sit in our audience and cheer for your favorite contestant. Everyone gets a prize as you will all be experts on what these acronyms mean and when you return to work, you will be able to host your own "Who Wants To Be An Acronymaire?"
    Speakers: Janet Ann Hedin, Brian D. Striman.
  • OBS-SIS/TS-SIS Joint Research Grant Committee Meeting
    Monday, July 23, 7:00-8:30 a.m.
    REMINDER: Continental Breakfast with Orange Juice and Coffee will be provided.
    Room: Sheraton Gardner A

  • D-1: The Innovative Interfaces/SkyRiver vs. OCLC lawsuit: Who wins? Who Loses?
    Monday, July 23, 8:30-9:45 a.m.
    Room: HCC Room 309

    The SkyRiver/Innovative Interfaces lawsuit against OCLC for monopoly practices has potentially wide-ranging impact for the law library world. These two major automation players, whose business interests were formerly in separate worlds, are now in direct competition. While OCLC has long been the primary bibliographic utility for copy cataloging, SkyRiver has recently become a new vendor supplying bibliographic records to libraries. And while Innovative Interfaces has long been the provider of integrated library systems (especially for law libraries), the development of Worldcat Local and Web Management Services by OCLC makes it a significant player in this market, too. This program will present the facts surrounding this lawsuit, what it may mean for libraries, and some projections for the future of library automation.
    Panelists: Richard M. Jost, Marshall Breeding, Jonathan A. Franklin, Scott Matheson.
  • OBS Hot Topic: Are E-books the Future?
    Monday, July 23, 10:45-11:45 a.m.
    Room: HCC Room 206

    The hot topic this year will be presented by OBS-SIS VIP Marshall Breeding who will discuss the impact of e-books in libraries. How will this trend affect collection development, budgets, and staffing? Will the introduction and use of e-books lead to greater patron satisfaction? What will libraries need to do to prepare for this new format?.
  • OBS-SIS Program: Local Systems Roundtable - What does the next generation system look like?
    Monday, July 23, 1:15-2:15 p.m.
    Room: HCC Room 208

  • PDF file OBS-SIS Program: OCLC Users Roundtable
    Speaker: Glenn E. Patton
    Monday, July 23, 2:45-4:00 p.m.
    Room: HCC Room 205

  • OBS-SIS Education Meeting
    Tuesday, July 24, 7:00-8:15 a.m.
    REMINDER: Continental Breakfast with Orange Juice and Coffee will be provided.
    Room: Sheraton Gardner B

  • OBS-SIS Program: Researchers Roundtable
    Speaker: Hollie White
    Tuesday, July 24, 8:30-9:45 a.m.
    Room: HCC Room 204

  • OBS-SIS Program: User Groups on RDA: OBS SIS ALEPH; OBS SIS INMAGIC Users Group; OBS SIS SOFTLINK Users Group; OBS SIS SYRSI/DYNIX Users Group; and OBS SIS VOYAGERS Users Group.
    Tuesday, July 24, 10:15-11:45 a.m.
    Room: HCC Room 207

  • K-5: Modeling Subject Authority Data: FRSAD Overview and Implementation Examples
    Tuesday, July 24, 3:45-4:45 p.m.
    Room: HCC Room 306

    The Resource Description and Access (RDA) description standard incorporated the Functional Requirements for Bibliographical Records (FRBR) and Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD) models, with plans to include Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data (FRSAD) in the near future. This program will use non-technical terminology to provide an overview of all three models and discuss how they may be harmonized to create one comprehensive model. The third model published in June 2011, Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data (FRSAD), provides a clearly defined, structured frame of reference for relating subject authority records to the needs of the users and to allow for the development of international sharing and data use of subject authority records both within and beyond the library sector.
    Panelists: Patricia Sayre-McCoy, Ming Lu, Athena Salaba.
  • OBS-SIS Incoming Board Meeting
    Tuesday, July 24, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
    Room: Sheraton Conference Room