OBS-SIS at AALL Annual Meeting 2014

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Business Meetings and Educational Programs

Here is the complete schedule of OBS activities for the 2014 AALL Annual Meeting, so please look for us at:

  • CONELL (Conference of Newer Law Librarians)
    -do not miss this great opportunity to send some of your young co-workers to this event.
    Saturday, July 12, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Room: Marriott Rivercenter

  • OBS/TS-SIS TSLL Executive Board Meeting
    Saturday, July 12, 1:45-2:45 p.m.
    Room: HBGCC-Room 210A 

  • OBS-SIS Executive Board Meeting (outgoing and incoming)
    Saturday, July 12, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
    Room: HBGCC-Room 210A

  • TS/OBS/RIPS/CS-SIS Joint Reception (a.k.a. Alphabet Soup Reception)
    Saturday, July 12, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    Room: Marriott Riverwalk-Alamo Ballroom, Salon D
    Sponsored by: Innovative Interfaces

  • OBS Local Systems Roundtables
    Sunday, July 13, 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    Room: Marriott Riverwalk-Travis Room

    Our VIP, for the 2014 Annual Meeting is Nicole Engard, who will speak during OBS-SIS Local Systems Roundtables. This will not follow a roundtable format, but instead will be a program that will definitely be worth attending. This program will be held in Marriott Riverwalk’s-Travis Room. Please note that because this program will happen during a roundtable, it will not be listed on the AALL program schedule.

    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 and in 2009 she was the editor of “Library Mashups,” a book published by Information Today, Inc. and 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.

    The topic of Nicole’s presentation is Open Source Software: a Community and a Philosophy of Freedom.

  • OBS-SIS OCLC Users Group
    Monday, July 14, 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    Room: HBGCC-Room 007A 

  • OBS-SIS Business Meeting
    Monday, July 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    Room: Marriott Riverwalk-Bonham

  • OBS-SIS Education Committee (for 2015 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia)
    Tuesday, July 15, 7:00-8:15 a.m.
    Room: HBGCC-Room 210B

  • F1: Orbis Cascade Alliance Summit: A Library Management Service Model for the Future
    Tuesday, July 15, 10:15-11:30 a.m.
    Room: HBGCC-Room 217A

    With ILS costs skyrocketing and library budgets shrinking, libraries are increasingly turning to new models of affording the ILS they want. Open Source ILSs are one answer. Consortia are another. The Orbis Cascade Alliance is implementing a new library management service to be shared by all 37 members of the consortium. Soon all these libraries in the Pacific Northwest will be sharing not only a catalog, but also cooperative collection development, digital initiatives, and discovery services. Hopefully, this will result in better services for students, faculty, and staff. Is it worth giving up the autonomy of a separate institutional ILS? What are the costs, and what are the benefits? This program is sponsored by the OBS-SIS.

    Takeaway 1: Participants will be able to assess the benefits and drawbacks of a consortial library management service from the big picture – i.e., what’s in it for a director?
    Takeaway 2: Participants will be able to assess the benefits and drawbacks of a consortial library management service from the nuts and bolts – i.e., what’s in it for technical services?
    Takeaway 3: Participants will be able to assess the benefits and drawbacks of a consortial library management service for user experience – i.e., what’s in it for the people on the front lines?
    Who Should Attend: Library directors, public services librarians, technical services librarians – from any type of library.