OBS-SIS Educational Programs of Interest at AALL 2014

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Educational Programs of Interest to OBS-SIS

Registration recently opened for AALL's Annual Meeting and Conference in San Antonio. As always, the conference schedule is packed with meetings, programs, and other networking events. We invite you to peruse all of the planned activities, but to get you started here is a sampling of programs that might appeal to OBS-SIS members


A2: A Dialog for Catalogers and Reference Librarians: Class K from Alpha to Omega
Through an interview format, this program will highlight strategic ways to access content with an understanding of the essential architecture of the K classification. Part one will focus on a discussion about the nuanced differences between the law of international relations and the law of nations. The second part will be a demonstration of the revolutionary Library of Congress Portal, which contains the entire K schedule linked to other data.

C4: Click and Go: Ensuring Smooth Access to Online Resources
As the percentage of holdings to which libraries provide electronic access increases, librarians also assume responsibility for a new type of material maintenance that wasn't taught in library school. "Dead" links, regardless of the reason for the breakdown, frustrate users and hurt a library's credibility to deliver access to needed information. By systematically reviewing web links in both the website and catalog, librarians can address broken links before anyone else discovers them.

D1: Innovation the Google Way: Implementing Google's 80/20 Program in Your Library
Google's 80/20 Innovation program allows its employees to spend 20 percent of their time on projects and innovations that they are passionate about. Applying the 80/20 program in libraries is a great way to create innovative library programs or provide cross-training between departments.

E4: Back to the Future: AALL and Law Libraries in the Digital Age
In July 2002, The Special Committee on the Future of Law Libraries in the Digital Age issued their report entitled, "Beyond the Boundaries." Join us for a lively session in which we examine the current state of law libraries in the digital age, with real life examples where libraries have moved "beyond the boundaries" of a traditional library.

F1: Orbis Cascade Alliance Summit: A Library Management Service Model for the Future
With ILS costs skyrocketing and library budgets shrinking, libraries are increasingly turning to new models of affording the ILS they want. 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 will be sharing not only a catalog, but also cooperative collection development, digital initiatives, and discovery services. What are the costs, and what are the benefits? OBS-SIS sponsored program
H3: The Bookless Law Library: Potential Reality or Flight of Fancy?
San Antonio opened the nation's first "bookless" public library. Hear from two librarians at BiblioTech who will discuss their experiences in creating this library. Then, a manager from a large law firm will explain how he shrunk its print collection by more than 60 percent and maintained the same staffing. Is a bookless library in your future? You might be surprised!

H5: Law Librarianship in the Digital Age
Legal librarianship has changed a great deal with the advent of new web and mobile technologies, and it continues to evolve daily. What's on the horizon for law libraries in the future? This lively panel will be done in PechaKucha 20X20 style-a Japanese presentation style in which each presentation consists of 20 images (or slides), each shown for 20 seconds.

Saturday Workshop: W2: Techniques for Electronic Resource Management (TERMS): From Coping to Best Practices
Most of us cope with our electronic resources, but how well do we really manage them throughout their entire life cycles, from first awareness of their existence until their cancellation or cessation? This workshop will build upon the February/March 2013 Library Technology Reports on "Techniques for Electronic Resource Management."
Led by the two authors of that report, this workshop will combine short lectures interspersed with small-group, hands-on work. Participants will develop the ability to create their own set of best practices for electronic resource management (ERM) that they can use within their own institutions.