year's highlight for OBS was the hard work of the Education Committee
and many dedicated librarians with excellent ideas which resulted
in 5 out of 6 educational programs accepted for the 2000 AALL convention.
Those programs were titled "Core Competencies for Support Staff:
Librarians as Departmental Leaders" (Coordinator, Phyllis Post);
"What I Like, Who Has It and Can I Have It? An Update on Library
Integrated Systems" (Coordinator, Time Knight); "Instant Gratification!
The Z39.50 Gateway to Searching, Cataloging and ILL" (Coordinator,
Mary Jane Kelsey); "The Text Coding Initiative and Electronic Legal
Texts" (Coordinator, Kevin Butterfield); and, "The Alphabet Soup
of Cooperative Cataloging: Leading Through Participation in NACO,
SACO, BIBCO, and CONSER (Coordinator, Ellen McGrath).
officers for 1999-2000 were Brian Striman, Chair; Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect,
Ellen McGrath; Cynthia Cicco Secretary/Treasurer; Marla Schwartz
and Georgia Briscoe, Members-at-Large.
chairs were Ellen McGrath, Education Committee
Systems Committee: Susan Goldner, Local Systems Committee,
Lopez Torres, Nominations; Susan Chinoransky, OCLC Committee; Anne
Myers, RLIN Committee, and Sarah Andeen, OBS Web Advisory Committee.
results for the 2000-2001 term was Vice-Chair/Chair Elect, Ismael
Gullon and Member-at-Large, Susan Chinoransky
OBS committee changes include a new Co-coordinator of the OBS TS
Research Roundtable who is Becky Lutkenhaus and she will be working
with LeGrande Fletcher. Also Ruth Funabiki volunteered to be the
new TSLL OBS representative for the OBS TS Joint Research Grant
Committee. The OCLC Committee Chair has changed from Susan Chinoransky
to Michael Maben; Susan will step into her new role as OBS Member-at-Large.
This year the Local Systems Committee chaired by Susan Goldner offered
a special "open discussion" during their committee meeting on July
19th. The discussion and talk dealt with systems alpha
and beta testing and featured the expertise of speaker Adrian White
who shared Howard University's experience with Innovative Interfaces'
new "Millennium circulation and serials" module, and Regina Wallen
discussing Stanford's SIRSI's serials and and acquisitions modules.
special activities that OBS had during the year included a major
contribution to the TSLL newsletters 25th Anniversary
issue with an article titled "The Evolution of the OBS-SIS 1977-2000"
written by Ellen McGrath. Another activity was the OBS participated
in AALL's Public Relations Committee "Time Capsules." OBS also contributed
it's share to the awarding of a $1,000 research and publishing grant
as approved by the OBS/TS Joint Research Grant Committee, chaired
by Corinne Jacox, the grant was awarded to Larry Dershem for research
to develop classification schemes that can be used by catalogers
for the classification of specialized collections. TS SIS shared
in the grant award funding 50 percent. OBS was a visible presence
at both CONELL and still continues its traditionally popular "OBS
Book Swap" at its exhibit hall booth with the rest of the SIS tables.
Also OBS was a contributor with the annually eagerly anticipated
TS/OBS/RIPS/CS-SIS Joint Reception sponsored by Innovative Interfaces.
This year's reception was the most expensive yet and all the SIS's
join AALL members in appreciation of all that it takes to make this
pre-meeting get together a success; particularly through the generosity
of Innovative Interfaces Inc.
OBS annual survey for 2000 was mailed out to 304 members with a
return rate of 15 percent. However of those few responses were many
terrific ideas and volunteers stepping forward to continue the services
and programs to AALL membership that OBS provides. Details on the
results of the survey are published in the June 2000 issue of TSLL,
written by Ellen McGrath.
strategic planning was begun by the formation of the Ad Hoc Strategic
Planning Committee chaired by Sally Wambold. The Committee met with
Gail Warren during the annual meeting and hosted by Pat Callahan
at the Biddle Law Library to help get OBS get a "jump start" on
issue that arose this year which OBS will look into was to investigate
"merging" with TS SIS. Brian Striman, OBS Chair didn't pursue this
merger question this year, and decided to wait until OBS goes through
the strategic planning process so that OBS can examine itself to
see if a new focus with a new mission is needed or some other approach
needs to be made to respond to the question membership has concerning
overlapping topic areas and issues concerning OBS and TS SISs. This
is a complex topic and must be looked at with patience and under
slow deliberate scrutiny.
the OBS-sponsored publication titled "Law Library Systems Directory"
will be undergoing a dynamic transformation for the next edition.
Headed up by Carol Avery Nicholson and a group of volunteers, the
new version promises to be produced in electronic version and will
be improved by broading its scope and making the contents and timely
delivery of this important resource tool to its customers more useful
in today's environment.