was another busy year for the OBS-SIS! Strategic planning was a central
focus, as was outreach and communication-building, as evidenced by
the updated OBS-SIS Website and increased use of the OBS-SIS electronic
The leadership of OBS-SIS for 2000/2001 consisted of the officers:
Ellen McGrath (Chair), Ismael Gullon (Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect), Cindy
Cicco (Secretary/Treasurer), Georgia Briscoe and Susan Chinoransky
(Members-at-Large), Brian Striman (Past Chair); and the committee
chairs: Susan Goldner (Local Systems Committee), Michael Maben (OCLC
Committee), Anne Myers (RLIN Committee), Maria Okonska (Web Advisory
Committee), Jack Bissett (Nominations Committee), Corinne Jacox
(Joint Research Grant Committee), Ismael Gullon (Education Committee),
and Sally Wambold (Strategic Planning Committee). In mid-year, the
co-coordinators of the OBS/TS Research Roundtable stepped down and
Brian Striman assumed that role.
OBS-SIS projected a high profile at the AALL annual meeting in
Philadelphia in July 2000. OBS-SIS once again cosponsored the Saturday
night "Alphabet Soup" reception that helps to kick off
each convention and continued to reach out to new members through
representation at the CONELL Marketplace. The OBS-SIS Table in the
Activities Area of the Exhibit Hall was a very lively place. The
popular paperback swap was accompanied by the new key tags giveaway,
the OBS-SIS brochure, the Law Library Systems Directory, the MARBI
representative's report, sample newsletter issues, and lots of other
goodies. The OBS-SIS meetings were well-attended and a plaque of
appreciation was presented to Jack Bissett at the business meeting
for his many years of faithful service to OBS-SIS.
As always, the year began with program planning. OBS-SIS had a
number of proposals accepted for the AALL 2001 Annual Meeting in
Minneapolis. These are: "Everything Old Is New Again: Second-
(or Third-) Generation Automated System Challenges," "Put
a CORC in It: The Cooperative Online Resource Catalog's Attempt
to Control the WWW Information Flow," "New Roles? Retooling
Yourself for Work in the 21st Century," "Implementing
the MARC 21 Format for Holdings Data: The New Frontier in Technical
Services," "What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You: Essential
Technical Services Knowledge for Public Services Librarians,"
and "Subject Authority Cooperative Project (SACO)" workshop.
(Unfortunately the SACO workshop was cancelled due to low registration.)
Maria Okonska became the OBS-SIS Webmaster in Fall 2000 and under
her guidance, significant improvements were made to the OBS-SIS
Website. The "look and feel" of the Website was brought
up-to-date, as was the content dealing with the direct work of OBS-SIS.
A goal for the coming years is to develop the Website further in
terms of the links made to other sites that support the interests
of OBS-SIS' Local Systems, OCLC, and RLIN Committees. An effort
was made to post more announcements to the OBS-SIS electronic discussion
list this year. Georgia Briscoe and Karen Selden collaborated to
bring the "Website-of-the-Month" to the e-list. This not
only featured an interesting Website, but included the bibliographic
record for the site for those who might want to add it to their
own online catalog. OBS-SIS reached out beyond its own membership
by having an item about OBS-SIS in every "Special Interest
Section News" column in the AALL Spectrum published this year.
The quality of the Technical Services Law Librarian (TSLL, joint
newsletter of OBS-SIS and TS-SIS) continued at the high level established
by its editors, Anna Belle Leiserson and Linda Tesar, with the assistance
of Cindy May (Business Manager), Martin Wisneski (Webmaster), and
a long list of dedicated contributing editors. Anna Belle and Linda
have now completed their tenure as co-editors and Joe Thomas will
become editor of TSLL beginning with the September 2001 issue. Linda
will move into the role of layout editor. OBS-SIS extends its sincerest
thanks to Anna Belle and Linda for their three years of excellent
work and welcomes Joe as editor!
TSLL provides a valuable record of the activities and interests
of OBS-SIS and TS-SIS and fosters communication with the members
of both Sections. Reports of AALL annual meeting programs sponsored
by OBS-SIS and TS-SIS in Philadelphia in 2000 were included in TSLL
and reports for the 2001 programs are also planned. Richard Jost
completed his term as one of the OBS-SIS representatives to the
TSLL Board. OBS' other representative, Ruth Patterson Funabiki,
will be joined by Corinne Jacox in the coming year. The OBS/TS joint
research grant was awarded at the close of the year to Susan Goldner
and Lorraine Lorne to purchase software that will enable them to
create a 25-year index to TSLL.
Ismael Gullon conducted the annual OBS-SIS membership survey and
reported the results in the March/June 2001 issue of TSLL. The survey
was available on the OBS-SIS Website in an interactive format for
the first time, as was the OBS-SIS volunteer form. The OBS-SIS survey
results were also shared with the members of the Strategic Planning
Strategic planning was a major initiative of OBS-SIS this year.
Sally Wambold and the members of the Strategic Planning Committee
worked diligently throughout the year on conducting an environmental
scan of the OBS-SIS members, developing the OBS-SIS mission statement,
and writing the strategic plan itself. Gail Warren continued in
her role as consultant and offered excellent advice that assisted
the Committee in staying focussed on their task. As mentioned in
last year's OBS-SIS annual report, all talks of a possible merger
were put on hold until this new OBS-SIS plan is in place. The Strategic
Plan will be introduced at the OBS-SISBusiness Meeting in Minneapolis
in July 2001.
The Online Bibliographic Services SIS is fortunate to have a core
of active, enthusiastic members who spend a lot of their time and
energy on OBS-SIS work. I want to thank them for their contributions.
I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to serve as chair.
OBS is a great SIS!
Ellen McGrath, Chair