Law Library Work in a Paperless World: The Impact of Electronic
Data Interchange (EDI) on Library Management
Libraries and vendors can now exchange orders, invoices, and
claims over the Internet.
These exciting developments are made possible by EDI, Electronic
Data Interchange, a technology that performs exchange of business
data in standardized electronic format between systems.
EDI has greatly improved the efficiency and quality of
library services. However,
it is still unfamiliar to the majority of law libraries.
What impact will it have on a law library’s management
when acquisition and serials processes occur in a paperless environment?
An information specialist and EDI expert will review the
latest developments on the technical integrity of all EDI standards.
A law librarian will present her research on this technology.
A subscription agent will share his knowledge of incorporating
EDI messages into the Library of Kansas State University, the
first library to load annual serial invoices via the EDI interface.
The Alphabet Soup of Cooperative Cataloging: Leading Through Participation
in NACO, SACO, BIBCO, and CONSER
Tight budgets and staff shortages make cooperative cataloging
efforts essential. Unrealized
cooperative work exists in many of our local systems.
Why not share it? In the past, only major research libraries could afford to
contribute “authoritative” records to shared national files.
The Library of Congress now enlists all types of libraries
to join in its cooperative work. The expertise law catalogers possess in dealing with certain
types of bibliographic and authority records would have a great
impact on these cooperative efforts.
This program will assist law librarians in assessing the
value of PCC component programs with regard to work taking place
in their library. Speakers
will present an overview of the PCC and how its component parts
fit together. They
will discuss training, the impact on daily workflow, and the benefits
to be gained both by users of our library catalogs and by law
Instant Gratification! The Z39.50 Gateway to Searching, Cataloging
Z39.50 offers enhanced user service and technical processing.
Speakers represent various parts of the Z39.50 world: librarians
using Z39.50, representatives of major target databases and ILS
developers. The speakers
will address the function of the attribute settings, interesting
uses for Z39.50 such as simultaneous searches on multiple databases,
instantaneous acquisition of bib records, instantaneous generation
of ILL requests, and the standardization issues yet to be resolved
in the application of Z39.50.
This program will address the likely result of various
search strategies against LC, OCLC, and RLIN databases.
The audience will be asked to react to the question, “Are
there ethical problems associated with the ability to acquire
MARC records from any database with a Z39.50 server?”
Competencies for Support Staff: Librarians as Departmental Leaders
An OBS-SIS task force, in recognition that the principles of
core competencies are applicable to law library staff at all levels,
not just law librarians, wrote sample core competencies for support
staff in both technical and public services.
These core competencies describe basic tasks that all support
staff are expected to carry out in their daily work.
Selected examples include being able to recognize how bibliographic
information is presented, how library systems operate, and how
legal materials are organized.
Librarians who are managers can use these core competencies
to be more effective leaders in their departments as they hire,
train, and evaluate support staff.
Speakers will include members of the OBS task force who
wrote the sample core competencies being presented.
The program will conclude with a practical, real-life example
of writing and using core competencies from a librarian who has
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The Text Encoding Initiative and Electronic Legal Texts
The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) is an international project
to develop guidelines for the preparation and interchange of electronic
texts for scholarly research.
Since the beginning of the TEI project, the need for standardized
encoding practices has become critical as the need to use and,
most importantly, reuse electronic text has increased for both
research and industry. The
growing diversity of applications for electronic texts include
natural language processing, scholarly editions, information retrieval,
hypertext, electronic publishing, various forms of historical
analysis, and lexicography.
The central objective of the TEI ensures that any text
created can be used for any number of these applications and for
more, as yet not fully understood, purposes.
The speaker(s) will introduce the TEI and its metadata
component, the TEI Header, and discuss methods, tools, and issues
surrounding the production of electronic versions of primary legal
texts that will support academic research and legal practice applications.
What I Like, Who Has It and Can I Have It? An Update on Library
Keeping informed of innovations and trends in the fast-paced
world of integrated library systems is not easy. The constant give and take between the needs and demands of
your users and staff and changes in the field affect the use and
implementation of your library’s system.
Is your vendor setting trends or reacting to them?
Is your vendor receptive to your enhancement requests? What features do other library systems offer and what are some
of the problems they are dealing with?
Two nationally known library automation experts/practicing
consultants will assess and compare existing library systems and
answer questions about the latest trends and developments.
This program will take participants beyond their own systems,
enabling them to make better decisions when negotiating with vendors
for changes to their existing systems or dealing with system migration
or new purchase situations.
Acquisition and Control of Electronic Legal Resources in the 21st
Law librarians have been struggling with the format transfer
of serials from printing to digital.
How does the library acquire and track these virtual resources?
After the license agreement is signed, how do you manage
licenses and contracts of those resources?
Should electronic serials be controlled through local systems,
and how would that be accomplished?
How do you maintain the library holding statement for the
serials that the library doesn’t physically own?
What does the digital environment demand for technical
services librarians and support staff? Two knowledgeable specialists will illustrate trends in legal
serials development and provide strategies for the acquisition
and quality control of electronic serials in the law library.
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Committee and Business Meetings
OBS-SIS Committee and Business meetings are discussions open to
both members and interested non-members.
If you wish to attend an OBS-SIS Board meeting, please contact
an OBS-SIS officer in advance.
1999-2000 Board Meeting: Saturday, July 15, 4:00-6:00 PM
TS/OBS/RIPS/CS Joint Reception: Saturday, July 15, 6:00-7:30
OBS/TS Research Roundtable: Sunday, July 16, 11:45 AM-1:00
OBS Business Meeting: Sunday, July 16, 5:00-6:00 PM
OCLC/WLN Committee Open Discussion: Monday, July 17, 5:00-6:00
Education Committee: Tuesday, July 18, 12:15-1:30 PM
2000-2001 Board Meeting: Wednesday, July 19, 7:30-8:45 AM
Local Systems Committee Open Discussion: Wednesday, July
19, 11:45 AM-1:00 PM
Topic: “Alpha & Beta Testing” with Adrian White (Howard)
and Regina Wallen (Stanford) as speakers.