The Online Bibliographic Services SIS was led by a board consisting of Susan Goldner, Chair;
Andrea Rabbia, Vice-Chair; Kathy Faust, Secretary/Treasurer; and Members-at-Large, Corinne
Jacox and Stephanie Schmitt. Mid-year, Schmitt resigned her position when she took a job out
of the country and Caitlin Robinson was appointed to fill her seat.
Hollie White and Janet
McKinney were the representatives to the TSLL Board and George Praeger was the
representative to MARBI, while Shannon Burchard maintained the OBS website.
The standing committees were chaired by Andrea Rabbia, Education; Richard Jost, Nominations;
Mary Jane Kelsey, Local Systems; Pam Deemer, OCLC; Ming Lu, RLIN, and Caitlin Robinson,
Joint Research Grant. Because OCLC and RLIN are in the midst of merging, Deemer and Lu
cooperated with each other, acting more as co-chairs of one committee. Pat Callahan continued
to chair the Special Committee on Record Sharing. This committee conducted a survey of
record sharing practices and opinions which they will use to inform further activities. For the
New Orleans meeting, Caitlin Robinson coordinated the OBS table in the exhibit hall and
Corinne Jacox represented our interests in coordinating the Alphabet Soup reception.
OBS sponsored two programs in New Orleans: “Collection Analysis Made Easy: OCLC's
WorldCat Collection Analysis Service,” coordinated by John P. Bissett and Yumin Jiang and
“OCLCs WorldCat: Our Collections at the World’s Fingertips,” coordinated by Janet Ann
Hedin. OBS co-sponsored two programs with TS-SIS: “Bringing the Library to the User: the
Practice” and “Bringing the Library to the User: the Theory.”
In addition, OBS offered an
informal program on OCLC and the OCLC/RLIN merger; a vendor showcase on federated
searching; committee sponsored roundtables on OCLC/RLIN and Local Systems; a Research
Roundtable, moderated by Ellen McGrath; a WorldCat Local Roundtable, moderated by Richard
Jost; and a brand new Heads of Systems Roundtable, moderated by Richard Jost.
The new Strategic Plan was approved by the members at the 2006 meeting in St. Louis. The
board worked to include it in their planning for the year.
With the help of AALL headquarters
staff, Corinne Jacox completely redesigned the OBS-SIS brochure. Since it had been several
years since the last redesign, this new publicity tool was much needed.
Although we started the
year slightly in the red, by keeping our expenditures to a minimum even while offering more
informal programming, we were able to end the year with a positive balance in our financial
Kathy Faust ran the election this year, the second done electronically. The newly elected
officers for 2007-2008 are Michael Maben, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect; Mary Strouse,
Secretary/Treasurer; and Susan Karpuk, Member-at-Large.
Susan Goldner, Chair