The meeting was called to order by Sally Wambold, Chair, at 1:30 p.m.
The minutes of the 1996 business meeting were approved as they appeared in Technical Services Law Librarian (TSLL).
Sally introduced and welcomed new Board members.
Sally announced an initiative to review, clarify and possibly revise our SIS mission statement, and invited attendees to fill out and submit the questionnaires available in the back of the meeting room regarding OBS's mission and future direction.
Sally explained that part of her President's Message had inadvertently been omitted from the June issue of TSLL and directed members to the full message on the OBS Web page.
Sally thanked those leaving the board, Innovative Interfaces Inc. for their financial support of the OBS-TS-RIPS-ASD reception, and all who helped with the OBS Web site, especially Anne Myers, Vianne Sha and her Committee, Martin Wisneski, and Jason Hinkle.
Chair Sally Wambold announced the dates and times of 1997 OBS-SIS sponsored programs: B7. Around the World in Eighty Minutes, Monday, July 21, 10:15-11:45. Reference librarians present Internet resources for the Americas, Europe, and Asia and Africa; and C7. On Beyond Windows: Today's Workstations and Tomorrow's Clients, Tuesday, July 22, 9:00-10:30 a.m. Program designed to examine the directions for emerging new developments in client-server technology for technical services workstations and to de-mystify their potential.
She reminded attendees of upcoming OBS committee meetings and times and especially encouraged attendance at the OBS Education Committee meeting Wednesday noon.
She announced that OBS-SIS was again sponsoring a table in the exhibit hall, with a display of the Local Systems Directory, OBS-SIS brochures, an assortment of paperbacks for the used book swap, and a supply of "Prop-It/Uprites" printed with the OBS logo and Web address to be given away as souvenirs.
Sally also officially announced the OBS Web page is accessible through AALLNet or directly at http://www.aallnet.org/sis/obssis/. Development of this page will continue and resources will be added in the coming year.
» Secretary-Treasurer's report:
Finances: Cindy May provided a brief financial report. We received $6 in dues per member on September 30, 1996 for a total of $2,136. This brought our balance to $7,400.26 at the beginning of the AALL fiscal year, October 1. Since that date we have received $542.82 in income from royalties for the sale of the Local Systems Directory. Our expenses since our last business meeting have been for refreshments, equipment, and souvenirs at the Indianapolis meeting, printing, postage, photocopying, and supplies. Our balance on June 1, 1997 was $7,564.09.
Election report: Of 381 ballots mailed, 121 were returned for a return rate of 32 percent. Jack Bissett was elected Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, Ismael Gullon Secretary-Treasurer, and Ellen McGrath Member-at-Large. Cindy expressed appreciation to all the candidates for their willingness to participate in the election and received permission to destroy the ballots.
» Reports of Committees and Representatives: The following reports were presented:
Technical Services Law Librarian (Mary Dzurinko); Local Systems Committee (Georgia Briscoe); Local Systems Directory (Carol Avery Nicholson); OCLC Committee (George Prager); RLIN Committee (Heather Hawkins); MARBI Representative (Rhonda Lawrence); Research Roundtable (Brian Striman). These reports appear elsewhere in this issue of TSLL.
Joint Research Grant Proposal: Brian Striman reported on the history of the joint research grant proposal drawn up by Ellen McGrath and himself. Just prior to the OBS-SIS meeting, the Technical Services SIS voted at its business meeting to fund the proposal with $500 for the coming year. Sally Wambold read the OBS motion: "OBS-SIS supports the creation of a special Joint Committee for Research Grants of OBS-SIS and TS-SIS and supports the administration of OBS funds in the amount of $500 to assist publication of technical services and online bibliographic services research, the amount to be re-evaluated each year." Carol Avery Nicholson moved to amend the motion to replace "in the amount of $500" with "up to $500." Both amendment and motion passed on voice votes.
Sally thanked her Board and turned the meeting over to Jacqui Paul. Jacqui thanked Sally for all her efforts and accomplishments as Chair.
The Education Committee reported that it is not too late to share ideas for Anaheim programs with Jacqui or Jack. The program proposal deadline is August 18. The AALL Education Committee is unlikely to approve programs with a narrow focus or consisting of panels of "talking heads."
Carol Avery Nicholson, the AALL board liason for OBS, suggested that OBS members try to participate in AALL Education Committee focus groups to help shape future directions for AALL continuing education efforts. Because only 40 percent of the membership attend the annual conference, AALL has begun an initiative to take programs on the road.
Anne Myers announced that the Anaheim meeting will also have a new schedule structure. Program slots will be 60, 90, and 120 minutes; there will be programs on Sunday and SIS meetings on Wednesday; and there will be a keynote speaker Wednesday afternoon. Jacqui Paul pledged to do all she could to avoid OBS-TS scheduling conflicts at the Anaheim meeting.
» Other Business:
Jacqui Paul thanked all those members who returned their annual OBS surveys. She has collated the results and discussed them with Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect Jack Bissett.
Phyllis Post is the new Chair of the OBS Nominations Committee. Jacqui urged members to contact Phyllis if interested in running for an OBS-SIS office.
Jacqui announced her recent retirement, assuring members of her continued availability and commitment to OBS-SIS.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 3:00 p.m.
Cindy May, Secretary/Treasurer