The OBS Education Committee, under the capable stewardship of Jack Bissett, spent the waning days of summer massaging and submitting a powerful array of programs to the 1998 AALL Program Committee. Six programs were submitted, along with our cooperative sponsorship of a seventh. Three of our programs were accepted, including the cooperative program. We are always disappointed when our programs are not accepted, but realize that competition is keen for the limited number of convention program slots. We did exceptionally well this year. Anaheim should be a great convention, so make your reservations early. More program information will be available in the next issue of TSLL.
Jack barely had time to recover before beginning the process of organizing the OBS annual survey. This year's survey concentrates on determining which projects should be addressed by OBS Committees. The Local Systems Committee provides a clearinghouse of information on current and future generation online systems. The Committee's focus is a moving target. The RLIN and OCLC committees concentrate on the bibliographic utilities' new enhancements and services which are targeted to our library communities. The committees provide an opportunity to work with the utilities to ensure quality service and adherence to the highest established ANSI standards. The Nominating Committee, chaired by Sue Roach (email@example.com) has begun its work to insure the continuity of the Section. Sue is assisted by Phyllis Post (firstname.lastname@example.org), Carol Avery Nicholson (email@example.com) and Mary Chapman (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please contact them to volunteer to serve the Section and to offer your suggestions and comments.
I recently received a copy of the credentials survey being conducted by the Subcommittee on Credentials of the AALL Professional Development Committee. The survey's purpose is to make certain that our professional training and service meet the highest standards of our profession. It will provide guidance to AALL in planning educational programs presented at the annual meeting, as well as locally, throughout the year.
Leonette Williams, TS Chair, and I are working together on business and committee meetings scheduled for the Anaheim meeting. It will be more difficult than ever to avoid meeting conflicts; we try to pack in so much in the few days available to us.
I hope you check our web site regularly; it is our major vehicle for communication. Through our site you can contact our officers and committee chairs for assistance with questions or help in solving problems. Our Web Committee has done an excellent job in developing our site.
Ellen McGrath, Member-at-large, is our liaison to our newer members. She provides our brochure and Section souvenirs to new members along with information about our services and projects.
Sally Wambold, Past Chair, has been of enormous service to me. She has absorbed some of my responsibility in dealing with bills from our Baltimore meeting and has also provided reminders of various deadlines I must meet. I am eternally grateful to her.
In closing I want to mention that I am in a unique vantage point. Our Section has never had a professionally retired Chair. I don't want to increase Jack's burden by shifting Section matters to his administration just yet. However, I also don't want to impede the active work of the SIS. My focus is on OBS business in addition to my new responsibilities outside the library.