Tuesday, July 20, 2:15-4:45 p.m.
Welcome to the Real World: For the last two years (at least!) catalogers attending the AALL Annual Meeting have expressed their dissatisfaction with the standard meeting format. It is a challenge for both speakers and listeners to have a productive exchange of information about cataloging minutiae when the presenters are on a raised dais at the end of a chilly, cavernous room, and the attendees are really interested in only one part of a three-speaker panel.
In Washington D.C. this summer, catalogers will have a chance to try out an alternative — actually, they will be able to try out two of four alternatives — in a program called Cataloging a la Carte. We will be presenting four small seminars, running concurrently:
Linking Globally, Coping Locally: an 856 Field Guide
Aggregator Aggravation: Cataloging Issues and Challenges of Electronic Serial Aggregators
When What They Want Is What It Is: Genre Terms and Subfield V
Content vs Carrier: What Are We Trying to Catalog?
Each seminar will be presented twice on Tuesday, July 20th: first from 2:15 to 3:30, and then again from 3:45 to 4:45. Catalogers will be able to select two items from the menu and join in a small group, intensive exploration of a very specific topic -- light on theory, heavy of practical solutions. Bring examples of your worst cataloging nightmares and get the benefit of a hands-on session with the experts.
Tech Services and the Web
Wednesday, July 21, 10:15-11:45 a.m.
By now, we've all developed our lists of favorite Web sites. When I wrote the proposal for this program, I envisioned it being much more than just a demonstration of those favorite sites. While we each might be missing a treasure by being unaware of a particular site, I thought it more important to move beyond that list of favorites to a discussion of how using the Internet has changed what we do in technical services. I wondered if the program attendees and I might learn even better methods of incorporating Internet resources into our daily work. And, I wondered if incorporating the Internet as much as possible into our daily work is really advantageous, or whether we're just overly enamored with the technology. Pam Deemer, Mary Jane Kelsey, and Marla Schwartz will discuss the Internet in technical services from the cataloging, department head, and acquisitions/serials/collection development points-of view, respectively.
Monday, July 19, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
The traditional ways we've treated serials and monographs are being redefined. Electronic publications are making rethink our traditional bibliographic treatments. The 1997 International Conference on the Principles and Future Development of AACR recommended examining proposals to redefine serials as "ongoing publications." Come get an update on what all this means for traditional and electronic publications. A roundtable discussion will follow -from 3:30 to 4:30. This will be a great opportunity for discussion. Come with questions.
Smaller Law Libraries
Wednesday, July 21, 1999, 10:15-11:45 a.m.
You want an online library system, but your budget is small and you're all alone. Is online the best solution? What questions should you ask, and of whom? The library systems market includes a large field of competitors, with widely varying features, capabilities, and prices. Focusing on the right questions is the first hurdle, getting clear reliable answers, the second. A consultant/librarian, Joni Cassidy of Cassidy Cataloging Services, will identify some key questions, suggest directions, and point out pitfalls, and a law firm librarian who has directed automation projects in two libraries, Les Peat, Director at Sullivan and Wooster, will share his perspective on the process and his hindsights. This program is aimed at librarians in small, possibly one-person libraries, who need some direction toward the questions to address and the resources to explore in planning the move to an ILS, as well as some first-hand guidance from an experienced hand. A roundtable discussion will follow.
Sunday, July 18, 1999, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Learn more about the underlying structure of Web sites and tools to improve your site's organization and navigability. And find out why and how librarianship offers valuable insights into the architecture of Web sites and Intranets. Discussion of the foundations of information architecture — organization, labeling, navigation, searching, and indexing systems — will be interwoven with examples and case studies, providing a balance between theory and practice.
Speaker Louis Rosenfeld's book on Web architecture was Amazon.com's number one Web design book for 1998.
I have several announcements for those interested in preservation. The Preservation Committee will meet on Sunday July 18 at 7:30 am. We will discuss progress made this year on several projects and make plans for the coming year. Any TS or OBS members, or any other members of AALL for that matter, are welcome to come to the meeting to listen, participate, learn. Don't stay away because you don't know very much about preservation or because you don't have responsibility for it in your library. All you need is an interest in preserving library materials for future users. I welcome any and all!
There is also a Preservation Roundtable scheduled for Monday afternoon, from 5:45-6:45. There is no agenda or planned topic. I would like to invite anyone with specific or general questions about preservation treatments, binding, continuing education in preservation, the best environmental conditions, etc. to come to this roundtable discussion. This is meant to be a forum for exchanging information.
The Preservation Committee has made arrangements for a Tour of the Binding Section of the Library of Congress on Tuesday, 20 July from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. They are able to accommodate 15-20 people. Two years ago, several members toured the Conservation Lab at LC and found it fascinating. There is no charge for the tour. Please email me email@example.com if you are interested in going on this tour and I will contact you via email or the message board at the convention site with details on where we will meet.
I urge you all to come to the program sponsored by the Preservation Committee on Tuesday from 10:15-11:30: Preservation at the Crossroads: A Debate Between the Traditional World of Print and the Brave New World of Digital. Even though "At the Crossroads" is the theme for the entire convention, this phrase is particularly apt for the field of preservation right now. Undoubtedly, you all are aware of initiatives to digitize library collections (maybe your own). Digitizing is a wonderful tool for providing increased access to materials, but can we assume it is also a great tool for preserving the intellectual content? Digitizing may seem like a panacea - greater access and no more need to use those brittle volumes with all that red rot staining our fingers. But, we need to think carefully about decisions to digitize titles and withdraw the originals. The material digitized will need to be constantly migrated to new systems as old ones become obsolete. Will libraries accept that responsibility? In addition, some of the information is lost with each migration. If digitizing is not perfect, though, what other alternatives are there? No one wants to use microfilm and the books are falling apart. These questions and more will be raised and debated during this program. Two very able speakers, Melody Lembke, Technical Services Librarian at the Los Angeles County Law Library, columnist in this newsletter, and well known to many of us, will debate LeeEllen Friedland, a Senior Digital Conversion Specialist in the Preservation Reformatting Division in the Library of Congress. Ed Edmonds, Director of the Loyola University School of Law Library will moderate the debate.
Sunday, July 18, 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Anyone who has searched the Internet knows the frustration of retrieving large sets of data and the painstaking task of sifting through extraneous information. One of the answers is metadata — structured data about data. This program will answer such questions as: What is metadata? What different metadata schemes are available? How can it make storage and retrieval of information accurate? What does metadata mean for information management in libraries and beyond? Our two speakers are:
Erik Jul, Associate Director, OCLC Institute.
Eliot Christian, Manager of Data and Information Systems, US Geological Survey
A roundtable discussion will follow the program.
Those of us responsible for selecting library materials, know that format selection is getting increasingly difficult. We have never been able to buy everything, so naturally in the electronic age we can't buy everything in every format. What are our best choices? Come join Diane Klaiber from the award-winning New England Law Library Consortium, Douglas Lind of Georgetown and Bobbie Studwell from Thomas Cooley as they share examples and strategies. Find out how to establish and apply guidelines to select electronic formatted materials and how to write and revise your own collection development policy.
Come and hear presentations by two collections specialists from private and academic law libraries, and then join in an engaging discussion with colleagues about such issues as:
The presenters are:
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Innovative Law Users Group (ILUG) will hold its Annual Meeting/Program on July 17, 1999 in Washington D.C. in the Grand Hyatt (Bulfinch/Renwick Rooms). The meeting will include two member programs, a short presentation by Innovative, and breakout birds-of-a-feather sessions, in addition to a business meeting. Lunch will be served family style at a nearby Oriental restaurant. All law librarians using Innovative as their local system, or librarians interested in Innovative are invited to attend. A registration form is available on the ILUG web page (http://ftplaw.wuacc.edu/ilug/ilug.html).
Wed., July 21, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Please look on page 23 of your AALL DC preliminary program. Read over the program summary and learning outcomes. One special feature of this program will be that you will take home your thick handouts with the notes you took during the program. The handout samples contain actual published examples of international legal materials! Everyone will get a handout and pens will be provided at the door. Please come. This program provides the forum to give law catalogers the real "live" examples they need to help them with their understanding of applying LCC as they catalog.