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Gitch-yer programs— PROGRAMS!! Getyer programs here! Ideas that is. I know you can get them. You need to gitcher pro-gram ideas to the Education Com-mittee Chair who is Ismael Gullon. Your ideas may be rough and only a few words or two, but the most important idea about your idea is to get it to your OBS Education Committee— the people who can help develop the idea into something more "concrete" (construction-lingo; we often use this kind of talk when discussing how to "build" good education program offerings). The Education Committee is composed of Ismael Gullon, Ellen McGrath, Anna Belle Leiserson, Mary Jane Kelsey, Richard Jost and Pam Deemer. Many thanks to these volunteers for helping with OBS programs for AALL 2001. It’s the responsibility of the Education Committee to solicit and receive, review, prioritize, polish, and submit all OBS-sponsored programs for the next year’s AALL annual meeting. The Committee chair submits the program proposals they’ve worked on to Headquarters and they do this after Ellen McGrath (AMPSC’s repre-sentative to the OBS, TS and Micro-graphics/Audio-visual SISs) reviews them with the Committee’s recom-mendations as to priorities.
OBS election results!! Ismael Gullon is our new Vice-Chair/Chair Elect and this also makes him the Education Committee Chair. New OBS Member-at-Large Susan Chinoranski was also elected. Susan has been our OCLC Committee Chair and contributing regularly to her column in TSLL. Thank you Susan for keeping us updated on OCLC goings-on.
Which bring us to the next important bit of news— that Michael Maben (Indiana/Bloomington) has graciously agreed to become the new OCLC Committee chair after the Philadelphia meeting when current chair, Susan Chinoransky, will step into her new role as OBS Member-at-Large.
AALL Philadelphia and OBS things to remember:
There will not be an RLIN Committee meeting this year. OBS’s RLIN Committee Chair Anne Myers polled OBS members to see if there were any "hot topics" to cover that would merit an RLIN Committee meeting at Philadelphia. Based on member feedback, it was decided that the RLIN Committee would not meet this summer. Anne and others who attend the RLG member meeting on Saturday will report back via TSLLabout the discussion then.
Also, please remember to come visit the OBS table if you’ll be in Philadelphia. We will again sponsor the book-swap and will have some OBS key tags as a promotional effort, which will be available also at the CONELL Marketplace. We also have mailed one OBS key tag to Susan Chinoransky for the OBS time capsule. Georgia Briscoe, Diana Osbaldiston and Marla Schwartz have been great at getting these OBS promotional activities from the idea stage to the center stage.
Update on OBS’s Strategic Planning Committee:
Sally Wambold (ain’t she great?!) has volunteered to chair this committee. Members are: Sally Wambold, Pat Callahan, Karin Den Bleyker, LaJean Humphries, Janet Hedin, Becky Lutkenhaus, Ellen McGrath and Brian Striman. We will meet with Gail Warren while at AALL on July 17 from 7:00-10:30 and Gail will help us get jump-started. We really appreciate Gail’s time and talents to help us get underway and we also appreciate Pat Callahan and the Biddle Law Library (U. Penn) for agreeing to host the Committee at their library!
OBS Nominations Committee for this upcoming year is Brian Striman (Chair), Sue Roach and Pam Deemer. Thank you to Sue and Pam for volunteering to help me later this fall as we begin our work in preparation for the OBS slate of candidates that needs to be set for January 2001. For our dear readers of TSLL, please consider being on the OBS ballot next year. Being an officer is an important and fun activity to contribute to professionally.
Law Library Systems Directory
The OBS-sponsored publication titled Law Library Systems Directory will be undergoing a dynamic transformation for the next edition. Carol Avery Nicholson, her volunteer helpers and the publisher want to improve the directory by broadening its scope and making the contents and timely delivery of this valuable information for customers more useful in to today’s environment. Things they are looking at are how to get the survey out to users electronically and the best, most timely way to publish the results electronically. Carol needs your feedback on what kinds of information is important. Carol tried posting the newest survey on the discussion list and its attachment didn’t work, so please contact her directly to have her send you the survey. Please, please fill this out and return it to her. We are also hoping to get the survey mounted on the OBS Web site and are working on that. We’ll let folks know via our various discussion lists as new info develops. To contact Carol:
Carol Avery Nicholson
Assistant Director for Bibliographic and Collection Resources
Kathrine R. Everett Law Library
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Oh yes— and— Carol could use more helpers; more long-term participation type helpers— contact her if you want more info if you’re thinking of volunteering. Thank you!
This leads me to my final string of TSLL printed words as your OBS Chair. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my columns over the past year. As your Chair I’ve had some successes and some things (mostly strategic planning and major revisions to our OBS Web pages) that I wanted to have completed, but didn’t. As the months flew by there have been so many colleagues who’ve helped me "run" OBS, that I want to publicly thank them. These are people to whom I turned for help and/or who’ve just stepped in to help! Here are the names: Ellen McGrath, Jack Bissett, Cindy Cicco, Anne Myers, Georgia Briscoe, Anna Belle Leiserson, Linda Tesar, Ismael Gullon, Susan Chinor-anski, Michael Maben, Pat Callahan, Kevin Butterfield, Susan Goldner, Sally Wambold, Arturo Lopez Torres, Sue Roach, Maria Okonska, Janet McKinney, Corinne Jacox, Alva Stone, Marla Schwartz, JoAnne Hounshell, Diana Osbaldiston, Becky Lutkenhaus, Janet Hedin, Karin Den Bleyker, LaJean Humphries, Chris Long, Rosemary Hahn, Richard Jost, Sarah Andeen, Ruth Patterson Funabiki and (Pam Reisinger, Steve Ligda and Rachel Shaevel from AALL Headquarters). I’m looking forward to seeing as many of my friends and colleagues as I can when in Philadelphia. I will miss those who cannot come.
Brian D. Striman