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Greetings Fellow OBS Members:
One of the most memorable institutes that I ever attended was the Cataloging Institute in Santa Clara in 1992. It is still memorable because of its outstanding faculty, superior material content, delicious food and thrilling sightseeing. I had the privilege and honor to meet the keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Gorman. As a result of that institute, I became a believer that AALL really educates. OBS understands and supports the mission of AALL. That is why OBS's second strategic direction is "OBS educates!" Now that you have the opportunity to review the OBS Strategic Plan on the web site, you may ask the question, "How well is OBS reaching its mission to educate?"
OBS takes pride in presenting solid and well-developed programs at the annual meeting. We invite members to serve on the OBS Education Committee. It provides a great opportunity to learn how program proposals process works, from critiquing to the final review of proposals. If you are interested in writing, submitting or coordinating a proposal, the OBS Education Committee has the tools to assist you. I can truly say that OBS sponsored programs have enriched my professional life.
Here are the programs accepted for Orlando 2002.
We also educate through OBS Standing Committees: Local Systems, OCLC/WLN, RLIN and the Web Advisory. It is highly recommended that you volunteer to serve on one of these committees and attend the open committee discussion meetings at the annual meeting. This provides an outstanding forum to share information and ideas and to glean insights from other colleagues. You will be better informed of new developments in local systems and their impact upon libraries.
Our newsletter, Technical Service Law Librarian (TSLL), is a wonderful resource that enriches and educates. Since it is one of my favorite newsletters, I always try to read it from cover to cover. OBS is committed to supporting the TSLL newsletter because it is an essential tool for OBS members.
We use our electronic listserv as a medium to educate by sharing which resources are available. It also serves to encourage participation in discussion groups and making announcements. And, our very popular "Website of the Month" is posted to this listserv.
We want to utilize our OBS web page as an educational and informative tool. At the present, we are working to enhance and update our web page. The OCLC /WLN Committee is also working to launch its page soon.
Since I bought my house, I have developed a passion for gardening and have attended several workshops and seminars in my community. I look forward to reading the Thursday's Garden section of our local newspaper. I have also purchased several gardening books and checked out new websites. I relate my gardening to OBS because both provide fertile environments, which allow our lives to be enriched educationally.
Mary Jane Kelsey, Vice Chair-Chair Elect has conducted our annual survey via the web. She is compiling the results to be published in TSLL later on. I really appreciate all of you that took the time to send the survey, volunteered to run for office or served in a committee. The Education Committee has been formed and will be working on program proposals for Seattle under the leadership of Mary Jane Kelsey, Education Chair.
Brian D. Striman, Nominations Committee Chair, with Cynthia Cicco and Karen Nobbs, committee members, have announced the slate of nominees for 2002 elections.
For Vice-Chair/Chair Elect
And remember: OBS educates!