Special Interest Section
|From the Chair|
Things in technical services seem to be chugging along smoothly. We've assembled a great selection of programs for Seattle, including a workshop on advanced cataloging that was proposed by the Professional Development Committee. We will have more specific information coming out in the June issue of TSLL, but the detailed list is up on the TS website. Check it and see http://www.aallnet.org/sis/tssis/annualmeeting/2003/. There are many reasons to come to Seattle this summer! Many thanks to the hardworking Education Committee, chaired by Kathy Winzer, for coming up with so many great program. Gary Vander Meer has already selected the new chair of the Education Committee, Jean Pajerek. It's not too early to start thinking about programs for Boston, and it's not too early to start talking to Jean about what you're thinking about!
You may also notice that there will be programs until late on Wednesday afternoon. Carol Avery Nicholson had the clever idea of scheduling a number of 30-minute programs on Wednesday. This gave us the opportunity to schedule some nice, short programs on to-the-point topics, but it does mean that for us to benefit from these programs, we're going to have to stay in Seattle through Wednesday.
By the time you read this, Gary Vander Meer will have tabulated the annual membership survey. One of the questions concerned whether we would be willing to stay later to ease the problem of too many meetings at the same time at the Annual Meeting. One option is for us to make use of the meeting time on Wednesday. We've also been working, through the SIS council, on various plans to free up some other times for our meetings, for instance by scheduling meetings against programs. The SIS council presented response to the Annual Meeting Educational Programming Special Committee's report that advocated just this. We have yet to hear exactly what will happen, but remain hopeful.
In other news, the Nominations Committee, chaired by Alva Stone, has assembled a terrific slate for the upcoming election. The Awards Committee, chaired by Elizabeth Geesey Holmes, is soliciting nominations for the Chapman award. And we've got some great new content (well, as of November) on the TS website, where Pat Turpening has assembled a list of useful preservation resources, and Andrea Rabbia has done the same for Serials.
Happy Spring, and see you in Seattle.