Annual Meeting

OBS-SIS is committed to the continuing education of its members and sponsors several programs at each AALL annual meeting. The Education Committee works with OBS-SIS members on program proposals for the annual conference. Recent topics cover a wide variety of subjects, from migrating to a new automated system to management of both people and websites.

Committee meetings provide essential networking and more informal means of continuing education and are an essential part of OBS-SIS members’ schedule at the annual meeting.

  • 2017 Austin, TX

    OBS-SIS Business Meetings and Educational Programs

    Here is a schedule of OBS activities for the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting. In addition to these activities, please look for us by the OBS-SIS poster in the exhibit hall during breaks.

    • OBS-SIS TSLL Editorial Board
      Saturday, July 15, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
      Location: ACC Room 6A
    • CS/OBS/RIPS/TS SISs Dine-Arounds 
      Saturday, July 15, 6:45 pm
      Location: Those who have signed up in advance meet outside the exhibit hall
    • OBS-SIS Education Committee 
      Sunday, July 16, 7:30 am – 8:45 am
      Location: Hilton Room 416A
    • Program A6: Linked Data, Your Library and You
      Sunday, July 16, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
      Location: ACC Room 19AB
    • Local Systems User Group Round Table
      Sunday, July 16, 12:45 pm – 2:15 pm
      Location: Hilton Room 415B
    • OBS/TS Hot Topic Forum Featuring OBS VIP Scott Carlson Discussing Linked Data
      Sunday, July 16, 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
      Location: ACC Room 14
    • OBS-SIS Business Meeting
      Sunday, July 16, 6:15 pm -7:15 pm
      Location: Hilton Room 417A
    • OCLC Update
      Monday, July 17, 7:30 am -8:30 am
      Location: Hilton Governor’s Ballroom Salon A


  • 2016 Chicago, IL

    Business Meetings and Educational Programs

    Here is the complete schedule of OBS activities for the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting, so please look for us at:

    • Workshop W5: Linked Data and BIBFRAME in Action: From Theory to Practice (Pre-Registration Required)
      Saturday, July 16, 1:30-5:00 p.m.
      Room: Hyatt-Columbus AB
    • OBS-SIS TSLL Editorial Board
      Saturday, July 16, 1:45-2:45 p.m.
      Room: Hyatt-Skyway 260
    • CS/OBS/RIPS/TS SISs Joint Reception (a.k.a. Alphabet Soup Reception)
      Saturday, July 16, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
      Room: Hyatt-Columbus AD
      Sponsored by: Innovative Interfaces
    • OBS-SIS Outgoing/Incoming Executive Board Meeting
      Sunday, July 17, 7:30-8:45 a.m.
      Room: Hyatt-Addams
    • Program B3: Promoting the Value of Technical Services at Budget Time: Practical Advice for Directors and Managers
      Sunday, July 17, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
      Room: Hyatt-Columbus KL
    • Program C5: Creating the Future of Discovery and Research: BIBFRAME 101 for Library Directors (and Everyone Else)
      Sunday, July 17, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
      Room: Hyatt-Regency Ballroom C
    • OCLC Update
      Monday, July 18, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
      Room: Hyatt-Acapulco
    • Program D3: Search Does Not Equal Research: Implications for Discovery Layer Design
      Monday, July 18, 9:45-10:45 a.m.
      Room: Hyatt-Columbus IJ
    • OBS-SIS Business Meeting
      Monday, July 18, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
      Room: Hyatt-Michigan 3
    • OBS-SIS Education Committee
      Monday, July 18, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
      Room: Hyatt-Skyway 269
    • Local Systems User Group Round Table
      Tuesday, July 19, 7:00-8:15 a.m.
      Room: Hyatt-Michigan AB


  • 2015 Philadelphia, PA

    Business Meetings and Educational Programs

    Here is the complete schedule of OBS activities for the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting, so please look for us at:


  • 2014 San Antonio, TX

    Business Meetings and Educational Programs

    Here is the complete schedule of OBS activities for the 2014 AALL Annual Meeting, so please look for us at:

    • CONELL (Conference of Newer Law Librarians)
      -do not miss this great opportunity to send some of your young co-workers to this event.
      Saturday, July 12, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
      Room: Marriott Rivercenter
    • OBS/TS-SIS TSLL Executive Board Meeting
      Saturday, July 12, 1:45-2:45 p.m.
      Room: HBGCC-Room 210A
    • OBS-SIS Executive Board Meeting (outgoing and incoming)
      Saturday, July 12, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
      Room: HBGCC-Room 210A
    • TS/OBS/RIPS/CS-SIS Joint Reception (a.k.a. Alphabet Soup Reception)
      Saturday, July 12, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
      Room: Marriott Riverwalk-Alamo Ballroom, Salon D
      Sponsored by: Innovative Interfaces
    • OBS Local Systems Roundtables
      Sunday, July 13, 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
      Room: Marriott Riverwalk-Travis Room

      Our VIP, for the 2014 Annual Meeting is Nicole Engard, who will speak during OBS-SIS Local Systems Roundtables. This will not follow a roundtable format, but instead will be a program that will definitely be worth attending. This program will be held in Marriott Riverwalk’s-Travis Room. Please note that because this program will happen during a roundtable, it will not be listed on the AALL program schedule.Nicole C. Engard is the Vice President of Education at ByWater Solutions. Her primary role at ByWater Solutions is to educate librarians about open source software with a focus on the Koha ILS. In addition to her daily responsibilities, Nicole keeps the library community up to date on web technologies via her website “What I Learned Today…” ( and volunteers as a community moderator on In 2007, Nicole was named one of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers and in 2009 she was the editor of “Library Mashups,” a book published by Information Today, Inc. and in 2010 she authored “Practical Open Source Software for Libraries,” a book published by Chandos Inc. and in 2012 the second edition of “The Accidental Systems Librarian” which she worked on with Rachel Singer Gordon was released.

      The topic of Nicole’s presentation is Open Source Software: a Community and a Philosophy of Freedom.

    • OBS-SIS OCLC Users Group
      Monday, July 14, 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
      Room: HBGCC-Room 007A
    • OBS-SIS Business Meeting
      Monday, July 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
      Room: Marriott Riverwalk-Bonham
    • OBS-SIS Education Committee (for 2015 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia)
      Tuesday, July 15, 7:00-8:15 a.m.
      Room: HBGCC-Room 210B
    • F1: Orbis Cascade Alliance Summit: A Library Management Service Model for the Future
      Tuesday, July 15, 10:15-11:30 a.m.
      Room: HBGCC-Room 217A

      With ILS costs skyrocketing and library budgets shrinking, libraries are increasingly turning to new models of affording the ILS they want. Open Source ILSs are one answer. Consortia are another. The Orbis Cascade Alliance is implementing a new library management service to be shared by all 37 members of the consortium. Soon all these libraries in the Pacific Northwest will be sharing not only a catalog, but also cooperative collection development, digital initiatives, and discovery services. Hopefully, this will result in better services for students, faculty, and staff. Is it worth giving up the autonomy of a separate institutional ILS? What are the costs, and what are the benefits? This program is sponsored by the OBS-SIS.

      Takeaway 1: Participants will be able to assess the benefits and drawbacks of a consortial library management service from the big picture – i.e., what’s in it for a director?
      Takeaway 2: Participants will be able to assess the benefits and drawbacks of a consortial library management service from the nuts and bolts – i.e., what’s in it for technical services?
      Takeaway 3: Participants will be able to assess the benefits and drawbacks of a consortial library management service for user experience – i.e., what’s in it for the people on the front lines?
      Who Should Attend: Library directors, public services librarians, technical services librarians – from any type of library.


  • 2013 Seattle, WA

    Business Meetings and Educational Programs

    This is the final schedule for the OBS-SIS business meetings and educational programs planned for the 2013 AALL annual meeting. Presentation slides and handouts for the programs will be posted here as they become available.

    • TS-SIS TSLL Executive Board Meeting
      Saturday, July 13, 1:45-2:45 p.m.
      Room: Sheraton-Cedar A
    • SIS Council Business Meeting
      Saturday, July 13, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
      Room: Sheraton-Redwood B
    • OBS-SIS Outgoing Board Meeting
      Saturday, July 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
      Room: Sheraton Daily Grill
    • TS/OBS/RIPS/CS-SIS Joint Reception
      Saturday, July 13, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
      Room: Sheraton-Metropolitan Ballroom B
      Sponsored by: Innovative Interfaces
    • OBS/TS-SIS Joint Research Grant Committee Meeting
      Sunday, July 14, 7:00-8:15 a.m.
      Room: Sheraton-Everett
    • OBS-SIS OCLC User’s Group Meeting
      Sunday, July 14, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
      Room: WSCC-Room 204This roundtable is open to anyone who uses OCLC products or services, and will feature the OBS-SIS OCLC liaison, Glenn Patton, Director of the WorldCat Quality Management Division at OCLC, as the speaker. Glenn will discuss OCLC’s new and enhanced services, as well as planned future developments. Following this overview, the bulk of the roundtable time will be allotted to audience members to ask questions and to share comments, ideas, and concerns with the speaker and other OCLC users in the audience. Come prepared both to learn and to participate during this informative and interactive session.
    • B-6: Linked Data: The New Bibliographic Framework in the Post-MARC World
      Sunday, July 14, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
      Room: 615-617The Library of Congress’ Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative will transform existing metadata (the MARC format) into a sustainable bibliographic encoding system, connecting library resources to the whole world of information resources. Does the library’s initiative enable current library metadata to be used in linked data technology to construct a core data model for library applications? Can a huge library infrastructure built up over the years around the MARC format be harvested by the new and emerging content standards to support prototype services? How can future bibliographic control standards leverage all the services to benefit the community? You will find answers to these questions in this program.

      Panelists: Karen Coyle, Eric Miller, Glenn E. Patton.
      Coordinator/Moderator: Keiko Okuhara.

      Takeaway 1: Participants will be able to explain three significant reasons for the new bibliographic framework.
      Takeaway 2: Participants will be able to describe a new code system to replace Machine Readable Catalog (MARC).
      Takeaway 3: Participants will be able to design an action plan to make library resources accessible in Semantic Web.
      Who Should Attend: Technical services librarians; library administrators who are interested in the future bibliographic control.

    • OBS-SIS Web Advisory Group Meeting
      Sunday, July 14, 5:30-6:15 p.m.
      Room: Sheraton-Everett
    • OBS-SIS Business Meeting
      Monday, July 15, 11:45a.m.-12:45 p.m.
      Room: WSCC-Room 210
    • OBS-SIS Local Systems Roundtable : Orbis Cascade Alliance
      Sunday, July 15, 5:30-6:45 p.m.
      Room: WSCC-Room 210At the106th AALL Annual Meeting on Monday July 15th at 5:30 p.m., the Local Systems Roundtable will present the trailblazing work of the Orbis Cascade Alliance– a 37-member academic library consortium that includes 6 law libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Beginning in 2013, the members of this consortium began migrating from individual integrated library systems to a shared library management system— the Ex Libris Alma and Primo management system. This roundtable will focus on the planning and implementing of a shared system by the first cohort of libraries that led to making their vision a reality. Three members from the Alliance will lead an informal moderated roundtable, which will include both prepared and real-time questions from the audience.

      Orbis Cascade Alliance Presenters: Bill Kelm, Systems Librarian at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon; Al Cornish, departing Systems Library at Washington State University at Pullman and incoming Shared ILS Program Manager for the Alliance staff; and Ann Nez, one of our own and Coordinator of Technical Services at Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington.

    • OBS-SIS Education Committee
      Tuesday, July 16, 7:00-8:15 a.m.
      Room: WSCC-Room 209
    • OBS/TS-SIS Research Roundtable : Passport to Publication
      Tuesday, July 16, 7:00-8:15 a.m.
      Room: WSCC-Room 213Each attendee will be given a passport and will visit four countries (or experts) — including Anne Klinefelter, who will talk about the writing workshop she hosts each spring, Marguerite Most, who will talk about how to get involved with editing, Michael Maben, who will talk about how to write for TSLL, and one other. Each attendee who receives passport stamps from the four experts will have their name entered in a drawing for an Amazon gift card.
    • TS/OBS-SIS Task Group on Vendor-Supplied Bibliographic Records
      Tuesday, July 16, 7:00-8:15 a.m.
      Room: WSCC-Room 304
    • F-8: Hot Topic: Rethinking the Cloud: Legal Aspects of Cloud Solutions
      Monday, July 16, 8:30-9:45 a.m.
      Room: 618-620While cloud computing is revolutionary in the legal context, it does have a potential impact on legal risk. Once the data is on the web, where does it reside? Electronically stored information on the cloud is subject to different protections than information stored in-house. Warranties are given by the customer instead of by the service provider for privacy and data security. If your library chooses a cloud solution, which regulations do you need to be familiar with to protect client/patron data? Identify key factors to discuss and negotiate with service providers before giving assent to their Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

      Panelists:Danielle Conway, George Pike.
      Coordinator/Moderator: Keiko Okuhara.

      Takeaway 1: Participants will be able to identify at least three important laws and regulations to consider for cloud-based solutions.
      Takeaway 2: Participants will be able to create legal strategies to successfully migrate their library data and services to the cloud.
      Takeaway 3: Participants will be able to predict three potential risks for cloud implementation.
      Who Should Attend: Administrators interested in cloud computing implementation; information technology and technical services/systems librarians.
      Track: Information Technology.

    • I-3: Joe Janes Discusses the Library of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
      Monday, July 16, 3:45-4:45 p.m.
      Room: 606-607Joseph Janes, writer of American Library’s “Another Story” column, curator of the podcast series “Documents that Changed the World,” and associate professor and MLIS program chair at the University of Washington iSchool, will discuss what’s in store for the library of the future.

      Panelists: Joseph Janes.
      Coordinator/Moderator: Christina Tarr.

      Takeaway 1: Participants will be able to identify coming trends in library technology.
      Takeaway 2: Participants will compare a broad picture of evolving library technology with the constant of human searching behavior.
      Takeaway 3: Participants will assess whether information technology in their libraries is in line with current trends.
      Who Should Attend:All librarians—technical service librarians, reference librarians, library management, private law librarians.
      Track(s): Library Management, Information Technology, Reference, Research and Client Services, Collection Development and Cataloging, General or Core Programs.