With members from all types of libraries, whose functions range from
network and system administrators, lab supervisors, and webmasters to
department heads and library directors, the Computing Services Special
Interest Section serves the fastest-growing sector within law
librarianship. Above all, Computing Services SIS members are law
librarians dedicated to serving all the information needs of their
library users with the aid of computing technologies.
History and Purpose
CS-SIS has a long history of leadership and innovation in the study and
implementation of technology in law libraries. The Computing Services
Special Interest Section began in 1972 as a Special AALL Committee on
Automation and Scientific Development. At the 1976 AALL Annual Meeting
in Boston, the Committee petitioned the Executive Board for special
interest section status. The Executive Board approved creation of the
SIS at its December 1976 meeting in Houston. The Automation and
Scientific Development SIS, as it was then known, was officially created
at the Toronto meeting in 1977, when the existing Committee voted to
dissolve itself in favor of the new SIS. At the 1996 AALL Annual
Meeting, the Section changed its name to the Computing Services SIS to
reflect its evolution from a group of cutting-edge librarians interested
in exploring the uses of technology to an essential part of all law
libraries. The mission of CS-SIS has evolved in response to the
increasing integration of computing in law libraries. Initially created
to serve as a watchdog to the automation industry as it relates to law
libraries, the SIS later focused on surveying the development of
software designed for law libraries and conveying information on
automation developments to law librarians. In recent years the
opportunities and challenges of automation have had enormous impact on
the field of legal information. Today the purposes of CS-SIS are to
promote the communication of ideas, interests and activities concerning
technological advances in law librarianship and the practice of law, and
to meet the professional needs of all law librarians active in
integrating computing technology to serve their users.
CS-SIS is governed by an Executive Committee consisting of six elected
officers: the Chairperson, the Vice Chairperson, the
Secretary/Treasurer, the Immediate Past Chair, and two Members-at-Large.
Elections for officers are held annually. The Chair appoints special
committees as needed.
Annual business meetings of the CS-SIS are held during the Annual
Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries. Informal meetings
of CS-SIS members may be held on other occasions, such as the annual
CALI Conference for Law School Computing, and chapter or SLA (Special
Library Association) conferences.
The SIS published a newsletter, first called Automatome, from 1980 to
2000, and then called Connecting..., from 2000 to 2007. Frequency varied
from quarterly to semiannually. Archives are available, in PDF format,
on our Web site at www.cssis.org. In 2007, the newsletter was replaced by the CS-SIS News Blog. In addition, the Section maintains an email discussion list. For subscription information, please visit the Mailing List page.
The Computing Services Special Interest Section sponsors several
programs at each Annual Meeting of the Association. Topics cover a wide
variety of subjects, from the human aspects of automation to the newest
hardware and software and their uses. Recent topics include networking,
document imaging systems, interactive multimedia, distance learning, and
the Internet, as well as professional development topics such as the
changing roles and career paths of librarians in computing services.
The CS-SIS is one of the largest AALL Special Interest Sections. Our
members come from all types of law libraries and all functions of
librarianship, and include all levels of experience from newer law
librarians to law library directors. To join, check the appropriate box
on your annual membership form or complete AALL's Special Interest Section Application. Dues are currently $20.00 a year.
Tom Boone (firstname.lastname@example.org)