OBS-SIS at AALL Annual Meeting 2004

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Program Descriptions & Committee Meetings

C-3: Monday, July 12, 9:00 -10:00 a.m. in HCC-Room 210
OPAC Usability Assessment: Your Passport to Effective Web Presence
Coordinator: Mary Jane Kelsey

Tired of the "out of the box" look that came with your OPAC? Before booting up your favorite web development software to jazz up your site, there are some things you should know. Using actual OPAC examples, an experienced Web Designer from Interactive Factory, Boston, will show participants design elements to enhance user satisfaction. The speaker will also describe the methods and benefits of usability assessment.

H-3: Wednesday, July 14, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. in HCC-Room 302
XML and MARC: Should we Redesign or Build Anew?
Coordinator: Kevin Butterfield

MARC has been the de facto standard for the representation of bibliographic data for decades. XML is fast becoming a de facto standard for the representation of content optimized for web delivery. Speakers will give an overview of the latest developments in the evolving relationship between XML and MARC and its impact on libraries and library systems as well as discuss current developments in MARC to XML transfer and its day to day applications in Technical Services.

I-6: Wednesday, July 14, 1:30-2:00 p.m. in HCC-Room 312
Two Stepping With Technology Returns
Coordinator: John Nann

Finding it hard to stay current with all the latest developments in library technologies? Trying to determine which library journals and 'blogs to read, what listservs you should be on, what websites you should be watching? This quick survey of sources will give show you the steps for keeping in rhythm with the latest in library technologies and updates John Nann's Seattle program.

K-2: Wednesay, July 24, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. in HCC-Room 312
MARBI Report
Coordinator: Susan Goldner

The U.S. MARC Advisory Committee approves changes to the MARC 21 formats in response to users needs. After a brief description of the Committee and its procedures, the AALL Representative to the Committee will discuss the issues raised during the past year by describing the proposals that were approved and by commenting on the discussion papers that were presented. The emphasis will be on the changes most likely to impact law libraries.

OBS Business & Committee Meetings:

What When Where
"Alphabet Soup" Reception Saturday July 10
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Board Meeting 2003-2004 Saturday July 10
4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Board Meeting 2004-2005 Wednesday July 14
7:00 - 8:45 a.m.
Sheraton-Exeter (A)
Business Meeting Monday July 12
5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
HCC-Room 206
Education Committee Monday July 12
7:00 - 8:45 a.m.
Local Systems Committee Monday July 12
10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Sheraton-Gardner (A)
OCLC/WLN Committee Sunday July 11
4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Sheraton-Gardner (B)
RLIN Committee Sunday July 11
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Sheraton-Gardner (B)
OBS-SIS & TS-SIS Research Roundtable Tuesday July 13
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sheraton-Beacon (F)
Web Advisory Committee Wednesday July 14
7:00 - 8:45 a.m.
Sheraton-Dalton (A)