OBS SIS Annual Report, 1999/2000

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This year's highlight for OBS was the hard work of the Education Committee and many dedicated librarians with excellent ideas which resulted in 5 out of 6 educational programs accepted for the 2000 AALL convention. Those programs were titled "Core Competencies for Support Staff: Librarians as Departmental Leaders" (Coordinator, Phyllis Post); "What I Like, Who Has It and Can I Have It? An Update on Library Integrated Systems" (Coordinator, Time Knight); "Instant Gratification! The Z39.50 Gateway to Searching, Cataloging and ILL" (Coordinator, Mary Jane Kelsey); "The Text Coding Initiative and Electronic Legal Texts" (Coordinator, Kevin Butterfield); and, "The Alphabet Soup of Cooperative Cataloging: Leading Through Participation in NACO, SACO, BIBCO, and CONSER (Coordinator, Ellen McGrath).

The officers for 1999-2000 were Brian Striman, Chair; Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, Ellen McGrath; Cynthia Cicco Secretary/Treasurer; Marla Schwartz and Georgia Briscoe, Members-at-Large.

Committee chairs were Ellen McGrath, Education Committee

Local Systems Committee: Susan Goldner, Local Systems Committee,

Arturo Lopez Torres, Nominations; Susan Chinoransky, OCLC Committee; Anne Myers, RLIN Committee, and Sarah Andeen, OBS Web Advisory Committee.

Election results for the 2000-2001 term was Vice-Chair/Chair Elect, Ismael Gullon and Member-at-Large, Susan Chinoransky

Noteworthy OBS committee changes include a new Co-coordinator of the OBS TS Research Roundtable who is Becky Lutkenhaus and she will be working with LeGrande Fletcher. Also Ruth Funabiki volunteered to be the new TSLL OBS representative for the OBS TS Joint Research Grant Committee. The OCLC Committee Chair has changed from Susan Chinoransky to Michael Maben; Susan will step into her new role as OBS Member-at-Large. This year the Local Systems Committee chaired by Susan Goldner offered a special "open discussion" during their committee meeting on July 19th. The discussion and talk dealt with systems alpha and beta testing and featured the expertise of speaker Adrian White who shared Howard University's experience with Innovative Interfaces' new "Millennium circulation and serials" module, and Regina Wallen discussing Stanford's SIRSI's serials and and acquisitions modules.

Other special activities that OBS had during the year included a major contribution to the TSLL newsletters 25th Anniversary issue with an article titled "The Evolution of the OBS-SIS 1977-2000" written by Ellen McGrath. Another activity was the OBS participated in AALL's Public Relations Committee "Time Capsules." OBS also contributed it's share to the awarding of a $1,000 research and publishing grant as approved by the OBS/TS Joint Research Grant Committee, chaired by Corinne Jacox, the grant was awarded to Larry Dershem for research to develop classification schemes that can be used by catalogers for the classification of specialized collections. TS SIS shared in the grant award funding 50 percent. OBS was a visible presence at both CONELL and still continues its traditionally popular "OBS Book Swap" at its exhibit hall booth with the rest of the SIS tables. Also OBS was a contributor with the annually eagerly anticipated TS/OBS/RIPS/CS-SIS Joint Reception sponsored by Innovative Interfaces. This year's reception was the most expensive yet and all the SIS's join AALL members in appreciation of all that it takes to make this pre-meeting get together a success; particularly through the generosity of Innovative Interfaces Inc.

The OBS annual survey for 2000 was mailed out to 304 members with a return rate of 15 percent. However of those few responses were many terrific ideas and volunteers stepping forward to continue the services and programs to AALL membership that OBS provides. Details on the results of the survey are published in the June 2000 issue of TSLL, written by Ellen McGrath.

OBS strategic planning was begun by the formation of the Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Committee chaired by Sally Wambold. The Committee met with Gail Warren during the annual meeting and hosted by Pat Callahan at the Biddle Law Library to help get OBS get a "jump start" on the process.

One issue that arose this year which OBS will look into was to investigate "merging" with TS SIS. Brian Striman, OBS Chair didn't pursue this merger question this year, and decided to wait until OBS goes through the strategic planning process so that OBS can examine itself to see if a new focus with a new mission is needed or some other approach needs to be made to respond to the question membership has concerning overlapping topic areas and issues concerning OBS and TS SISs. This is a complex topic and must be looked at with patience and under slow deliberate scrutiny.

Finally, the OBS-sponsored publication titled "Law Library Systems Directory" will be undergoing a dynamic transformation for the next edition. Headed up by Carol Avery Nicholson and a group of volunteers, the new version promises to be produced in electronic version and will be improved by broading its scope and making the contents and timely delivery of this important resource tool to its customers more useful in today's environment.