2017 Annual Meeting Information

Here is the slate of TS-SIS meetings, the TS-SIS sponsored program, and other programs that technical services librarians may find of interest at the the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting, July 15-18, 2017, in Austin, Texas.

Updated 7/13/2017 – Send updates/corrections to: Martin Wisneski, Washburn University Law Library

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Saturday Evening Dine-Arounds

In lieu of the traditional Alphabet Soup Reception, CS-SIS, OBS-SIS, RIPS-SIS, and TS-SIS are hosting dine-arounds at various Austin, Texas restaurants beginning at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 15 (following the annual meeting Opening Reception). Attendees pay for their own meals. Here are the restaurants and their hosts:

Please sign up; space is limited. Host contact information is at the bottom of the sign-up sheet.

Meeting/Program Locations


  • 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. – Innovative Law Users Group Annual Meeting – Hilton-Room 406
  • 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. – Workshop W2: Not Pie in the Sky: Practical Strategies for Embracing Change in Technical Services – The University of Texas at Austin Townes Hall, 727 E Dean Keeton St, Austin, Texas – [Description at AALL website]
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. – TSLL Editorial Board Meeting – ACC-Room 7.
  • 5:00-6:30 p.m. – Exhibit Hall Ribbon Cutting/Opening Reception – ACC-Exhibit Hall 4

SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2017

  • 7:30-8:45 a.m.
    • Heads of Cataloging at Large Law Libraries (a.k.a. Big Heads) Roundtable – ACC-Room 5C
  • 10:15 a.m. – Exhibit Hall Opens (refreshment break, 10:15-11:15 a.m.; closes 5:00 p.m.)
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • 12:45-2:15 p.m.
    • Cataloging and Classification Standing Committee Meeting and Roundtables – Hilton-Governor’s Ballroom Salon E
    • Local Systems User Group (OBS-SIS) – Hilton-Room 415B
    • Legal Information Preservation Alliance Business Meeting and Program – ACC-Room 8C. Agenda includes:
      • a look at the LawArXiv open access repository
      • a view of the new PALMPrint interface
      • a report on the Legal Information Archive move to Preservica
      • updates on other recent activities
      • a look at plans for the upcoming year
    • Law Repositories Caucus Meeting – Hilton-Room 412. Discussion topics include: Special Collections (the unique challenges of hosting special collections in IRs); The Many Platforms (the strengths and weaknesses of various Digital Repositories); Faculty Participation in IRs (challenges and methods for getting faculty to participate in IRs); Metrics (different tools for collecting metrics and how collected data are currently utilized); Wildcard (participants may discuss any other current IR topics). Agenda:
      • Welcome & Update on Caucus Activities (Past & Future) (15 minutes)
      • Roundtable Discussions Part 1 (30 minutes)
      • Roundtable Discussions Part 2 (30 minutes)
      • Roundtable Moderators Report Summary of Discussions (15 minutes)
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. – Program B1: Meeting the Legal Information Needs of Transgender Library Patrons: Research Findings, Legal Issues, and Cataloging Challenges – ACC-Room 12AB – [Description at AALL website]
  • 2:30-5:00 p.m. – Program B7: Deep Dive: You’ve Heard the Jargon, Now Play the Game: Linked Data on Your Laptop – ACC-Grand Ballroom F – [Description at AALL website] NOTE: To fully participate in the hands-on portion of the program, participants should bring their own laptops, pre-loaded with the freely available Protégé ontology editing software. Attendees without laptops will be able to observe, but not actively participate in the interactive portion of the program. This program is designed to build on previous exposure to basic linked data concepts. Review of Module 1 of the Library of Congress’s BIBFRAME training materials, Part 1: The Semantic Web and Linked Data Concepts: A Basic Overview and Part 2: Semantic Data Model: Basic Overview (both are PowerPoint files) will provide sufficient background preparation. The module provides an introductory overview of the terminology and concepts associated with linked data applications.
    Retrieve hands-on portion materials for this program: Log in to the AALL 2017 conference app; select “Speakers” from the left menu; find “Jean M. Pajerek” in the speaker list; click Jean’s name; download the available documents. Also, at the bottom of the screen, there’s a link to a file called “Exercise_artworks.owl.” The link goes to a shared file storage site called Box; please download the file called Exercise_artworks.owl. Without this file you will not be able to participate in the hands-on portion of the program.
  • 5:15-6:15 p.m.
    • Descriptive Cataloging Policy Advisory Working Group Meeting – Hilton-Room 412
    • TS-SIS Hot Topic Forum: Everything You Wanted to Know About Linked Data (But Were Afraid to Ask) – ACC-Room 14
      For years, librarians have heard about the impending arrival of Linked Data and the Semantic Web, but often in the abstract. For some in the library community, the nature of linked data provokes feelings of unease and helplessness, as there seem to be few guides to help librarians understand and prepare for a future linked data environment. An upcoming monograph — Everything You Wanted to Know About Linked Data (But Were Afraid to Ask) — aims to fill this need by presenting a plain-language guide to help library audiences understand what linked data is, why it is important, and why libraries are increasingly spending time and energy experimenting with it. As part of the research for this monograph, one of the co-authors (Scott Carlson, Metadata Coordinator at Rice University) will facilitate a discussion between AALL attendees about their experiences with linked data (in both the concrete and abstract) and find out what we want from a book that aims to explain Linked Data.
  • 6:15-7:15 p.m. – OBS-SIS Business Meeting – Hilton-Room 417A

MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017

  • 7:30-8:30 a.m.
    • Awards and Business Meeting (sponsored by Bloomberg BNA, LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters, and Wolters Kluwer Legal and Regulatory U.S.) – ACC-Room 14. Agenda:
      • Welcome (2-3 minutes)
        » Approve Minutes from 2016 Business Meeting (131 KB PDF).
      • Review of TS-SIS Standing Committees
        » Report (477 KB PDF) (5 minutes)
        » Round Table Discussion (25 minutes)
        » Bid on Marla Schwartz auction items!! (preview them here: https://tssis2017auction.wordpress.com/)
      • Closing of Marla Schwartz bidding
      • Synopsis of individual discussions (10 minutes)
      • Presentation of the Renee D. Chapman Award (10 minutes)
      • Introduce the new TS-SIS Executive Board/”passing of the gavel” (5 minutes)
      • Adjourn
        » Make sure to pay for (via cash or check) and pick up items from the auction before you leave!!
    • OCLC Update (OBS-SIS) – Hilton-Governor’s Ballroom Salon A
  • 8:30 a.m. – Exhibit Hall Opens (breakfast, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; closes 5:00 p.m.)
  • 9:45-10:45 a.m. – Program D2: From Authority Control to Identity Management: Managing–Not Controlling – ACC-Room 18AB – [Description at AALL website]
    • If you have a question that you would like to have addressed about the space between authority control work and using identity registries and linked open data or about the relative pros/cons of either, please send them to Suzanne Graham (srgraham@uga.edu) before the end of June.
  • 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Program E2: Disaster Planning in an Hour – ACC-Room 17AB – [Description at AALL website]
  • 2:00-3:00 p.m. – Program F4: The Power of the Crowd: Crowdsourcing Metadata for Library Materials – ACC-Grand Ballroom F – [Description at AALL website]
  • 3:30-4:45 p.m. – Vendor-Supplied Records Advisory Working Group Meeting – ACC-Room 8B. Agenda:
    • Welcome and introductions
    • Cassidy update
    • Wolters Kluwer update
    • Other possible record sets to evaluate? Oxford?
    • Spreadsheet updates
    • Leadership
  • 5:00-6:30 p.m.
    • Acquisitions and Serials Standing Committees and Roundtables Meeting – Hilton-Room 404. Discussion topics:
      • Microforms: How handling? Weeding or preservation of film?
      • Trends in binding/re-binding
      • Workflows: Experimentation with new workflows? Ratio of librarians to support staff? Hierarchical vs. flat organization?
      • Statistics: Any new approaches to keeping/analyzing usage statistics?
      • Open source ILS’s: Has anyone migrated and how was it handled? Functionality of open source system?
      • Dealing with multi-year contracts: Who has? Pros vs. cons?
      • Negotiating Pricing and Licensing for Electronic or Print/Electronic Combos: Experiences? Tips?
    • Classification and Subject Cataloging Policy Advisory Working Group Meeting – Hilton-Room 408. Agenda:
      • Welcome and introductions
      • Annual report
      • Genre/form Hearings & Legislative hearings
      • Retrospective application of genre/form terms
      • Uses of LC Demographic Group Terms (LCDGT) in authority records and potential best practices for Law
      • Project to incorporate comparative aspects into the K classification schemes
      • New business
    • LHRB-SIS Rare Book Cataloging Roundtable – Hilton-Room 416B

TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017

  • 7:00-8:15 a.m.
    • Management Issues Roundtable – ACC-Room 4C
      • Questions and/or possible discussion topics can be emailed in advance to Alan Keely at keelyda@wfu.edu
    • Professional Development Committee Meeting – ACC-Room 8A
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. – Program G2: Digital Repositories, Law Libraries, and the Future of Open Access – ACC-Room 12AB – [Description at AALL website]
  • 9:00 a.m. – Exhibit Hall Opens (refreshment break, 9:45-10:45 a.m.; closes 2:00 p.m.)
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. – Program I2: Digitization Is Done–Now What? Understanding Metadata, Online Delivery, and User Experience – ACC-Grand Ballroom E – [Description at AALL website]