2020 Annual Meeting Information


Below are the TS-SIS sponsored programs and other programs that technical services librarians may find of interest at the 2020 AALL Virtual Annual Meeting as well as the general schedule outline for the 2020 joint OBS/TS Virtual Summit.

Full details for the 2020 OBS/TS Virtual Summit can be found here. Anyone with questions or connection issues during the Summit should contact Carol Collins via email or phone (865) 974-6552.

See also: Committee and Other Reports

Updated 7/28/2020 – Send updates/corrections/additions to: Marijah Sroczynski, website coordinator

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

  • 1:00–2:00 P.M. CDT – Exhibit Hall Connections

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

  • 10:30–11:30 A.M. CDT – Program D2: No JD? No Problem. Navigating Law Librarianship Without a Legal Education
  • 1:00–2:00 P.M. CDT – Exhibit Hall Connections
  • 2:00–3:00 P.M. CDT – Program F1: Copyright Issues in the Connected and Digital World
  • 3:30–4:30 P.M. CDT – Program G2: Change the Subject: How a Cataloging Term Became a Flashpoint in the Immigration Debate

Thursday, July 16, 2020

  • 10:30–11:30 A.M. CDT – Program H2: Mindful Middle Management: A Dialogue on Managing Up, Down, and Within
  • 1:00–2:00 P.M. CDT – Exhibit Hall Connections
  • 2:00–3:00 P.M. CDT – Program J1: Data, Stats, Go: Navigating the Intersections of Cataloging, E-Resource, and Web Analytics Reporting (sponsored by TS-SIS)

Monday, July 20, 2020

Monday, July 27, 2020

The full schedule with Zoom links and passwords is available to TS-SIS members in the TS-SIS My Community.

  • 9:00–10:00 A.M. CDT – Program: Facilitating Open Knowledge: The Intersection of Wikidata and Libraries
    This program will give an introduction about basic concepts of Wikidata, including its data infrastructure and functions, etc. and some tools for interested law community colleagues to explore further. The program will also give some inspiration by covering a few use cases of how some libraries are using Wikidata in their working environment to benefit their projects and end-users, including usage of Wikidata at Harvard Law.
  • 10:15–11:15 P.M. CDT – Metadata Policy and Standards Advisory Group (MPSAG) Meeting
  • 11:30–12:15 P.M. CDT – Program: Finding the Silver Lining in System Migrations
    Library systems migrations have ramped up drastically over the last 5-7 years. Even the smoothest of migrations have consequences that make it seem like there is no end in sight to the errors and issues, and law materials and workflows can be particularly problematic during migrations. Turning a library system on a dime and fitting it into a new paradigm is complicated, stressful, and can seem nearly impossible (and that is when it goes well!). Still, there can be a silver lining to system migration! During this open, honest, (and possibly therapeutic) discussion, Karen Scoville and Liz Graham will share their experiences and talk about the unique issues law libraries experience as they transition to a new platform.
  • 12:30–2:30 P.M. CDT – OBS Hot Topic Program/Local Systems Committee Meeting: Making Post System Migration Efficient and Effective
    The system migration is of interest to anybody who engages in the implementation. After go-live with a new system, the seemingly infinite work starts, including such as mass training, learning to get the hang of the new system; and creating a manual to maintain integrity in local practice. This program focuses on the post-migration, to transform your library catalog into a service-oriented system to increase discovery, and to offer high quality, timely access to end-users.
  • 2:45–3:45 P.M. CDT – Online Bibliographic Services – Special Interest Section (OBS-SIS) Business Meeting
  • 4:00–5:30 P.M. CDT – Metadata Management Standing Committee (MMSC) Business Meeting

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The full schedule with Zoom links and passwords is available to TS-SIS members in the TS-SIS My Community.

  • 9:00–9:50 A.M. CDT – TS Resource Management Roundtable: Budget Cuts & Collecting Pivots
  • 9:00–10:300 A.M. CDT – TS Heads of Cataloging in Larger Libraries Roundtable
  • 10:00–11:00 A.M. CDT – TS Hot Topic Program: Technologies We Use
    We will be discussing technologies we use day-to-day: what works, what kinds of workarounds we have designed in certain situations, and what, if any, locally created tools we have implemented in the mode of programming, or the like.
  • 11:15–12:15 P.M. CDT – Management Issues Roundtable
  • 12:45–1:30 P.M. CDT – TS Hot Topic Program: Update on Law Cataloging 101
    Within LC’s Law Cataloging Section, there has always been training specifically to meet the needs of the section. Also, a program was prepared for non-law catalogers to facilitate them, recognizing when to send a book to the Law Section. Over the last few years, there have also been regular continuing education through quarterly cataloging forums, and last year these were all combined to produce a comprehensive training package for non-law catalogers working with Middle Eastern materials to start doing legal materials. The law cataloging community should consider if this already existent training curriculum should be adopted for general use, and how.
  • 1:45–2:15 P.M. CDT – Vendor Supplied Records Advisory Working Group (VRAG) Meeting
  • 3:30–4:45 P.M. CDT – Technical Services – Special Interest Section (TS-SIS) Business & Awards Meeting
  • 5:00–6:00 P.M. CDT – Technical Services – Special Interest Section (TS-SIS) Incoming/Outgoing Board & Committee Chairs Meeting