Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Technical Services Law Librarian, June 2014 issue

Colleagues:

The June issue of the Technical Services Law Librarian is now available: http://www.aallnet.org/sections/ts/TSLL/Issues/Technical-Services-Law-Librarian-39-4-June-2014.pdf.
In addition to our excellent columns and the insightful comments by the chairs of our two sections, the issue also contains information about the AALL Annual Meeting in San Antonio; and the recipients of the Renee D. Chapman Memorial Award, the Marla Schwartz Grant, and TS-SIS Educational Grants. A new column makes its debut in this issue on Library Metrics written by Ashley Moye.

I look forward to seeing many of you in San Antonio!

--Michael
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Michael Maben
Cataloging Librarian
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Bloomington IN

Welcome 2 New OBS-SIS Members Ryan and Rachel

During the AALL in San Antonio, OBS-SIS had two drawings for OBS-SIS Annual Membership.

The winners of these drawings are

Ryan Tamares - Catalog Librarian from Stanford Law School

and

Rachel Baarz - Specialist Research & Information Services Practice Group from Profit Recovery Partners, LLC
Innovative Expense Reduction Solutions

Ryan and Rachel WELCOME To OBS-SIS http://www.aallnet.org/sections/obs
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Katrina Piechnik
OBS-SIS Chair 2013/14
Library Systems Manager
Jenkins Law Library
833 Chestnut St., Suite 1220
Philadelphia PA 19107-4429

Open Source Software? - You do not want to miss

For those of you who attended this very informative Roundtable session at AALL in Austin Texas I would like to share Nicole's Engard slides from her presentation

Open Source Software: a Community and a Philosophy of Freedom AALL Annual, San Antonio, TX, July 13, 2014

This presentation as well as others are located at http://opensource.web2learning.net/presentations/

If you did not attend this session you still may learn so much from checking this handout.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Reality check ...

I attended the OBS-sponsored Orbis-Cascade Alliance program, which delivered it all: candor, humor, optimism .. oh, and some system migration tips. I too think longingly of the era when systems were fully-vetted before we could even purchase them. But alas, those days are never coming back and we need to be able to function in the current environment where systems are never "done." So my goal is to handle our next system migration with as much grace and good humor as the librarians from the Gallagher Law Library that I heard speak this morning.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cataloging sandwich

Monday started with the CSCAG meeting at 7:30 this morning and closed at almost 7:00 this evening with the Cat & Class Roundtable for me, so sort of like a cataloging sandwich :-) It's great to be in a group of catalogers so enthusiastic about their work. I feel very fortunate, though a bit brain-dead ...

Current TS past-chair Brian Striman

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Brian Striman, holding the plaque given to him by the TS board for his service as TS Chair.

(photo: Wendy Moore)

OCLC Update

Heard at the OBS OCLC Users Group meeting: Eventually the purchase of collections of MARC record sets from OCLC will be included in our cataloging subscription. We won't have to pay extra! Stay tuned ...