Thursday, July 02, 2015

Dine around outings in Philly

These look kind of fun:

If you’re not familiar, the idea is pretty simple. Each Dine Around is a dining experience with fellow AALL attendees that will be hosted by a local Law Librarian, who coordinates the details of the evening out to a local favorite restaurant. The local host plans the details like where and when the group should meet to travel to the restaurant, making reservations for the group (usually about 8-10 attendees). Dine Around attendees will be responsible to pay for their own meal, drinks, and associated tip.
It’s a great opportunity to get to know AALL members outside the usual conference settings and a fantastic way to check out the local flavor (pun intended) of our very vibrant restaurant scene.

Check it out here.

Philadelphia survival guide

Here's a link to the Philadelphia survival guide compiled by the Local Arrangements Committee.

AALL and Thomson Reuters Member Appreciation Event

AALL and Thomson Reuters Member Appreciation Event


Monday, July 20  7:00-10:00 p.m.

Join AALL and Thomson Reuters at one of Philadelphia's most popular downtown destinations for this year's Member Appreciation Event. Head to the Reading Terminal Market where local fare from more than 20 vendors will be featured. Local craft beers and other beverages will be available as well as live entertainment and dancing. Just a short walk from the convention center and all of the conference hotels, you won't want to miss this opportunity to mingle and have fun with fellow members and colleagues.

List of TS-SIS retirees, 2014-2015

In celebration of their careers and the many ways that these friends have enriched our professional lives, I share with you our current list of colleagues who have retired this past year. I am awed by the achievements of this group and the wisdom that's leaving (left) our ranks.
We will recognize each of them at the TS-SIS Breakfast Meeting during Annual, but it all feels somewhat "too little, too late."
Known Retirees (July 2014-July 2015):
  • Reba Best Associate Director, University of Tennessee Law Library
  • Jack Bisset Head of Collection Services, Washington and Lee University School of Law Library
  • Susan Goldner Technical Services Librarian, University of Arkansas-Little Rock
  • Marilyn Nicely Head of Technical Services & American Indian Law Subject Specialist, University of Oklahoma Donald E. Pray Law Library
  • Lorna Tang Associate Law Librarian for Technical Services University, Chicago D'Angelo Law Library
  • Brian Striman Head of Technical Services, University of Nebraska Marvin & Virginia Schmid Law Library
Kindly let me know if we inadvertently missed anyone.

Upcoming Retirements (July 2015-July 2016):
  • Anne Myers (Oct 2015) Head of Acquisitions Yale Law Library
  • Gabe Horchler (Jan 2016) Head of Cataloging, Law Library of Congress
  • Karen Douglas (Feb 2016) Head of Collection Services Goodson Law Library Duke University Law School


Suzanne Graham
TS-SIS Chair, 2014-2015
Cataloging Services Librarian
University of Georgia
Athens GA

What does "reach out" mean??

Fear nothing when volunteering to help serve your colleagues.
Committee chairs are ready to embrace your energy and enthusiasm.
If you don't know WHAT you want to step into, contact Hollie. She's terrific to talk to. There's plenty of room in the TS-SIS elevator.

Brian Striman
Professor Retired Soon / U. of Nebraska

Important Update: 2015 Marla J. Schwartz Silent Auction

Good afternoon, TS-SIS members ~
First of all, thanks to all who have already offered to donate items to the silent auction (our major fundraiser for the Marla J. Schwartz Grant) and thanks to all of you that are planning to donate but haven't yet reached out to me directly!

We recently found out that this year all groups are permitted only ONE​ table in the activities area at the Annual Meeting, so we are coming up with attractive ways to display your donations within the space limitations.

Because of this:

We would appreciate a photo and description of each of your items prior to the Annual Meeting, just in case we cannot display everything on the table.  These items will be stored under the table and available upon request.

As you collect your donations, please email or text me a photograph (larger is better) and a quick description of the piece(s) as soon as possible.

In addition to allowing us a chance to create a booklet of materials available that may not fit on the table, this information will also help us better plan for our space constraints and allow us to make educated decisions on potential purchases of display materials such as risers or stands.

(We would also appreciate any display materials you would be willing to bring with you to Philadelphia, such as risers or stands -- email me at if you have any creative ideas or supplies that can help us overcome this particular challenge in 2015!)

As a reminder, all proceeds from the silent auction go to help fund the Marla J. Schwartz Grant, given to assist newer law librarians and graduate students in library/information studies to attend AALL sponsored events in technical services areas.

All fine pieces of craftwork and handiwork are welcome, and feel free to share this call for donations with anyone you know who would be interested in donating, even if they're not a member of TS-SIS.


Ashley Moye
Metadata & Digital Initiatives Librarian
Charlotte School of Law
Charlotte NC

Alma/Ex Libris Users Group Meeting in Philadelphia?

Hi OBS Colleagues,

This post appeared yesterday on the TS-SIS list. At least one other TS list member is also interested in attending such a meeting.

While the OBS Local Systems Committee is sponsoring a program exploring implementation of Koha and Kuali OLE open source software in law libraries during the annual meeting in Philadelphia (more details about that soon), will any Alma users be meeting, formally or informally, during the AALL Annual Meeting?

If you have information about such a meeting or would be willing to help organize or facilitate such a meeting, please contact OBS Local Systems Committee Chair Kevin Carey (

Happy Friday to all!

Karen Selden
2014-2015 OBS Chair

Hi All,

William & Mary is currently considering replacement systems for our implementation of Sirsi's Symphony. One of the systems we're looking at is Alma by Ex Libris. It doesn't look like Ex Libris will be sending representatives to Philadelphia but I wondered if there's a users' group meeting some of us could attend? Does an Alma Users Group exist? Will it be meeting in Philadelphia?


Linda Tesar
Head of Technical Services and Special Collections
Wolf Law Library
College of William & Mary
613 S. Henry St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185