Wednesday, June 28, 2006

ILUG meeting at AALL -- reminder

Dear ILUGers,

Our meeting in St. Louis is just few days away. It's still not too late to register and go for that great Italian lunch. Just please let Phyllis Post know (ppost[AT] today or tomorrow at the latest, and pay at the door. Think spumoni, chocolate fudge cake ...

Tom Baker.

Innovative Law Users Group

Annual Meeting

Renaissance Grand Hotel

St. Louis, Missouri

July 8, 2006

Agenda (Final, as of June 20, 2006)

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration and breakfast*

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Business meeting: Treasurer’s Report; Resolution of Deadlocked Election; an item from Katrina Piechnik

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

III company presentation #1 – State of the Company – Sandy Westall (Innovative Interfaces, Inc.)

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

III company presentation #2 – AccessLaw: Resource Sharing Expands among Law Libraries – Sandy Westall

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

ILUG member presentation #1 – Preparing ABA Statistics with Millennium – Mary Strouse (Catholic University of America), Patricia Callahan (University of Pennsylvania), Jim Mumm (Marquette University)

11:30 – 12:00 noon

ILUG member presentation #2 – Disaster Recovery – Elizabeth Moore (Loyola University of New Orleans)

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch (advance registration required) – at Charlie Gitto’s Downtown, an Italian restaurant with echoes of the Cardinals.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Joint III/ILUG discussion: State of Millennium – Tom Baker (Columbia Law School), Georgia Briscoe (University of Colorado), Mary Jane Kelsey (Yale University), Sandy Westall

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

III company presentation #3 – WebPAC Pro – Dinah Sanders (Innovative Interfaces, Inc.)

3:45 – 4:15 p.m.

discussion groups + w/ ABA-statistics table

4:15 – 4:45 p.m.

discussion groups, second set, + presentation at the podium from YBP: Integrating with III to Streamline Workflows for Libraries (Jean Eaglesfield, Manager, Collection Management and Development Group, and Michael Walmsley, New Business Development Manager (Midwest) (YBP)

* - Breakfast and breaks provided courtesy of Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

As you can see, we got Dinah Sanders to come and talk to us about WebPAC Pro. At Sandy Westall’s suggestion we have allotted an entire hour for this presentation.

YBP wanted to do a presentation on how their products work with the III system to streamline workflows. As the presentation slots were filled, I suggested that they do a presentation for those who are specially interested during the second discussion group session, as the podium will not be being used at that point.

The most-asked for item in the member surveys was statistics. Mary Strouse, Pat Callahan and Jim Mumm will do a presentation on using Millennium to prepare ABA statistics, which will very helpful to us.

Last October I asked Elizabeth Moore if she would be willing to keep notes and talk to us about recovering from the very real disaster which enveloped New Orleans. I’m happy she said ‘yes’.

It was an idea of mine that it was time for a discussion, hopefully with III, on where we all are with the Millennium software. Sometimes (even-numbered midnight hours :-) I think this discussion should be entitled Bells & Whistles v. Basic Bedrock. Sometimes (odd-numbered midnight hours) I think it should be entitled Darwin v. The Deckchairs. How has Millennium worked in your institution? What has it helped? What problems has it raised? Where does the Innovative system fit into the IT environment of your institution? Have you been using Innovative software since the text-based days? Or did you start out with Innovative as a user of Millennium? From the standpoint of you and your institution, where do you see library system software heading? Are there any implications for the overall business model? I’m very grateful to Georgia Briscoe and to Mary Jane Kelsey for helping lead what I hope will be an interesting and fruitful evaluation. I’m happy to report that Martin Wisneski has set up an ILUG bulletin board for us to use in gathering our thoughts on these issues, and he can open a branch for your topic of interest if you like. The URL is . The first time you go to the site, you must register. This gives us a way of keeping the spammers out. Please join the ILUG bulletin board, come to the meeting in St. Louis, and share your thoughts with your colleagues, whether you are a “Darwinist” or a “Believer in Bedrock”.