Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Tech Services Programs

We are so close … New Orleans is just a few days away!

And TS-SIS is offering the most technical services events ever during AALL 2007 in New Orleans--you may never again see such a great selection of acquisitions, cataloging and technical services related programs and meetings! Thanks again to all the members of the 2006/2007Education Committee and to the coordinators for their tremendous work in putting this together.

Go to our web site at to see all the technical services related events.

Important reminder: our very own in-house TS-SIS sponsored programs, listed below, are not included in the AALL final program. Instead, we have provided descriptions, handouts and evaluation forms on our own TS-SIS website, thanks to the huge effort exerted by our web master Martin Wisneski.

Please check out these two links and print the handouts and evaluations forms to take with you to AALL. Very few paper copies will be available at the meetings.

Handouts for TS SIS programs:

Evaluation forms for TS-SIS programs:

TS-SIS 2007 Program Descriptions (all programs held in the Convention Center except the Acquisitions Roundtable, held in the Hilton Riverside)

Next Katrina: Are you ready? (TS-SIS Program)

Sunday, July 15, 2007 — 4:15-5:15 p.m. EMCC-Room 223

Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc throughout New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in August 2005. Area librarians will discuss their experiences before, during, and after the catastrophe. Speakers will provide real-life recommendations for how to improve our own disaster preparedness. Vivid, dramatic photographs of damage will complement the presentations.

Blogging and Beyond: New Communication Streams for Technical Services Librarians (TS-SIS Program)

Sunday, July 15, 2007 — 4:15-5:15 p.m. EMCC-Room 224

To keep technical services law librarians apprised of the latest communication techniques, technologies such as blogs, RSS feeds and other communication streams beyond websites and e-mail will be explored. Librarians will learn how to apply these technologies to monitor publisher and vendor developments, follow journal publication schedules, network with colleagues, and manage listserv e-mail overload, etc.

Hot Topic Program (TS-SIS): Does Cataloging Have a Future? An Update from the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control (TS-SIS Program)

Monday, July 16, 2007 — 10:30-11:30 a.m. EMCC-Room 224

Advances in search-engine technology, the popularity of the Internet and the influx of electronic information resources have greatly changed the way libraries deliver information. To address these changes, LC convened a Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control (LCWGFBC), which is holding public meetings around the country and due to complete its review by November 2007. Richard Amelung, AALL's representative, will discuss the ongoing activities of the Group, including a hearing just held July 9th at the Library of Congress. There will be a question and answer period.

Indigenous Government and Law in the Americas. Library of Congress Online Classification: A Gateway to Web Resources? (TS-SIS Program)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 — 9:00-10:30 a.m. EMCC-Room 224

A growing need to provide access to legal records of indigenous governments in the Americas has challenged libraries. How to broaden and enhance access to these materials will be discussed by librarians expert in cataloging, collection building and digital projects. LC's new online Classification schedule for the Law of Indigenous Peoples in the Americas (KIA-KIX) was explored for the various ways in which this tool can be used in capturing and presenting digital copy of these hard to-come-by sources and other web resources, institutional or tribal.

Resource Description and Access (Cataloging Roundtable and TS-SIS Program)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 — 12:00-1:30 p.m. EMCC-Room 224

As the publication of the new cataloging code RDA approaches, law catalogers face challenges learning and applying it. Kathy Winzer, AALL's representative to CC:DA, will provide an update on the latest progress, followed by a panel discussion led by the Cataloging & Classification Committee's Descriptive Cataloging Policy Advisory Working Group. Michael Gorman will also be present for questions and a follow-up to his earlier presentation on the Future of Cataloging.

Tips and Tricks for Successful Vendor Negotiations (Acquisitions Roundtable and TS-SIS Program)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 — 12:00-1:30 p.m. Hilton Riverside-Prince of Wales

Getting the material that the law library needs involves knowing what to ask for and how to ask for it. To what extent does referencing the AALL Fair Practices Guidelines facilitate discussions with vendors? What can vendors do to help a library transition part of its collection to other formats? This half-hour program will explore ways to foster better communication with vendors.

Casting a Wider Net: the Challenges and Rewards of Making Your Online Catalog a Useful Tool Beyond The Law Library (TS-SIS Program)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 — 2:45-3:15 p.m. EMCC-Room 224

The Suffolk University Law School's Moakley Law Library expanded their OPAC beyond the law library setting by incorporating the holdings of the University's Career Development Office resources into its OPAC--the mechanics of how this was done will be demonstrated.

For a complete listing of TS-SIS and other AALL committee meetings, go to:

See you in New Orleans!



Rhonda K. Lawrence

TS-SIS Chair, 2006/07


  1. Rhonda, Will this video of Michael Gorman's program be available for purchase by non-AALL members or is it members only? Thanks.

  2. Christine, I don't believe there are any restrictions on who may order tapes/CDs. Please see the following page on the AALL web site for more info (follow the Click Here to order from MobilTape Inc. link):