Wednesday, July 15, 2009

OBS VIP -- Bruce Johnson

Hi OBS Colleagues,

Each year AALL allows each SIS and chapter to invite a VIP (Valuable Invited Participant) to the AALL Annual Meeting. The OBS-SIS Board was pleased that Bruce Johnson, a very prominent member of the Policy & Standards Division of the Library of Congress, accepted the inviation to serve as the OBS VIP at the 2009 AALL Annual Meeting. Mr. Johnson is very active in American Library Association (ALA) activities (he is a former Chair of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), ALA’s home for catalogers and technical services librarians), and during his nearly 25 year tenure at the Library of Congress he developed the LC Rule Interpretations looseleaf service. His efforts for the past fifteen years have been largely focused on Cataloger’s Desktop, a web-based cataloging knowledge system, which has revolutionized how many catalogers find answers to their cataloging questions. Mr. Johnson very generously presented a program highlighting tips and tricks for using Cataloger's Desktop at the AALL Annual Meeting in Portland in 2009, and is also offering free smaller training sessions on this product on July 29, 2010 at the Library of Congress (a few slots are still available; contact me for details).

Mr. Johnson will be attending many programs and sessions at the Annual Meeting, but if you would like the opportunity to meet him personally, he plans to attend the Annual Meeting Closing Banquet on Tuesday evening July 28. If you or someone you know would be interested in joining Mr. Johnson at the closing banquet, please RSVP to me and I'll make arrangements to reserve a table for our group.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in DC in less than 2 weeks!


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