Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sunday morning exhibit drawing

We have a winner!

Paul Frank!

Totally thrilled to meet Paul Frank at the TS-SIS Cataloging & Classification Standing Committee Meeting Monday morning.

Keynote session

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Picture by Wendy Moore

Four flights

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013

Worst book in the world!!!!

Congratulations to University of St. Thomas, Schoenecker Law Library.

Their photo of De Fictionibus Iuris Tractatus Quinque, copyright 1659 has won the 2nd Annual Worst Book Contest. The winning photo was submitted by Valerie Aggerbeck, Research Librarian and will be posted soon. If you are in Seattle, stop by TS activities table to see their photo and other entries too.

Thank you for your interest and participation in this year's worst book contest. -- Maxine

Maxine Wright, MS, MLS
Preservation Committee, Member

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A message from Brian Striman . . .

Hey, TS fans. Here's a question that makes a difference in your professional life:

How do we get great programs that we need at each AALL annual meeting?

Answer: You.

Yes. You have an idea. The idea is the gold nugget.

But, we do not yet know your great idea. As a committee, we don't read minds.

Because of that flaw, unless you tell one of us now, or at the Seattle meeting MONDAY 11:45-12:45pm, or soon after the end of the conference, the idea goes into hospice.

We know. We know...... You don't want to hassle dealing with a proposal form, or dealing with making up learning outcomes, or that other stuff. You may not even want to be a speaker or coordinator. You hate being up front in a room filled with.... with..... "people."

WE DON'T GIVE A HOOT **WHY** YOU DON'T WANT TO SUBMIT a full blown proposal.

What we want is THAT IDEA. **THAT** idea. We want just the gold nugget idea that you think would be a great topic for a program of some length.

The Education Committee chair who's taken up the mantle of leadership to help find those gold nuggets is CHRISTINE DULANEY.

Christine is the Associate Law Librarian for Technical and Metadata Services at the American University Washington School of Law (the Pense Law Library).

Christine, Suzanne Graham and I will be expecting you to take time to come to the Monday at 11:45. We know there's the OBS business meeting at that time. We know there's an AALL meeting Program Committee open forum then. We know you'd rather go to have lunch somewhere with a colleague.


Don't come to the meeting. Go get something to each and shop for new shoes.

BUT THAT'S NO EXCUSE FOR NOT GIVING US YOUR GOLD NUGGETS!! You can text your ideas to me (write this down on your hand in ink) 402-202-0013. You can email to Christine: you can tell me or Christine if you spot us in one of the hallways. We'll get out a slip of paper and write down the idea and get your name so we can contact you after the conference. Yeah, baby, this is going to work!!

Once you deposit your gold nugget, you can skip the Education Committee meeting.

Remember, "No whining about lack of TS programs for San Antonio" if you personally have not submitted an idea that you think would make a pretty darn good program. Silence on this is bad. We want communication. You and us. Pass us your ideas. Go long! Or, just hand it off.

Christine, Suzanne and I are excited to get your ideas. The Education Committee will draft up a proposal based on your idea/s and shoot it back to you. We will keep fine-tuning it for you. We want the gold nugget to be a nicely polished piece you or someone you agree to designate, to submit it to AMPC.

Brian Striman
Vice Chair TS-SIS
U. of Nebraska

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Cataloging and Classification Roundtable

Greetings, colleagues!
The Cataloging and Classification Roundtable will be held on Monday, July 15, 2013, from 5:30-6:30, in the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC-Room 303).

Here is the informal agenda. There will be plenty of time for (focused) discussion and questions.:

1. Welcome and announcements (George Prager)

2. Report on the RDA Workshop (Melissa Beck)

3. RDA Law Best Practices discussion (Melissa Beck)

4. Other issues?

Hope to see you all there!


George Prager
Head of Cataloging
New York University Law Library
New York NY

OBS Table needs volunteers

Just reposting this, since Marjorie still needs volunteers. Come on! Sign up! You know this is where all the action will be --


Please volunteer for a time-slot at the OBS-SIS Activities Table at the Seattle Meeting. You will be able to "meet and greet" lots of new and old
friends! The following time-slots are needed during the refreshment
breaks in the Exhibit Hall:

Sunday July 14 (10:00 am - 11:00 am)
Monday July 15 (9:00 am - 10:00 am)
Tuesday July 16 (1:30 pm - 2:30 pm)

For each time-slot, it would be nice to have one to two volunteers. To this end, I do hope that you will be able to volunteer for one of the slots.

Thanks in advance!

Marjorie Crawford
Head of Technical Services
Rutgers University Law School Library
Newark NJ

TS-SIS Auction


Just a final reminder about the auction. You can bring your donations to the TS-SIS Activities table, in the Exhibit Hall, on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. The auction will run until 4:00 p.m. on Monday.

Thank you!

message from the TS incoming chair . . .

Soon I will announce one of the most important leaders in our Section.



The Chair of the Education Committee chairs the Education Committee.

The Education Committee, as a committee name, sounds pretty boring.

I know that.

However, year after year this plugger committee's job is to cast nets throughout the universe looking for ideas for good continuing education development programs for our upcoming annual meetings.

NOT this meeting in Seattle. Those are locked in.

Your ideas for San Antonio need to be in kernel form RIGHT NOW, or immediately after the Seattle meeting.

Do I make this reality understandable?

If we don't not get any ideas for good programs, we will miss the train. The AMPC will meet and the matrix of San Antonio will be crafted and slots compete for all kinds of topics and events.

We snooze, we lose.

Sometimes, we aren't snoozing, but there's confusion about changes in the way program proposals and timing to submit them, and even then, good programs can be washed away back into the ocean of time.

The thing is that YOU are in control of programs now. NOT as much the Education Committee, like in the past. But the Education Committee needs to know the pool of proposals and ideas to help ensure the best program ideas are not lost back in the brackish waters of the primeval soup of potential ideas.

So ***PAY ATTENTION*** whether you think you are going to San Antonio or not. We need you. We need your ideas. We need speaker ideas. We need creativity. We need diversity of topics and forums.

Task Group on Vendor-Supplied Bibliographic Records


The Task Group on Vendor-Supplied Bibliographic Records will be meeting at AALL on Tuesday, July 16th from 7:00 to 8:15 a.m., in WSCC Room 304. The meeting will be open to all from 7:00 to 7:30, and then will be in executive session from 7:30-8:15, and only open to Task Group members. The agenda is attached.

We will be serving light refreshments in the hopes of enticing you to join us bright and early on 16th.

Cynthia Spadoni
Director, Bibliographic Services & Collection Management
UCLA School of Law
Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library
Los Angeles CA

Monday, July 08, 2013

Rare Book Cataloging Roundtable

The following is being posted on behalf of Michael Widener (Chair, LHRB-SIS) and Susan Karpuk (Yale Law Library). The roundtable meets Sunday, July 14, 2013 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in WSCC-Room 303.

Hello Rare Book Cataloging Roundtable,

Please join us again this year. We will do our usual round robin, in which we usually share any rare books news at our respective libraries and bring up various topics for discussion, e.g., marking, shelving, cataloging, and anything else.

I have recently been including "fingerprints" on some of our rare books records and will talk briefly about our practice at Yale Law Library.

Below are links to the documentation I use.

1. Bodley Library summary 4 pages
2. OCLC 026 field 2 pages
3. Fingerprints Manual ca. 40 pages including examples. The link to the manual appears in the Bodley page above.

Look forward to seeing everyone,

Susan Karpuk
Rare Books Cataloger
Yale Law Library
127 Wall St.
New Haven, CT 06520

Unconventional Educational opportunities -- don't miss them!

We've got a lot of educational programming for Seattle, but it's not all in the programming slots, and it's not all listed in the official program. Be sure you don't miss it! These are programs masquerading as users' groups and roundtables, and they will provide some of the most useful and entertaining programming of the meeting!

OBS-SIS OCLC User's Group Meeting

Time: Sunday, July 14, 12:30pm - 1:45pm

Location: WSCC-Room 204

This roundtable is open to anyone who uses OCLC products or services, and will feature the OBS-SIS OCLC liaison, Glenn Patton, Director of the WorldCat Quality Management Division at OCLC, as the speaker. Glenn will discuss OCLC's new and enhanced services, as well as planned future developments. Following this overview, the bulk of the roundtable time will be allotted to audience members to ask questions and to share comments, ideas, and concerns with the speaker and other OCLC users in the audience. Come prepared both to learn and to participate during this informative and interactive session.

Karen Selden

OBS-SIS Local Systems Roundtable : Orbis Cascase Alliance

Time: Monday, Jul 15 5:30pm - 6:45pm

Location: WSCC-Room 210


At the 106th AALL Annual Meeting on Monday July 15th at 5:30 p.m., the Local Systems Roundtable will present the trailblazing work of the Orbis Cascade Alliance-- a 37-member academic library consortium that includes 6 law libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Beginning in 2013, the members of this consortium began migrating from individual integrated library systems to a shared library management system— the Ex Libris Alma and Primo management system. This roundtable will focus on the planning and implementing of a shared system by the first cohort of libraries that led to making their vision a reality. Three members from the Alliance will lead an informal moderated roundtable, which will include both prepared and real-time questions from the audience.

Orbis Cascade Alliance Presenters: Bill Kelm, Systems Librarian at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon; Al Cornish, departing Systems Library at Washington State University at Pullman and incoming Shared ILS Program Manager for the Alliance staff; and Ann Nez, one of our own and Coordinator of Technical Services at Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington.

Kathy Faust

OBS/TS-SIS Research Roundtable : Passport to Publication

Time: Tuesday, July 16 7:00am - 8:15am

Location: WSCC-Room 213

Each attendee will be given a passport and will visit four countries (or experts) -- including Anne Klinefelter, who will talk about the writing workshop she hosts each spring, Marguerite Most, who will talk about how to get involved with editing, Michael Maben, who will talk about how to write for TSLL, and Hollie White will talk about writing about tech services. Each attendee who receives passport stamps from the four experts will have their name entered in a drawing for an Amazon gift card.

Hollie White

-Chris Tarr

OBS ribbons, too!

You may have heard that there will be TS ribbons available at the TS Activities table.

Well, there will be OBS ribbons available at the OBS Table, too!

OBS members can show their pride with (I think they're green) beautiful OBS ribbons to stick on our badges! What a great way to show our numbers! What a great way to have a really colorful badge!!

Remember to introduce yourselves to members, new and old, that you may not have met!

See you soon --


Christina Tarr
Head of Cataloging
University of California School of Law Library
Berkeley CA

Don't Forget Your Ribbons!

Good morning,
this year, TS members who attend the conference will be able to show their pride in belonging to the section with ribbons to add to their badges!  New TS members, those who have been in the section for a year or less, will get blue ribbons.  Established TS members will get orange ribbons.  That way we'll be able to identify fellow members at the conference.  It's a great way to introduce yourself to members you don't know and to welcome new members.  The ribbons will be available for pick up at the TS activities table. Hope to see a lot of you in Seattle!


Miriam Childs, TS-SIS Chair, 2012-2013
Head of Technical Services
Law Library of Louisiana
New Orleans LA

AALL Technical Services Special Interest Section Cataloging and Classification Standing Committee Classification and Subject Cataloging Policy Advisory Working Group

III. Open Floor for questions about SAC activities (5 min.)
IV. New business
A.    Share local implementation strategies of new Genre/Form terms for law (Suzanne for Yael Mandelstam)  (10 min.)
B.    Evaluate use of 751 field for jurisdiction information  (10 min.)
C.    Discuss interest in assisting with creation of demographic vocabulary (lcdft)  (10 min.)
D.    Discuss funnel activities (5 min.)
E.    Open floor (5 min.)
2012-2013 Membership
Abigail Bibee, University of Michigan
Amalia Contursi, Columbia University

Pam Deemer, Emory University
Suzanne Graham, University of Georgia (Chair)

Joni Herbst, University of Oregon
Aaron Kuperman, Library of Congress

Tom Latuszek, Florida Coastal School of Law
Kathy Lin, UC Davis

Melody Lembke, UC Irvine
Yael Mandelstam, Fordham University

Ellen McGrath, SUNY Buffalo
Pat Sayre McCoy, University of Chicago

Sallie Smith, University of Pittsburgh
Sally H. Wambold, University of Richmond

Caroline Young, Rutgers University
Jolande Goldberg, Library of Congress Policy and Standards Division
George Prager, New York University

Suzanne Graham
Cataloging Services Librarian
University of Georgia

Athens GA

Friday, July 05, 2013

OBS/TS Researchers Roundtable

The OBS/TS Researchers Roundtable will be held Tuesday, July 16 from 7:00am to 8:15am in Convention Center Rm 213. This year's theme is "Passport to Publication". Participants will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card. Four learning stations will be led by law librarian experts including:

· Anne Klinefelter, who will talk about the LiiLP workshop

· Michael Maben, who will talk about writing for TSLL

· Marguerite Most, who will talk about how to be an editor

· Hollie White, who will talk about writing TS-related articles

Collect stamps in your passport from all 4 experts and be entered into the Amazon gift card drawing. The drawing will be held the end of the session. Bring your coffee and let's talk about getting published!

Speaker Information:

Anne Klinefelter is Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law, positions she has held since 2007. Professor Klinefelter has been active in library associations and library education. In 2012, she received the Distinguished Lecturer Award from the American Association of Law Libraries. In 2012, she co-organized the Duke/UNC Workshop for Scholarship on Legal Information and Information Law and Policy (LiiLP).

Michael Maben received his Bachelor's degree in history from Portland State University in 1980, and his MLS from the University of Washington in 1988. Since 1988 he has been the Cataloging Librarian for the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Library in Bloomington, Indiana. He has had essays published in Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, State Constitutional Commentaries and Notes, Technical Services Law Librarian, Indiana Genealogist, and Columbia Magazine. I also edited and contributed to the South Asia section for the Guide to Official Publications of Foreign Countries, 2nd edition (1997). Michael is the incoming editor for the Technical Services Law Librarian.

Marguerite Most is an associate editor with Legal Reference Services Quarterly. She has served as an editor with LRSQ for over 10 years, during which time she has reviewed and edited articles in all areas of law librarianship. Her experience reading and critiquing articles also includes serving as a member of the Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum Committee for the past three years, and on-going work as co-chair of the Morris Cohen Student Essay Award Committee of the Legal History and Rare Books SIS. In 2007 her book, Prestatehood Legal Material: a Fifty-State Research Guide, which she co-edited with Michael Chiorazzi, was awarded the Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award. Marguerite is also a Reference Librarian and Senior Lecturing Fellow at the Goodson Law Library, Duke Law School. She has held positions at several academic law libraries including Boston College and the University of North Carolina and has worked in both technical and public services positions.

Hollie C.White is the Digital Initiatives Librarian for the J. Michael Goodson Law Library at Duke University. She has a Ph.D in Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has had articles published in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, Journal of Library Metadata, Serials Librarian, the Journal of the American Society of Information Science and Technology, and Journal of Documentation. She primarily researches and publishes in the area of metadata, information organization, and repositories.

Hollie White
Digital Initiatives Librarian
Duke University School of Law
Durham NC

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

TS-SIS Cataloging and Classification Standing Committee Meeting

Greetings colleagues.
You are all invited to the TS-SIS Cataloging and Classification Standing Committee Meeting. It will be held
on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at the invigorating hour of 7:00 AM-8:15 AM, in the Washington State Convention Center, WSCC-Room 208. The agenda is attached.

George Prager
Head of Cataloging
New York University Law Library
New York NY

TS-SIS Management Issues Round Table

All TS librarians -

Note that the TS-SIS Management Issues Round Table is now meeting on Tuesday morning from 7:00-8:15 am in the Washington State Convention Center, Room 310. Ajaye Bloomstone (LSU Law) will be facilitating the discussion this year. Please send her an email by Tuesday, July 9, 2013 (LLAJAYE[at]LSU.EDU) listing topics you'd like to see discussed. We'll look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Volunteers needed for OBS table


Please volunteer for a time-slot at the OBS-SIS Activities Table at the Seattle Meeting. You will be able to "meet and greet" lots of new and old
friends! The following time-slots are needed during the refreshment
breaks in the Exhibit Hall:

Sunday July 14 (10:00 am - 11:00 am)
Monday July 15 (9:00 am - 10:00 am)
Tuesday July 16 (1:30 pm - 2:30 pm)

For each time-slot, it would be nice to have one to two volunteers. To this end, I do hope that you will be able to volunteer for one of the slots.

Thanks in advance!

Marjorie Crawford
Head of Technical Services
Rutgers University Law School Library
Newark NJ

And more TSLL reviewers needed . . .


In looking over the program offerings in Seattle, I think I will add three to the list of reviews to include in the September issue of TSLL. If you are interested in reviewing these programs, please contact me. Thank you.

A-1--Making Sense of the Numbers: Understanding Vendor Statistics (Sunday, July 14, 11:15am-12:15pm)

C-5--Law for the Non-JD Librarian (Sunday, July 14, 4:00pm-5:15pm)

E-1--Off the Page and Beyond the Book: New Models for Buying and Selling Legal Information (Monday, July 15, 2:30pm-3:45pm)

Reviewers will have my undying appreciation!

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

TSLL reviewer needed


Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to review a session at the Seattle meeting. I am still in need of one individual who will review the Hot Topic program F-8: Rethinking the Cloud: Legal Aspects of Cloud Solutions. This program is on Tuesday, July 16 from 8:30 to 9:45. Please contact me if you are willing and able to review this session--thank you.


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