Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Technical Services Law Librarian, June 2014 issue


The June issue of the Technical Services Law Librarian is now available: http://www.aallnet.org/sections/ts/TSLL/Issues/Technical-Services-Law-Librarian-39-4-June-2014.pdf.
In addition to our excellent columns and the insightful comments by the chairs of our two sections, the issue also contains information about the AALL Annual Meeting in San Antonio; and the recipients of the Renee D. Chapman Memorial Award, the Marla Schwartz Grant, and TS-SIS Educational Grants. A new column makes its debut in this issue on Library Metrics written by Ashley Moye.

I look forward to seeing many of you in San Antonio!

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

Welcome 2 New OBS-SIS Members Ryan and Rachel

During the AALL in San Antonio, OBS-SIS had two drawings for OBS-SIS Annual Membership.

The winners of these drawings are

Ryan Tamares - Catalog Librarian from Stanford Law School


Rachel Baarz - Specialist Research & Information Services Practice Group from Profit Recovery Partners, LLC
Innovative Expense Reduction Solutions

Ryan and Rachel WELCOME To OBS-SIS http://www.aallnet.org/sections/obs
Katrina Piechnik
OBS-SIS Chair 2013/14
Library Systems Manager
Jenkins Law Library
833 Chestnut St., Suite 1220
Philadelphia PA 19107-4429

Open Source Software? - You do not want to miss

For those of you who attended this very informative Roundtable session at AALL in Austin Texas I would like to share Nicole's Engard slides from her presentation

Open Source Software: a Community and a Philosophy of Freedom AALL Annual, San Antonio, TX, July 13, 2014

This presentation as well as others are located at http://opensource.web2learning.net/presentations/

If you did not attend this session you still may learn so much from checking this handout.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Reality check ...

I attended the OBS-sponsored Orbis-Cascade Alliance program, which delivered it all: candor, humor, optimism .. oh, and some system migration tips. I too think longingly of the era when systems were fully-vetted before we could even purchase them. But alas, those days are never coming back and we need to be able to function in the current environment where systems are never "done." So my goal is to handle our next system migration with as much grace and good humor as the librarians from the Gallagher Law Library that I heard speak this morning.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cataloging sandwich

Monday started with the CSCAG meeting at 7:30 this morning and closed at almost 7:00 this evening with the Cat & Class Roundtable for me, so sort of like a cataloging sandwich :-) It's great to be in a group of catalogers so enthusiastic about their work. I feel very fortunate, though a bit brain-dead ...

Current TS past-chair Brian Striman

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Brian Striman, holding the plaque given to him by the TS board for his service as TS Chair.

(photo: Wendy Moore)

OCLC Update

Heard at the OBS OCLC Users Group meeting: Eventually the purchase of collections of MARC record sets from OCLC will be included in our cataloging subscription. We won't have to pay extra! Stay tuned ...

Rene Chapman award winner John Hostage

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George Prager gave a wonderful speech highlighting John"s achievements, not least of which is getting the treaty headings rules amended in RDA -- treaties are now entered under title.

Congratulations John!

(photos -- Wendy Moore)

pictures from the TS table

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Holly enjoys her time at the TS table

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Members trying to unscramble the preservation scrambler.

(photos -- Maxine Wright)

TS member Ryan Tamares

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Maxine and Holly at the TS-SIS Activities table

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Got food?

Still hungry? Check Dan's guide to putting yourself in a food coma in San Antonio.


Great news!

Heard at this morning's Cat & Class Committee meeting -- Melody Lembke is planning a new edition of Cataloging Legal Literature or as I always call it, the law cataloger's bible. Woo hoo!

Volunteering is fun!

Why did I wait so long to volunteer at registration at the conference? I have no good excuse, but I'm glad I finally did. I worked for a few hours Saturday morning helping attendees pick up their badges, ribbons, and bags. I really enjoyed it, even though I mangled typing a number of names while trying to help people. I thank everyone for their patience and good humor. I'm reminded once again how fortunate I am to be part of such a wonderful group.


Interesting point raised this morning at Cat and Class by Jolande Goldberg -- federal Indian law is really colonial law. #aall14

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Innovative Law Users Group lunch

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from today's "The Mission"

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Join OBS to learn about Open Source Software

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"Please join the OBS-SIS Local Systems Roundtable for a special presentation by OBS-SIS VIP Nicole Engard on Sunday, July 13, 11:45 a.m. to 1 pm in the Marriott Riverwalk Travis Room. The presentation is titled Open Source Software: a Community and a Philosophy of Freedom."

Message from Brian

Hi Everybody!

Not going to San Antonio?

Already checked in to your San Antonio hotel?

Either way, it doesn't matter.

Keep in touch and enjoy some reading and photos about the Annual Meeting with the OBS/TS Blog.


And the TSLAWCHATS facebook group..https://www.facebook.com/groups/220174528004187/

I've heard that people are stopping their facebook useage. Could be. But it's a great software platform to communicate and fun.

And the twitter tweeters, TS has that too. https://twitter.com/AALL_TSSIS

If you don't want to do any of that, then look bewildered for a while.

Brian Striman
U. of Nebraska

CONELL - New Tech Services Librarians. SEE BRIAN.

Chair of TS-SIS, Brian Striman will be at the CONELL marketplace, marketing the value of being a member of the TS-SIS. Gonna have a drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Not bad!  He has some brochures to give you, but mostly wants to meet you and welcome you and hope you embrace the TS-SIS as a great career nugget to have. Stop by the booth or wherever the heck everyone else will be.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Descriptive Cataloging Advisory Working Group Meeting

Descriptive Cataloging Advisory Working Group Meeting
Monday, July 14, 2014
11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Location: Convention Center, Room 216A

Our rather full agenda is attached. Guests are welcome to attend (although in the interests of full disclosure, I must report there will be no enticement of refreshments).

Additional supporting documents have been sent directly to current members of DCAG. If you are a former member and did not re-enlist yourself during our fall campaign, please see incoming Chair, George Prager, after the meeting. (And of course, if you are newly interested in joining this working group, please also feel free to attend, and be ready to roll up your sleeves!).

Wishing safe and hassle-free travels to you all.
Melissa Beck
Head of Cataloging
UCLA School of Law
Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library
Los Angeles CA
(310) 794-4799

Descriptive Cataloging Advisory Working Group
Cataloging and Classification Standing Committee
Meeting Agenda
Monday, July 14, 11:45 am – 12: 45 pm
Convention Center Room 216A

/Current Roster


AALL CC:DA Representative ​​​​​John Hostage

Discussion Items

General methodology for setting descriptive policy and practice

​Evaluate current RDA instructions and LC-PCC PS relating especially to legal resources; determine whether (and by what means) they need to be revised/interpreted:

​​a) Formal RDA revision proposals

​​b) LC-PCC PS development/revision proposals

​​c) Formal guidelines (“best practices”) to allow for uniformity
​​ within the law cataloging community

Collective titles of laws​​​​​​John Hostage
(DCAG team to pursue RDA revision of “Laws, etc.”)

Establish DCAG teams to investigate AALL guidelines/best practices

​1) Extensive statements of responsibility
​​(and corresponding access points)

​2) Contructing and qualifying AAPs for preferred titles

​3) Use of relationship designators

Other areas of descriptive cataloging requiring guidelines​Aaron Kuperman

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Congratulations to William A. Wise Law Library --- WINNER of the 2014 Worst Book Contest

Congratulations to William A. Wise Law Library, University of Colorado Law School. They have won TS-SIS Preservation 3rdAnnual Worst Book Contest.

Their photos of 
Dissertationum juris controversi, tam in hispalensi, quam granatensi senatu .... covered with holes along the spine captured the prize this year. They will receive $150.00 to use toward a preservation tool or activity of their choice.
The winning photos were submitted by Georgia Briscoe, Associate Director & Head of Technical Services. Be sure to stop by TS Activities Table to see their photos and other entries too.
Thank you to everyone who participated. Your entries were all prize worthy.
Keep in mind,  there are still other preservation prizes to be won. There will be chances to win $5.00 Subway gift cards if you can unscramble the "preservation scrambler" in less than 3 minutes. Stop by the table and give it a try.

Thank you 
Maxine Wright, M.S., M.L.S.
International and Foreign Law Collection and Services Librarian
Georgetown University Law Library
Washington DC

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

TS table needs volunteers!

Hello again Technical Services Special Interest Section members!

We just need a few more volunteers to staff the activities and membership table in the Exhibit Hall. There are slots open all three days, so please check your (already very full) schedule and see if you are able to help.

Volunteering is a great opportunity to support the section by representing it to current and prospective TS-SIS members, and to AALL as a whole. It is also a great way to catch up with old friends and to meet some new ones.

The sign-up form and information about what needs to be done is available on the TS-SIS website at:

http://www.aallnet.org/sections/ts/ (click TS-SIS Activities Table: Volunteer Now)

Time slots are available Saturday from 5:00-6:30 p.m.; Sunday from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Monday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; and Tuesday from 9 a.m.-noon.

Please contact me with questions and suggestions.

Jennifer Creevy
Serials/Acquisitions Librarian
Law Library of Louisiana
400 Royal St.
New Orleans LA 70130

Acquistions and Serials Standing Committees Joint Meeting


On Monday morning, July 14, at 7AM we will be holding the Joint Meeting and Roundtable for the Acquisitions and Serials Standing Committees. We will be catching up on acquisitions and serials issues, discussing what libraries have been doing with their electronic resources, and even getting a nice presentation from Melody Lembke on a creative use of EndNotel to assist in collection development. There will be the obligatory continental breakfast and a chance to chat with your colleagues, as well. Check out the attached agenda.

Trina Holloway (Acquisitions Chair) and I (Serials Chair) would love to see as many of you attend as possible. The meeting will be held at the Marriott Rivercenter in Salon C.

Jacob Sayward
Head of Electronic Services
Fordham University Law Library
New York NY

CRIV events in San Antonio

I hope you will join us for 2 CRIV events in San Antonio!

The CRIV Vendor Roundtable will be held on Monday, July 14 from 11:45am to 12:45pm in HBGCC-Room 007B. This year's topic for discussion is "The Role of Customer Feedback in Vendor Decisions". If you have any questions about the roundtable, please contact me.

Also, the CRIV sponsored program "The Bookless Law Library: Potential Reality or Flight of Fancy?" (H3) will be on Tuesday, July 15 from 3:45pm to 4:45pm in HBGCC-Room 214AB.

The nation's first "bookless" public library recently opened in San Antonio. Hear from two librarians at BiblioTech, who will discuss their experiences in creating this library. Learn about their patrons, what their staff of 12 does, how their digital collection is used, and what occupies their physical space. Also, find out how this unique library is faring, including the community's response. Then, a manager from a large law firm will explain how his firm shrunk its print collection by more than 60 percent, but has maintained the same staffing levels as eight years ago. He'll share attorney and staff responses to this change, as well as compare electronic and print collection costs. Is a bookless library in your future? You might be surprised!

Liz Reppe

State Law Librarian

MN State Law Library

Room G25, MN Judicial Center

25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

St. Paul, MN 55155



report from Brian Striman, TS Chair

Hello TS Mates!

Use our website for most current TS-SIS news, now including many of the various 2014 chairs' reports, and soon a final draft of the Agenda for the TS-SIS business and awards meeting in San Antonio. Posted now so you know more of what's going on with your officers and all the work of the TS committees, and Advisory Groups, and Workings Groups, and Task Forces before you get there.

It's a one-stop-shop for everything you want to launch to that's TS related.

Our website is our main information vehicle, with TSLL right along side. The reports also will be appearing in the next great issue of TSLL (the September issue). Thank you Martin! Thank you Michael Maben and all the TSLL staff and contributing authors.

GO'>http://www.aallnet.org/sections/ts/annualmeeting/2014">GO HERE

We have some of you who are Twitter lovers, please tweet stuff between yourselves via our TS Twitter account. It's one more tool we have to communicate. I'm not very active in tweetsland, but am our facebook group, TSLAWCHATS.

------------- So,

Will I miss being TS-SIS chair?
This office has had times when I was out of my comfort zone. It's been quite a ride.

Have I learned a lot and really got a great feel for all the work that goes on behind the scenes in our Section?
Yes, I Sure have.

I recommend that you volunteer to come on board, even if it's out of your comfort zone. Usually, we grow, when we go outside our comfort zone.

We've got some great new captains and crews on the dock with their bags waiting to board the Good Ship TS-SIS in the future. Let's go sailing! The most rewarding part of being Chair I think, is to witness all the busy busy professional colleagues, who, despite being.... did I say "busy?" ----- they say yes when asked; they say yes when filling out the annual TS-SIS survey.

Brian Striman
U. of Nebraska

Classification and Subject Cataloging Advisory Working Group (CSCAG) From: Yael Mandelstam

This message has been cross posted to the following Discussions: Online Bibliographic Services SIS and Technical Services SIS .
Please see below the agenda for the CSCAG meeting in San Antonio. The meeting is open to all.
Monday, July 14
7:30 am - 8:45 am
HBGCC-Room 216B
1. Welcome and introductions

2. Report from the chair
Field 751
Best practices for the application of law genre/form terms
Retrospective application of law genre/form terms
Update on LC Genre/Form Terms for library and Archival Materials (LCGFT)
3. Going forward with retrospective application of law genre/form terms
4. Action plan for tackling problematic/outdated subject headings
5. Adding relationship indicators in 600/610 headings
6 FAST headings
Are people leaving these headings in their bib records from OCLC?
If so, how are their systems displaying/indexing these headings?
7. New business
Yael Mandelstam
Head of Cataloging
Fordham University Law Library
New York NY
(212) 636-7971

Open position at Washington and Lee

This message has been cross posted to the following Discussions: Online Bibliographic Services SIS and Technical Services SIS .
Pardon the cross-posting. In the qualifications for our open position, Metadata, Empirical and Bibliographic Services Librarian, the J.D. has been reduced to "preferred."


Then click "search"

Feel free to contact me with questions. See you next week.

Jack Bissett
Head of Collection Services
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Lexington, VA
540 458-8546

1xx/7xx fields/NAF

This message has been cross posted to the following Discussions: Technical Services SIS Descriptive Cataloging Advisory Group and Technical Services SIS Cataloging & Classification Committee .
I wrote this up in consultation with Phil George who is the chief expert for the LC Law Cataloging Section. I suggest it might be a basis for a Descriptive Cataloging Best Practices for the law cataloging community. I suggest this might be a good topic to discuss at the Descriptive Advisory Group's meeting, in particular. I suggest that some LC practices should be adopted by everyone, and that an effort should be made to get the LC Law Cataloging Section to change some practices to be more in line with everyone else's.

If anyone needs to contact me between now and the conference, email me at home akuperma@gmail.com or on Facebook, as I get get to my LC email from outside the LC firewall. --Aaron

Aaron Kuperman
Senior Cataloger, Law Cataloging Section
Library of Congress
Washington DC

1xx/7xx fields/NAF

$c​qualifier to avoid conflicts

​If a date can not be found, prefer (Lawyer), rather than “solicitor” or “advocate” or “barrister” or (Law teacher) rather than “professor” or “dean”. Note that the qualifier is singular. One may no longer use academic degrees such as “Ph.D” or titles of rank such as “Q.C.” or “M.B.E.”. It is preferable to based the qualifier reflecting professions on LCSH wherever possible, since this also links them to the 374 field in the NAF. Note that the qualifier is singular.

Note the example of Lewin, Bryan ‡c (Writer on British trading standards) for which PSD was consulted and they expressly objected to using “M.B.E.” (which appears on the title page and author’s website and of which he is apparently quite proud) and suggested the “writer…” qualifier.

​Under current policy, it is unacceptable not to resolve a conflict since one can always use a profession or even a “Writer on …”. Undifferentiated name authorities, in which multiple authors have identical headings, or no long allowed. “Editor” or “Author” are very undesirable since almost everyone we deal with is one of those, but a profession such as (Legal editor) is acceptable.

$e​relationship indicators

​In all cases limit oneself to those listed in the RDA appendix I. If the terms there are inadequate, LC practice is to propose a new term to PSD. While there are separate lists for “Creators” there are some situations where we would use terms from other lists in the 1xx field (such as Issuing body after a heading for an agency issuing a regulation and the indicators for parties to law suits for libraries that catalogue pleadings and court documents, which LC rarely does).

Note that an editor is not a creator and is never the 1xx heading, and also note that the former indicator for “editor of compilation” is no longer used due to it causing excessive confusion. The term writer of added commentary is the correct term for someone who wrote a commentary on a legal work (e.g. a statute), and is never a creator; if the person is the main entry (meaning the work is primarily that of the person writing the commentary, and the original work is incidental), then the person is an author (though perhaps we might want two relationship indicators in that case: $e author, $e writer of added commentary (the term “commentator” is reserved for something totally different in the performing arts area).

​While one can add indicators for writers of prefaces and introductions, one need not have 7xx headings for them unless it is truly important. The same goes for translators, illustrators, publishers, etc. At LC, Law catalogers tend not to go overboard in adding 7xx headings. Just because there is a $e available for a relationship, does not mean the relationship has been deemed worthy of receiving an added entry (7xx heading). The only exception pertains to illustrators of juvenile works, which most law libraries rarely encounter.

​Administrative laws issued by agencies will receiving an indicator for issuing body in the 110 field, and statutes will have enacting jurisdiction in the 110 field. There is an indicator of jurisdiction governed but it is rarely used (since there is an implicit assumption that an “enacting jurisdiction” is legislating for itself). An example that might warrants its, would be for an edition of the British North America Act of 1867 (enacted by the British Parliament) if cataloged under RDA, which would probably get “Canada, jurisdiction governed” in the 110 field since RDA calls for “main” entry under the jurisdiction governed – however it is rare to find such a work to catalogue.

​Note that honouree is spelled with a British spelling and is not limited to a conventional festschrift but includes any work issued in honor of someone. If a collection of essays by an author is published to honor the author, one gets a heading [name of person], $e author, $e honouree in the 100 field. Corporate bodies can also be honored.

​When using an unfamiliar relationship indicator, check the definition. Remember that just because there is an indicator for something does not mandate having a heading for the person or body that is in that relationship, and the absence of a term from the list does not mean there is no relevant indicator, but rather one needs to be proposed through the official channels.

NAF fields

​If available, include the author’s birth date in the NAF in a 670 and in the 046 even if not needed (at this time) to break a conflict.

​For the 372 field, put the term in LCSH, such as Law $2 lcsh. Use the most general term unless the person has clearly established themselves in one area (meaning a more specific term is likely only for someone at the end of their career, and never for someone at the start of their career). For the 374 field, prefer the general term in LCSH Lawyers $2 lcsh or Law teachers $2 lcsh , and more specific terms only if they are well into their career as, for example, Judges or Corporate lawyers. For the 375 field, it is useful and easy to add the gender of the author, and is very helpful to do so for foreign authors whose names aren’t obviously gender specific. In determining gender look for use of a pronoun (he/she). While there are ways to indicate gender change, don’t expect to encounter this very often.

​It is probably a good practice to always attempt to locate the author’s personal web page, typically at his/her firm or academic institution. This way you may pick up other variants of the name and whether this is their first book. Checking VIAF for foreign authors might also be a good practice.

2xx fields

240 Citation titles.

​For statutes, look for a short title. Most English speaking countries have them and the practice is spreading. To the extent RDA allows, we should try to follow the “Blue book” practices. If RDA conflicts with standard citation practice, we should undertake to change RDA (as we did for treaties).

240 Recording the Preferred Title for a Compilation of Works of One Person

​This is RDA rule, sometimes referred to as the “Leaves of grass” rule due to its application to Belles lettres situations that have no relevance to law cataloging. For legal (and probably most social science literature), it is normal for works to be created out of, at least in part, journal articles the author has written. If the work is created out of previously published articles that have been edited to serve as chapters of the book, and all the more so if most of the chapters were never published but were written for the work, consider the “book in hand” to be a new work, and do not make a collective title. The need to have a 240 Works. Selections or more likely Essays. Selections or occasionally Judicial opinions. Selections will arise but not every often (e.g. someone publishing the works of someone to honor them, which is common is some countries). If the essays are edited into a new work, then it isn’t a compilation and the rule doesn’t apply. In effect, we want to see the work “jumping up and downing and saying “I am a compilation, not a new work” before we give it compilation treatment.

245 $c author statements

​Try to record what is on the title page (or equivalent), which often includes the author’s current or recent past position. A typical example of being “burdensome” is found on many British books where the author appears to be trying to reference his life story on to the title page – in which case one should prefer information indicating current status or position (such as “Q.C.” being more important that the author’s academic degrees).

250 Edition statement.

​Record what appears in the work in the form it appears. If the book abbreviates, the cataloging shows the abbreviation.

264 Publisher statement

​Record the first named place and name of publisher as it appears on the title page, or if not on the title page, the title page verso. One isn’t required to add on to it, though it is allowed. In almost no situation will one ever use Place of publication not identified (what used to be “S.l.”) since one can guess, i.e. a $a [United States?] is acceptable. While one can record data for distributor and manufacturer, it is probably not necessary to do so except in exceptional circumstances such as for books that didn’t get published commercially. Also note that non-published works are “produced”, meaning one uses indicator “0” (264 -0).

264 indicator 4 and subfield c: Copyright dates

If the only date on the primary sources of information is the copyright date, LC practice is to record the copyright date in $c in brackets. A separate field for copyright date (264 -4)will only be used if there is a copyright date that is different from the publication date (which is unusual). The logic is that in adding a second 264 field is extra work and provides no benefit for users, since the same date, taken from the copyright date, is being used for both the copyright date and the publication date.

300 $b Forms

​Law catalogers should always record $b Forms for works with form (and also indicated “k” in the fixed field for contents, and add 655 Legal forms). For other specific types of illustrations, LC Law catalogers usually only record $b illustrations.

490 serials

​LC policy is to ignore serial authorities and only record the serial name as found in the work in the 490, however LC policy allows catalogers to download records with serial heading and does not require them to be deleted.

505 Contents notes

​The Law Cataloging section at LC strives to add contents notes wherever possible. Often this takes the form of a digitized (scanned) file as a pdf linked to the record, though there is a hope of switching to a format that allows keyword searching. I frequently double check OCLC and the publisher’s websites to see if there is table of contents that can be cut and pasted into the record (which renders it fully searchable).

​RDA suggests contents notes aren’t need for conferences, but LC Law section practice is to try to get them. An important consideration is whether the materials being recorded in the contents notes are likely to be cited in legal literature (and be listed on the author’s resume).

There is an RDA “rule” encouraging a 7xx heading for the first article in a compilation, but that is oriented towards a belles lettres situation in which the best known poem or best known story is the first item in a compilation, and is irrelevant to the situation in legal publishing in which all articles in the compilation are of equal importance.

775 fields

​The “new” fields are not mandatory, and there is no policy on their use. Depending on circumstances it is often easier to use the “old” fields, the 700/710/730 and to make notes. If at some time it is possible to look at an older edition (or the original of a translation, etc.), and click it and immediately send the data into a structured field, these new fields could be more useful. ​

TSLL Board opening

The TSLL Board has an opening for an OBS representative for the 2014-2016 term. A description of the duties are below, but TSLL editor Michael Maben can answer specific questions. The TSLL Board holds in person meetings during the AALL Annual Meeting and consults via e-mail as needed throughout the rest of the year.
If you would like to be considered for this position, please send me an e-mail with a short paragraph explaining your interest in or qualifications for the position by COB Friday July 25, 2014.
From the TSLL Structure and Policies document (http://www.aallnet.org/sections/ts/TSLL/Structure-and-Policies#sect-iii):
The function of the [TSLL] board is to provide direction and to monitor TSLL's adherence to approved editorial policy. The board is responsible for resolving issues concerning editorial policy and its implementation. The board appoints the editor-in-chief, the associate editor, and approves the layout editor and columnists selected by the editor-in-chief. The board approves the TSLL annual report and all revisions to this document. The section representatives on the board are responsible to their respective sections and reflect their sections' interests and concerns about the newsletter.

Karen Selden, Metadata Services Librarian
William A. Wise Law Library
University of Colorado Law School
402 UCB, 2450 Kittredge Loop Dr., Rm. 223B
Boulder, CO 80309-0402

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

TS-SIS Standing Committee Meeting on Preservation

If you answer yes to any of the questions below, then I will see you at TS-SIS Standing Committee Meeting on Preservation, Monday, July 14 at 5:30pm, HBGCC -210A

1.    Are you interested in preserving legal materials?
2.    Do you want to share your experience and knowledge about preservation with other members?
3.    Have you reviewed archival products and want to share with the larger TS section?
4.    Do you have products or software you would like us to review and report on?
5.    Do you have ideas for preservation programming for 2015?
6.    Are you interested in being a guest preservation columnist for Technical Services Law Librarian (TSLL)?
7.    Do you want to help us design a series of quick preservation videos for our members?
8.    Are you interested in being a part of our first preservation webinar?
9.    Do you want to join a committee where everyone is passionate about preservation?
10.  Do you want to simply find out more about the committee?

Well, July 14 at 5:30pm, that time is reserved for preservation talk. Come with ideas, suggestions, concerns, observations, and criticisms. 
In short, I've been a member of TS-SIS Preservation Committee for several years. And I am the in-coming Chair for 2014-2016. One of my goals is to recruit members who literally have their finger on the pulse of preservation (related activities) or have just completed an impressive preservation project.  I would like very much to talk to you about the committee's charge and ultimately find out if you would be interested in joining (one year commitment).   I am excited about what lies ahead.

And if you know any colleagues who have expressed an interest in preservation, encourage them to attend.  Thank you   -- Maxine

Maxine Wright, M.S., M.L.S.
International and Foreign Law Collection and Services Librarian
Georgetown University Law Library
Washington DC
(202) 662-4265

Worst Book Contest Deadline Extended!

More ways to spend TS-SIS Preservation $150.00 Worst Book Contest Money:

  • Book deodorizers: get rid of unpleasant odors emanating from your books.
  • Brass paper clips: no more rust stains on paper.
  • Unbleached cotton tying string: no more red discoloration on book cover and pages.
  • Compact electric eraser: get rid of marks easy, evenly and without discoloration.
  • Glass weights: stop moving brick weights around in order to see the title of books; try glass weights. They are transparent and more attractive.
  • And if you want to turn it up a notch and go all out, perhaps you can finally buy that swanky conservation display box with the beautiful clasp lid for one of your rare books. 

Enter TS-SIS Preservation, 3rd Annual Worst Book Contest and the beautiful box could be yours. Send your entry to mw960@law.georgetown.edu before/by July 7.  Thank you.

Maxine Wright, M.S., M.L.S.
International and Foreign Law Collection and Services Librarian
Georgetown University Law Library
Washington DC
(202) 662-4265