Below is a list of our new committees along with the chairs for the 2009-10 term.  Thanks to these individuals for volunteering their time and talent.

Committee 2009-10 Chair
Adaptive Technologies Committee Ryan Overdorf
Awards & Grants Committee Monica Sharum
Communications Committee Jason Eiseman
Education Committee Dan Blackaby
Emerging Technologies Subcommittee TBD after W2C 2009
NISO Standards Subcommittee Michael Robak
Job Descriptions Database Committee Stacey Lane Rowland
Nominations Committee Vicki Szymczak
Program Planning Committee Bonnie Shucha
Recruitment & Involvement Committee Jean Willis
Strategic Planning Committee (Ad Hoc) Vicki Szymczak
Community Service Project Liaison Pam Brannon

If you would be willing to volunteer for a committee and have not already let me know, please contact me at  Let me know if you’re interested in working with a specific committee or if you’re just willing to help out where ever needed.  Thanks!

Bonnie Shucha
CS-SIS Chair

Now that we’re back from AALL 2009, CS-SIS is off and running with this year’s Web 2.0 Challenge.

We’re very excited to have 104 law librarians from all over the world (including Belgium and Rwanda) and representing a good mix of types of law libraries as students this year. In addition, we have 15 small group facilitators and 8 instructors who have contributed to this year’s course. In the first 48 hours, this year’s group had already produced over 50 blog posts about their learning experiences so far!

Even if you aren’t a registered participant, you are welcome to follow along at the course website to learning about blogs, wikis, Flickr, social networking and bookmarking, Twitter, LibGuides, and how to bring Web 2.0 to YOUR library. All of the materials are publicly available without logging in, except for the small group chats.  Here’s the schedule–feel free to follow along for all or part of the course:

  • Week of August 3: Blogs & RSS
  • Week of August 10 Flickr & Social Bookmarking
  • Week of August 17 Social Networking & Twitter
  • Week of August 24 Wikis & LibGuides
  • Week of August 31 Web 2.0 @ Your Library

In case you missed the presentation about the Web 2.0 Challenge at AALL, you can find the slides and handouts from D-1 I Want My Web 2.0: Lessons from the Web 2.0 Challenge Everyone Can Use right here.

Meg Kribble, Tom Boone, & Sally Irvin
W2C2009 Course Organizers

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

* We know there is a conflict with these two programs and will try to make both available on the CS web site.

A PDF handout of CS-SIS events is also available. Or see ScheduAALL for an interactive list of CS-SIS Activities.

CS-SIS is pleased to be sponsoring Lawberry Camp, An “Unconference” at the AALL conference.   It will be held Saturday July 25 from 3 to 6 pm in Room 144 , the Washington Convention Center .  Registration is limited to 50 participants.  Many thanks and kudos to CS-SISizens Sarah Glassmeyer and Jason Eiseman who have done a splendid job of  creating the Unconference in a very short time.  If you’re interested, go to the Lawberry Camp website to read all about it,  sign up, and post your ideas for possible Unconference topics.

You’ve got to love the graphics…

Librarian and Digital-Scholarship founder Charles W. Bailey Jr. has compiled a Google Book Search bibliography, with selected articles and other works useful in understanding Google Book Search and the legal, library, and social issues associated with it. Where possible, links are provided to works that are freely available on the Internet, including e-prints in disciplinary archives and institutional repositories.

The National Federation of the Blind and the American Council of the Blind have announced that they've filed a discrimination lawsuit against Arizona State University, claiming that the University’s Amazon Kindle DX Pilot Program discriminates against the blind. The NFB and ACB have also filed complaints with the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, asking for investigations of the five other institutions of higher education that are part of the Kindle pilot project, which is intended to assess the role of electronic textbooks and reading devices in the classroom. The other institutions in the pilot program are Case Western Reserve University, the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, Pace University, Princeton University, and Reed College.

Although the Kindle features text-to-speech technology that can read textbooks aloud to blind students, the NFB and ACB say that its menus are not accessible to the blind, making it impossible for a blind user to purchase books from Amazon’s Kindle store, select a book to read, activate the text-to-speech feature, or use the advanced reading functions available on the Kindle DX.

This Wednesday, Richard Leiter will talk with guest Tracy Thompson-Przylucki, Executive Director of NELLCO, on Blog Talk Radio. NELLCO is a consortia of ABA approved law libraries with the motto “the whole is greater…”. NELLCO's goal is to negotiate the best possible prices and access terms on electronic resources for the membership. NELLCO is a non-profit, member-driven organization. Members pay annual dues to participate in the consortium. NELLCO is not a reseller and does not add any administrative or other fees to the prices negotiated for the membership. All discounts are passed directly on to the members. The show will air live at 3:00 PM Eastern time on Wednesday, July 1 and will take call-in or chat-in questions.

A list of program ideas for the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting is now available on the CS wiki.

Please take a look at the existing ideas and add in any of your own. If you would like to add a program idea and don't yet have access to the CS wiki, please contact Bonnie Shucha, CS-SIS Vice Chair and 2010 Program Committee Chair.

Ryan Overdorf, Chair of the CS-SIS Adaptive Technologies Committee, has recently added some useful new content to the wiki. The Adaptive Technology / Assistive Technology section offers an introduction to this technology which removes barriers and increases accessibility to desired resources.

According to the wiki, “These pages currently focus on two areas likely to be of interest to our core readership of law librarians: popular assistive technology products and Web accessibility. More content on the current areas and other areas may be added as time permits and reader interest indicates a need.”

Here's something that might be of interest to CSSISies CSSISizens (thanks, Ken): the first ever “Handheld Librarian Online Conference: An online conference about Mobile Library Services” will be held on Thursday, July 30 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern time.  Discussion will center around how libraries can provide services on  mobile devices that are increasingly used for a wide variety of purposes including communication, internet access, text messaging, and entertainment.  The program, sponsored by Alliance Library System, LearningTimes and Infoquest, will include a variety of ways to collaborate, network and learn from a  group of experts in the field. The schedule is here and includes a panel session called Everything We Know About Implementing a Kindle Loan Program, moderated by Rene Erlandson, Director of Virtual Services @ the University of Nebraska Omaha.  The cost is $49 for one person, $89 for a group of 2 or more people logged in from one computer.