December 2001
No. 94

In this issue:

NLM Update
Jazzin' it up at NLM Redux
Alice Jacobs
OCLC Update
Helping Libraries Help People
Alane Wilson & Betsy Friesen
Handling Electronic Resources Available from Aggregators
Panelists: Oliver Pesch, Gary Ross,Todd Fegan, Barbara L. Nicholls
The Technical and Management Changes in ILL
Tony Melvyn, Susan P. Lieberthal, and Dena Plaisted
HSOCLCUG Executive Board Meeting Minutes
HSOCLCUG Business Meeting Minutes
Bylaws Update 2001
Selected OCLC Pathfinder
Medical Subject Authority Issues & Trends  
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President's Message
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Newsletter of the Health Sciences OCLC Users Group

December(2001) ------ ISSN: 0361-0241------- No. 94 (Proceedings Issue)

Annual Meeting Proceedings Issue. This issue is available in electronic format only. Persons needing print versions of the articles should contact the editors.

Message from the President: Extending the Cooperative, a full day seminar on New Technicalities in Technical Services was held in New Orleans on October 28th, 2001. The HSOCLCUG 2001 meeting was held in conjunction with the Triple Chapter Meeting of MLA in the New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel. This was the second meeting that the South Central Chapter of MLA provided support for the hotel services and accommodations for our Group's meeting. The support of the larger group enabled our smaller organization to have a meeting without large costs to the membership. All the speakers that participated in the program, offered their time and expertise to our Group without compensation.

The SOM Proceedings issue is late in publication, but the issues discussed at the HSOCLCUG October 2001 meeting are still cutting edge. Alice Jacobs graciously provided an update on NLM Cataloging, and she has also provided a detailed written document in support of her presentation. Alane Wilson provided an introduction to changes in cataloging philosophy, including the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Resources (FRBR). Alane also offered background on the development toward the new OCLC services. OCLC Pathfinders were enthusiastically presented by Betsy. Various solutions to the problem of managing information available through full-text database aggregators were discussed by our very informative group of panelists. The Resource Sharing session addressed the DOCLINE and EFTS features that are of extreme importance to medical libraries, along with information and shared working experiences with ILLiad. There are OCLC Pathfinders available on each of the sessions!

A meeting was also held during the ALA Midwinter in New Orleans in January of 2002. This meeting focused on the medical authority efforts of our Group. A number of the OCLC developers were on hand and participants were able to make suggestions as to what we desired for authority support in the new OCLC system interface and for improving the outsourcing support for medical authorities. Our sincere thanks to all the OCLC staff who have supported our efforts to further the discussion.

Thank you to all who provided support and guidance over the past year. It was truly a pleasure to work with you all. Most importantly, I am excited about the direction of our new leadership. Congratulations to Judith Dzierba and Betsy Friesen as they continue our efforts to extend the cooperative!mage of Susan Dorsey and Mary Holt,  Oct. 28, 2001, HSOCLCUG meeting


Mary Holt, Past-President

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Oct. 28, 2001, HSOCLCUG Meeting

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