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Friday, February 4, 2000
Embassy Suites Airport Hotel
Portland, Oregon



Session Three
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

From Selection to Access: A Collaborative Approach for Managing Electronic Journals
Sara Brownmiller, Faye Chadwell, Mary Grenci and Nancy Slight-Gibney, University of Oregon

The program provides one example of the workflow and communication channels in offering electronic journals in an academic library, both as a single subscriber and as a member of a consortium. Each speaker will address the issues in their area: selection/identification of titles, ordering, cataloging, and establishing access. There will be time for the audience to contribute to the discussion with questions and their own experiences.

Sara Brownmiller is the Systems Librarian at the University of Oregon.
Faye A. Chadwell has been the head of Collection Development at the University of Oregon since 1995. She held previous librarian positions at the University of South Carolina. She received her MLS from the University of Illinois and her M.A. and B.A. in English from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

Linking Public Libraries to Web-Based Legal Resources
Scott Herron and Amanda Combs, Eugene Public Library

Approximately one quarter of Oregon's public libraries now manage web pages; most contain at least one link to a legal resource. Efforts have largely centered on electronic access to city codes, state statutes and federal regulations. Unfortunately, these important online resoruces are frequently difficult for public library patrons to decipher and do little to resolve common reference questions regarding employment law, family law, estate planning, traffic law, or landlord/tenant law. Traditionally, public libraries have purchased "how to" books to help patrons interpret primary legal resources. In recent years, both commercial and non-profit variations of these "how to" resources have established a strong presence on the Web. As with their paper counterparts, the quality and cost of these resources vary greatly.

This workshop will use an annotated web bibliography to examine Internet resources that best accommodate demand for legal information in a public library environment. The content of legal resources emanating from city, county, and state web sites will be explained along with examples of how these sites can be used to answer common legal questions encountered at the public library reference desk. Finally, a specific set of criteria will be employed to evaluate several popular "how to" law sites in an attempt to demonstrate how such criteria may be used to select legal links for a public library web page.

Scott Herron received his MLIS from the University of Missouri in 1994. He has worked as a reference librarian in both public and academic libraries. Scott is currently serving as Business Librarian at the Eugene Public Library.

Using Path Analysis in Web Development
John Matylonek, Oregon State University
Eduardo Escalante, Oregon State University

Web development methodology for libraries can be augmented by measuring how users actually use the library web site. Various techniques for determining the behavior and expectations of users can determine the effectiveness of a website design. Aggregate statistics, path analysis, cluster analysis of categories, user surveys are all useful methods and provide complementary information. This information can be used in the prototyping stage of web development and in the upkeep and ongoing assessment. Continuous improvement of library web services is the goal.

John Matylonek is a Reference Librarian at Oregon State University's Valley Library.

Virtual Naked People
Max Leek and Fred Belzer, Marshall Public Library

The visibility of naked people and their interactions on the World Wide Web is a headache for libraries providing public access to the Internet. This session will discuss approaches to managing public Internet access, with particular emphasis on legislation and case law related to library policies.

Max Leek has been Director of the Marshall Public Library in Pocatello, ID for 10 years.
Fred Belzer has been a library trustee for 8 years. He attended the Lawyers for Libraries Institute sponsored by ALA and the American Bar Association in November, 1998, which addressed libraries, the Internet, and the First Amendment.

Web-Based Reference Services
Donna Reed and Rivkah Sass, Multnomah County Library

A look at recent developments in Web-based reference services with a focus on Ask Us! Online, Multnomah County Library's new online reference service. This presentation will discuss issues around the virtual reference interview, limiting scope and the integration of other library services into the process.

Donna Reed is the Community Information Manager for Multnomah County Library, located in Portland, Oregon.
Rivkah Sass is Coordinator of Reference and Information Services at Multnomah County Library.

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