Chair: Paula Hardin
Members present: Ann Lindell, Amy Lucker, Judy Silverman, Lorna Corbetta-Noyes (Executive Board Liaison)
Members absent: Marilyn Czerniejewski, Sheryl Whilhite Garcia, Judy Dyki (also NINCH Liaison)
Additional attendees: Fred Hillbruner, Peggy Keeran
The new Technology Committee was convened and opened with a reading
of the mission statement. We talked about the projects we should undertake
to monitor technology developments and inform the ARLIS/NA membership.
conference proposals were also discussed.
Paula Hardin suggested a technology section for the ARLIS/NA web site
to provide information about products and vendors. Concerns about the scope
and speed of change of technology initially seemed to indicate that this
would be an impossibly huge job to develop and maintain. However, Paula
suggested that such a database of information could be developed using
the knowledge of the membership at large by providing online forms for
their contributions. The Committee would design the database and build
the initial data drawing from listserv archives and our own experience
and needs. Details were discussed
concerning password protection, server hosting, and related technical matters. Content was also discussed, for example, the need for the inclusion of information about complicated projects such as electronic reserves and digital imaging.
We agreed to use "Tech Info Swap" for the name of the section. Some initial tasks were assigned and will be more fully developed for the whole Committee to participate.
Paula Hardin introduced the concept of web rings to the group and suggested thatthe Committee work on developing an ARLIS/NA web ring. Since many members do not have control over their web servers and/or sites, or don't even have web sites, it was felt that further groundwork was needed before we could pursue a ring of our own.
Paula Hardin expressed an interest in developing a mechanism for sharing
cataloging/classification information of visual resources material. Committee
members expressed the difficulty of this due to the lack of standards for
cataloging museum objects and local systems. It was, however, suggested
that we might be able to interest ARLIS Visual Resources Division in joining
developing a conference proposal on developing web-based shared cataloging.