Ref Committee Meeting Minutes: May 2013

MOBAC Reference Committee meeting, 5/28/13, CSUMB

In attendance: Jean Chapin (HML), Sarah Dahlen (CSUMB), Laura Dickie (CAB), Mary Elturk (PG), Frank Gravier (UCSC), Inga Labeaune (MPL), Julie Richardson (SCPL), Deborah Ruiz (MPC), Deborah Stephen (HCL), Jennifer Waterson (MIIS).

Call to order.

Minutes of April 23, 2013 approved.

Public comments: none.


Administrative Council: No meeting since last report. Next meeting scheduled for 6/14/13.

Tech Committee: Fall workshop planning underway for a program tentatively titled “Writing for the Web.” The program will address effective writing styles and technique (conciseness, clarity, etc.) for web pages. No date or location decided on yet.

Ill Committee: No meeting since last report. Next meeting scheduled for 7/9/13.

SPLAMBA: There is no liaison to the Reference Committee at present.


“iPads in Libraries” workshop. Inga summarized the evaluations from the workshop.They were very favorable. She will send them out to the committee.


“The Beyond Hash-marks: Cool Tools for Assessing Reference Service” program was also well received and successful. A followup will be sent to attendees to solicit additional feedback along with suggestions for future programs. A recommendation was made that letters of thanks be sent to presenters.




Database contract renewal discussions are underway for the public library members.  Members discussed various methods for evaluating the benefit of database subscriptions, for example cost per use, etc. A suggestion was made that a committee task force be established to explore models of database evaluation with the intent of creating guidelines for the benefit of MOBAC members. This could result in an evaluation tool and a possibly a program or presentation. Mary (PG), Julie (SCPL) and Frank (UCSC) volunteered to serve on the task force.


Committee and Interest Groups – At the next Admin Council meeting there will be an opportunity to recommend new MOBAC committees and interest groups.  After discussion the Reference Committee decided to recommend the creation of a RDA interest group or Cataloging committee.




Jean brought to our attention the Edge Initiative <>, a resource for assessing, evaluating and promoting public technology in libraries.




Sarah Dahlen gave us a very interesting and informative presentation on her work in Guatemala with Librarians without Borders <>.


Meeting adjourned.

Minutes by Frank Gravier

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