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Convenor Report 2003

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The ITSIG committee used audioconferences to meet at irregular intervals through the year. During the first half of the year, the committee planned the content of the ITSIG session at the 2002 LIANZA conference. Brian Flaherty discussed approaches to federated searching, Tim Darlington and Jennie Woodfield described their experiences with remote access and proxy servers, and Paul Sutherland discussed using a database to manage web content. The session was oversubscribed, and we were asked to increase the number of people allowed to register for it.


At the AGM in November 2002, Tim Darlington, Daphne Dashfield, Jennifer Geard, and Sam Searle joined the Committee. Cate Hlavac resigned as ITSIG Treasurer, and Jennifer Geard agreed to take on that role. I would like to acknowledge Cate’s contribution as Treasurer for the last 3 (or is it 4?) years.


During the second half of the year, the committee’s activities consisted mainly of planning 2 sessions for the 2003 LIANZA conference: one that updated the content from the 2002 session, and one that would be more interactive, with a focus on sharing information about low cost or free utilities and other software that makes a systems librarian’s life easier. The committee also agreed to set up a wikiwikiweb site, to provide a web-based resource for members of the ITSIG community.


On 12 June 2003, I attended a day-long planning session organised by the LIANZA Council, which involved the convenors of most SIGs and regions. The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss ways that the groups could improve their communication, and in particular, ways in which the SIGs could have input in the LIANZA annual planning cycles.


Tim Darlington resigned from the committee at the end of June, because he was moving overseas.


The committee’s meetings through the year were supported by the School of Information Management at Victoria University of Wellington, which provided audioconferencing facilities to the end of June, and also by the National Library of New Zealand, which provided meeting rooms.


Brenda Chawner 7 October 2003

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