FLICC Meeting Announcement MA 99-6 1998 FLICC Symposium on the Information Professional Contracting Out: Making It Your Job Librarians have been using contracting out as a management tool for = yearsserials agents, book jobbers and approval plans, document suppliers, = cataloging utilities, retrospective conversion process interlibrary loan = partners! Government's current mandate for efficiency and reducing the = federal workforce makes outsourcing especially appealing to agency = management. Librarians need to be aware of outsourcing and its alternatives, learn how = to keep some activities in-house, and expand their skills as contract = writers and administrators. Join library experts to discuss the current = context for federal outsourcing and learn to take control of your = contracts and to take credit for your contracting success. Date: Friday, November 13, 1998 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.) Place: Mumford Room, 6th floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress--Use = the Main Entrance at 1st and Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC Metro: Capitol South (Orange and Blue lines) Sponsor: FEDLINK Network Operations Registration: $125 (includes morning refreshments and handouts)--call = FLICC (202) 707-4800--Interpreting services (American Sign Language, = Contact Signing, Oral and/or Tactical) will be provided if requested five = (5) business days in advance of the event. For other ADA Accommodations, = please contact the Library's ADA Coordinator at (202) 707-9948 (TTY) or = (202) 707-7544 (Voice). Information: Call FLICC (202) 707-4800; TTY (202) 707-4995 Cancellations: Please notify FLICC (202) 707-4800 if you cannot attend so = those on the waiting list have an opportunity to register. Part One: The Efficiency Mandate The morning program will update federal librarians on federal outsourcing = rules, an explanation of the "most efficient organization" concept, and a = risk/benefit analysis of contracting out library and information services. = Morning speakers feature Stephen M. Sorrett, the Director of Outsourcing = and Privatization and Director of Government Contract Services for Grant = Thornton, L.L.P., and representatives from a variety of federal agencies = who will share their outsourcing experiences. Part Two: Three Steps to Contracting for Success The afternoon program will outline the three steps of contracting for = success: * Writing a good statement of work up front--involving stakeholders, = establishing performance measures, and remembering the odds and ends; * Keeping involved on a day-to-day basis--letting contractors really join = the team, and holding them accountable for their performance; * Maintaining perspective--taking stock, reporting to management, and = changing course when necessary.