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(Attending: Gordon Anderson, Sam Dunlap, Hank Harken, Tom Izbicki, Thea Lindquist, Eudora Loh, Rebecca R. Malek-Wiley, Jim Niessen (recorder), Kati Radics (chair), Robert J. Rohrbacher, Pam Snelson (ACRL Board Liaison), Ann Snoyenbos, Brian Vetruba, Heather Ward)
1. Approval of agenda and of the minutes for San Diego. Kati Radics determined that, with the absence of only two committee members, there was a quorum for the present meeting.
2. Reports of WESS Committee Chairs including Action Items
3. French-American Resources Project
Radics reported that Tom Kilton had presented a paper at the Paris conference about the possibility of a French-American Resources Project dealing with bibliographic control, collection development, digital libraries, document delivery, and other issues. The participants of the conference in Paris approved a resolution about the need for a feasibility study to be carried out by a committee. Kilton would chair an ad hoc committee for this purpose; several volunteers have contacted the Paris Conference Planning Committee. Eudora Loh pointed out that the AAU/ARL Global Resources Network has determined not to establish any new global projects in 2004; but it would certainly welcome a feasibility study for further consideration. The Executive Committee moved, second, and unanimously approved the following resolution:
The WESS Executive Committee
appoints an ad-hoc Committee with the charge to investigate the feasibility
of a French-North American Resources Project. The Project's purpose is to facilitate
cooperative programs between French and North American libraries that would
benefit libraries and their users on both sides of the Atlantic. Such a project
would provide for the establishment of personal ties among library specialists
in multiple areas.
The incoming Chair will appoint the committee: Tom Kilton (Chair), Yvonne Boyer, Denis Lacrois, Kati Radics, Elizabeth Remak-Honnef, Kathleen Rutter, Barbara Walden, Sarah G. Wenzel, and Heather Ward.
The Executive Committee will ask Kilton to present a report at ALA Annual 2005 in Chicago.
4. Problems with the WESS Roster
Sam Dunlap, as Nominating Committee chair, had requested a copy of the WESS roster from Mary Jane Petrowski and had found its usefulness was seriously limited by lack of information on years of membership in the section and the date of prospective lapsing of membership. Pam Snelson suggested that part of the problem was a stipulation by members that their personal information not be disseminated. But it is necessary to clarify whether we are talking about membership lists for internal use or the mailing lists made available to vendors.
5. Wording for the WESS Manual about the composition of the Nominating Committee
According to the resolution approved at the previous Executive Committee meeting, Radics and Izbicki presented the following wording:
Given the responsibilities of this committee, it is usually comprised of no more than four members including more experienced members of the section (such as former committee chairs and section officers). Members should serve one-year terms. In order to provide for committee continuity and for the sharing of previous committees' information and work, at least one member should be reappointed for a second (one-year) term. No person shall serve more than three consecutive one-year terms.
6. Possible ACRL Dues Increase
Pam Snelson asked on behalf of the ACRL Board for feedback concerning a possible ACRL dues increase. The two topics being considered are a flat increase from $35 to $50, versus a three-tiered increase, graduated according to members’ salaries at $35, $50, and $75 with the bulk of the members paying $50.
Jim Niessen, WESS Secretary 2003-4
of College & Research Libraries
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