Jim Niessen, Secretary
WESS General Membership Meeting
Wyndham Magnolia Room, Orlando
Monday, June 28, 2004 10:30 AM
(Attending: Andy Alferovs, Frances Ott Allen, Gordon Anderson, Anne Barnhart,
Helene Baumann, Nancy Boerner, Yvonne Boyer, James Burgett, Paula Carns, Sam
Dunlap, Nancy DuPree, Michelle Emanuel, Dick Hacken, Hank Harken, Jerry Heverly,
Tom Izbicki, Ineke de Jong, Sean Knowlton, Dennis Lambert, David Lincove, Thea
Lindquist, Eudora Loh, Rebecca Malek-Wiley, Mike Markiw, Jon Marner, Shawn Martin,
Candace Miller, Jim Niessen (recorder), Heleni Pedersoli, Kati Radics (substitute
chair), Bryan Skib, Ann Snoeyenbos, Emily Stambaugh, Heather Ward, Paul Vermouth)
1. Substitute Chair
In the absence of Beth Remak-Honnef, WESS Chair Kati Radics chaired the Membership
2. Reports of WESS Committees
- Coutts Nijhoff Award
Gordon Anderson reported on behalf of the committee (Alferovs, Anderson, Niessen,
Snoeyenbos) that amid several excellent applications the committee selected
Helene Baumann’s proposal. Alferovs made a presentation to Helene on behalf
of Coutts-Nijhoff. She then spoke briefly about her project: to translate
into English the German thesaurus of the Frankfurt City and University Library’s
online German colonial Society Archive, and to carry out a scholarly study
of the archive.
- Membership Committee:
Thea Lindquist reported that a planned dinner social on Saturday evening in
Orlando, which replaced the annual cruise for budgetary reasons, had to be
cancelled due to under-registration. This was due to lower attendance at Annual
after the Paris conference, among other factors. More than 20 showed up for
an informal dinner at the same location.
The new Membership Committee will work on plans for a cruise at ALA Annual
The committee discussed how to expand membership in WESS-L, which includes
only half of WESS’ 600 members. Marje Schuetze-Coburn is manager of the list,
and Candace Miller is incoming chair of the committee.
- Publications Committee:
Rebecca Malek-Wiley reported that, in view of only four committee members
being able to attend, the committee refrained from formal actions. There was
a consensus of attending members and non-members, however, on two matters.
It was agreed, first, that revisions might be made to the text of the online
Newsletter without special notice if they are not substantive, and with a
note if they are substantive. Second, the members in attendance agreed with
Tom Kilton’s proposals that the editorial committee of the Paris Conference
Proceedings be entrusted with this editorial work as a subcommittee of the
Publications Committee, and that the proceedings be published with ACRL. There
were reports about WESSWeb and the Membership Directory.
- Research & Planning
Ann Snoeyenbos reported that the committee had a discussion about the work
of the Subcommittee on Recruitment, and would recommend to the Executive Committee
that the subcommittee be given full committee status. Research & Planning
will organize 10-20 minute presentations on ongoing research for Midwinter.
It will issue a call for presenters to go out in September or October.
- 2004 Paris Conference
Planning Committee [ad hoc]:
Kati Radics summarized a report sent via email by committee chair Jeffry Larson.
The March 22-26 Paris conference had 114 participants. After hearing many
excellent papers, the participants passed two resolutions: recommending that
WESS initiate planning for a third international conference in Europe within
5-7 years, and that it establish a committee that would investigate the possibility
of establishing a French-American Resources Project on the model of the German
- Cataloging Discussion
Jon Marner reported that the committee’s meeting had an open agenda. Discussion
topics included OCLC cataloging of parallel titles, RLIN21, recruitment issues,
and an initiative by Harrassowitz to create fuller records.
- Classical, Medieval,
& Renaissance Discussion Group:
Jerry Heverly reported that there were two presentations in response to requests
made in San Diego: Tom Izbicki and Jerry Heverly each spoke for 30 minutes
about the basics of collection development work medieval and classical studies,
respectively. They will consult about how to disseminate the reports. Karen
Green is the incoming chair.
- Germanist Discussion
James Burgett reported there were two presentations: by Frances Ott Allen
about the German-Americana Collection at the University of Cincinnati, and
by Dick Hacken about a Tuvan writer in German. Following the presentations
there were discussions about other German-American collections and non-German
writers in German.
Sam Dunlap is the incoming chair of the discussion group.
- Romance & Special
Topics Discussion Groups:
Emily Stambaugh reported that the two discussion groups held a joint meeting.
There were two presentations: by Mary Wilke of the Center for Research Libraries
on cooperative collection development in Mediterranean studies, and by Mary
Gay Anderson of Florida International University on the implications of EU
expansion in language practices and law. Then there was a discussion of the
WESSWeb subdirectories for Romance areas, with presentations by Heleni Pedersoli
and Dick Hacken about the French and Iberian pages, respectively. Bryan Skib
is the incoming chair.
- Scandinavian Discussion
Gordon Anderson gave an update about the group’s meeting in San Diego and
announced he plans on attending the Gothenburg (Göteborg) Book Fair in
September. There was a discussion of immigration and globalization in Scandinavia,
and it was noted that the IFLA meeting in 2005 will be in Oslo. The group
examined the periodical indexes that are freely accessible on the home pages
of national libraries in Scandinavian countries.
- Social Science &
History Discussion Group:
There was an open agenda meeting, touching on issues in library work in European
studies, the impact of budgets on foreign language acquisitions, the status
of foreign language specialist positions, the use and placement of bibliographies
in libraries, journal cancellations, e-journals and e-books, newspaper subscriptions,
and the SS/H website. David Duncan was elected secretary of the discussion
group, and Thea Lindquist is the incoming chair.
- Program Planning
Committee for 2005:
Heather Ward reported that the program will be in Chicago on Monday June 27
on digitizing manuscripts, East and West, in conjunction with SEES. Good contacts
have been made for presentations on Byzantine and Slavic manuscripts, and
the committee is looking for ideas and contacts with respect to Western manuscripts.
Eudora Loh noted that there has been an ARL survey of special collections
that may be useful in identifying relevant collections.
3. Other Reports
Gordon Anderson reported
on current plans for the Frankfurt Book Fair, which will take place on October
6-10. Dr. Andreas Werner has organized a preconference for October 4-5, to be
chaired by Jeff Garrett. The Arab World is the fair’s honored guest this year,
and we hope that ACRL will once again offer as many as four travel stipends.
Plans are being made for staying in Gelnhausen. It was suggested that we ask
ACRL-AAMES (the African, Asian, & Middle Eastern Section) to help invite
applications for stipends. The WESS Executive Committee will solicit and judge
applications for stipends.
Kati Radics thanked the
attendees for a good year and for coming to Orlando.
Jim Niessen, WESS Secretary 2003-2004
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