WESS Membership Meeting Minutes

WESS Newsletter

Spring 2001, Vol. 24, no. 2

Association of College & Research Libraries
© American Library Association

Tuesday, January 16, 2001
Renaissance Hotel, Washington D.C.

8:30-11 a.m.

Introduction and Announcements: Jeffrey Garrett (Chair) convened the meeting at 8:30.

Nijhoff Study Grant: John Cullars (Past Chair, and Chair, Martinus Nijhoff Committee) noted that Barbara Halpornís The correspondence of Johann Amerbach : early printing in its social context has recently appeared from The University of Michigan Press. Her research for this book was in part supported by a Martinus Nijhoff Study Grant in 1995.

Reference Reviews Europe: James Burgett (Publications Committee) is looking for new abstractors for Reference Reviews Europe. The most recent edition is available at the Casalini booth. Jeffrey Garrett reminded the audience of the benefits of being an abstractor, including a lunch and happy hour at Annual and Midwinter meetings.

Panel Session at ACRL: Roberta also noted that she and two other WESS members, Ann Snoeyenbos and Sarah Wenzel, will be leading a panel session at the 10th ACRL Conference in Denver entitled "Electronic Europe: Digital Projects by Libraries, Cultural Heritage Networks, and Political Archives".

Frankfurt Book Fair: Gordon Anderson (Membership Committee) reported on WESSís presence at the Frankfurt Book Fair this past October. Gordon has co-authored, with Mazena Pasek, an article on the fair for the December issue of C&RL News.

WESS Conference in Europe: Helene Baumann (Member-at-large) discussed plans for a third WESS conference in Europe, to take place in 2004. WESS hopes to develop a program that will appeal to librarians in both the U.S. and Europe. The Executive Board will seek ACRL approval for the conference.

Announcements concluded at approximately 9:30. The discussion then turned to the topic for this meeting: Carving up Europe: Revisiting the Coverage of European Culture, Publishing, and Librarianship by LES, SEES, and WESS. The discussion was lively and wide-ranging, and touched upon many subjects, including English-language publishing in Eastern Europe, the Anglo-American emphasis of ALAís Guide to Reference Books, and the cross-disciplinary nature of current ALA divisions and sections.

Emily Horning, Secretary

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