General Membership Meeting Minutes
(revised March 2004)

Candice Miller, Secretary

WESS Newsletter
Spring 2004

Vol. 27, no. 2

Editor: Sarah G. Wenzel

Association of College & Research Libraries
©American Library Association

ALA Annual Conference 2003, Toronto
Toronto Convention Centre 202D
June 24, 2003

Bryan Skib, Member at Large, called the meeting to order at 8:35 am.

Reports from WESS discussion groups

Jon Marner reported for the Cataloging Discussion Group. During their meeting, they discussed how to recruit people with foreign language skills into the profession. They also elected Thom Edlund as their new chairperson.

Charlene Kellsey reported for the Classics, Medieval and Renaissance Discussion Group. Catherine Lecomte Lapp, U.S. Marketing Representative for Les Belles Lettres, gave a demonstration of the online version of L’Année Philologique. Philippa M.W. Matheson, University of Toronto, gave a demonstration of TOCS-IN (Table of Contents of Journals of Interest to Classicists). And the group discussed the role of collection-development and subject specialists in academic research libraries in the future. Members of the group went on a tour of the John M. Kelly Library of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies on Monday, June 23.

Hank Harken reported for the College & Medium-Sized Libraries Discussion Group. Sales representatives from Touzot attended their meeting to discuss approval plan options.

Helene Baumann and Rebecca Malek-Wiley reported for the joint meeting of the Germanists and the Social Sciences and History Discussion Groups. They held their meeting at the Goethe Institute’s Toronto branch. The branch director, Ulla Habekost, talked about their history and activities. Dr. Mark Grzeskowiak from the University of Toronto gave a presentation on early German settlers in Toronto. James Burgett is the new Germanists Discussion Group chairperson.

Gail Hueting reported for the Scandinavian Discussion Group. They discussed the effect that Coutts’ purchase of Nijhoff could have on approval plans. Gordon Anderson is the discussion group’s new chairperson.

Sebastian Hierl reported for the Special Topics Discussion Group. They opened their meeting with an overview of the Romany Studies page at Their guest speaker, Ronald Lee, Director of the Roma Community & Advisory Centre in Toronto, talked about Romany culture and equity issues.

WESS Committee reports

Gordon Anderson, speaking for Barbara Walden, chair of the 2003 Coutts-Nihjoff International West European Study Grant Jury, introduced the 2002 recipient, Jim Niessen. Jim gave a presentation on his research on the acquisition of German language materials in Hungary’s three largest libraries. Andrejs (Andy) Alferovs, Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Coutts Library Services, presented the 2003 Award to Mike Olson, who was unable to attend the conference. Andy then read from Mike’s letter of acceptance. Mike’s research on “Two Libraries, Two Peoples: Die Deutsche Bibliothek and Die Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin since German Reunification” explores how these libraries from the former Federal Republic of Germany and German Democratic Republic have evolved since German Reunification.

Thea Lindquist reported for the Membership Committee. They would like to pursue cooperative mentoring activities with other groups like the New Members Roundtable. Next summer, WESS will not host our traditional boat cruise at ALA; instead the Membership Committee will organize a more modest social event, such as a cocktail party. The Committee welcomes other ideas from WESS members.

Richard Hacken reported for the Nominating Committee. He thanked those who ran for WESS office in recent elections: Sam Dunlap and Tom Izbicki for Vice-Chair/Chair-elect, Adan Griego and Jim Niessen for Secretary, and Beth Remak-Honnef for Member-at-Large. After a very close election, the winners were Tom Izbicki for Vice-chair/Chair-elect, Jim Niessen for Secretary, and Beth Remak-Honnef and Dale Askey for Member-at-Large. He also thanked other Nominating Committee members for their help. They recommend that at least one member of each year’s Nominating Committee stay on for the following year in order to insure continuity of information about those seeking office.

Rebecca Malek-Wiley reported for the Publications Committee. The WESS newsletter deadline is September 15. Sarah Wenzel, newsletter editor, is soliciting articles for the next issue. Reinhart Sonnenburg asked WESS members to contribute resources in their subject areas to WESS Web. Contact Reinhart or the appropriate sub-editor. Marianna McKim is turning over responsibility for the Scandinavian web page to Dick Hacken. Dick remains as sub-editor for Iberia in general. Emily Stambaugh is the new sub-editor for Iberian libraries and librarianship and Iberian publishing. People should contact Beau Case for copies of the WESS brochure. Members are urged to check the WESS Directory to insure that their information is up-to-date. The Publications Committee is revising the WESS Directory form and will ask the Executive Committee for permission to do so.

Fred Jenkins reported for the Research & Planning Committee. James Simon, Director of International Resources at the Center for Research Libraries, discussed the cooperative acquisition of low-use European-language books. They also heard reports from R&P’s subcommittees on Recruitment (Charlene Kellsey) and Internship & Exchange Opportunities (Heleni Pedersoli).

Sarah Wenzel reported for the 2004 Paris Conference Planning Committee. They’ve met their initial fund raising goal and have reserved meeting space and hotel rooms. The deadline for papers is August 1, 2003. The Committee will distribute a registration flyer at the end of the year.

Laura Dale Bischof reported for the 2004 WESS Annual Conference Program Planning Committee. The program theme is “Scholarly Communication in Europe: publishing, copyright, and libraries.” The committee has engaged a speaker from SPARC Europe and is seeking to add a speaker from a European publisher. Their funding situation looks good. The German Book Office has expressed interest in helping financially and with locating speakers.

Updates, issues and matters arising

Gordon reported on this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, which will take place between October 8 and October 13. Russia is the guest country, and it is rumored that Vladimir Putin will attend the Fair’s opening ceremonies on October 7. Again this year ACRL will have a booth at the Fair and will award up to four $500 stipends to help selected ACRL members attend the Fair and represent ACRL at the exhibit.

Willem-Jan Hooijmans, North American Sales Representative for Nedbook International BV of Amsterdam, announced that his company is launching the Nedbook Northwest Europe Award. Nedbook will award three stipends worth $1,000 each to fund travel to European book fairs. Prospective applicants can find information about both stipends at the WESS web site.

The meeting adjourned at 9:35 am.

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