Research and Planning Committee tries out new format for meeting

By Charlene Kellsey

WESS Newsletter
Spring 2005
Vol. 28, no. 2

previous article next article

Inspired by the variety of interesting and stimulating papers given at the Paris Conference last March, the Research and Planning Committee decided to try incorporating a paper session into our regular ALA conference meetings. We issued a call for papers for the ALA Midwinter meeting in Boston in January and two very interesting papers were presented by Jim Niessen and Heather Moulaison at the meeting on Saturday afternoon . Jim spoke about his project on "German Book Acquisitions in Budapest Research Libraries: Quantitative and Qualitative Indicators." The paper touched on the historical status of German in Hungary, teh nature of the three libraries he investigated, and methods for discovering book acquisitions in these libraries. A number of interesting questions and discussion followed. Heather spoke about "The French University Library and Access to Information in the Humanities." She was investigating the availability of top English language journals in French university libraries, but found that because of cultural differences in higher education systems, her methodology was not useful. Suggestions from the audience for alternative methods that might be useful for investigating this question included citation analysis of French theses, and structured interviews with French students and faculty.

Attendance at the session was good and comments on the new meeting format were enthusiastic. The committee felt that the papers met our goal of providing a forum for works in progress, with the opportunity for the presenters to receive comments and suggestions that could help them further develop their papers. We decided to hold another paper session at our meeting at the Annual conference in the hope that more people could participate, both by submitting proposals and by attending the session. An official call for papers will go out soon on WESS-l, so be thinking about a work in progress that you might like to present. WESSies are a very knowledgeable and appreciative audience!

For further information contact the chair of Research & Planning, Charlene Kellsey (

Editor: Sarah G. Wenzel

Association of College & Research Libraries
©American Library Association

Return to WESS Newsletter