Present: Executive Committee: Michael Olson, Diana Chlebek, Gail Hueting, Tom Kilton, Charles Spornick
Committee chairs: Roger Brisson, Heleni Pedersoli, Eva Sartori, Marje Schuetze-Coburn, Kurt De Belder, James Campbell
Liaison to ACRL Board: John Cullars
Liaisons from ACRL: Carol Pfeiffer (ACRL Board), Cathy Henderson (Budget and Finance Committee), Elisa Topper
Others present: Tom Izbicki, Marje Schuetze-Coburn, Sam Dunlap, Laura Dale Bischof, Reinhart Sonnenburg, Louis Reith, Dick Hacken, Stephen Lehmann
WESS Chair Michael Olson called the meeting to order and expressed the hope that it could be kept brief.
Research and Planning: Roger Brisson
The committee had three agenda items at its meeting on Sunday afternoon. The German Social Science Project is looking at serial collection indexing. They have identified 300 core serials and are considering the feasibility of building a collection like the ARL Latin American project. It was noted that collection development for Germany was very different from that for Latin America. National Union List of Western European Newspapers and News Magazines: the scope of the project was discussed, with some favoring a more inclusive project which would also cover historical titles. Others wanted to limit it to a core list. The problem is the perceived workload for respondents with a large survey. The project will concentrate on core serials. WESSWeb home page creation. Kurt De Belder and Reinhart Sonnenburg had a chance to ask for contributions to WESSWeb. This gives WESS members a chance to contribute without a large expense of time or money to attend conferences. Possible topic for the next meeting in New York: Friedemann Weigel and Michele Casalini could come to the Research and Planning Committee meeting to discuss EDI, the new standard for acquisitions, which allows data exchange without rekeying. Roger asked whether such a presentation would be too technical. Those present thought it would be a worthwhile topic.
College and Medium-Sized Libraries: Tom Izbicki for Julie Still
Tom Izbicki gave an update on the Choice project. The group discussed several issues raised by Dennis Lambert, especially the purchase of videos from Europe.
Germanists: Heidi Hutchinson for Sem Sutter
The group saw a demonstration of Chadwyck-Healey's CD-ROM edition of Goethe's works, based on the Weimarer Ausgabe. It was a substantial meeting with much discussion.
Romance: Heleni Pedersoli for Lawrence Crumb
Two speakers focused on Latin American literature. One spoke on women authors in Argentina and Uruguay. A representative from Puvill gave an overview of Mexican publishing in the past few years.
Scandinavian: Mike Olson Following general announcements, a representative from Munksgaard distributed a CD-ROM of Scandinavian publications. The IFLA conference will be held in Copenhagen in 1997. The ongoing survey of Scandinavian acquisitions has had few responses, and the form will be redistributed.
General Discussion Group: Charles Spornick
Charles Spornick and Tom Izbicki gave a presentation on electronic resources in medieval studies. There was also a demonstration of Chadwyck-Healey's Patrologia Latina.
1997 Preconference Planning Committee (San Francisco): Stephen Lehmann for Eva Sartori
The preconference is targeted at librarians in smaller or medium-sized libraries or those in larger libraries for whom Western European Studies forms part of their duties. Financing is a big hurdle for the preconference; the $75.00 price does not cover all the costs. We would need at least 50 to 70 people attending (Althea Jenkins said there would have to be 95 registrations). The preconference program planning committee has made significant progress. Vendors are interested in contributing. Cathy Henderson explained ACRL's financial expectations for a preconference. Martinus Nijhoff Award Jury: Tom Kilton
The committee received three submissions for this travel award. One of the applicants was chosen and will be contacted. There was a shift in the criteria to emphasize Western Europe.
Mike Olson asked for feedback on the compressed Tuesday meeting schedule. He asked whether the Internet Publications Committee could be subsumed in the Publications Committee meeting. Jim Campbell suggested that the Publications Committee meeting could be held earlier in the conference, on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. This will be discussed at the Annual Conference in New York. The morning meeting of the Executive Committee allows more WESS members to attend.
Minutes submitted by Gail Hueting