Notes from the WESS Chair

WESS Newsletter

Spring 1998, Vol. 21, no. 2

Association of College & Research Libraries
©American Library Association

WESSIES are still basking on the glow of a very successful, productive, and fun Midwinter meeting in New Orleans. All the committees and discussion groups worked hard to present informative and interesting programs that enriched our knowledge and appreciation of Western European studies and will continue to do so at the Annual conference. Our Membership/Program meeting was enriched by a delicious breakfast provided by Klaus Saur who introduced us to their World Biographical Index on CD-ROM.

Washington, D.C. is now looking forward to welcoming all of you to a great Annual meeting. We are ordering some nice-not too warm, I hope-weather, and of course a variety of ethnic restaurants will cater to every taste. Not to be missed is our program-Digitizing a Continent: National-Level Planning for Western European Libraries - happening Monday, June 29, 9:30- 11:00, location to be announced-followed by a membership meeting which will feature our Martinus Nijhoff Study Grant presentation. I hope to see all our members, old and new, at the program! Make sure to check out also our newest discussion groups-Special Topics and Western European Social Sciences.

In keeping with the implementation of ACRL's strategic plan, WESS has appointed an Ad Hoc Committee to look into ways that we can better serve our membership. Ann Snoeyenbos has been appointed chair of this committee which will hopefully become a full-fledged Membership Committee with a mandate to make WESS even more user-friendly.

We urge you to visit often and make good use of the wealth of information contained in our WESSWEB ( and if you'd like to volunteer your time and talent to help update and edit any of the pages, please let us know! We have a new WESS Directory editor-Bruce Swann-to whom you should now send your updates and/or new entries. Bruce Swann's e-mail:

Once again, we have counted with the support of our faithful vendors in many ways. We hope to greet all of them in Washington D.C.

Finally, we had the pleasure to appoint a new Editor-Designate to our Newsletter. Elisabeth Remak-Honnef, who hails from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and is the current chair of the Romance Languages Discussion Group, has agreed to work with Marje Schuetze-Coburn for the current year and then assume the responsibility of Editor when Marje ends her tenure as such. We welcome Beth and wish her much success.

See you all in D.C.!

Heleni Pedersoli
WESS Chair

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