Executive Committee Minutes
June 21, 2003
Attending: Janice Pilch, Sandra Levy, Jean Dickinson, Brad
Schaffner, Patricia Thurston, Pat Kreitz, Jared Ingersoll, Terri Miller
The meeting was pulled together to discuss SEES continuing issues despite
the fact that all scheduled SEES meetings were cancelled by the Executive
Committee. Many of our active members could not attend the conference
because of SARS concerns.
The committee members present ratified the decision of the Executive
Committee to cancel the meetings. We discussed rescheduling the two
programs that were cancelled. The speakers for the Khrushchev digital
preservation project will be rescheduled for the Midwinter meeting in San
Diego. We will try to reschedule the program "The Square Peg Problem:
Special Handling in a Streamlined World" for the Orlando Conference,
although it is not clear if we can sponsor 2 programs in one conference.
Terri will consult with Mary Jane Petrowski to see if it is possible.
The Cataloging manual is being updated by Jackie Byrd and the ABC
Committee. The ABC Committee was working on a new web page that would
host information on the committee's work and the Slavic Cataloging Manual,
but the person who volunteered recently changed jobs and left the Slavic
field. The new chair of ABC, Inna Gudanets, will be looking for a new
volunteer at the Midwinter meeting. ABC would also like to post the final
comments from the Library of Congress regarding the language codes for
Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian. ABC would also like to publish in the next
SEES Newsletter the final guidelines from the Library of Congress
regarding the language codes for Serbian, Croatian, and Bosnian, along
with the committee's comments to LC on those guidelines.
ALA is working on guidelines for Electronic meetings. The response was
very strong in favor of conducting some meetings electronically (in
particular, those held at Midwinter.)
Since Inna Gudanets has taken over as chair of ABC, Continuing Education
is left without a chair. As incoming chair, Terri remarked that she felt
more comfortable waiting until Midwinter to select a new chair and discuss
the future direction of the Continuing Education Committee.
Brad and Patricia remarked that the International Relations Roundtable is
very interested in pursuing joint projects or programs with us. The idea
also came up that SEES and WESS might want to consider combining forces
into one group: the European Studies Section. Reactions to this idea were
mixed: some felt that SEES would completely lose its identity in a larger
group such as WESS, while others saw it as an opportunity to revive the
section since our numbers are down and it is getting increasingly
difficult to find members to take on committee duties and run for
Pat spoke about several ACRL initiatives. ACRL is considering giving
funding to librarians to act as formal liaisons between ACRL and subject
specialist groups (such as AAASS.) This would help strengthen ties and
promote cooperation between such groups. Also, beginning this year
sections can use part of their ACRL general funds budget to support the
annual meeting program. This will give sections flexibility to fund more
international or specialized speakers.