Bradley Schaffner, chair, convened the meeting at 9:40AM. An agenda was distributed.
There were fourteen (14) persons in attendance.
Upon the motion of Sandra Levy, seconded by Patricia Thurston, the Minutes of the Mid-Winter meeting (New Orleans) were unanimously approved.
Brad announced that Gordon Anderson, elected as SEES Member-at-Large resigned shortly after his election. Darla Carras, who came in second in that election, could not accept the office, due to her recently taking a new position. Mischa Buczkowski (U of Oregon) has been appointed by the Executive Committee, to fill the vacancy, and Althea Jenkins of ACRL will be notified.
In July 1998 the New York Public Library will celebrate the centennial of the founding of its Slavic and Baltic Divisions. Upon the motion of Patricia Thurston, seconded by Cathy Zeljak, and unanimous approval of the Committee, Brad Schaffner was authorized to send a letter of congratulations and best wishes to Paul LeClerc, President, New York Public Library.
It was announced that the Electronic Resources Task Force is now a SEES committee.It will be given a charge and will work on the SEES homepage. Julie Swann will be adding email addresses to the homepage, as well as useful URLs. Julie will work on the design of the overall homepage, but individual committees will have the responsibility of maintaining their own information. Julie will consider adding a link to AAASS, as well as a calendar of worldwide Slavic events.
AUTOMATED BIBLIOGRAPHIC CONTROL (ABC): held a conference program with speeches of Theresa Tickle and Jared Ingersoll-Casey, on computer support for Cyrillic alphabets; Mischa Buczkowski is the new chair; thanked Julie Swann for the FAQ posting; the Directory of Slavic Catalogues has been discovered and given to Mischa; it is presently at University of California-Berkeley, but that institution is willing to surrender it.
CONTINUING EDUCATION: conference program of seven (7) Library of Congress/Soros Fellows was excellent; extended thanks to Nina Palmin; Joanna Dyla is the new chair.
NEWSLETTER: committee chair referenced the full committee report and suggested interested persons consult it (printed elsewhere in this publication).
PRESERVATION: the committee reported that the membership expressed a feeling that the purview of this committee is "too narrow." The new chair, Brad Schaffner, will investigate other options.
CONFERENCE PROGRAM, 1998: a fine program was presented to a large audience. The program content examined issues and challenges facing international area studies collections and librarians. Speakers were: James G. Neal, Director, Johns Hopkins University Library; Maria Carlson, Director, Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Kansas; and Deborah Jakubs, Head, International/Area Studies, Perkins Library, Duke University.
CONFERENCE PROGRAM, 1999: Tatiana G. Barr is committee chair for this offering. The committee is exploring two plans for the program. The tentative title is, "The Impact of American Librarianship on Libraries of Post-Communist Russia, Eastern and Central Europe, and The Balkans in the 1990s."
ALA/ACRL LEADERSHIP meetings:
The Activities Section discussion was not productive.
The Continuing Education "Assembly" ties in with ALA's mid-winter conference.
Sections were encouraged to consider an orientation for international students.
Brad reported that SEES membership is stable, but not growing.
Under Other Business, SEES officers should consider more afternoon meetings on the Saturdays in future conferences. Thus eliminating meetings usually scheduled for 8:00AM! Brad was directed to contact ALA/ACRL's Althea Jenkins on this. Additionally, Brad is to notify ACRL of the vote to combine the Membership and Executive committee meetings, and to inform ACRL of Misha Buczkowski's appointment as Member-at-Large.
The SEES brochure was discussed. Cathy Zeljak noted that the supply is running low. It needs to be updated, reflecting a new committee and adding a URL (front bottom). It should be put on a 3-year cycle and printed after next year's annual conference. The master for the brochure is at George Washington University.
The meeting adjourned by unanimous consent at 10:45AM.
--Minutes submitted by Richard Fitzsimmons.
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