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Executive Committee
June 24, 2006

Present: Dan Pennell (Pittsburgh), Diana Brooking (Washington), Adam Burling (ACRL), Jackie Byrd (Indiana), Brenda Carter (Pittsburgh), Jared Ingersoll (Columbia), Sandra Levy (Chicago), Janice Pilch (Illinois), Brad Schaffner (Harvard), Kay Sinnema (Library of Congress), Andy Spencer (Wisconsin), Cathy Zeljak (George Washington)

  • ACRL Program Coordinator: Adam Burling was introduced as ACRL Program Coordinator
  • Minutes: Minutes of the meeting of the San Antonio Midwinter 2006 conference were approved as submitted.
  • Committee Reports:
    • Newsletter Committee (Sandra Levy):
      • Review of 2006 Issue: The issue had the first color cover illustration. Kay and Sandra finished Terri's work on the issue after the birth of Terri's baby in the spring. The issue was 95 pages.
      • Budget Report: The Newsletter budget continues to be in good shape, due to paid subscriptions for institutions.
      • Libraries in Profile for 2007 Issue: ALA conferences are in Seattle (mid-winter) and D.C. (annual). The University of Washington was profiled in the 2006 issue. Suggestions included George Washington and the Library of Congress.
    • ABC Committee (Brenda Carter):
      • Letter to PCC or CPSO Regarding Cataloging in Vernacular Scripts: The Committee discussed a draft of a letter calling for standardization in vernacular parallel fields for name headings in bibliographic records. ABC will finalize the letter and send it out.
      • Report on RDA from CC:DA: The CC:DA representative was not present for the ABC meeting, as the CC:DA meeting conflicted with the ABC meeting. Diana Brooking reported that the next part of RDA is now available for comment.
      • Slavic Cataloging Manual: An email was sent to the slavlibs listserv requesting that readers of that listserv send any corrections or suggestions for the Slavic Cataloging Manual to Jackie Byrd. No suggestions or corrections were received. Volunteers were requested from ABC members to monitor the manual. Jackie will encode any changes decided on. Developments in Montenegro may require changes to the Slavic Cataloging Manual. Will we want to overhaul the cataloging manual for RDA?
      • New ABC Chair: Diana Brooking agreed to become the new chair of ABC.
    • Access and Preservation Committee: All in attendance at the Executive Committee had attended the Access and Preservation Committee meeting, so there was no report given for the committee.
  • Membership Issues
    • Current Statistics (Dan Pennell): Personal memberships remained steady, dropping only from 204 to 200; organizational memberships dropped from 37 to 32. Those who cited a reason for dropping a membership cited costs as a factor.
    • New Appointments and Renewals (Brad Schaffner): ACRL is testing an electronic system for committee appointments, and it will be available in August. Currently all committees have members.
  • Posting of Changes to Bylaws on SEES Website: Suggested changes to SEES website have been made.
  • Ideas, Suggestions for Future SEES Programs:
    • 2007: SEES has agreed to co-sponsor a program with WESS on EU expansion. The narrative description provided by WESS and forwarded to the Executive Committee by Brad was, "Not your Grandmother's 'old country,' twenty-first century Europe is multicultural and wired, enlivened by new Eastern European member states and by emerging European Digital Library and information policy initiatives. On our panel, two academics and one EU representative (two Washington local, one from the Northeast) will address these issues and the trends in European Union scholarship that are important for American libraries".
    • 2008: It was suggested that SEES co-sponsor a program with WESS on online scholarship. Janice Pilch mentioned an impressive Slovenian federated searching website that could feed into this topic, and she will send the URL out on slavlibs.
  • ACRL Action Plan (Brad Schaffner & Andy Spencer): ACRL has funding available for initiatives. Brad suggested that SEES submit a proposal to fund conference registration for a one-year cycle (annual & mid-winter conferences) for some people new in the Slavic librarianship field, either new librarians or students. This would allow us to recruit new members. Brad will draft a proposal and send it out to the Executive Committee. The proposal is due by July 15th.
Submitted by Jackie Byrd

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