Notes from the Chair Fall 2019

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Dear Colleagues,

I want to thank each and every ESS member who has assumed a leadership role in committees and discussion groups this year, as well as everyone who has contributed time and talent to various ESS initiatives. It is a pleasure to work with all of you. If you want to get in touch with chairs and conveners, please consult the ESS roster and the information about committees and discussion groups at the ACRL ESS website.

ALA Midwinter 2020
Room requests for the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, January 24-28, 2020, have been submitted. If you are a chair or convener, please take a moment to review the ACRL Code of Conduct.

All of our in-person meetings will be held on Saturday (Cataloging Issues Discussion Group; All Committee Meeting; Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Discussion Group; General Membership Discussion Group) and Sunday (Germanist Discussion Group & Romance Languages Discussion Group; Slavic and Eastern European Discussion Group & Social Sciences and History Discussion Group; ESS Executive Committee). We hope to have a Happy Hour, details TBD, with a thank you to Joanneke Elliott and Manuel Ostos for organizing this.

ESS Conference Program Proposal for ALA Annual 2020
The Conference Program Planning lead by Joanneke Elliott forged a collaboration with ACRL LES to write and submit a program proposal for the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, June 25-30, 2020. The program will focus on the subject librarian’s role in supporting Open Educational Resources (OER), and will include both Anglophone and European OER speakers and perspectives.

ESS Publications Committee
I want to thank Brian Vetruba, Dick Hacken, and Jon Giullian for their leadership in the publications committee. All of the members of the Publications Committee are hard at work figuring out a workflow for migrating former WESS and SEES content to a Wordpress site hosted by ACRL. There will be a new URL down the road.

Liaisons to MLA and SEEMP
ESS will again be represented at the MLA conference by Arianne Hartsell-Gundy (ESS/LES).

For SEEMP, the Bylaws designate that the Chair of SEES (now ESS) has an ex-officio seat on the SEEMP Executive Committee. Thomas Keenan (as ESS Vice Chair) has agreed to represent ESS in that role at the in-person meeting of the SEEMP Executive Committee at the upcoming ASEEES conference.

The Future of the ALA Midwinter Conference
The upcoming ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia, PA, January 24-28, 2020 will be a full-scale in-person ALA Midwinter Conference. We will then have the usual ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, June 25-30, 2020. After that there will be one more, slightly smaller in-person ALA Midwinter Conference in Indianapolis, IN, in January 22-26, 2021. We will return for the ALA Annual Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, June 24-29, 2021. After that, ALA will sunset the Midwinter Conference and develop a model for a virtual conference, which will launch in 2022. ESS leadership will follow the developments closely, and will communicate with committee chairs and conveners about the workflow and the resources for scheduling virtual meetings.

ESS De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant, application deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019
ESS is grateful that the De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant is available again this year. Please submit your application by Friday, December 6, 2019. The grant supports research in European studies with an emphasis on librarianship, the book trade, resource documentation and similar information-science related topics. The grant was established in 2011 by ACRL WESS under the sponsorship of the Walter de Gruyter Foundation for Scholarship and Research [Stiftung für Wissenschaft und Forschung] and managed by ACRL ESS.

The Fiesole Conference: registration opens January 13, 2020
Fiesole New Shape of Sharing: Networks, Expertise, Information. Registration opens January 13, 2020. The Fiesole conference follows on the Frankfurt Symposium, New Directions for Libraries, Scholars, and Partnerships: an International Symposium held in 2017; see Dick Hacken's newsletter contribution about the symposium. I want to take this opportunity to again thank our European Studies vendors for their intellectual and materials support of ESS initiatives.

The Midwinter schedule is not yet final, but the room request for the General Membership Discussion Group meeting is proposed for Saturday afternoon. I hope to see you there.

Heidi Madden

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