Notes from the Chair Spring 2019
The European Studies Section has had a very productive fall and winter. In the fall, the Research & Planning Committee conducted a survey that allowed us to have a clearer picture of how ESS can better serve member needs. 188 people responded. The survey has been archived.
In December, I attended the ASEEES meeting in Boston which allowed me to see how ESS and ASEEES can coordinate and complement each other.
At ALA Midwinter in Seattle, we had two full days of meetings. We started conversations about some big issues like the budget and fundraising, and whether we need to create some new structures to meet the needs of today's ESS members. In that vein we established the Slavic Studies Discussion Group, we revived the College and Medium-Sized Libraries Discussion Group, and Membership Committee has launched a pilot Mentoring program. We also did some housekeeping and dissolved two units: Special Topics Discussion Group, and Recruitment to the Profession Committee. The Publications Committee continues to work through issues related to merging two online presences into a single new website, and merging our other communication vehicles as well. For now, meeting minutes and committee details are being recorded on wessweb.info or the SEES website as appropriate.
The ALA schedule for Annual in Washington DC hasn’t been confirmed yet but you can count on the ESS Happy Hour on Friday evening, and the Cruise on Sunday. Committees and Discussion Groups will meet Saturday and Sunday, with Monday reserved for the General Membership Meeting and Executive Committee. On Sunday afternoon, ESS will offer a forum called “Digital Humanities: A Pan-European Perspective” featuring a panel of digital humanities experts to discuss international trends, ongoing projects and initiatives, and new developments in European Studies, as well as perspectives from researchers in the field. The forum will be Sunday afternoon. Watch wesswebinfo.com and ESS-l for details. I look forward to seeing you there!
If you have thoughts on ways we can make ESS more valuable to those working in European Studies librarianship, please let me know.