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WESSWEB, the Web service of the European Studies Section, Association of College and Research Libraries

Why donate to ESS? The European Studies Section (ESS) represents librarians and others who specialize or are otherwise professionally involved in the acquisition, organization, and use of information sources originating in or related to European countries. Getting involved with ESS through participation or donation allows a vendor to interact face to face and online with the people who manage European Studies collections across the US and Canada.

Committee Charge:

The ESS Vendor Relations Committee

• conducts or coordinates annual as well as special fundraising campaigns to support ESS activities
• helps with budget and fundraising for special events (e.g. international conferences)
• serves as primary liaison to sponsors for fundraising purposes
• works closely with ACRL and the ESS Executive Committee regarding finances

Major Responsibilities:

• projects financial needs for regular activities (e.g. Program, Social Event at Summer ALA) in collaboration with ESS committee chairs. Projections are prepared by September 1 for the rest of the fiscal year and for the next fiscal year
• projects financial needs for special events (e.g., an international conference)
• establishes fundraising targets based on projected needs
• requests donations from sponsors and acknowledges donations received with letters and public mention of the donor's generosity
• keeps records of sponsors and potential sponsors
• maintains an ESS Fundraising Web page
• maintains sponsor contact information
• coordinates the receipt and deposit of donations between sponsors and ACRL
• keeps records of monetary transactions (donations, expenditures, balances)
• reports the organization’s financial status to Executive Committee at ALA Midwinter and Annual Conferences (including requests, donations, expenditures and balances)
• reports the organization’s financial status to the Fall and Spring WESS Newsletter

Committee Members:

(If you would like to join us, please contact the committee chair)

Ann Snoeyenbos, Chair (2017-2018)
Amauri Cerrano (2017-2018)
Agnes Widder (2017-2018)
Michelle Urberg (2017-2018)
Katie Gibson (ex officio, 2017-2018)

Reports to:

ESS Executive Committee
ESS Chair

Who to contact:

To make a donation any committee member
ACRL liaison Megan Griffin
Projected Needs Statement Ann Snoeyenbos
Financial Status Report (income, expenditures, balances) Ann Snoeyenbos
Records of Donations Ann Snoeyenbos
Donor Contact Information any committee member
Vendor Relations Committee Website Ann Snoeyenbos


ESS chair submits budget estimates to ACRL August
Fundraising committee begins projecting financial needs and sets targets September, October

ACRL sends Section Budget Memo for Fiscal Year to ESS chair

Allocations from ACRL established for:

  • Basic Services, based on membership
  • Program
  • Labels
Membership Committee Chair submits Special Events Request Form to ACRL for Cruise / Social Event at ALA Annual with budget estimates December, January
Fundraising Committee Members request donations January-June, and throughout the year
Cruise / Social Event tickets for sale February-May
Cruise / Social Event expenses paid May-June
Speaker expenses paid for ALA Annual April-June
ACRL fiscal year: September 30th

Donate to ESS!

Donation Form

ESS regularly seeks financial assistance for the following activities. We sincerely appreciate your assistance and support. Your contribution is vital to the health and well-being of intellectual exchange and research between Europe and the United States. By supporting any of these activities, you contribute to the collegial exchange between librarians, publishers and information vendors in Europe and the United States.

Thank you for your support.

Approximate Annual Expenses
Cruise / Social Event at ALA Annual Conference


ESS Program
at ALA Annual Conference:
speakers and equipment

Audiovisual equipment
for ESS Discussion Groups


Total Annually [estimated]



ESS wishes to express its gratitude to the following sponsors for their generous support in recent years (in alphabetical order):

Adam Matthew Digital/Sage
Brepols Publishers
Casalini Libri
De Gruyter
East View
Erasmus Booksellers
Haworth Press
Iberoamericana Vervuert
Puvill Libros
Taylor & Francis

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