FCIL Newsletter / October 1995
Minutes of the 1995 Business Meeting
by Margareta Horiba, Secretary/Treasurer 1993-95
Tulane University Law Library
The annual business meeting of the Foreign, Comparative, and
International Law Special Interest Section of the American
Association of Law Libraries was convened at 4:45 p.m. by the
outgoing Chair, Lyonette Louis-Jacques. Approximately fifty
members and visitors were in attendance.
Lyo announced the tenth anniversary of the SIS and had made
arrangements to mark the event in a fitting manner after taking
care of business.
She reported that it would not be advantageous to the SIS to
go with a publications package plan, as discussed by AALL
Headquarters, and that the SIS would stick with individual
She regretted that the regular Sunday meeting schedule had
been disrupted by the National Conference on Legal Information.
Under normal circumstances the working groups meet for one hour.
They provide, she said, an important opportunity to get involved
in the FCIL SIS.
The reading of the minutes from the Seattle meeting was
dispensed with and approved as published in the October 1994
issue of the newsletter.
Margareta gave the treasury report, with the balance as of
that day being $169.23, inclusive of known and estimated
Lyo gave the election results and introduced Margareta Horiba,
the new Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, and Radu Popa, the new
Secretary/Treasurer. Radu Popa was not in attendance.
Under reports from subcommittees and working groups Jolande
Goldberg gave the report for the Education Committee (published
separately in the newsletter).
Kenneth Rudolf, editor of FCIL Newsletter, acknowledged
the considerable contribution to the newsletter by Janice Selberg
and Carmen Valero. He said that INT-LAW has taken over the role
of small notices. A column on professional activities of members
is edited by Mila Rush and a column on processing issues by Aaron
Kuperman. Ken announced that the Newsletter is now
available on Internet via the World Wide Web. Lyo extended
special thanks to Ken for his work on the newsletter.
Lyo drew attention to a new working group on International
Issues, which she had conceived of and to which she had appointed
Ellen Schaffer chair. The group has recently been renamed Working
Group on International and Intergovernmental Issues.
Other agenda items included a suggestion that the FCIL
brochure be updated. It was most recently updated in 1993. There
was also a question by Lyo on how FCIL can influence and support
electronic databases, e.g., how to put full text of treaties and
treaty indexing online. Lyo suggested that the FCIL establish
more liaisons with other organizations and make an effort to find
sources for interlibrary loans overseas. She expressed concern
for new foreign law librarians. Does the FCIL meet their needs?
Should we look into instruction in foreign languages? What would
be the optimal way of scheduling Sundays during the annual
meeting? There was no discussion of these questions.
Lyo welcomed the attendees from abroad. Introducing themselves
were librarians from Australia, Canada, Germany, and the United
Lyo introduced the incoming Chair, Francisco Avalos, and
turned over her duties to him. Francisco extended thanks to Lyo
and to Ken, whom he assigned another year as editor of the
Under new business, Ellen Schaffer announced the Beth
McWilliams Scholarship Fund in Law Librarianship at the
University of Michigan School of Information and Library Studies.
It is a fund set up in memory of Beth McWilliams, the
international law librarian at the University of Michigan Law
Library who died at a young age in 1994. A brochure about Beth
McWilliams and the fund was available at the door.
Telle Zoller, in charge of the opening lunch table
reservation, mentioned that three tables had been reserved for
FCIL. Larry Wenger invited participants to the IALL reception
Tuesday evening where the program on the upcoming course in
Vienna would be available. Francisco recommended participants to
join the IALL. Kathy Price invited participants to the African
Law Initiative librarians meeting on Tuesday morning, for
discussion on the recently initiated ABA law school sister
The celebration of the tenth anniversary of the FCIL began
with Lyo's thanking everyone who had contributed, including Sandy
Beehler for ordering the commemorative pens. Claire Germain gave
a brief history of the SIS from its beginnings as a committee of
AALL to its development as a large group that has stimulated
great interest over the years. Claire considers it the best group
within the organization, a microcosm of the world community.
The meeting adjourned at 6:20 and was followed by a reception
in honor of the international attendees and the tenth FCIL
anniversary. A large cake and Caribbean music were featured.
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