volume 14, number 2
From the Chair
Duke University School of Law Library
AALL held a Leadership Retreat for the Special Interest Sections on
October15 and 16, 1999. Participants included the Chairs of the SISs, Margie
Axtmann (President), Roger Parent (Executive Director), Martha Brown (Director
of Programs) and the current and former SIS Council Chairs. The primary
purpose of the retreat was to maximize input from the participants, and
to help develop a common focus for AALL. By the end of the weekend we had
written an SIS Impact Statement and Purpose Statement, created a Leadership
Profile for SIS leaders and discussed strategies for implementing what
we developed. A fuller report on this event will be available in the SIS
annual report next spring.
Christine Corcos has updated the web page of the Interest Group on Teaching
Foreign, Comparative and International Legal Research (click on "Collection
of FCIL-related Course Descriptions, Syllabi, Bibliographies and Similar
Materials" from the FCIL-SIS homepage <http://www.lawsch.uga.edu/fcil/fcil.html>).
The new page includes a directory of members, syllabi and other teaching
materials, and research guides. If you have a syllabus or other material
you'd like to add to the page, or if you'd like to be linked from the page,
contact Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm delighted to report that six programs (three of which are co-sponsored
with other groups) and an all-day workshop have been accepted by AALL's
Annual Meeting Program Selection Committee (AMPSC) for next summer's annual
meeting. The workshop is called Gateway to Treaty Research in the Digital
Age. There are two programs on civil law jurisdictions,
Passeport pour la France: Key Legal Sources and Research Strategies
and Passeport Intellectuel pour la Louisiane et le Québec: Legal
Structure, Research Strategies and Key Sources. The other programs cover
a variety of foreign and international law topics: Building New Gateways:
Research Instruction for Foreign-Trained Lawyers and Law Students; Passport
to China: Searching and Finding in Chinese (co-sponsors: Computing Services
SIS, Asian American Law Librarians Caucus); The Intersection of Public
and Private International Law in a Global Economy (co-sponsor: Heike Fenton,
President, Transnational Publishers, Inc.); and a program on electronic
sources for English legal research (co-sponsor: Research Instruction and
Patron Services SIS). The Education Committee's "Update on Accepted Programs"
elsewhere in this issue discusses the programs and the selection process
in greater detail.
You'll notice when you look at the annual meeting program to see what
FCIL-SIS events are scheduled in Philadelphia that the name "working group"
(as in "Latin American Law Working Group") has been changed to "interest
group." The Executive Committee decided on this change because it was brought
to our attention that folks in other SISs thought that the working groups
were "by invitation" groups, open only to those who were working on specific
projects. Since we want to encourage people to come to these meetings (especially
since several of the groups are planning to invite speakers this summer),
we thought that "interest group" would more clearly reflect the groups'
purpose, and would not limit the groups to any particular format for their
Finally, don't forget to vote for a new Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect. You'll
find a ballot in this newsletter.
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