(July 19, 2005) Submitted by Mary Rumsey, Secretary/Treasurer
Mirela Roznovschi, outgoing chair of the FCIL-SIS, called the meeting to order and welcomed all attendees.
Approval of minutes: The minutes from the 2004 FCIL-SIS Business meeting held in Boston were published in the 2004 FCIL Newsletter and were unanimously approved without corrections.
Treasurer's Report: Mary Rumsey presented the Treasurer's Report.
The FCIL-SIS's current account balance is $11,954.22. In the 2004-2005 fiscal year, the SIS made two major expenditures. This spring, the Executive Committee contributed $500 from the FCIL account to the Schaffer grant, to enable the 2005 recipient to attend AALL. The SIS paid $714.26 in travel and housing expenses for University of Houston Law Center law professor Stephen Zamora, so that he could present an SIS-sponsored program on Latin American legal systems.
Approval of election results: Mirela Roznovschi announced that Dennis Sears, Brigham Young University Law Library, was elected as Secretary-Treasurer for the 2005-2007 term, and that Mary Rumsey, University of Minnesota Law Library, was elected as Chair/Chair-Elect for the 2006-2007 term. Mirela thanked the Nominating Committee (Ken Rudolph, Chair; Katherine Topulos, and Mark Engsberg) for its work.
Bylaws change: By voice vote, with a quorum present, the membership approved an amendment to the SIS bylaws that will permit electronic voting.
Committee and Interest Group Reports:
[Note: For more details, see the separate Committee and Interest Group Reports in this issue of the Newsletter.]
Dennis Sears reported from the Education Committee, primarily to encourage members to submit proposals for next year's annual meeting. Mary Strouse reported for the Schaffer Grant Committee, highlighting efforts to improve fundraising for the Grant. Linda Tashbook reported for the Publications/Website Committee. For the Clearinghouse for Internships and International Personnel Exchanges, David McFadden reported that a program proposal on foreign exchange programs will be submitted to AMPC for the third year in a row. Jean Wenger reported on activities of the Strategic Planning Committee, and Mary Rumsey reported on the Centennial Committee.
Chairs of the Electronic Issues, African Law, Asian Law, CIS and Eastern European Interest Groups reported on the substantive programs conducted at their meetings.
Mirela Roznovschi welcomed Irma Aladashvili, the recipient of the Ellen Schaffer Foreign Librarian's Grant. Chaired by Nona K. Beisenherz, the Schaffer Grant Committee (Anne Burnett, Mary Strouse, Ellen Schaffer) reviewed the grant applications and selected the recipient.
Mirela presented the "Spirit of the SIS" awards to Lyonette Louis-Jacques, for her many contributions to FCIL librarianship. She also thanked the members she worked with throughout her year as Chair. Mirela noted that new members have assumed responsibilities within the SIS, including new FCIL Newsletter Editor Amy Burchfield, and Heidi Frostestad Kuehl, the new webmaster of the FCIL-SIS Home Page.
In the absence of incoming Chair Stephanie Burke Farne, Mary Rumsey read a message from Stephanie that expressed her enthusiasm for leading the SIS throughout the following year.
Mirela then adjourned the meeting, and the SIS hosted a reception for visitors from abroad.