FCIL Clearinghouse for Internships and International Personnel Exchanges Committee
(July 20, 2005) Submitted by David McFadden, Chair
Attendees: Cyril Emery, Maureen Garmon, Matthew Grieder, Carole Hinchcliff, Vanessa King, David McFadden, Mirela Roznovschi, Mary Sexton, and Sergio Stone.
There were no requests or new surveys added in 2005.
Mirela Roznovschi brought up the need to use listservs to promote the Clearinghouse. It was suggested that postings be made three times a year. Intlaw, EuroLex, SLA, lawlib, the director's listserv, Australian, New Zealand, Baltic, UK and Caribbean were some that were mentioned. Carole Hinchcliff will help post messages on the director's list and on Australian lists. Mirela Roznovschi volunteered to help on many of the others. Sarah Carter was mentioned as a possible person to help us with the UK lists. The listservs could be used to help with the Survey Project (see below) to solicit additional participants in the Clearinghouse.
Mirela Roznovschi brought up the need to find sources of financial assistance to support visits, especially from disadvantaged countries.
Our San Antonio program - Working Abroad: An Opportunity to Gain New Vistas, Reassess Values, and Reshape Visions - But Don't Drink the Water! submitted by Elizabeth Goldberg - was not accepted. (See below for next year's plans.)
Carole Hinchcliff completed Guidelines for Visits. This document needs to be added to the website. Also, the Additional Resources page linking to other exchange programs' websites was updated by Lee Peoples but is now out of date and needs to be updated and added back onto the FCIL page.
By 1 November, committee members will check the existing Results of Surveys on Exchanges and Visits in Foreign and U.S. Law Libraries. At minimum, each existing entry should be checked and updated as needed. Additional entries from the "Libraries Responding to Prior Surveys" page or elsewhere can be added. One resource mentioned for updating the survey was study abroad programs.
Assignments for updating the survey results: Australia - Carole Hinchcliff; Europe - Maureen Garmon, Cyril Emery (Germany); Latin America - Sergio Stone; United States - Mary Sexton; Asia - Matthew Grieder, Cyril Emery; Africa - Vanessa King, Mirela Roznovschi.
There was a discussion of increasing the number of testimonials on the Clearinghouse webpage. Carole Hinchcliff has agreed to get a testimonial from a visitor to her library. Mirela Roznovschi has agreed to acquire testimonials as well. It was suggested that photographs should be included along with the testimonials.
Cyril Emery agreed to help on a program for next year in Saint Louis. Elizabeth Goldberg, who submitted the proposal last year, will also be contacted. Carole Hinchcliff is unable to help now but is willing to help later. If the program is not accepted by the AMPC, the FCIL Education Committee has already discussed the possibility of running it as a FCIL program against AALL programs. This practice will be allowed during certain time-slots beginning next year. An AMPC program would be submitted for possibly a 30-minute slot but a FCIL program could be longer. Mirela Roznovschi suggested using foreign visitors to AALL as speakers. They could discuss visits and exchanges from their perspective.
David McFadden will continue on as chair for another year.