Submitted by Dennis S. Sears, Secretary/Treasurer
Call to order:
Mary Rumsey, FCIL SIS Chair-Elect, welcomed the attendees and called the meeting to order. She excused Stephanie Burke Farne, FCIL SIS Chair, who was unable to attend.
Minutes of 2005 FCIL-SIS Business Meeting, as published in October 2005 FCIL Newsletter: The members approved, by unanimous vote, the minutes of the 2005 FCIL SIS Business Meeting, as published in October 2005 FCIL Newsletter (Vol. 20, No. 1).
Treasurer's Report: The Treasurer's Report was presented by Dennis S. Sears. The current balance, as of May 31, 2006, was $16,319.63. This amount included $2,105 in donations for the FCIL Schaffer Grant and $2,000 in donations from Thomson Legal & Regulatory to sponsor the Reception for Attendees from Abroad. The FCIL-SIS also contributed $500 to the FCIL Schaffer Grant to enable the 2006 recipient to attend AALL.
2006-2007 Election Results: The election of Jonathan A. Franklin, as the Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, was announced. Jonathan was excused, because he was unable to attend.
Reports of Interest Groups and Committees:
African Law Interest Group: Daniel L. Wade reported that the FCIL Schaffer Grantee, Hind Al-Helaly, would be speaking at the meeting of the African Law Working Group.
Asian Law Interest Group: The Asian Law Interest Group met and talked about new development in Asian law. About ten members attended the meeting.
CIS and Eastern European Law Interest Group: Kevin P. Gray reported on his hope to revive a Central and East European website that was compiled at the Gonzaga School of Law Library. Because of neglect since his move to Louisiana State University, CEESource has suffered from extensive link rot. The website was broader than law, also linking to sources on business, politics, economics, etc.
Clearinghouse for Internships and International Exchanges: David McFadden reported that his group would meet the next day. He announced his program, entitled "Trading Spaces: International Law Library Exchanges and Visits," also scheduled for the next day.
Education Committee: Mary Rumsey and Dennis S. Sears reported that the committee had met. A few programs and a workshop had been proposed and individuals had volunteered to draft or assist in drafting these program/workshop proposals. Additional program ideas were solicited and assistance in the drafting of those proposals was offered by the committee co-chairs.
Electronic Issues Group: Marylin J. Raisch reported on the use of blogging as a form of scholarly communication. She also raised the possibility of an FCIL SIS blog to provide a source of "How to" for FCIL research.
FCIL Schaffer Grant Committee: Mary M. Strouse reported on the new name of the Grant. She reported on the idea of two committees for the Grant: the Grant awardee selection committee and a future of the Grant committee, which would focus on soliciting contributions for the Grant and reporting on progress made during giving campaigns. Mary also noted that a reworking of the Grant page still needed to be done. She then recognized a significant contribution by Susan E. Fox to the FCIL Schaffer Grant, but also noted that she would like to see a larger number of contributions in smaller amounts from interested individuals.
Latin American Law Interest Group: Pedro Padilla-Rosa reported on difficulties in collecting Latin American legal materials.
Membership Committee: Lucia Diamond encouraged members to write articles about the FCIL-SIS, including oral histories about the early years before the FCIL-SIS was formed.
Nomindations Committee: Jean M. Wenger reported that Jonathan A. Franklin was elected as the Vice Chair/Chair-Elect of the FCIL-SIS.
Publications Committee: It was reported that the newsletter editor was seeking articles and pictures to improve the quality of the newsletter. The newsletter is available both in PDF and HTML. In addition, the revision of the FCIL-SIS brochure was described.
Teaching FCIL Legal Research: It was reported that Lee F. Peoples was seeking materials for short sessions.
Welcome FCIL Schaffer Grant Recipient: The FCIL Schaffer Grant Recipient, Hind Al-Helaly, was introduced and welcomed.
"Newest FCIL-SIS member" prize from Senior Caucus: Yolanda E. Goldberg, Tom H. Reynolds, and Daniel L. Wade awarded a bottle of wine to Sergio Stone.
New Award: Outstanding Service: Mary Rumsey introduced a new award for outstanding volunteer service, consistently contributed. The award was named after its first awardee, Daniel L. Wade. The "2006 Daniel L. Wade FCIL-SIS Outstanding Service Award" was awarded to Daniel L. Wade.
Membership Survey Results: The membership survey results were made available to the membership.
Other new business:
Mary Rumsey expressed her appreciation to the chairs of the committees and interest groups. She then turned over the FCIL-SIS leadership over to herself, the incoming Chair for 2006-2007, given the excused absence of Stephanie Burke Farne, FCIL-SIS Chair for 2005-2006.
Sergio Stone stated an interest among American-Chinese law librarians to fund the attendance of a Chinese law librarian at AALL.
The Northeast Foreign Law Librarians Cooperative Group (NEFLLCG) indicated an interest in becoming an FCIL-SIS interest group.
Adjournment: Mary Rumsey declared the business meeting adjourned.