Submitted by Dennis Stone
Call to order:
Mary Rumsey, FCIL SIS Chair-Elect, welcomed the attendees and called the meeting to order. She turned some time over to Jules Winterton, President of the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL), who invited everyone to the IALL Reception.
Minutes of 2006 FCIL-SIS Business Meeting, as published in October 2006 FCIL Newsletter: The members approved, by unanimous vote, the minutes of the 2006 FCIL SIS Business Meeting, as published in October 2006 FCIL Newsletter (Vol. 21, No. 1).
Treasurer's Report: The Treasurer's Report was presented by Dennis S. Sears. The current balance, as of May 31, 2007, was $17,163.49. This amount included $1,950 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 2007 recipient to attend AALL.
2007-2008 Election Results: The election of Dennis S. Sears, as the Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, and Marylin J. Raisch, as the Secretary/Treasurer, was announced by Victor Essien, a member of the Nominations Committee. Victor also relayed Mirela Roznovschi's appreciation for the opportunity she had to serve as the committee chair.
Reports of Interest Groups and Committees:
African Law Interest Group: Victor Essien reported that the committee had met this afternoon and had discussed current publications of interest and current sources available on websites.
Asian Law Interest Group: Sergio Stone reported that the Asian Law Interest Group met this morning with the FCIL Schaffer Grant recipient. They also discussed various databases.
CIS and Eastern European Law Interest Group: Kevin P. Gray had been called away and excused from the business meeting.
Clearinghouse for Internships and International Exchanges: David McFadden reported on a new survey. He stated that the world had been divided up to solicit exchange opportunities. He noted that he would like the number of U.S. law libraries that would be willing to participate in exchanges increased. Finally, David stated a desire to change the name of the Clearinghouse. The desired name was Internships and International Exchanges Committee.
Education Committee: Jonathan Franklin reported that five out of eleven programs sponsored by the FCIL-SIS had been accepted by the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC). The Education Committee was scheduled to meet the following day. Program proposals were to be submitted a week before the AALL deadline of August 15th to Dennis S. Sears so that the committee could review them and offer suggestions and assistance in a timely manner.
Electronic Issues Group:Marylin J. Raisch reported that blogs were discussed. She suggested expanding topics discussed by the Electronic Issues Group to include collection development and other issues. She also suggested creating more links on the FCIL-SIS website for educational purposes.
FCIL Schaffer Grant Committee: Barbara Bean reported that the Committee had met in March. They had received twenty applications, seventeen of which were on time, from eleven countries. She noted the high quality of the applicants. The recipient of the award this year was Cheng Zhen, Director of the Reference Department, the National Library of China in Beijing.
Foreign Selectors Interest Group: Dan Wade reported on efforts to draft a letter to LexisNexis requesting a more reasonable price for French legal materials. He noted that Teresa Miguel of Yale University was compiling a Latin American serials list. Finally, he referred to a draft "profile" of the Lillian Goldman Law Library, which he had authored. He would like to see other universities prepare similar institutional profiles. Southern California will report on their activities next year.
Latin American Law Interest Group: Teresa M. Miguel reported on the list of Latin American serials that she was compiling from around the country. She stated that she would publish a link to the list in the FCIL-SIS Newsletter.
Membership Committee: Laura Cadra reported on the FCIL table in the exhibit hall, FCIL pencils, and the drawing.
Publications Committee: It was reported that Linda Tashbook had resigned and that Mabel Shaw had taken over the editorship of the FCIL Newsletter.
Strategic Planning Committee: Mary Rumsey reported that the draft plan would be available in six weeks to two months.
Teaching FCIL Legal Research: Tricia Kasting reported that twenty six people were in attendance at the Teaching FCIL Legal Research Interest Group meeting. She encouraged members to continue to submit ideas and tips on how to teach. Tricia noted that few librarians teach long courses--that most teach workshops. She also noted a change in the student bodies--millennials. Tricia stated that for teaching FCIL legal research, pathfinders were great for librarians; however, a take-home exam emphasizing process would be better for law students.
Mary Rumsey recognized Marianne Rogers from York University Law Library, Toronto, Canada; Lesley Dingle from Cambridge University, Cambridge, England; and Jules Winterton from the University of London, London, England.
"Newest FCIL-SIS member" prize from Senior Caucus: Mary Ann E. Archer, Yolanda E. Goldberg, M. Kathleen Price, Tom H. Reynolds, and Daniel L. Wade awarded a bottle of wine to Meg Butler from New York Law School Library, a member as of June 30th.
"Spirit of the SIS": Mary Rumsey awarded the Spirit of the SIS Award to Heidi F. Kuehl for work on the website and Victor Essien for his willingness to work on a myriad of projects.
Announcements: Robert H. Hu announced work on a China/U.S. conference, tentatively scheduled for the law week of May 2009.
Mary Rumsey turned over the Chair to Jonathan A. Franklin. Jonathan thanked Mary for her year of service. He solicited ideas from the membership and invited everyone to the IALL Reception.
Adjournment: Jonathan A. Franklin declared the business meeting adjourned.