The October issue of the Newsletter traditionally contains reports of activities at the preceding Annual Meeting. While this year's perverse schedule made it impossible for any one individual to participate in all the working groups, reports from the active groups allow you to catch up on the ones that you were unable to attend. In addition, Aaron Kuperman's column for the Processing Issues Group focuses on FCIL issues discussed by the Technical Services SIS.
Special thanks go to those who reported on the working groups--Jonathan Franklin (who also provided minutes of the business meeting in the absence of the secretary/treasurer), Bill McCloy, Marylin Raisch, and especially to Dennis Sears, a relatively new FCIL member who was prevailed upon to provide reports for three working groups. (You can learn more about Dennis in Mila Rush's column on people in the profession.)
Another new FCIL librarian is contributing to this issue. Anne Burnett reports on a visit to her library of a law librarian from Albania. You will find her account most fascinating. (You can also learn more about Anne in Mila's column.)
Jean Davis provides a personal account of the AALL summer institute on public international law, the last in a series of five institutes under the title "Training the Next Generation." Although not sponsored by FCIL, this series has drawn heavily on the expertise of our members.
You may notice the absence of an INT-LAW column in this issue. When the column began four years ago during Dan Wade's editorship, INT-LAW was new and many of us were still not connected to the "information superhighway." The column was a way to disseminate information from the list to our membership and to encourage colleagues to subscribe. Now, since most of us have access to INT-LAW, the need for a regular column has passed. However, we will publish tips from INT-LAW as fillers from time to time.
Janice Selberg has compiled the INT-LAW column since its inception. For four years she has faithfully monitored the list, chosen pertinent messages, and, above all, met deadlines, and I want to express publicly my sincerest appreciation for her work.
Finally, I owe a debt of gratitude to Carmen Valero, who has agreed to continue as copy editor and save me from my mistakes.
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