vol. 15, no. 1
CALL TO ORDER
Katherine Topulos, FCIL-SIS Chair, called the meeting to order and welcomed the attendees. On behalf of the SIS Katherine expressed thanks to Anne Burnett for all of her hard work on the Newsletter; to Christine Corcos for agreeing to serve as Chair/Chair-Elect; to Mila Rush for maintaining the list-serv; to the members of the executive committee for all of their assistance during Katherineís term of office; to the strategic planning committee for their efforts over the past two years; and to the education committee for their work and continued success with respect to program planning. The Chair noted that two FCIL-SIS interest groups, the African Law Interest Group and the Latin American Law Interest Group, had invited speakers this year whose programs enjoyed much success.
- The editors of Legal Reference Services Quarterly have approached Katherine with the proposal of including an FCIL component to which members of the SIS could contribute on a regular and continuing basis. This is still in the consideration stage.
- The AALL executive board would like to add foreign members to the board. One member expressed concern about usurping the role of the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL).
- The minutes from last yearís meeting were approved (by unanimous vote) as reproduced in the Oct. 1999 Newsletter.
- The Treasurerís report was read and admitted.
- The election results were read and admitted. It was announced that Christine Corcos from Louisiana State University has been elected as Chair/Chair-elect for the 2000-2002 term. Ms. Corcos was unable to attend the Annual Meeting.
- Proposal was introduced to amend Article 8 of the bylaws of the FCIL-SIS to employ Sturgis Rules of Parliamentary Procedure rather than Robertís Rules of Order. Motion was made and seconded, and motion passed by vote of the membership.
- Stefanie Weigman will take over as Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for the 2000-2001 term. Margareta Horiba and Charlotte Bynum have stepped down from the Committee. A Mission Statement, composed by the Strategic Planning Committee, was read by Katherine Topulos and will serve as the foundation for moving the Strategic Plan forward. The membership voted to adopt the Statement as read.
- Jean Davis (incoming Chair) reported on the meeting of the Strategic Planning Committee at the 2000 Annual Meeting. The Committee agreed that the working document that the Committee had developed to date needed to define more specific goals and elucidate the means to implement those goals. The Committee has agreed to meet in New York in conjunction with International Law Week in February 2001 to develop a more refined document to present at next yearís Annual Meeting. The Committee will also pursue the possible use of a facilitator to assist with the process.
- Jean Davis called for volunteers to help update the list of foreign/international law librarians who are willing to serve as contacts for their various jurisdictions.
- Jean Davis thanked Katherine Topulos for all of her hard work and leadership over the past two years on behalf of the FCIL-SIS.
- Katherine Topulos introduced David McFadden to speak about exchanges and visits between foreign and U.S. librarians.
- Drawing was held for 2 bottles of wine. Winners were Lucia Diamond and Mary Hood.
Meeting was adjourned and membership hosted a reception for visitors from abroad.