Team's Business Meeting
Manager Davis presided over the FCIL-SIS Business Meeting on July 16, 2001. I adore the baseball plaque presented to me by Assistant Manager Thompson!
General Good and Welfare: Thanks to our team managers-FCIL-SIS Executive Committee members Christine Corcos, Katherine Topulos and Tracy Thompson.
Congratulations to our Section's newly elected All Stars: Tracy Thompson, Chair; Ken Rudolf, Vice-Chair/Chair Elect; and Mirela Roznovschi, Secretary/Treasurer.
I also wish to recognize 1) our Committee and Interest Group chairs: Anne Burnett, Victor Essien, Joan Liu, Marta Kiszely, David McFadden, Dennis Sears, Marilyn Raisch, Edgardo Rotman, Ken Rudolf, and Maria Smolka-Day and 2) the coordinators, speakers and moderators who crafted seven outstanding programs for this conference.
I greatly appreciate the support of LexisNexis for our Section's "Teaching" Interest Group activities and the support of Thomson Legal & Regulatory and West Group for our Section's Reception.
At the FCIL-SIS Reception, Manager Thompson and I were proud to honor our first "Spirit of the SIS" award winners: Anne Burnett, Michael McCarthy, Mary Rumsey, Dennis Sears, Mary Strouse, Victoria Szymczak, and Stefanie Weigmann. We greatly enjoyed presenting an award to Ellen Schaffer, the powerhouse who created the foreign librarian's grant to attend the AALL Annual Meeting.
Announcement: Please support incoming editor of the FCIL-SIS Newsletter, Stephanie Burke: email@example.com, even though she is a Bo Sox fan. Anne Burnett was a star editor during the past five years!
Minutes: Secretary/Treasurer Thompson moved that the minutes of the July 2000 FCIL-SIS Business Meeting be approved as published in the October 2000 FCIL-SIS Newsletter, and as corrected in the February 2001 FCIL-SIS Newsletter. (The one corrected sentence under "Announcements": "The AALL executive board would like to add foreign members to the association.")
Treasurer's Report: Secretary/Treasurer Thompson provided a treasury report in which she stated that our Section's ending balance on May 31, 2001 was $5,168.15. There were no questions about the report.
Executive Committee Report: Welcome, Sania Battalova, first recipient of the new ELLEN SCHAFFER FOREIGN LIBRARIAN'S GRANT. Creating the Schaffer Grant was a superb team effort. Generous Section leader Ellen Schaffer and the AALL Executive Board established the Schaffer Grant. Our Executive Committee wrote the grant application, publicized this new opportunity and worked to obtain supplemental funds. Thomson Legal & Regulatory, International Sales & Marketing became the inaugural corporate sponsor of the Schaffer Grant. Mary Strouse became the first FCIL-SIS supporter of this grant. Piloted by Ms. Thompson, the Schaffer Grant Committee (Daniel Boyer, David McFadden, Mary Rumsey and Jeanne Wenger) selected the recipient. Now, LET'S "GROW THE GRANT"!
Griffey may be iffy, but Ms. Burnett and the Executive Committee have posted our current goals on the FCIL-SIS Web site http://www.law.uga.edu/fcil/statplansurvey.html. (The result of our October 2000 strategic planning meeting with facilitator Karen Corbett.) The Section's goals and methods of implementation are available for all members' ranking and comment. Knowing what is most important to members will help our officers to establish an agenda.
and Dennis Sears are powering our Section's 2002 educational planning. Like
El Duque, who crossed the Caribbean to spark the pitching staff of the Bombers,
Heather Worlledge-Andrew hopes to cross the Atlantic in 2002 to boost our
knowledge of Scotland's devolution.
Many new recruits are leading Section activities. Candidates for "Rookies of the Year" include: Michael McCarthy (supervisor of the project to revise the list of Foreign and International Law Librarians Willing to Help Non-Experts); Dana Neacsu (Blue Helmet Research Team member who discussed UN sources for asylum law research at a roundtable on Wednesday, July 18, 2001); Mary Rumsey (program coordinator of "Prometheus UNBound: Firing Up United Nations Legal Researchers" and member of the Schaffer Grant Committee); and Bea Tice (who will be the new member representative on an expanded FCIL-SIS Education Committee).
heroes Michael McCarthy and Grace Lee have created a revised list of Foreign
& International Law Librarians Willing to Help Non-Experts at
http://www.nyls.edu/library/FCIL.html. AALL membership is not a requirement-Mr. McCarthy welcomes submissions from all librarians. ADD YOUR NAME TO THE LIST!
With the expert assistance of coach Maya Norris, AALL's Director of Publications, Ms. Burnett and I updated our Section's brochure.
This year, our team submitted presentation binders titled "Marketing the FCIL-SIS at the AALL Annual Meeting" for the Excellence in Marketing award. Although we did not win, we were finalists in the competition. AALL's Public Relations Committee invited us to display our entry in the PR Showcase.
After carefully considering all responses to Ms. Burnett's FCIL-SIS Newsletter survey at an April meeting, the Executive Committee and Ms. Burnett decided to produce a "primarily electronic" FCIL-SIS Newsletter. Beginning with the October 2000 issue, the FCIL-SIS Newsletter is now available in HTML and PDF formats at our Section's web site http://www.aallnet.org/sis/fcilsis/fcilsis.html.
New Business: Because many FCIL-SIS bodies discussed issues in committee and interest group meetings (see other reports in this Newsletter), no one presented additional proposals to the assembly.