FCIL Newsletter, May 2000, "From the Chair"

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FCIL Newsletter

volume 14, number 3
May 2000

From the Chair
Katherine Topulos
Duke University School of Law Library

First of all, congratulations to Christine Corcos, who has been elected Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect for the coming year!

It was great to see many members of this SIS at the American Society of International Law (ASIL) meeting in Washington, D.C. in early April.  Marci Hoffman (International and Foreign Law Librarian, Edward Bennett Williams Library, Georgetown University Law Center) and Jean Davis (Reference Librarian and Adjunct Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School) shared �A New Vision for International Law Instruction: Changing Roles/Relationships of Professors, Librarians, and Students� at ASIL�s Innovations in Teaching International Law Interest Group meeting.  ASIL hosted an �Electronic Resources Breakfast� for information professionals, presented by Marci Hoffman,  Jill Watson (Director of Library and Information Resources, ASIL) and Charlotte Ku (Executive Vice President and Executive Director, ASIL).  Jean Davis has written an overview of this meeting that appears elsewhere in this newsletter.

It�s hard to believe that another year has almost whizzed by, but this is our last newsletter before the annual meeting in Philadelphia.  Six FCIL-SIS programs and a Saturday workshop on treaty research have been accepted  by AALL�s Annual Meeting Program Selection Committee for this summer�s annual meeting.  Take a look at the Education Committee Update on Accepted Programs in the February 2000 newsletter for details about the programs and the workshop.   In addition to our programs, the SIS Interest Groups (formerly known as Working Groups) have scheduled meetings throughout the week; the times are posted in the preliminary program.  And don�t forget about our traditional reception for librarians from abroad.  As usual, it will follow the SIS business meeting which is scheduled for Monday, July 17.

Strategic planning goes on. The Strategic Planning Committee will meet on Monday, July 17, at 7:00 a.m.  Even if you�re not a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, please come to the meeting and share your ideas.  The Strategic Planning Committee will soon be sending to the listserv a draft  mission statement that we will discuss and vote on at the Business Meeting.

Even though the 2000 annual meeting is still a few months away, it�s not too soon to start thinking about programs for 2001, because the deadline for program proposals comes very soon after this summer�s meeting.  If you have ideas for programs, please pass them on to  Education Committee co-chairs Dennis Sears (searsd@lawgate.byu.edu) and Jean Davis (jdavis@brooklaw.edu).  Even if you don�t want to coordinate a program, your ideas may inspire someone else to do so.  Proposals already under discussion include programs on German legal research and on GATT/WTO law and research.
See you in Philadelphia!

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