Germanists Discussion Group Agenda – 2010 Midwinter

ALA Midwinter Meeting, Boston

WESS Germanists Discussion Group and Romance Languages Discussion Group Joint Meeting
Sunday, January 17, 2010
10:30am – 12:00pm
Westin Boston Waterfront, Hancock Room


  • Deb Raftus, Romance Languages Discussion Group, University of Washington
  • Anna Shparberg, Germanists Discussion Group, Rice University


I. Introductions, Announcements, Acknowledgements from the Conveners (10:30)

  • Electronic Enlightenment 2 update announcement. Oxford University Press (10:35)

II. Discussion (10:40-11:49)

  • Topic: Cultural centers and academic libraries: Opportunities for collaboration.
    • Cultural Centers such as the Alliance Française, the Goethe-Institut, and the Instituto Cervantes are dedicated to promoting language and culture around the world. Academic librarians strive to do the same in their own communities.
    • Please join us as we explore potential partnerships through the discussion of cultural center services, programs and resources.
  • Speaker: Nicole Malo, Member Liaison, French Library Alliance Française of Boston. (10:40)
  • Speaker: Brigitte Doellgast, Head of the Library and Information Department, Goethe-Institut New York. (11:00)
  • Speaker: Deb Raftus, Romance Languages & Literatures Librarian, on working with the Cervantes Institute. (11:20)
  • Questions (11:40)

III. Updates from Our Community: Budgetary and Program News. (11:50)