ALA Midwinter Meeting, Philadelphia
Sunday, January 13, 2008
10:30am – 12:30pm
German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring St., Philadelphia
- Gordon Anderson
- Judy Alspach, CRL
- Claudia Alcala Iniguez
- Anna Bjartmarsdottir Sveinbjornsson
- Martha Brantigan-Stowell
- Ulrike Engel, Saur Verlag Munchen
- Frank Geniese, GSP
- Rowena Griem
- Richard Hacken
- Sebastian Hierl
- Gail Hueting
- Thea Lindquist
- Heidi Madden
- Jon Marner
- Jim Niessen
- Heleni Pedersoli
- Kathleen Smith, UIUC Doctoral Student – German
- Anna Shparberg
- Anne Oechtering
- Louis John Reith
- Michael Rissinger, Pew Charitable Trust
- Timothy Shipe
- Cason Snow
- Rom Steensma, Coutts
- Sem Sutter
- Kizer Walker
I. Introductions and Announcements
- Kizer Walker announced a new collaboration between Cornell Library and Cornell University Press: Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought. Editor is Peter Hohendahl; Managing editor is Kizer Walker.
- KW received a request for information from Grant Harris, Library of Congress: he is looking for librarians with knowledge of the Dutch component of the Farmington Plan. Contact KW if you can provide any detail.
- Topics for ALA Annual – under the general topic of current trends and issues in academic publishing:
- report on Arbeitsgemeinschaft Universitätsverlage See further inspiration on the general topic.
- summary of Open Access journals in German and European Studies (revisit EZB)
- Contact KW if you want to volunteer. Gordon Anderson may be willing to do some of this…details TBA.
- Frankfurter Buchmesse: if you are planning to go, and you are interesting in coordinating activities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
II. Discussion Group Business
- Heidi Madden will serve as GDG Secretary/Chair-elect for 2008-2009.
III. German Society of Pennsylvania
- Welcoming Remarks — Hardy von Auenmueller, President, German Society of Pennsylvania
- The history of the German Society is available online.
- See also:
- Birte Pfleger. Ethnicity Matters: a History of the German Society of Pennsylvania. Washington, DC: German Historical Insititute, 2006.
- Information on Scholarships
- “German American Studies: The Horner Library as a Resource” — Professor Frank Trommler, University of Pennsylvania
- A summary of the basic Horner Library facts
- Horner Library provided literature for immigrants who wanted to learn English; Horner also provided leisure reading and literature in German – the collection includes both canonical and popular literature (“Trivialliteratur”). A complete description is at URL below – though this description cannot substitute for visiting the library itself. It is a beautiful space – see pictures.
- See also:
- Frank Trommler. “The Library of the German Society of Pennsylvania and its Consolidation under Oswald Seidensticker.” Atlantic understandings: Essays on European and American history in Honor of Hermann Wellenreuther. Ed. Claudia Schnurmann and Hartmut Lehmann. Hamburg: Lit and New Brunswick: Transaction, 2006. 299-315.
- Reference Guide 20
- Kevin Ostoyich. The German Society of Pennsylvania: A Guide to its Books and Manuscript Collections. Washington, DC : German Historical Institute, 2006.
- Report: “Tracking Down an Immigrant Family with the Help of the Horner Library” — Jim Niessen, Rutgers University Libraries
- Horner Library is not your first stop for tracing your ancestors; you are referred to the following resources for that purpose: http://www.germansociety.org/GenealogyResources.pdf. The society was founded as a charity organization for new immigrants. Aside from food, clothing and English lessons, etc., the society also provided an employment service. The records of this service are intact: the books list name, occupation and place of origin – not “Germany” but Bavaria, Rhineland, etc. Jim Niessen was able to look up a relative with records from 1894. Horner Special Collections are an unknown treasure trove of information.
- Tour of the Horner Memorial Library
- Although Dr. Friederike Baer, the Horner’s Special Collections Librarian, was unable to attend the meeting, GDG members had the opportunity to view the collections, including an 18th-century edition by Francis Daniel Pastorius, founder of the first German settlement in North America.
Minutes submitted by Heidi Madden.