Germanists Discussion Group Minutes – 2017 Midwinter

ALA Midwinter Meeting, Atlanta

ACRL ESS Germanists Discussion Group and Romance Languages Discussion Group Joint Meeting
Sunday, January 22, 2017
1:00 – 2:30pm
Westin Peachtree Plaza, Piedmont Room 8


  • Brian Vetruba, Germanists Discussion Group Convener
  • Meredith Levin, Romance Languages Discussion Group Co-convener
  • Kristen Totleben, Romance Languages Discussion Group Co-convener


  • Tim Shipe, University of Iowa
  • Lionel Chaumontet, AMALIVRE
  • Richard Hacken, Brigham Young University
  • Carola Blackwood, DeGruyter
  • Joanneke Elliot, University of North Carolina
  • Joleen McFarlane, Erasmus
  • Patricia O’Laughlin, Casalini
  • Judy Alspach, CRL
  • James Simon, CRL
  • Lindsay Hansen, CSUN
  • Thomas Parisot,
  • Heidi Madden, Duke University
  • Sarah How, Cornell University
  • Jeremie Roche,
  • Julianne Haahr, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Bill Sherfey, Harrassowitz
  • Katie Gibson, Miami University
  • Kizer Walker, Cornell University


I. Greetings and Introductions

  • Brian Vetruba has been convening Germanists’ group for 3 years- put out general call for new volunteers to fill out volunteer form on the ACRL website.

II. Introduction to Frankfurt Book Fair and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL)

  • New Directions for Libraries, Scholars and Partnerships: an International Symposium, Sarah How and Heidi Madden
  • Friday, Oct. 13, 2017- New Directions for Libraries, Scholars, and Partnerships: an International Symposium (CRL and other North American partners as well as German and French partners).
    • Trying to attract librarians/information professionals with broader humanities responsibilities beyond Romance Languages. Goal is to engage/include early career librarians and offer “meaningful international experience.”
    • Could be a key event in establishing workable international partnerships (not a sales environment).
    • It takes 2-3 years to build momentum and overcome organizational distinctions.
    • France is the guest country at the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair- Benefits for librarians of attending the fair transcend collection development. Lots of English-language events in addition to events that will be in German and French.
    • Frankfurt Area Guide (compiled by Dick Hacken) on WESSWeb.
    • Astracts/proposals due by March 15, 2017 (for papers, PPTs and posters)
    • For questions about the Symposium, email:

III. Brainstorming Proposal Ideas and Symposium Content

  • Possible symposium paper/panel/poster topics:
    • o Goals of collection development initiatives- changes to licensing agreements to benefit
    • European and American partners.
    • ILL issues.
    • Accessing and digitizing 20th-century European newspapers.
    • Will the symposium welcome submissions from publishers and scholars? Yes!
    • It’s not just for librarians- the Charleston Conference model is a rich way of approaching information-sharing.
    • Perhaps a panel or posters around university press publishing issues including sustainability?
    • Distinctive French-language collections- CIFNAL French pamphlets project-could a poster revive this now defunct project? Hidden collections are of interest to European librarians.
    • Embeddedness of subject librarian model (deep involvement in research)- would be interesting to see how French and German libraries approach faculty-librarian connections. Collaborating with faculty on instructional design.
    • Outside the box roles for librarians. Lots of interest in Europe about what American libraries are doing in DH. DH Faculty Fellowships in libraries.
    • How are American librarians engaged in digital lifecycle? What kind of workshops do American libraries offer in this area?
    • Supporting alt-ac career paths for PhD students in America- library is generally the place to host workshops on marketable skills beyond academia.
    • Creative writer and librarian collaborations- UNESCO Creative Cities network.
    • Working with study abroad students in France/global centers.
    • France is currently very interested in text and data mining- perhaps how to attract French librarians to the symposium- show them the American approaches and how U.S. libraries are involved in these processes. ISTEX in France.
    • Institutional repositories- how do libraries support scholarly communities? France just passed a law mandating scholars deposit their funded research. How does the US handle this (and OA) in American libraries? Comparative open access.

Minutes submitted by Brian Vetruba, Meredith Levin, and Kristen Totleben, Discussion Group Co-conveners.