Scandinavian Discussion Group Minutes – 2000 Annual

ALA Annual Meeting, Chicago

WESS Scandinavian Discussion Group Meeting
Saturday, July 8, 2000
11:30am – 12:30pm
Palmer House, Parlor F


  • Richard Hacken, Chair, Brigham Young University


I. Welcome, Introductions and Announcements

  • The meeting was called to order by the Chair, Richard Hacken , at 11:30. The dozen attendees around the table introduced themselves, and described briefly their collections.
  • John Dillon announced that the May 2000 SASS meeting in Madison, Wisconsin had been a big success. Next year’s meeting will be in Chicago.
  • Marianna reminded us to check the Scandinavian Studies web (part of WESS web) of which she is the Coordinator. There are links there to SASS, the NORD-LIB discussion group as well as our own WESS Scandinavian Discussion Group.
    • She is looking for volunteers to help maintain the pages, and would welcome contributions such as new links and URLs for individuals’ Scandinavian pages. She will add to the site a new bibliography of sources of information about Scandinavian literature in translation.

II. Discussion

  • Mariann Tiblin, University of Minnesota, introduced her Scandinavian Collections Network Proposal, a nationwide cooperative collection development program. In this program, institutions with strong Scandinavian collections would be identified, and representatives would meet along with an advisory group from SASS to agree on goals. They would exchange information about their collections, selector responsibilities, approval plans, vendors, serials standing orders, cancellations, selection sources for monographs, large sets and expensive purchases, and collection policies. NORD-LIB could then be used to share information with a larger group. The proposal could be sent to all the libraries on the Scandinavian Studies Web, and to additional libraries such as the embassy libraries in Washington. There was agreement to pursue this initiative.
  • The libraries at Wisconsin and Minnesota have traditionally had a close relationship, and they are now developing formal agreements regarding their collections. Wisconsin will emphasize Denmark, Norway, and Iceland; Minnesota will emphasize Sweden and Finland. Both will maintain their core collections, which meet most local needs. The selectors, the chief collection development officers, and the library directors will sign off on the final agreement, which will be reviewed annually. The two libraries also have special interlibrary loan arrangements, which facilitate the sharing of their collections.

III. Next Meeting

  • Gordon Anderson has agreed to be the Chair of the Scandinavian Discussion Group next year.

Minutes submitted by Martha Hsu.