SEES-WESS Merger Transition Plan

Transition Plan: European Studies Section (ESS)

Introduction

The overarching goals of the merged section is to create an organization which supports the work, service, and learning needs of all its members. Throughout the transition process, the object is to create a shared culture of support rather than maintain two separate organizations under one umbrella.

Section Charge

Represents librarians and specialists in European affairs from ancient times to the present, and promotes the improvement of library services supporting study and research.

Committees

As of September 1, 2017, the Nominating Committees and Conference Program Planning Committees and Award Committees will be merged. All other sub-section level bodies (committees, discussion groups etc.) will remain unchanged. The composition of ESS and the configuration of its constituent committees and other bodies will be subject to review by the ESS Executive Committee 2 years after the merger (Fall 2019).
Conference Program Planning
Automated Bibliographic Control Committee
Award Committee
Vendor Relations Committee
Membership Committee
Newsletter Editorial Board
Nominating Committee
Publications Committee
Recruitment to the Profession Committee
Research and Planning Committee
Slavic & Eastern European Cataloging Committee
Access and Preservation Committee

Discussion Groups

Discussion groups will remain in their current structure. New discussion groups, such as a Slavic and East Europeanists discussion group, may be added following the process outlined in the Governance Procedures document.

Cataloging Issues Discussion Group

Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Discussion Group
College and Medium-Sized Libraries Discussion Group
General Membership Discussion Group
Germanists Discussion Group
Romance Languages Discussion Group
Scandinavian Discussion Group
Social Sciences and History Discussion Group
Special Topics Discussion Group

Leadership transition

Upcoming Elections

2017
The Nominating Committees of SEES and WESS will not run vice-chair candidates for the 2017 election. When the merger is finalized on September 1, 2017, the sitting chairs of SEES and WESS (Lana Soglasnova and Kristen Totleben) will become co-chairs of the newly constituted ESS.
As of September 1 2017, the Nominating Committees and Conference Program Planning Committees and Award Committees will be merged. All other sub-section level bodies (committees, discussion groups etc.) will remain unchanged. The ESS Executive Committee will consist of a chair, a vice-chair/chair- elect, a secretary (elected for a one-year term), a member-at- large (elected for a one-year term) and committee chairs (appointed for two-year terms). In the 2017 ACRL election cycle, SEES will elect a secretary who will serve a one year term and WESS will hold an election for a member-at- large (one-year term).
2018
In the 2018 ACRL election cycle, the newly constituted ESS Nominating Committee will hold elections for an incoming chair (2-year term), a vice-chair/chair- elect (3-year term), a secretary (one-year term) and a member-at- large (one-year term).
2019
Starting with the 2019 ACRL election cycle, the ESS Nominating Committee will hold elections for a vice-chair/chair- elect (3-year term), a secretary (one-year term) and a member-at- large (one-year term).

Publications and Websites

The individual publications (newsletters and websites) will be maintained following the merger. The Publications Committee will review all publications and make transition recommendations to the Executive Committee one year after the merger.

Revisiting Decisions

The composition of ESS and the configuration of its constituent committees and other bodies will be subject to review by the ESS Executive Committee two years after the merger.

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