ESS Newsletter 2023

ESS Newsletter 2023

Vol. 3

Editor: Megan Bennett
European Studies Section
Association of College & Research Libraries
American Library Association


Brian Vetruba, a smiling man with glasses wearing a purple shirt with a Star Wars pun on it (may the Norse be with you).

Notes from the Chair by Brian Vetruba

Dear Colleagues,

Once again, I’m amazed at all of the work ESS members have accomplished this past year. Looking back at the fall and winter, ESS held 6 virtual discussion group meetings and 8 virtual committee meetings through which we advanced the section on a number of fronts. For example, we revised and approved the section’s Governance Procedures Documents; many thanks to Katie Gibson, Hélène Huet, and Milan Pohontsch for assisting me with drafting the revised version. The Communications and Publications Committee has recruited editors for our research guides and the Web Team has continued to clean up the ESS website and ingest SEES content into it. Thanks to our generous donors, the Web Team has hired an accessibility consultant to examine our website and create documentation for us this summer. The Membership Committee has organized an in-person reception at the Alliance Française on Sunday, June 25, 5:30-7:30pm. Membership has also created a promotional ESS postcard which will make its debut at ALA Annual. Many thanks to Kelly Omodt for her excellent graphic design skills. And much appreciation goes to the Newsletter Committee for pulling this newsletter issue together.  

Read ESS Chair’s 2023 Message

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Modern Language Association Report, 2023
Arianne Hartsell-Gundy

Arianne Hartsell-Gundy’s MLA Report

Feature Articles

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Transactions in the Netherlands- The Consumer Payment Industry
Nima Mohammadi

Read Nima Mohammadi’s article!

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 Nevila Pahumi shares her two-year experience (2021–2023) as a new reference specialist librarian for the Modern Greek and Albanian collections at the European Reading Room of the Library of Congress

Read Nevila Pahumi’s experience!

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Meet the National Libraries by Olga Makarova
(Image from the YouTube Channel of the Slavic Reference Service at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Read Olga Makarova’s article!

Retirements and In Memoriam

Melting Pot