WESS Preconference Offers Survival Aid for European Selectors

WESS Newsletter

Vol. 20, No. 2 (Spring, 1997)

An intensive seminar for librarians with selection responsibilities in Western European studies is being offered by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Specialists Section (WESS) on June 26 and 27, 1997. The deadline for registration is May 15. Participation is limited to the first 75 applicants.

The ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The program is a preconference of the ALA Annual Conference to be held in San Francisco June 26 – July 3.

Titled “European Links: Sources of Information in Western European Studies for Academic Libraries,” the seminar will cover both basic survival and advanced skills related to choosing library materials from Western European countries.

In workshops and plenary presentations, experienced bibliographers and acquisitions specialists will offer concise, practical training in dealing with both the big picture and the day-to-day issues of Western European materials selection, regardless of participants’ language or subject background. The seminar will address how to identify and acquire the most important titles being published in Western Europe, how to create knowledgeable and controllable approval plans, and how to assess existing collections and purchase with tight budgets.

“European Links” begins on Thursday evening, June 26, with a reception and keynote address at San Francisco’s Goethe House, followed by a full day of workshops on Friday, June 27, where WESS experts will discuss the most accessible bibliographic and reviewing sources, available vendor services, resources on the Internet and World Wide Web, and some of the scholarly traditions and publishing practices in European countries that differ from the more familiar North American arrangements. All “European Links” events held on Friday will take place at an ALA conference hotel in San Francisco.

Speakers and workshop leaders will be Richard D. Hacken, Brigham Young University; Peter Allison, University of Connecticut; Heidi L. Hutchinson, University of California at Riverside; Jeffry Larson, Yale University; Jeffrey Garrett, Northwestern University; Dan C. Hazen, Harvard University; Mary Jane Parrine, Stanford University, and Mariann Tiblin, University of Minnesota. In addition, many leading European booksellers and vendors will describe their services.

The registration fee, which includes a reception, coffee breaks and all official preconference events, is $95 for ACRL members, $130 for members of other ALA divisions and $185 for non-members. Students pay $50. For more information about program content, contact Eva Sartori, University of Nebraska-Lincoln at 402-472-6987 or evas@unlib.unl.edu.

For registration forms and information, visit WESSWeb at http://www.lib.virginia.edu/wess/ or contact Mary Ellen Davis, Association of College and Resource Libraries, 50 East Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795. Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 2511. Fax: 312-280-2520. E-mail: medavis@ala.org.