The Chair opened the meeting with a hearty welcome to the ten
colleagues attending.After a round of
introductions, members reported on relevant news from their institutions.
II.News from institutions
IndianaUniversity will start a program in Norwegian next fall.
Each spring quarter the University of Chicago will have a visiting professor of Scandinavian Studies in
residence.The University of Chicago will also embark on the construction of a high-density storage
and retrieval site on the campus next to Regenstein Library.
The DanishImmigrantMuseum (www.danishmuseum.org), Elk Horn, Iowa, will bring up a new
version of their web site, it is hoped by late summer.The site will feature content about Danish
immigration and indexes to some of the Library's materials.(The Museum was a featured topic on the
agenda of the Group's meeting at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia.)
Our featured speaker was Jeff Sundquist, Associate
Librarian, Share Print & JSTOR Archive, UCLA Libraries, speaking on
“Building connections and collections: an American librarian in Denmark,”
After finishing his MLS from UCLA in 2003, Jeff applied for and
was awarded a Fulbright grant for his project, a year-long internship at the Statsbiblioteket, Aarhus, Denmark (http://www.statsbiblioteket.dk/),
during the 2003-2004 academic year.In close cooperation with the staff from the
State and University Library, Jeff crafted a program of training and work in
cataloging, collection development, and related projects, all accompanied by
study in Danish language and culture.
As a depository library, the Statsbiblioteket
receives at least one copy of every Danish imprint.Therefore, collection development focuses on
imprints in other languages other than Danish.Subject bibliographers do not have a library degree but rather have a
university doctorate in their subject areas.As in other parts of Europe, a Danish library degree is not a university degree.Librarians complete four to five years of
training in a professional training school, and once employed, they are
responsible chiefly for the library’s operations.This work might be considered to be
comparable to the work that library assistants in the United States perform.
The Statsbibliotket uses a modified
Marc-records system (which Jeff whimsically referred to as "DanMarc").Because the library has closed stacks, subject classification is not
necessary, and subject headings in records are not used either.Small departmental libraries exist throughout
the university, but the library serves as the locus of collection and access.
Jeff worked primarily with the subject bibliographers and was
given charge of the theater collection, which had not had a selector for
several years.He was given a budget and
the opportunity to build the collection in various areas.Following his return to the United States, Jeff has maintained contact with the Statsbiblioteket
and continues to advise the Library on developing their collections in
theater.His web site is located at http://www.statsbiblioteket.dk/emneguide/teater/.
Gordon will continue for one more year as chair of the Group.Jeff Hancks,
special collections librarian at WesternIllinoisUniversity, Macomb, graciously volunteered to serve as chair in 2006-2007. The Group
will meet once in 2005-2006 and will soon decide by electronic mail at which ALA the DG
meeting that will take place.For
2006-2007, Midwinter at Seattle seems like an especially good time and venue.
The meeting adjourned at .
A.Visit to the American-SwedishMuseumCenter, 5211 North Clark Street, Chicago
Four of us from the group gathered after the Germanists meeting
for a visit to the SwedishAmericanMuseumCenter (www.samac.org) in the Andersonville district
northwest of downtown Chicago.The Museum is located at 5211 North Clark Street (just north of Foster).The Museum staff showed us around and answered questions.The Museum has an impressive exhibit of the
Swedish emigrant experience to Chicago, a
section devoted to prominent Swedish-American business leaders in Chicago
(for example, Charles R. Walgreen, originally from Göteborg, Sweden).Especially impressive
and captivating is the Museum’s children’s center on the third floor, where
children can participate directly in the Sweden-to-Chicago emigration experience in a number of simulated child-sized
B.News from the 2005 SASS
95th annual meeting of SASS was held at PortlandStateUniversity
on May 5-7. The hosting Nordic country was Denmark.Finn Hauberg
Mortensen, Professor of Scandinavian Literature at the University
of Southern Denmark,
gave the keynote address: "Den lilleIdasRødeSko"
(Little Ida's Red Shoes). 2005 is the 200th anniversary of Hans Christian
Wicker of the University
gave a tribute to Mary Swanson, highly respected art historian for many years
at the College
of St. Thomas
announced that a commemorative session in Mary's honor will be part of the 2006
SASS program at the University
scheduled for early May.
Kay Norseng, President (2003-2005), welcomed
Professors Thomas Salumets and OlaviArens from the Association for the Advancement of
Baltic Studies, They were guests of SASS at the Portland
meeting.The Executive Council
enthusiastically discussed their proposals for combined membership
arrangements, jointly sponsored conferences, and other cooperation between the
The Aurora Borealis Prizes were awarded for the best graduate-student
presentations at the 2004 meeting in Redondo
Beach, California.Approximately twenty-five President's Grants,
ranging between $75 and $150 this year, were awarded to graduate students to
help attend the conference.
Society will celebrate its centennial in 2011.SASS's web site is located at
notes provided by Jeff Sundquist
and Mary Kay Norseng, condensed by GA