WESS Scandinavian Discussion Group 
1999 Midwinter Conference

Summary notes of the ACRL/WESS Scandinavian Studies Discussion Group meeting
held at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference, 11:30am-12:30pm,
Saturday, January 30, 1999 in the Conference Center Ball Room of the
Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel in Philadelphia.


The fourteen people in attendance introduced themselves and made a brief statement about their institution
and its Scandinavian studies collection and emphasis. Represented were: Indiana University, Ohio State University,
Brigham Young University, Harvard University, Harvard Law School, Cornell University, University of Kansas,
Yale University, University of Wisconsin, University of Chicago, University of Minnesota and Sweden's Bibliotektjänst AB.


Chair, Charles Spetland (University of Minnesota) agreed to take summary notes. Mike Olson (Harvard University) agreed
to give a brief report on the meeting at the WESS General Membership Business meeting on February 1, as Spetland would
not be able to attend.


The University of Minnesota is in the early stages of establishing a new Center for Scandinavian Studies. Excerpted from the
center's mission statement:

"The University of Minnesota Center for Scandinavian Studies is a new interdisciplinary unit aimed at supporting and enhancing excellence in teaching, research, and creative performance within the area of Scandinavian studies. The Center will not only span
the coordinate campuses of the University of Minnesota, but will serve as a national resource for students, researchers, and
members of the broad community of people concerned with Scandinavian language, literature, and culture; society and history; economics and politics; law and public policy; medical sciences; education; and environmental issues."

The Center will include a semi-autonomous Finnish studies program and emphasis.

The Center is located at 230 Folwell Hall, 9 Pleasant St. SE, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 55455. Telephone: (612) 625-3388. Director: Susan Larson


A number of papers and presentations of direct interest to librarians will be given at the SASS meeting in Seattle this spring.
Presenters include:

Ole Husby, BIBSYS, University of Trondheim: "Online Library Systems and Digital Libraries in Norway;" Christina Fristrom,
Director, UB1, University of Lund Libraries: "The Swedish Smorgasbord: Electronic Resources for Scandinavian Studies;" Tom Johnsen, Head, Social Science Library, University of Bergen Libraries: "Electronic Resources for Nordic Social Sciences;" Patrick J. Stevens, Curator, Fiske Icelandic Collection, Cornell University: "From Netting Sagas to SagaNet: Evolution of Mission in the Fiske Icelandic Collection;" Michael Olson, Librarian for Germanic Collections, Harvard University: "Is Cooperation Really Necessary : Collecting Scandinavica in American Libraries in the 21st Century."

Jerry Anderson of the University of Washington (aga@u.washington.edu) would like to hear from anyone in this group who is
planning on attending SASS.


Marianna McKim (Yale University) gave an update on the WESS Scandinavian Studies Web page: http://net.lib.byu.edu/estu/wess/scan/

 As always, contribution of content and other suggestions are welcome.


Spetland reported on the current status of NORD-LIB, the electronic discussion group. There are currently 32 individuals
subscribed to the list from all over the US and Europe. There has not been much traffic of late, but the group agreed that
more posting of book reviews would be useful. The reference question referral potential of the list is not being realized
either, and subscribers are encouraged to try this when the opportunity arises.


Zuzana Helinsky from the Swedish Library Service, Ltd. outlined the profiling and acquisitions services offered by her
company that may be of interest to libraries in this country.


The group reviewed possible topics for discussion at the summer meeting in New Orleans. It was decided that Spetland
would pursue the possibility of identifying librarians from Norway and Denmark who may be attending the ALA conference,
and inviting them to attend our group as guests and discuss the recent changes in the national libraries of those countries.

Charles G. Spetland
University of Minnesota


Scandinavian Studies Web.
Last revised 7/13/99.
The URL is http://net.lib.byu.edu/estu/wess/scan/mid99min.html