1. Twelve people attended the Serials Round Table business meeting,
including Lorna Corbetta-Noyes, who sat in for Vice-president Karen McKenzie,
Liaison to the Executive Board. Introductions were made around the table. Each person gave a brief description
of their duties as serials librarians or as other types of librarians involved part-time in serials work. Interestingly, most of the serials librarians
divided their time between serials work and work in other departments (such as reference, acquisitions, interlibrary loan, cataloging, etc.) Only a couple of
people worked exclusively in serials (namely, the acquisition and cataloging of serials.)
It was noted that the diversity of our members* knowledge and skills could make for success in future collaborations with other ARLIS/NA groups.
2. Stephanie Moye, SRT Coordinator, distributed copies of the 1998 SRT annual report.
3. Alexandra de Luise distributed a handout requesting feedback
on the chapter on *Periodicals* she has been compiling for the Guide to
the literature of art
history. The chapter lists three-hundred new titles (appearing between 1979-1997.) Alexandra answered SRT members* questions about the project and
provided a URL address for the web site containing the latest draft.
4. Stephanie Moye presented a brief overview of her project on
electronic journals in the visual arts. The project consisted of a survey
members* use of electronic journals in the visual arts and a presentation of the survey results in the panel session: *Selecting and managing remote
electronic resources in art libraries.* The project corresponds to action item #53 on the strategic plan.
5. Amanda Bowen, the chair of the Research Committee which oversees
the administration of the John Benjamins Award, joined the group to discuss
publicity of the award. Stephanie Moye outlined the need for better publicity to increase the competition for the award. Ideas suggested for improving the
publicity focused on outreach to library schools: creating a standard flyer advertising the award and sending it to library school programs in Canada and
the US; posting the flyer on the library schools* listservs; collaboration on outreach with chapter chairs, regional representatives, and relevant committees. Jozina Capella and Stephanie Moye agreed to coordinate the outreach, assisted by volunteers in the group who agreed to represent their regions. The question was raised to Amanda as to whether the application requirement of one year*s membership in ARLIS/NA could be shortened, given the likely source of applications from library science students. Amanda would inquire and report back. Other means of publicizing the award were discussed and approved.
6. Alexandra de Luise distributed a detailed report she had written which examines the feasibility of creating a finding aid to sources and reviews of art periodicals and indexes (which began publication after 1979.) This project, which corresponds to action item #52 on the strategic plan, was initially developed in 1995 by Alexandra and two other SRT members. Alexandra wished to revive the project by enlisting a committed team of participants. As the meeting time was running short, she suggested continuing the dialog online.
7. Giséle Guay presented a summary of the debate which
occurred on ARLIS-L last summer on the pros and cons of having lists of
*serials offered* and
*serials needed* on the listserv. Kay Downey led the discussion of an alternative: having a *serials swap* page on the ARLIS web site. She had explored the feasibility of this option with Lee Sorensn, the acting webmaster. In the debate that followed, it was decided to leave online serials offered/requested lists on the listserv. Kay Downey volunteered to develop standardized language to help streamline serials swapping on the listserv. This corresponds to action item #50 on the strategic plan.
8. Evalyn Stone was elected unanimously to be the new Serials
Round Table Coordinator. Giséle Guay will continue as Update Column
Editor and as coordinator of the serials swap at the annual conference.
May 3, 1999