Report from ALA Annual 2000 in Chicago

Ad Hoc Research Committee
Dolores Fidishun, Chair

The Research Committee proposed to the Women's Studies Section Executive Committee that it become a regular committee after ALA annual in 2001 with the following charge:

The Research Committee will identify needed research, encourage collaboration in research, facilitate the acquisition of skills related to research and publishing, and promote an awareness of existing and ongoing research related or applicable to Women's Studies librarianship and resources.

The Executive Committee approved the proposal and the charge. The Committee will continue to meet at a time not in conflict with the all-committee meetings of the section until it becomes an official group.

Projects proposed by the Committee include a Calls for Papers service and the creation of a list of experts who can assist others in research or who can help mentor new researchers. There is also a possibility of a type of research clearinghouse where members could get feedback on research already in progress. Now that the Committee has been officially approved, we will be discussing implementation of some of the above projects at ALA Midwinter.

Anyone who is interested in membership on this committee should contact Dolores Fidishun at dxf19@psu.edu or 610-648-3227.

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