Porto Alegre: Minutes of the International Council Meeting
Porto Alegre, 30 July, 2004
Opening of the meeting and apologies
The president opened the meeting by welcoming the newly elected International Council, stating that that the new organisational structure in the Executive Board and the International Council demanded that all members should adhere to the association´s expectations by taking on specific responsibilities.
The agenda was approved.
Minutes from the International Council meeting and matters arising
As there were yet no minutes from the International Council meeting on 24 July, any matters arising from that meeting would be taken on board along the subsequent agenda of this and coming meetings.
Appointment of new standing committees
The following committees were appointed with the added tasks:
Ole Prehn (chair), Claudia Padovani, Hillel Nossek, Virginia Nightingale.
Janet Wasko (chair) and Cees Hamelink.
Membership & Participation Committee
Ullamaija Kivikuru (chair)
Annabelle Sreberny (chair)
The format of the newsletter was discussed, and it was agreed to obtain the existing format, although the size may vary. It was stated that the mission of the newsletter would be both to facilitate organisational purposes and to function as a platform for debate. It was also agreed that information on conferences, call for papers etc. should be more widely distributed that to members only.
Members of the sub-committee are Thomas Tufte, John Downing, Virginia Nightingale, and Cess Hamelink.
The need for offering free subscriptions to members from low-income countries as well as establishing criteria for journals related to IAMCR sections was emphasised.
There is an urgent need to develop the IAMCR web site with more content, on-line publications etc. As the site is under development, further actions will await the result of this. The question of English dominance on the site was raised, and it was agreed to search for Spanish speaking members of the Publications Committee.
The need for an updated membership directory had by several members been raised to the Secretary General, and the previous Executive Board had at its last meeting discussed the issue and suggested that a new printed edition should be produced. Neither an on-line nor a printed version is without legal problems.
No changes to the mandate of the Legal Committee were proposed. The committee comprises Philippe Maarek (chair), Cees Hamelink, and Georgette Wang.
Scholarly Review Committee
Robin Mansell (co-chair), Kaarle Nordenstreng (co-chair), Audrey Gadzepko, Oscar Gandy, Tom Jacobson, Slavko Splichal, Annabelle Sreberny, Yuezhi Zhao, and members from Tunesia and Latin America if possible.
The president thanked César Bolano for accepting the election by the General Assembly to becoming the new treasurer. Every efforts should be made to make the transition from Canada to Brasil smooth and without risks to the assets of the association.
Divina Frau-Meigs that the Fundraising Committee be reconstituted and chaired by Annie Méar, who would co-opt members. Among the duties of the committee would be exploring the feasibility of establishing a foundation as a fundraising tool. This was approved.
Task Force on WSIS
The task force had been very active during previous years, but now needed a more focussed mandate as well as an enhanced liaison with sections should be considered. It was agreed that the task force will be co-chaired by Divina Frau-Meigs and Marc Raboy, and that members of the committee and its working plans would later be forwarded. The president informed that she would be included in the membership. It was suggested that pre- or post-conference in Taipei should be organised by the task force..
IAMCR vision, business plan and charter
As there was not sufficient time to discuss these issues, they were deferred to the next IC meeting.
The president then closed the meeting at 4 pm.