AMICAL’s “first planning meeting” was held at the American University of Paris (France) from May 7 to 9, 2004. The theme was “Exploring Consortial Possibilities between American International Colleges and Academic Libraries: Presentations and Workshops for the Development of a Consortium.”
Administrators, academics, librarians and information technologists from 16 independent American liberal arts colleges and universities in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia came together to discuss possibilities for collaboration. Through thematic workshops and social events, participants learned about each other and discussed the challenges and rewards inherent in operating American-model institutions in diverse geographic contexts.
- Richard A. Detweiler, Interim President of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)
- JoEllen Parker, NITLE Board Chair and President of the Great Lakes Colleges Association
- Suzanne Bonefas, Director of Technology Programs, Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Technology Center
- Andrew Lass, Professor of Anthropology, Mt. Holyoke College, Project Manager of the Czech and Slovak Library Information Network (CASLIN)
Following the 2004 meeting, the attending institutions signed a Letter of Intent to Collaborate.