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Monday, February 12, 2001
1:30 p.m., 428 Library

Present: Paula Kaufman (chair), Margaret Chaplan, Tim Cole, Richard Griscom, Beth Sandore, Sue Searing, Mary Stuart, Leslie Troutman Absent: Beth Woodard

I. Approval of the Past Meeting Minutes

The minutes of the February 5, 2001, meeting were approved as distributed.

II. Question Time

The materials soliciting faculty input into the evaluation of library administrators did not indicate a deadline, and Paula indicated that comments should be submitted by the end of the month.

With the recent balloting, the question of voting rights of visiting faculty members arose. The University Statutes, which supersede the Library's Bylaws, do not automatically extend voting rights to visiting faculty. The Library's Bylaws imply this, but do not directly say that. In the past, voting rights have been extended to individuals in the library by means of a vote at a faculty meeting. Paula will instruct the By-laws Committee to clarify our By-laws in light of the University Statutes regarding voting rights of visiting faculty. In the interim, visiting faculty cannot vote unless voting rights have been specifically extended to them. Paula agreed to check on the progress of two Emeritus Status recommendations.

III. New Business

A. Visiting Committee Appointment

A visiting committee appointment was discussed. Paula will contact the people involved.

B. Position announcement for the History and Philosophy Librarian

Leslie Troutman, chair of the Search Committee for the History and Philosophy Librarian, presented a draft position description and search time line for the search. Questions about the inclusion of a minimum salary, the faculty rank, and the contents of the "required" and "preferred" sections of the qualifications were resolved.

C. Request from PSED for lapsing salary money

PSED submitted a proposal to the EC to use the lapsing salary money from Tim Cole's former position in the Engineering Library to fund additional graduate assistant positions in Division libraries and to fund fully a research programmer position and computer lab support. After a EC detailed discussed of the proposal, EC decided to support the proposal as presented by the division. Paula will notify the PSED Division Coordinator of the results of the discussion.

D. Interim Systems Director, Interim English Librarian, and Interim Women and Gender Resources Librarian

The candidates for the position of Interim Systems Director were discussed, and the EC made a recommendation for an appointment. A discussion about the Systems Director position will be on the next agenda, and the search process will begin as quickly as possible.

EC considered several options and recommended a person to act as Interim English Librarian. Paula will follow up on the recommendation.

Several names and suggestions came forth for consideration for Interim Women and Gender Resources Librarian. Paula will follow up on the recommendations proposed.

The meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m.