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Executive Committee Meeting

March 14, 2005
1:30-3:00 p.m.
Room 428 Main Library

Present: Paula Kaufman (Chair), Bill Mischo (Vice-Chair), Lynne Rudasill (Secretary), Jane Block, Cindy Ingold, Janis Johnston, Kathleen Kluegel, William Maher, Lynn Wiley

1. Minutes - Minutes of the March 9, 2005 EC meeting were approved with changes.

2. Question Time - In response to a question concerning the search for a new Chancellor, Paula Kaufman indicated that the committee charged with this task was working hard and expeditiously.

Paula will ask Mary Stuart to prepare a statement for general distribution concerning the rationale and purpose of the Newspaper Library and History and Philosophy Library merger plans.

In a similar vein, it was requested that Cindy Ingold prepare a statement regarding the reconfiguration of the Women and Gender Resources Library for general distribution

3. Request for a Rollback - Action was postponed on this request.

4. Discussion of the Budget Implementation Task Force report - The Committee wishes to thank Lisa German for her work on presenting aconcise memo describing the argument for moving from the Dewey Decimal classification system to the Library of Congress system. A number of arguments for and against retaining a statement about this proposal in the Budget Implementation Task Force report were explored. The final vote to excise this proposal from the report was three to remove and four to retain the concept. It was suggested that Lisa German provide the Executive Committee with a report on the impact of local conventions in cataloging and a description of how workflow might be improved using other classification systems. The majority of the committee is willing to look at any changes that will provide more efficient classification of materials.

The Executive Committee made several suggestions for changes to both the Budget Implementation Task Force report and the Executive Summary of the report prior to considering the process that will be used to determine the next steps of the University Library in implementing any recommendations of the Report. It was generally agreed that the Task Force Report was a complement to the Strategic Plan and provided concrete and implementable steps to take the University Library forward in new ways. The report will be distributed to the library faculty to encourage collegial discussion of the import of many of the suggestions contained therein. After the members of the Library have had the opportunity to read the report, a venue for the discussion the recommendations will be provided. The Executive Committee will briefly discuss how this might be
implemented at its next meeting.

5. Language and Literature Library discussion - Discussion of this proposal continued from the previous meeting. Paula Kaufman will appoint a group to look at both the current configuration of the Reference Room/Library and proposals for a change to that configuration in hopes of articulating some visions for the future.

Future Action List:

Discussion of Area Studies models

Principles and Criteria in filling academic professional and faculty positions.

Use of the title Assistant University Librarian

Visit from Karen Schmidt (March 28)