January 9, 2006
Present: Paula Kaufman-chair, Lynne Rudasill-vice-chair, Chris Prom-secretary, Jane Block, Tim Cole, Cindy Ingold, Kathleen Kluegel, Nancy O'Brien, Lynn Wiley, Kim Reynolds-recording
1. Area Studies Proposal-visitor Karen Wei
Karen Wei discussed the goals of the proposal and answered the committee's questions. The proposal will be considered along with the other documents once we have the Shepley Bulfinch report in hand.
2. Review and approval of minutes from Jan 3, 2006
Minutes were approved with changes.
3. Question Time
CPS submitted a suggestion for dealing with personnel shortages and increased workloads, suggesting that EC develop a Library-wide staffing plan, strategy, and list of priorities for filling vacancies. The committee has been discussing this issue and will take the memo into consideration during the continuing discussions.
What is the status of Illinois Historical Survey? No final decision has been made but a proposal to move the survey from current location in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library to a new location in the main library is being considered. The proposal seeks to preserve the Survey's collections without dispersing them into the broader library collection
4. Personal Annual Reports
Becky Smith is the new chair of FRC. Chris Prom, on behalf of the committee, will send her the document with the committee's concerns listed and ask FRC to meet with EC in May.
5. Strategic Planning
The committee discussed the timeline and the SWOT analysis report compiled by a subcomittee. Kim Reynolds will schedule meetings with the faculty and staff. The meetings will solicit priorities for our strategic plan.