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Library Faculty Meeting Agenda Committee

Faculty Meeting Agenda 04-20-2011


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Date: April 20, 2011

Location: 3rd Floor Levis Center

Time: 3pm – 4:30pm

Call to Order


Standing Items:

Adoption of the Agenda – Paula Kaufman


Approval of Minutes - Paula Kaufman


Introductions - Paula Kaufman


Report of the University Librarian – Paula Kaufman



Executive Committee Discussion Items - David Ward


  1. Hiring Plan – David Ward



EC is putting together a plan for hiring five priority positions; 9 requests were received. These are dependent upon the funding available. EC would like feedback on whether the list of priority positions accurately reflects our priorities and whether or not the scope of the positions is comparable to that of other similar positions at peer institutions. For example, Michigan and Purdue are broadening requests. In one example they are advertising for Humanities Librarians with a background in a variety of areas. Purdue advertised for a set of skills they wanted people to have. In addition to that they wanted them to have worked in other areas such as business,  biology and engineering.


The five positions would be in these areas:

Discussion Question:

What is the appropriate level/expanse of positions to meet our needs while keeping in mind our limited resources?



  1. Strategic Planning Discussion – David Ward, Scott Walter


The Strategic Planning committee is asking for Library presentations on “Strategic Priorities” so as to create a “Straw Man” that can be used as a starting point for the Library’s Strategic Plan. The idea is that each presenter will present goals for different services. These goals in turn will help with making allocation decisions regarding funding and personnel. The expectation is that there will be three to five major areas for the Library to focus on. From the Faculty Retreat, the areas identified are: Teaching Spaces, Assessment, Discoverability Tools, Management Issues, Print and e-Storage, Networking, International Area Studies, and Special Collections.


Discussion Question:

Where do we want the Library to provide leadership to the campus over the next few years?



Old Business:



New Business:


  1. New Services Model – Reference Services Plan  – Frances Jacobson Harris



The New Services Model Reference Services Planning Team report included the establishment of a reference services committee. The Reference Services Implementation Team has mapped out two plans for a committee and would like input from the faculty. Plan A is a cross-library committee, modeled after the current Division Structure. This plan would include 9 members, 1 ex officio, and 2 interns. Plan B is still a cross-library committee but a smaller one, consisting of 5 or 6 people. This plan would be based on the “hub” model defined in the implementation report. In this model, there is one person from each hub and may include an intern, a representative from a specialty service desk, and an ex officio position for a possibility of six committee members. The hubs are: 1. Life Sciences (ACES), 2. Physical Sciences and Engineering (Grainger), and 3. Central (Main Library, Undergraduate Library, and Virtual).


Question for Discussion:
Do we want the larger representation-based committee (Plan A) or a smaller (potentially more nimble) committee (Plan B)?




Ad Hoc Items:

Lightning Presentations         

  1. Open Access Presentation – Sarah Shreeves


  1. Report on Snapshot Day – Scott Walters, David Ward


  1. What is Cyber-infrastructure? – Beth Sandore and Mona Heath