MAIN LIBRARY HUMANITIES HUB TEAM
NOVEMBER 28, 2012
Present: Paula Carns, Robert Cagle, Marek Sroka, Dianne Harris, J-P Mathy, Sue Searing, Kirk Sanders, Sarah Shreeves, Mark Wardecker, Harriett Green, JoAnn Jacoby, Charlie Wright, John Wagstaff
John began by apologizing that there was currently no draft report for the Team’s attention – he had hoped to write the draft over Thanksgiving break, but unfortunately this hadn’t happened. He therefore suggested that the Team discuss items carried over from previous meetings, including comments and suggestions sent by Charlie around the time of the Team’s previous meeting on November 14.
The Team began with a discussion of whether the libraries in the “Humanities Hub” should be formally referred to as the “Humanities Library”, or as the “Humanities Libraries”. After discussion it was decided to reverse the Team’s earlier decision to use “Humanities Library”, and for now to retain the current names of Classics Library, Literatures and Languages Library, and Reference Room. Dianne stressed that a true “Humanities Library” would be much more than we are currently proposing. Clearly the units on 2nd floor, with the exception of Government Documents material and arguably some of the material in the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library, are humanities-based; but we are creating a sort of humanities “neighborhood” rather than a full “Humanities Library”. This comment gained general approval.
The Team then discussed the idea of proposing a single unit head for the new hub. There was not general support for this, with comments ranging from “is there anything broken in the current structure that would be fixed by having a single head?” to Sue’s comment that it would be unlikely that the library would have funds to pay for such a position in any case.
John will draft a report by the end of the week, and circulate it for comments. That means the Team can fully discuss it at its meeting on December 5.
December 3, 2012