Present: Barbara Ford, Chair, Jan Adamczyk (minutes), Merle Bowen, Paula Carns, Shuyong Jiang. Al Kagan, Andrew Orta, Susan Schnuer, John Wagstaff and Scott Walter.
Guests: William Brustein, Associate Provost for International Studies,
Wolfgang Schloer, Associate Director, International Programs and Studies
I.. Introductions of the guests and committee members.
II. Barbara Ford briefly summarized comments from Paula Kaufman from the recent open meeting on budget issues, where the University Librarian stressed the need for changes in the structural makeup of the library.
III Provost Brustein delivered a presentation based on his over 20 years experience with Title VI issues at three major universities and work with the Washington legislature. He opened his remarks by stressing the importance of the University Library, recognized as one of the three cultural treasures of the State of Illinois.
He identified three main areas which make a university competitive in the process of applying for a title VI grant:
Further, Provost Brustein described the Title VI evaluation process and the various factors
affecting it, such as different approaches program officers take while selecting
evaluators, and the importance of the officers' view of what constitutes a modern
library. He underscored the need for the library community to work closely with program
officers, so as to make them aware of the changes in library development trends and patrons'
needs. The Provost stressed the importance of careful wording in writing of the grant
proposal to boost its chances of success. He also commented on the Department of Education
shifting emphasis towards meeting global challenges and the importance of area studies enters in
shaping understanding global phenomena from a regional level. Finally, he commented on the
importance of securing Title VI grants, since that often leads to acquisition of other funding
sources, such as private donations.
IV. The committee members then posed a number of questions to the guest speaker and discussed a number of concerns such as:
Other issues brought up in the meeting were:
The regular meeting time of the team has been set for Tuesday at 11 in room 428.
Scott Walter distributed statistics for gate, directional, reference and digital reference count for FY 05 - FY 08.
Barbara Ford distributed a recent job description advertisement for the Head of Research and Collections for International Area Studies, UC Berkeley.
As an assignment for next meeting The Chair asked the members to start developing a vision for the new international service point.