February 27, 2020 Meeting of Library Staff Support Committee

Time and Location of Meeting

February 27, 2020

Agenda Details


LSSC Meeting Agenda 2/27/20

  1. Approve minutes
  2. Liaison reports and updates
  3.  ALA Scholarships
  4. Diversity Committee/LSSC Potluck for June
  5. Building Project Discussion and Updates
  6. Reaching Forward South and other conferences
  7. Other news, comments, updates

Minutes Details


Sarah Bial (Arts & Humanities)
Erik Chapman (Life Sciences)
Tony Hynes (Special Collections)
Rachael Johns (Technical Services)
Kim Hutcherson (Administration)
Jessica Sommers (Law)
Julia Cross (Residential Hall Libraries)
Courtney Horry (Area Studies)
Ben Riegler ([Central Public Services)
Brian Clark (Technical Services)
Bernadette Braun (Physical Sciences)


Minutes for February 27, 2020 meeting

Approve January Minutes: Approved with no corrections.

Liaison Reports and Updates:

Arts & Humanities:  No report.

Central Public Services:  Sara Benson talked about Open Education Week March 3, 2020. Tuesday from 3:30-4:30  in Room 220 Professor Jasmine Roberts from Ohio State University will give a talk on “Beyond Free Textbooks: How OER  Addresses Access inclusion and Academic Excellence.” The event will also be live streamed.  On March 4, 12pm-1pm Room 314 Main Library there will be an “Open Education Textbook.”

Undergraduate Library: Moving in progress.  Almost all of the collections will be moved to Stacks except high interest collections, graphic novels, gaming, loanable tech, and medical science collections.

Law: Grad Assistant started and will have another in the fall.

Life Sciences: Funk Aces has a sub-committee for Alma training, doing pretty well.  Three offices being built in ACES.  Assessment has formed a committee, and there will be a forum.  An email will be sent soon.  Mike Dickenson will start May 16 2020 as Planning Landscape Architecture & Agriculture Librarian.  Susan Braxton will act as liaison for Digital Strategies, Chris Prom.

Physical Sciences and Engineering: VR Tech training in the Library IDEA Lab happening at Grainger on April 10, 2020.  Monica Carroll started Jan 16, 2020 as Engineering & Physical Sciences Liaison and Innovation Librarian.  Math Library – Alma training

Residence Hall: Cleaning up records for Alma migration.  Consolidation from four libraries to two libraries in progress.

Special Collections:  Planning for 2020 exhibit continues.  There was mention of the Digital Strategies liaison.  Michael Norman mentioned the Library migration and presented what it would look like.  Rare Book & Manuscripts Library is cleaning up records for the Alma migration.

Area Studies:  Two members presented on their current research projects. No civil service updates.

Technical Services:  Did not meet.  Carli confirmed catalog directory will be in network zone in Alma

Administrative Council:  Did not meet

Administration:  Performance Evaluation email will be sent out soon.

Faculty Meeting: EC reported working on budget for next year.  AP Promotional Plan is going well, plans for updates and improvements going forward.  AUL annual review is in progress.

Building Project staff event:   It was well attended and received feedback regarding staff questions and concerns, which were forwarded to Tom Teper.

Other news, comments, and updates:

Approved for $1500/person travel support for 2 staff to ALA in Chicago.  Call for applications by Wednesday, February 4, 2020.

Reaching Forward South is March 20 at the IHotel.  Ben is asking Administration if Staff can have funding support.

The winter issue of Friendscript has confirmed the first start of the building project with Friends’ donation of $1 million for the vault to house Special Collections.

Ben will schedule LSSC to meet with Dean Wilkin, either at a monthly meeting or a separate meeting.  LSSC will come up with an agenda.

Dean Wilkin called for applications for the AUL User Services.  LSSC By-Laws state that the AUL for User services is the liaison.  LSSC should be able to meet with the candidates for this position.

Upcoming Event:  Potluck with Diversity Committee tentative plan is for June 3rd.

Possible Conference:  Back in Circulation Again Conference October 19-20 2020 Madison WI  (iSchool at University of Wisconsin) Topics include e-reserves, stacks management, staff management, staff training, staff motivation, keeping up with technology, customer service, diversity issues, and innovation.