February 3, 2017 Meeting of Library Staff Support Committee

Time and Location of Meeting

February 3, 2017

Agenda Details


Agenda not yet available.

Minutes Details


Becky Burner (Physical Sciences & Engineering), Kyle McCafferty (Central Access Services), Debora Pfeiffer (Technical Services), Dani Postula (Central Access Services), Laura Poulosky (Residence Hall Libraries), Shoshana Vegh-Gaynor (Arts & Humanities)


Reaching Forward South:

The next Reaching Forward South conference will be held on Friday, April 7th, at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.  Normally, Beth Woodard is our contact person for approving funding for staff to attend this conference and for handling the paperwork, but since Beth is currently out on leave, Dani will find out from JoAnn Jacoby whom we should talk with about sending staff to this spring’s conference.

American Library Association Conference:

This summer’s ALA conference will be held from June 22nd to 27th in Chicago.  Dean Wilkin has approved funding for two staff scholarships to cover hotel, transportation, and per diem expenses for food.  Dani will update LSSC’s announcement of these scholarships and send it to the committee to look over before we post it.

Main Library Building Updates:

The tunnel and Espresso Royale in the basement of the Main Library are still closed while the ceiling is being replaced.  The Main Library’s exterior doors now lock automatically at closing time, so staff no longer has to go around the building to lock them.  When the building is locked, Main Library staff needs to use their I-Cards to swipe into the building.

U of I’s Reaction to the Executive Order on Immigration:

Dani and Kyle attended Chancellor Robert Jones’ talk about the U of I’s reaction to the Executive Order on immigration.  President Killeen, Dean Wilkin, and other administrators have also issued written statements affirming the University’s support of our international faculty, staff, and students.  More information can be found on the Office of the Provost’s website at http://go.illinois.edu/openillinois2 .  Associate Chancellor Robin Kaler ( rkaler@illinois.edu ) is the University’s contact person for anyone who needs to report difficulties they encounter related to immigration status.

University Library Retreat Follow-up:

LSSC members who attended the Library retreat in January noted that there was less time than usual allotted for small group discussion, and we would have liked to have more time for the small group work.  We appreciate the fact that the retreat’s organizers plan to follow up on issues discussed at the retreat, for example with Library Open Houses and the upcoming job shadowing program.

Junk Emails Sent to LSSC Address:

Dani has been sending spam reports to Library IT about the spam emails that are frequently sent to the LSSC email address.  She wonders if spam bots may be getting our email address from any of our old web forms that may still be active.  She will ask IT if they can help us look into this.

Pest Problem in CAM:

There is a pest issue in Room 1. Those staff members who are involved have been informed of the proper procedures for the elimination of the sources of attraction for these pests. This is an ongoing challenge for this unit. Strenuous efforts are being made (and continuously evaluated) regarding the eradication of pests in this area of the Library.  Michael Norman asked Debora to inform the LSSC that any members of our committee who wish to do so are welcome to make an appointment with him to discuss this matter.

ClimQUAL Update:

Dani is on the committee following up on results from last year’s ClimQUAL survey of Library employees.  In order to facilitate Library-wide participation and communication, a Committee Fair will be held on Thursday, April 13th, in Room 106 of the Main Library.  Any LSSC members who are available are encouraged to attend.  We plan to bring copies of our brochure explaining what LSSC does and what our goals are.

Division reports:

Physical Sciences & Engineering has not had a division meeting since the previous LSSC meeting.

Faculty Meeting:  There was no Faculty meeting in January.  The next Faculty meeting will be held on Feb. 8th, from 3-4:30 pm, in Room 126 of the iSchool Building.

Residence Hall Libraries:  The Residence Hall Libraries are continually adding new books, DVDs, CDs, video games, and board games to our collections.  All of these items may be checked out by anyone with an active I-Card.  We recently placed an order for our second batch of Playaway audiobooks, since the first batch has been circulating well.  Staff are encouraged to browse our collections, either by visiting Allen, FAR, Ikenberry Commons, and ISR Libraries, or via the online catalog.  We also continue to offer fun programming for students, including craft days and board game evenings.  Follow us on Facebook (@UIUCResidenceHallLibraries), Twitter (@UIResHallLib), Tumblr (uirhlib.tumbler.com – Residence Hall Libraries), and Instagram (reshalllib) for news about our collections and events, and please spread the word!