Time and Location of Meeting
March 20, 20171:30 pm - 3:00 pm 428 Library
Bill Mischo, Tom Teper, Shuyong Jiang, Chris Quinn, Susan Avery, Sarah Williams, Mary Schlembach, Lisa Romero, Joanne Kaczmarek, Mary Laskowski, Kyle McCafferty, Tom Habing, Greg Knott, Jeff Schrader, Cherie’ Weible
1. Discussion of budget re: library materials (Teper)
2. Update on Library Directory Application (Habing)
Atoma Batoma, Beth Namachchivaya, Bill Mischo, Tom Teper, Chris Quinn, Susan Avery, Mary Schlembach, Lisa Romero, Mary Laskowski, Tom Habing, Greg Knott
1. Collections and Budget reductions (Tom Teper): The campus has asked the library to identify a 3% permanent budget reduction for FY18. All campus units are being asked to identify reductions, some at higher levels than the Library’s 3% cut. Collections funds are protected, but a flat collections budget translates into cuts due to collection inflation. The library is preparing a request to the campus to support a three-year infusion of funds that can support inflation. Tom has proposed that the Library also identify un-used or under-utilized subscriptions for potential cancellation, so that the Library can reallocate existing funds to the pool of funds. Caroline Szylowicz asked what the annual collection inflation rate is. The average annual inflation is 4.3%. Inflation rates vary by discipline. Bill Mischo commented that it is important for the Library to pursue a combination of approaches to stave off continual erosion of collection buying power. The timeline is short for preparing this request, which will be included in the annual budget report—mid-April. Tom is reviewing general and other collection funds to identify opportunities for reallocation and cancellation, and he and others are discussing within divisions as well as with individual selectors.
2. Library directory update (Tom Habing): Tom Habing provided an update on work to revise the Library’s online directory, more specifically, the work to present Library professionals by subject are or area of specialization. A primary driver for revision of the database is to create a searchable, up-to-date database of Library professional and unit expertise (subject and functional) that is a data source for many other Library webpages. Including the Library departmental directory. The Web Team will draw from this database to populate unit webpages, the referral scheduler, etc. and other pages in the new CMS. Directory information can be edited by units and individuals. Still under development but very flexible.