March 3, 2016 Meeting of Area Studies

Time and Location of Meeting

March 3, 2016

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Minutes Details


IAS Staff Meeting

March 3, 2016

Present: Jan Adamczyk, Kit Condill, Shuyong Jiang, Lisa Renee Kemplin, Joe Lenkart, Laila Hussein Moustafa, Xiaoping Qi, Adrienne Seely, Mara Thacker, and Steve Witt 

Announcements & Accolades: 

  1. Award winning graphic novelist, Jim Ottaviani is having an author talk and book signing at Grainger Library on April 12 from 7-9. Bill Mischo and David Ward are taking the lead on this event and Mara is co-sponsoring.
  1. India’s Daughter is April 5 at Spurlock Museum from 7-9.
  1. Chai Wai is this coming Tuesday, March 8 from 3-4:30. Steve noted that this event is listed on the university calendar of events.
  2. Peace Corps and the University is scheduled for March 30 from 3-4:30 in RM 106. Joe is part of the panel. 
  1. Suggestion to share IAS Facebook with your contacts and colleagues. This has increased the numbers seeing our pages.
  1. Steve is hosting a party at his home for IAS, Global Studies, and the College of Education International Office. Possible dates include April 30 or May 21. Stay tuned for updates.


  1. Summer Lab updates. Global Studies have advertised their lab which takes place the last two weeks of July. Steve will be coordinating participants and subject specialists. Please let Steve know if you are not available during the lab so other arrangements can be made to cover your regions. Slavic Summer Lab will be hosting a reception. Date to be determined.
  1. IASC21 is going to be held on October 13 and 14. Please send any suggestions for leaders of sessions to Steve. Some initial exploring of possible topics include cooperative collection building, technical service trends, engagement, digital resources, special collections, and censorship. Jim Nye was suggested as a possible speaker on the open archive project for South Asia. The Visiting Scholar from Grainger was also suggested as a possible speaker.
  1. Discussion on budget cuts and how it may affect LCTL and Area Studies. Foreign language classes with low course enrollment are at risk. 


  1. Joe has been working on a guide to IAS resources and collection studies. Please send a list of highlights from your collection/region to Joe. Team Delta is still working on the secondary pages. Any web pages will have to change once CMS is retired. Currently the pages that have been created are skeleton pages that give basic information to avoid having to recreate in the new system.


 1. Discussion about recent changes to HR and the consolidation of the Business Office and HR.