May 25, 2017 Meeting of Library Staff Support Committee

Time and Location of Meeting

May 25, 2017

Agenda Details


Agenda not yet available.

Minutes Details


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


Upcoming LSSC Election:

In June, it will be time for the LSSC election!


Prior to the election, we will be voting on a proposed amendment to the committee’s bylaws, which would add Mortenson Center civil service staff to be represented on the committee together with Area Studies, since these groups both have very small numbers of civil service staff and both focus on non-Western international issues.  In order to be adopted, this amendment would need to be passed by three-quarters of LSSC members and then by the majority of staff members who vote via an anonymous web form that will be sent to LIBSTAFF.


Once the proposed amendment has been voted upon, we will send out an email seeking self-nominations for LSSC liaisons to fill the following expiring two-year terms and vacant seats:


-1 seat in Area Studies (which may include the Mortonson Center—see above)

-1 seat in Physical Sciences & Engineering

-1 seat in Central Public Services

-1 seat in Technical Services

-1 seat in Administrative Services

-1 seat in Life Sciences

-1 seat in Special Collections

-1 seat in Social Sciences


LSSC members serve as the voice of civil service staff in their divisions, helping to communicate Library news, concerns, and suggestions across the Library system.  LSSC members attend their division meetings as well as the monthly meeting of the committee to report on division news and discuss Library staff issues.  LSSC organizes the awarding of annual staff scholarships to ALA and Reaching Forward South conferences, takes “field trips” to visit and learn more about the various library units on campus, and meets with Library administrators to discuss staff questions or input about current or upcoming Library matters.  We send two committee members to the Library Faculty meetings and Administrative Council meetings in order to communicate about issues discussed at these meetings and serve as voices for staff there.


Please contact LSSC by email at if you have any questions about this upcoming election or about service on the committee.  If you are interested in running for a seat on LSSC to serve for one of the above divisions, please don’t hesitate to nominate yourself once we have sent out the call for nominations.


Upcoming LSSC Executive Election:

Following the election of LSSC members to 2017-2019 terms, at the first meeting of the newly-configured committee in July we will elect the committee’s Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and the liaisons who will attend and report back on Library Faculty and Administrative Council meetings.

Division Reports:

Arts & Humanities Division:  Shoshona reported that the Arts & Humanities Division plans to reorganize their meetings to focus more on presentations and Library field trips, rather than on reports from other meetings that can be read online.

Residence Hall Libraries:  The Ikenberry Library’s summer hours are: Tues., May 30th through Fri., July 7th—M-F 10 am to 2 pm; Mon., July 10th through Fri., Aug. 25th—M-F 10 am to 4 pm. The Urbana Residence Hall Libraries (Allen, FAR, ISR) are closed for the summer.   Allen and FAR Libraries’ collections are unavailable for requests this summer, since these materials are boxed up while these spaces are being renovated.  We expect these expanded libraries to look great in the fall!  We will be retrieving call slip requests from ISR Library throughout the summer.

The Residence Hall Libraries’ will be holding a Summer Open House at the Ikenberry Library (2010 Student Dining & Residential Programs Building, 301 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign) on June 15thfrom noon to 3 pm.  On display will be lots of great books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, video games, and board games available for check-out, so come stock up on your summer entertainment!  Anyone with an active I-Card is encouraged to check out RHL materials.

Central Public Services:  Dani reported that Library IT visited the most recent CPS meeting and proposed holding more regular meetings between CPS and IT (perhaps about once a month or once a semester) to facilitate communication between these units.  Conversion to WordPress is on schedule, with the staff side expected to be completed by this fall.  WordPress will give Library employees access to standardized templates to use to create uniform web documents, such as minutes and forms.  Attending a training session is required before access will be granted to the new WordPress CMS.  A WordPress CMS training was held on May 17th and another is scheduled for Wed., May 31st from 2-3 pm, Main Library Room 314.  Registration for this session can be found here:

Special Collections, Social Sciences, Technical Services, Physical Sciences & Engineering, the Library Faculty, and Administrative Council have not had meetings since our last LSSC meeting on April 27th.

Local Union 698 working on bargaining negotiations:  If you are a member of Local Union 698 and have questions or concerns about the Union’s negotiations with the University, you may contact Union representatives Ben Riegler, Benjamin Stone, or Angie Gruendl.