November 20, 2014 Meeting of Area Studies

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November 20, 2014

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IAS Staff Meeting

November 20, 2014

Present: Jan Adamczyk, Kit Condill, Lisa Renee Kemplin, Xiaoping Qi, Lynne Rudasill, Antonio Sotomayor, Mara Thacker, and Steve Witt

Guest: Heidi Imker


Awards & Accolades:

  1. Ximin Mi was awarded the ALA Emerging Leader Award.


  1. The Climate Qual Survery is scheduled for late February or early March. The survey will be open for three weeks. It will take about 50 minutes to complete and must be completed in one sitting. There will be locations set up in the library for staff to take the survey. The survey is scored by an outside agency and is completely confidential. The dean is interested in our library participating in this study and all are encouraged to complete it. There will also be incentives for participating.
  2. Local 698 is currently in negotiations for a new contract. Some of the things that are being proposed that lessen rights and protections include random drug testing, unpaid administrative leave for those who don’t meet standards of conduct in/out work, and right to demand proof from doctors that a person is fit for duty.
  3. Beichen graduates in December. Lunch is today at 11:45 at the Colonial Room at the Illini Union.
  4. IAS holiday outing is Friday, December 5 at 5:30 at Golden Harbor. Donations being accepted to cover student meals.


  1. Library is getting rid of calling cards. Faculty and AP’s should have long distance access. Names of staff that also need long distance access will be submitted by the head of unit.
  1. Discussed LibGuide Guideline document. Overall consensus was that there should be guidelines for basic content with the majority of the recommendations falling under best practice suggestions. Some sections of the document that may need more detail include visual images and annotations. It was suggested that annotations be under best practice not guidelines. Suggested that collegial honor system be implemented on the following of suggestions. Introduced possibility of GA spot checking and possibly helping to bring LibGuides to approved standards. The GA would send report to Steve.
  1. iTEC is interested in having a common definition of teaching and engagement activities for reporting. Some points mentioned include intentional audiences, promoting critical thinking, seeing topics from different perspectives, integrating modes of thought, sharing of knowledge, and problem solving.  This conversation led to a discussion of Steve’s recent talk in Austin on competencies for Area Studies.


  1. iTEC is planning on a February Chai Wai on Ukraine. Joe is the point person for this event. At the last meeting, Susan suggested a Glocal Connections Marketplace where faculty and staff can come in and mark international destinations they may be traveling to or have traveled to in the past year. This could promote collaboration and broaden IAS’ reach. Also talked about inviting the new Vice Provost to speak about International vision.

Heide Imker joined the meeting to introduce the initiatives of Research Date Service. RDS is a pilot service that is supported by campus to provide the Illinois research community with the expertise, tools, and infrastructure necessary to manage and steward research data. It is a partnership between the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Provost, the Library, GSLIS, CITES, and NCSA. RDS has three open position one technology based and two curators of information.