October 28, 2021 Meeting of Library Staff Support Committee

Time and Location of Meeting

October 28, 2021

Agenda Details


LSSC Meeting Agenda 10-28-21

  1. Approve September Minutes
  2. Liaison & Committee Reports
  • Bylaws updated
  1. Conference CSE announcements
  2. Other questions/topics
    1. C. meeting (last attended was 10-25-21)
      1. EC Monday, 2pm
        1. Shared topics for EC:
          1. Inclusion in Governance call for input
          2. LCAP new chairs, John and Jake thanked
  • For next time: Questions? Agenda topics?
  1. Dean Wilkin – meet with LSSC schedule, changed meeting times
  2. Desk coverage and staffing concerns
  3. Request for admin to revisit Security personnel
  4. Campus Charitable Fund Drive (CCFD)
  5. Special Collections Building update
  6. Remote work policy updates
  7. COVID-19 updates
  1. Other Updates / Comments

Minutes Details


Attendees for October 28 2021 zoom meeting

Jan Adamczyk (Area Studies)
Kristen Blankenship (CPS)
Bernadette Braun (Physical Sciences) (not present)
Erik Chapman (Life Sciences)
Julia Cross (Residential Hall Libraries)
Karen Huck (Arts & Humanities)
Kim Hutcherson (Administration)
Tony Hynes (Special Collections) (not present)
Rachael Johns (Technical Services)
Michelle Self-Ballard (Central Public Services)
Jessica Sommers (Law)
Dulcie Vermillion (Social Sciences)
Tesfaye Wolde-Medhin (Technical Services) (not present)



Minutes for October 28, 2021 meeting

Approve September Minutes:  Approved

Liaison Reports and Updates:

Administration:   If there are questions about the change in the Library Series CS being eligible for requesting remote/hybrid work, Susan is working with the AULs/Directors about the process and more information will be forthcoming in early November.

Administrative Council:  did not meet

Area Studies:  Nothing to report.

Arts & Humanities: Collection Development – 2023 lowered budget and what might be cut.  Proposal for Library Security discussion, Unit Heads are concerned about security such as backup training.  Felt the PD training was not as useful in mental illness and de-escalating.  Unit Heads were interested in de-escalation training specifically.  Discussion about Librarian-related issues.  Getting new tables with lamps that have USB.

Central Public Services:  Did not meet.

Central Access Service: Getting used to integration services in the area.  DVD’s from UGL, figuring out how to manage the collection.

UGL:  Open next semester, beginning of next year no collections.  Study space available.  UGL Job Descriptions are almost ready for the move.

LawLaw did not meet. We have a new grad hourly employee, Ashley Pitt, in Tech Services to help replace a staff member who retired over the summer. She’ll be focusing on digitization projects and we’re happy to have her here!

Life Sciences:  Guest:  Victor Jones.  Discussed his goals.  Discussed instance in Alma when host bibliographic record that keeps items from displaying in Primo. Discussed ideas about where online collections live.

Physical Sciences:  Did not meet.

Math & Grainger:   No report.

Res Hall:  Contacted OEC (outreach & Engagement) for a grant, Dean Wilkin denied, but they can collaborate with other Libraries, reaching out to Librarians.  Next week discussion groups.

Damian Duffy’s Zoom program on the Graphic Novel adaptation, presented by Urbana Free Library on Nov. 11th from 7-8 pm. 

Here’s the link to register for that!     https://urbanafreelibrary.libnet.info/event/5531048Upcoming events in November:

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler Community Read

As part of Parable Path CU (https://krannertcenter.com/content/parable-path-cu), get a free copy of the novel or graphic novel version of Parable of the Sower from the Residence Hall Libraries when you sign up to attend one of our discussions.  Come pick up your copy while supplies last!

There are 3 discussion options:

  • Wednesday, 11/3, 7-8 p.m.@ SDRP (“the Ike”) Room 2005
  • Thursday, 11/4, 7-8 p.m. Zoom (Link will be sent to those who sign up)
  • Friday, 11/5, 4-5 p.m.@ Illinois Street Residence Hall Room 0050B

This event is part of the Parable Path CU collaboration, coordinated by Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. There will be discussion groups and arts programming taking place throughout the year, culminating in Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, an opera by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in February 2022. The Parable Path CU collaborators include Champaign Central High School Library, Champaign Public Library: Douglass Branch, Champaign Public Library: Main Branch, The Urbana Free Library, University of Illinois Residence Hall Libraries, University Laboratory High School Library, University Library at the University of Illinois, and the Urbana High School Library.

Special Collections:  Presentation by Tom Teper on the latest floor plans of the two main levels and sketches of the upper, entry/welcome area of the new facility. Questions and answer period followed, filling out issues of function and processes related to spaces. These plans are due to campus in early November. This is to be followed by planning for equipment, fixtures, features, carpet, paint, etc.) that should be concluded by late January 2022.

Technical Services:  Did not meet.


Other News:

  • Bylaws updated – Kim will update website
  • Conference CSE announcements – approved to move forward
  • Call for applicants Reaching Forward South, ALA 2022
  • Other questions/topics
  1. Are there serious ideas? Difficult to get people to respond/participate
  • LCAP new chairs, John and Jake thanked
  1. For next time: Questions? Agenda topics?
  • Dean Wilkin – meet with LSSC schedule, changed meeting times – committee agreed on a schedule
  • Desk coverage and staffing concerns – no need to bring to EC, Susan B. looking into
  • Request for admin to revisit Security personnel/bring up to EC.
  • Campus Charitable Fund Drive (CCFD) – moving forward, no action needed
  • Special Collections Building update -0 see special collections liaison report
  • Remote work policy updates – see Admin liaison report
  • COVID-19 updates – all getting emails
  • Other Updates / Comments – Competition for GA’s exhibit. The winner will receive $200.
  • Diversity committee combined event – Erik will reach out to Cindy Ingold


Next LSSC Zoom Meeting: November 18, 2021