University Librarian's Cabinet: Minutes of December 3, 2002 Meeting
- Boyle, Fultz, Gaunt, Golden, Mullins, Puniello, Sewell, Soong, Toyama
University Librarian's Report – Gaunt
- Ann Montanaro did a demonstration of Luna for Deans Council, which
was received with enthusiasm; many departments interested in a
demonstration. University's "Fiscal Year 2004 Budget Request" was
distributed at Deans Council meeting; Libraries are included in
- Gaunt attended "Meet the President" reception at the College Avenue
Gymnasium on December 2; President McCormick said he is happy to be
home, but he knows the place has changed tremendously; said that we
have a governor who has made higher education a priority; McCormick
will look at the Vagelos Report very carefully.
- Norma Blake, Pat Tumulty, Carol Nersinger, Rich Sweeney and Michael
Scheiring (VP from Thomas Edison) met with Leslie Skolnick, Assistant
Counsel, Office of the Governor to make them aware of VALE's science,
technology, and medical database needs.
- Gaunt will meet on December 18 with Directors of Princeton
University Libraries, Columbia University Libraries, The Research
Libraries of New York Public Library, and five other institutions to
discuss the issues surrounding a regional paper archive and repository
in the North East/Middle Atlantic states for print copies of journals
that are also published electronically.
- Friends of the Rutgers University Libraries membership group is
being transitioned to a donor-based group; met with the Friends
Advisory Council last week; Margaret Kruse presented the proposal; as
part of the transition and with discretion, we will disassociate
borrower cards from donations and Friends membership.
- Discussed inviting President McCormick to visit the Libraries; will
plan an appropriate program. Will prepare a briefing document with an
emphasis on the future – specifically, where we were, where we are,
and where we are going, and the areas we can move into that are
important to where McCormick wants the institution to go, i.e., Luna,
scholarly communication, copyright, publishers, and manager of
Vagelos Update – Gaunt
- At Deans Council meeting, Dr. Seneca reported that the Board of
Trustees and Board of Governors have hired external council to assist
them with the legal aspects of the Vagelos Report. There was a
discussion of the idea of the three-campus autonomy and the need to
think about ways we might address the issues of autonomy. Deans who
run system wide operations need to be thinking about ways to address
the issues of autonomy, how they are addressing the unique needs of
the campus that are not across the board, and how they assure that
needs are met in a system wide environment.
Budget for Goals 2002/03 – Gaunt
- Cabinet discussed the goals set for 2002/03 to determine if there
were any major budget implications for this year that needed to be
addressed. It was determined that many goals are staff dependent and
will be incorporated into work we are doing. Some goals will result in
a budget request; others will require moderate funding that has
already been identified.
- A new proposal to make selected databases in science, medicine, and
technology available to all New Jersey colleges and universities has
been developed and was presented to the Governor's office on December
2. The databases would include: Science Direct, IEEE, IEE Electronic
Library, Selected Core Medical and Nursing Journals via Ovid, Nature
and its research and review journals from Nature Publishing, Wiley
InterScience, and ACM Digital Library. This proposal, if funded,
would greatly reduce RUL's costs. Robert Sewell, Richard Sweeney
(NJIT Library Director), and Judy Cohn (UMDNJ Library Director)
jointly worked on the proposal.
- Eileen Stec's work, "Plagiarism & Academic Integrity," has been
accepted into the ACRL's Internet Education Project, and added to the
her collaborators, Anthony Joachim and Scott Hines, received warm
congratulations from the Emerging Technologies in Instruction
Committee of ACRL.
- Rutgers Online Career Assessment Site developed by Career Services
was introduced at the November Meeting of the New Brunswick Academic
Coordinating Committee. The site is still being tested and is located
at http://careerservices.rutgers.edu. Please send comments to Toyama.
- Charles Hedrick of RUCS demonstrated Mail/Calendar System at the
December 2, 2002 New Brunswick Computing Advisory Committee meeting.
Handout was distributed. Several departments/colleges made commitment
- Mary Davidson, Dean of Graduate School of Social Work, transferred
$15,000 to the Libraries for Social Work collections. This additional
funding will help enhance Social Work collections across three
campuses. Dean Davidson expressed her appreciation for the Libraries'
service and sound collections that were rated high by the review team
during the recent accreditation review.
- Nahory and Mullins will meet today with a group of 18 people from
the Science Park High School in Newark, which is located ten blocks
from the Dana Library. The new Science Park High School will be a
technology-enriched school that will prepare urban and minority
students for career paths that require specialized knowledge and
skills in math, science and technology with the library at the center
of the school. They are in the final stage of architecture and design
and would like us to review the plans. The new school will serve as a
model for the nation.
- There will be a Portuguese Studies site visit next week.
- Portugal's Camões Institute will open its first Language Center in
North America at the Rutgers University campus in Newark. The center
will be housed in the John Cotton Dana Library, offering a variety of
educational and cultural resources, as well as workshops, conferences
and facilities for studying for, and taking, Portuguese-language
proficiency exams. The new associate director visited the library last
week to take a look at the facilities.
New hires: Robert Nahory will join the Libraries on January 2 as
Digital Libraries Application Developer. Christine Ingram will begin
on December 9 as Departmental Administrator.
- December 17 Cabinet meeting will be a continuation of the goals set
at the October Cabinet retreat. Brent Ruben from the Office of
Leadership and Development will work with us on the next step in
implementation of determining quality indicators.
- RIAS training continues for any new hires who will serve as preparer
- Professional Development Training, "How to Run Effective Meetings,"
will be held Thursday, December 19, 2002, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., in
the Pane Room at Alexander Library. Program facilitator will be Karen
Novick, Director of Professional Development, SCILS. Participation is
- In January we will do small internal moves to get ready for the
construction for D21, which begins in March. There will be two
separate entrances to the library; working now on communications.
- IPAC finished its review of release notes for Unicorn 2002.
Broadcast searching will begin with just CRL. The IRIS Guide has been
updated and will be posted shortly. Still to accomplish is dividing
and posting the text in the Guide under help buttons throughout the
catalog. Many other topics are on IPAC's agenda for the coming months,
and additional members are still needed.
- The PALCI implementation is progressing. Overall workflow issues
were determined with a working group of heads of public/information
and access services from the three campuses, systems, and university
ILL and access services. The URSA implementation guide has been
submitted to Epixtech.
- The first of two think tank meetings for the Web content management
system has been held. ODL provided planning help; Rick Anderson,
manager of computing for continuous education, facilitated; and Sam
McDonald convened. Day 1 focused on developing a list of functional
requirements. Day two is scheduled for next Tuesday, December 10, and
will focus on translating functional requirements into technologies
and strategies. Warning: there will be next steps! A website for the
think tank sessions is available at
- Public Services and Communications will be recruiting for an entry
level Web developer to provide support for the many development
projects we have identified over the last few years as part of PROP
and now with the Web content management system. This person will also
help us recast our website into XML so it is ready for metadata
- Representatives Boucher and Doolittle have introduced a new
copyright law. The "Digital Media Consumers' Rights Act," or DMCRA, is
aimed at expanding the ability of students, faculty, and other
information consumers to use lawfully digital copyrighted material. It
will make adjustments to the DMCA that permit the circumvention of
technological protection measures for various fair use and other
lawful exemptions to proprietary rights.
- At a future Cabinet meeting will introduce a community card borrower
program proposed to replace the Friends borrower card.
- There will not be a system wide Libraries holiday party this year;
we are leaving it up to the units at the local level. Have asked
people for suggestions for the future.