University Librarian's Cabinet: Minutes of the July 19, 2005 Meeting
- Agnew, Boyle, Fetzer, Fultz, Gaunt, Mullins, Sewell, Zapcic
- Golden, Puniello
- Ron Becker
University Librarian's Report - Gaunt
- Annual Reports are due to Gaunt on September 6. Gaunt will resend the list of headings and
style sheet. Academic departments always include a list of faculty publications; as the
University's faculty survey is in the process of revamping, we will need to ask for those
directly. Once the University's survey is in place, we should be able to take from there. We
will use the format that the University uses for promotion packets. Gaunt will distribute it and
Cabinet members should include it in their reports. Publications, awards, and committees can be
included for both faculty and staff.
- Budget: President McCormick sent out a message on the budget; looks like a better year for the
University than originally expected. We should be hearing about our budget in a few weeks after
the University reviews the state allocation and tuition increase impact. Libraries received a
special allocation for $.5M that stemmed from the Brendan Byrne papers project and will be for
NJ gubernatorial papers. While the NJ State Archives keep the official papers of all governors,
there are significant other papers and memorabilia that provide important research value for
anyone studying NJ history and politics.
- The SCC was the site of President McCormick's press briefing on the Report of the Task Force
on Undergraduate Education, Rutgers–New Brunswick/Piscataway that Gaunt and other RUL folks
attended. Briefing was for the press primarily. Information competencies were included in the
section of the report on the revised curriculum. Two copies of the report will be cataloged and
put on reserve in the major libraries.
- Institutional Research has informed us that the University is considering discontinuing our
subscription to the Community of Science (COS) since there are many ways to get the same kind of
information and COS was not heavily used.
- Gaunt received a memo from Karen Stubaus, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs,
advising that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has made significant changes to its Alien Labor
Certification program that will increase the burden of responsibility on petitioning employers
and have a substantial impact on University departments' recruitment and hiring processes.
Upcoming briefing sessions on these important changes will be provided by Center for
International Faculty and Student Services staff. It is important to note that the teaching
faculty and librarians are not considered in the same way. The federal regulations include
exceptions for "college and University teachers" that do not extend to librarians. There is no
umbrella term "faculty." Boyle and Troy will attend the briefings and new guidelines will be
shared with everyone.
Update on the Strategic Plan – Becker
- Ron Becker joined Cabinet to share the draft vision statement and strategic goals of the
strategic plan and to invite comments before the full library discussion. Cabinet thanked Becker
for the excellent work of the committee in reviewing all the background documents and data that
had been amassed in anticipation of the plan and their good work in synthesizing the important,
strategic areas for development. Becker noted that the committee tried to retain language from
many of the contributed documents so that individuals and groups might recognize where the ideas
originated. But even where the language is not the same, the thoughts are captured. He also said
that the draft is not in the format that it will likely be in the final report. While the many
documents may be listed in the appendix, and the points made therein may become annual goals
stemming from the plan itself, they do not hold any official place for action once the strategic
plan is agreed upon. The plan, itself, will become the main map of action. Becker also noted
that anyone who has been reading the committee's minutes or the many documents on the Web will
not be surprised by the plan's directions. He asked for Cabinet's comments on major areas that
might be missing and for an endorsement of the draft vision statement and strategic goals. Many
textual comments were made, but most specifically that any points made for action should have a
basis in the introductory context/environment statement. Becker planned to have the textual
revisions made in order to release the document by Monday so that those attending the open
session next week would be able to read it in advance.
Discussion of ALA's "Principles for the Networked World" – Boyle
- This agenda item is tabled until a future meeting.
2004/05 Goals Review – All
- Gaunt will compile a list of system wide accomplishments from the 2004/05 goals and send to
the AULs for comment and to determine if we want to put them on the agenda for next year's goals
discussion. Will share information in the Cabinet email list. Further discussion will be
postponed until after the Annual Reports have been completed.
- The University has joined the New Jersey Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NJHERC) to
establish a central location to post our ongoing faculty searches. We will be posting our
librarian position announcements and search committee membership on the website at
http://www.njherc.org. Positions can be searched by keyword or found by selecting narrowing categories
in drop down boxes. Participation will also help us meet some of the requirements for alien
- Will use the August 9 Cabinet meeting to begin an initial discussion of line needs; plan to
stay through lunch. Be prepared to look at your own vacancies as well as system wide.
- The Strategic Plan Open Meeting will be held on Thursday, July 28 in the Lecture Hall in the
SCC. Videoconferencing will be available. Newark and Camden should let Becker know of