Cabinet continued the discussion of new positions needed and the use of existing lines that was begun at the August 9 meeting. The discussion focused on new staff positions. Positions that would be routinely filled similarly or with possible reclassification were not considered; only those involving new roles in growth areas were included. The positions recommended were based on unit needs or systemwide needs. Several areas were highlighted as growth areas: development and external relations/communications, and programming/digital library development/technology support. These areas were highlighted because we need to build our technology infrastructure, including the repository and service enhancements, so that some work may be streamlined and we can support future needs; and the upcoming capital campaign will require us to focus on enhancing external support (including communications) which will benefit everyone internally. Cabinet spent considerable time exploring ways to create lines for these new positions. We agreed that two new positions could be filled from existing open lines that would not be replaced as they had been previously. These are: two programmer positions in TAS that are critical to enhancing service, existing applications, and repository support. Cabinet members agreed that as all staff positions become vacant they would be examined to determine whether they should be filled as currently described or used for a new position. In addition, Cabinet will discuss at an upcoming meeting several reports that may affect new needs: the Media Report and the New Brunswick local technical services report. In addition, the lists being compiled of technology support needs from public services, technical services, collection development, and administration will be prioritized so that programming support needs can be weighed and allocated.
Next meeting: September 6, 2005