Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic called the meeting to order at 9:30 am. The agenda was adopted. The minutes of the February meeting were reviewed and approved by voice vote.
No news to report.
Katie Anderson reported on the work that she and Julie Still have been doing on creating a faculty blog. The blog will be a place to disseminate information. It will not replace RUL_Everyone. RUL faculty and staff will have the ability to log in using their Net ID's, and will also have the capability to start additional logs under the Rutgers logo. The faculty blog will be private, but it will be possible for other RUL blogs to be public. Anderson and Still will continue to work on the project in conjunction with Grace Agnew. They hope to have something to demo at the next P&CC meeting in April.
Cvetkovic added that this is part of a year-long project to improve communication among the faculty.
Triveni Kuchi reported on the progress of the Information Literacy Task Force, which she is chairing. The group had not met since the last Planning & Coordinating Committee (P&CC) meeting, but Kuchi has been researching information literacy programs in other institutions and gathering statistics on information literacy programs already within RUL. The task force will have a preliminary report available by the end of April.
Cvetkovic reminded everyone that an email call for nominations has been distributed, and encouraged everyone to nominate themselves or their colleagues.
Marianne Gaunt asked P&CC members if it was necessary to reschedule the cancelled March faculty meeting. It was proposed that the meeting be rescheduled for April 16, 2010, with the changing roles of faculty liaisons as an agenda item, if Bob Sewell and his task force on faculty liaison roles are prepared to present. Otherwise, there will be a separate meeting to discuss liaison roles, and the next faculty meeting will be the annual meeting in June.
There was a discussion regarding the role of the Planning and Coordinating Committee in setting goals for the library system. After discussion, it was agreed that there could be increased communication between P&CC and the councils. Cvetkovic suggested that this be discussed further at April's meeting, and that council chairs be invited to the May meeting to discuss goal and objective setting for the libraries.
The governor has proposed a 15.1% budget cut to Rutgers University. Until RUL receives word about our share of the cuts, we will need to be conservative. Vacancies will be frozen temporarily. Gaunt will ascertain the amount of year-end funds that may be carried over into next year. Cabinet members have been asked to provide scenarios for an additional 5% budget reduction.
The budget proposal shows the state library losing 74% of its budget. This would result in the loss of NJKI databases and LSTA funding, which supports Jersey Connect and the staff of the New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center. Most of the state library's funding supports public libraries, which means the regional networks would be eliminated, including statewide ILL and delivery services.
The proposed merger of Rutgers University with Thomas Edison State College, the New Jersey State Library, and the New Jersey State Museum was unsolicited. The university is doing due diligence right now to learn more about the operations of the three institutions and the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees will make whatever response is appropriate.
There will be 80 books on display at the Celebration of Recently Published Faculty Authors Exhibition. The exhibition opening reception will be held Wednesday March 24th at 5:00 pm.
Cvetkovic thanked Anderson and Still for their continued work on the faculty blog and Kuchi for her work with the Information Literacy Task force.
All agenda items for the April meeting should be forwarded to Cvetkovic.
The meeting adjourned at 11:05 am.
Melissa De Fino
Faculty Secretary, 2009-2011