Gaunt attended the ARL and the SPARC users meeting. The meetings were held back-to-back with similar topics merging. Main themes were copyright issues and how to educate your community to the changing nature of scholarly communication. She distributed copies of several handouts: summary of what's happening at 10 universities, discussion by Richard Lucier from UC about scholar-led innovation, and excerpt from SPARC booklet on advocacy training. In Lucier's presentation on innovation, he stated that innovation must come from the faculty-it cannot be forced upon them. He identified four factors important to faculty to spur innovation: 1) guarantee of intellectual property, 2) guaranteed long-term access/preservation, 3) quality of information, and 4) removing financial and policy barriers. The SPARC session on how to be a good advocate was also very useful. Their booklet on advocacy should be helpful to the Planning Committee in their efforts to get RU faculty involved in their discussions. It might also be useful to bring in someone to do a session for RUL in this area.
A letter will be going out soon to all RU faculty explaining what is happening with the additional budget money RUL has been awarded. It will be distributed first via email to RUL faculty. The letter will focus on the changing environment in the libraries and how we can no longer maintain the old status quo. We will be moving toward expedited and subsidized document delivery, and we will continue to decrease our print journal subscriptions while increasing electronic journal subscriptions.
Gaunt gave a presentation on copyright and intellectual property to the Deans' Council. Dr. Seneca's office had originally planned to do a program on copyright this fall, but this has been postponed until probably spring.
The State of the Libraries program will be held 11/9 a.m. at the Livingston Student Center. The theme will be the Digital Libraries Initiative. Tefko Saracevic will speak on advancing the digital library, MIG will give a brief report on what RUL is doing this year to move toward the digital library, L. Mullins will talk about training for the digital library, and J. DiMeo will discuss the fundraising campaign and how we will afford the digital library. All three campus libraries will be invited to exhibit on their efforts toward the digital library.
Wilson is now receiving copies of documents from the personnel office, including committee appointment letters, candidates for post-tenure review, and position descriptions. What is her role as faculty coordinator with respect to these documents? Most recently she received the position description for the Associate University Librarian for Information Systems and Technology. Gaunt noted that library faculty guidelines include comment from the Faculty Coordinator and Planning Committee on open tenure-track positions. Wilson will review and comment.
Au announced that Newark is preparing for the annual Book Arts Conference to be held next month. This has been held for the past five or six years and has always been well attended.
Haynes said that weeding for gov docs at Camden is essentially done. There have been problems with the public PCs ever since the new memory was installed. Apparently some cheap memory was used that wasn't compatible with their machines, so new memory has now been ordered. On the renovation front, Camden has learned that they will not be able to spend any renovation money on the gym. Since the renovation of Robeson Library has been declared a priority, perhaps they will receive some additional funds?
Dess has been asked by Dr. Fred Kauffman, chair of the NB Faculty Council Library Committee, to serve on that committee.
Question from Au regarding the Re-invest in Rutgers program-will RUL get any money from this? Gaunt stated that the additional $150,000 RUL received for media is for smart classrooms, not for media equipment generally. RUL did put in a request through this program for subsidized computer purchases (public and staff), and we hope to hear soon.
Question from Dess regarding funds for SPARC-where are they coming from at RUL? Gaunt stated that our dues are paid from non-state funds. Any SPARC journals that selectors want to buy should come from their usual funds.
Note: There is a working phone jack in the Nicholas Rutgers Conference Room. If campus representatives or committee chairs from Newark and Dana cannot attend a Coordinating Committee meeting, they can give reports via phone. We hope to have teleconferencing ability in that room in the future.
Penny B. Page