Minutes of February 21, 2013 Meeting
- Bonnie Fong, Tom Izbicki, Michael Joseph, Barry Lipinski, Rhonda Marker, Kevin Mulcahy (chair), Vincent Pelote (remote), Gracemary Smulewitz, Julie Still (remote), Ann Watkins, Mary Beth Weber, Tao Yang (recorder)
- Grace Agnew, Janice Pilch
1. Approval of the Agenda
K. Mulcahy noted one change to the agenda - G. Agnew's report was cancelled. The revised agenda was approved.
2. Approval of Minutes from January 17, 2013
The January minutes were approved with suggestions for minor revisions.
3. Chair's Report - K. Mulcahy
K. Mulcahy distributed a spreadsheet detailing RUL funds in FY13. He called attention to the negative balances in both the
approval plan and current periodicals (G. Smulewitz explained that the numbers for current periodicals are subject to change). The
spreadsheet also showed a large free balance in non-state monograph funds. Kevin encouraged selectors to speed up the spending of
their budget allocations. T. Izbicki will scoop up unencumbered H and P funds in the 4th quarter.
K. Mulcahy noted that Elizabeth Sosnowska, the E-Resources Librarian of UMDNJ, is joining the LRC as an observer.
4. AUL Report - T. Izibicki
- Nancy Hendrickson will retire at the end of April. Interview for her replacement will begin in early March.
- RU will join the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) in July. We look forward to finding out what other CIC members are doing.
- T. Izibicki has proposed a new hybrid print and digital PDA (Patron Driven Acquisitions) project to Marianne Gaunt, with the targeted date at the start of the next fiscal year.
- The Chemistry Library will move out of the Chemistry building, in anticipation of the project to build a new Chemistry building on Busch Campus.
5. AUL Report - G. Agnew (cancelled)
6. Central Technical Services Report (M. B. Weber)
- Book ordering is picking up.
- The E-book Team is looking at the e-book statistics and preparing for the revival of the PDA plan.
- M. B. Weber is involved in finding the replacement of Nancy Hendrickson and the new person will hopefully start in early April.
7. Distributed Technical Services Report - G. Smulewitz
- DTS is going through contracts and identifying renewal dates.
- Douglass Library periodical weeding project is near the end. The project to move the Chemistry Library is coming up.
- G. Smulewitz had meetings with e-resources librarian at UMD and discovered some differences in practices (e.g. UMD buys more directly from the publishers).
- NERL is moving to CRL in Chicago. It is thinking beyond as a buyer's club. The membership may change.
8. RU/UMDNJ Integration Update - T. Izbicki, et al.
- A lot of work has been done to keep track of contracts and how each system conducts business. Efforts will be made to reconcile the differences.
- Renegotiating the contract with some vendors will be hard. OCLC is looking at the pricing for its products.
- The Stratford campus poses unique problems.
- Letters to the vendors are going out.
- Webscale Discovery Team is moving quickly and the trial will start in May. Knowledge Base is the main issue because UMD uses a different Knowledge Base.
- T. Izbicki thought that the definition of user is a crucial issue in the integration.
9. Collection Development Strategies - T. Izbicki (posted in Sakai)
The Collection Development Strategy has not been updated in recent years. The revised document stresses balance and diversity.
Some wording changes were suggested. Members will review the revised document and discuss it again.
10. Mid-Year Review Review of LRC Objectives, 2012-2013 - K. Mulcahy
K. Mulcahy led the review of LRC objectives. Objectives 4 was considered partially completed, 1, 2, 3, and 7 in progress, and 5
and 6 on hold.
Bonita Grant of Special Collections and University Archives is retiring.
B. Fong is giving a talk at SAPAC Brown Bag on rethinking information literacy for graduate students today.
12. Agenda for Next (and Future) Meetings
Some ideas for future agenda were:
- Adding special tags in the catalog to books receiving awards or featured in the Daily Show
- Policy issues for faculty gifts
- Status of the special collections in the Music and Art libraries
- April, May, June meetings will possibly take place in Newark and Camden.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:52am.
Submitted by Tao Yang.