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Minutes for March 9, 2012 Meeting

Present:
Katie Anderson, Ka-Neng Au, Stephanie Bartz, Ron Becker, Natalie Borisovets (Parliamentarian), Jeanne Boyle, Vibiana Cvetkovic (remote), Kayo Denda, Mary Fetzer, Tom Frusciano, Judy Gardner, Melissa Gasparotto, Marianne Gaunt (University Librarian), Tom Glynn, Gary Golden (remote), Tom Izbicki, Ron Jantz, Melissa Just, Triveni Kuchi, Jackie Mardikian, Rhonda Marker, Kevin Mulcahy, Laura Mullen, Jim Niessen (Faculty Coordinator), Jane Otto, Fernanda Perrone, Francoise Puniello, Caryn Radick, Keir Reavie, Donna Schulman, Bob Sewell, Gene Springs, Eileen Stec, Julie Still (remote), Farideh Tehrani, Mary Beth Weber, Myoung Wilson, Ryan Womack (Deputy Faculty Coordinator), Connie Wu, Tao Yang (Secretary)

1. Adoption of the Agenda

The agenda was adopted.

2. Introduction of New Faculty and Guests

Gaunt introduced Melissa Just, the new AUL for Research and Instructional Services.

3. Approval of the Minutes - November 11, 2011

The meeting minutes from November 11, 2011 were approved.

4. New Business

Senate Open Access Policy Initiative (Otto and Mullen)

Otto and Mullen gave a presentation on the Senate Open Access (OA) policy initiative. The key points are:

Some suggestions and questions were put forth in the Q&A period: Authors should not be asked to provide their dates of birth while depositing articles. Do we need buy-ins from the faculty union? We need to collect and share success stories from the users. Authors will be asked to deposit the final versions that are submitted to the publishers, not the publisher's PDF files (but some publishers might actually prefer to have their PDFs in the repository). Comments on the ease/difficulty of depositing articles are welcome.

RULF Blog: Content, Policies, and Procedures for Use (Anderson)

Anderson unveiled the new RUL Blog (blogs.libraries.rutgers.edu), an internal library blog requiring NetID login to view and post. We can customize the blog settings to receive new posts via email (with the digest option) and RSS feed. Some common sense guidelines will be provided. The blog will offer a different way of communication than the RUL-everyone listserv and allow more information sharing and interactive discussions on topics like copyright, scholarly communication, digital services, and training and learning activities.

RULF Resolution on the Recommendations of the Medical Education Task Force (Niessen)

The Governor's Medical Education Task Force's final report (the Barer Report) recommended folding Rutgers-Camden into Rowan University. Various Rutgers faculty units have issued statements against the recommendation. Niessen introduced a draft RUL faculty statement opposing the merger. The main argument is that the RUL operates as one system and, if a part is subtracted, there will be tremendous impact on the users of all three campuses.

The draft resolution was discussed in detail and some of the major comments are:

Considering the time constraints, Gaunt consulted the parliamentarian and proposed to vote on the first sentence of the last paragraph of the statement as the resolution. The sentence reads: "the RULF is strongly opposed to any action which would remove Rutgers-Camden from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and urges the Rutgers Board of Governors and Board of Trustees to vote "No" on the proposed merger of Rutgers-Camden with Rowan." The resolution was passed unanimously. A small group of faculty (J. Boyle, M. Fetzer, N. Kranich, and K. Mulcahy) was selected to assist Niessen to finalize the text of the statement, based on the feedback received at the meeting.

5. Report of the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian (Gaunt)

The Executive VP Richard Edwards is gathering information from all units about the criteria for the appointments and promotion of Non-Tenure Track (NTT) faculty. Gaunt proposed the following process to come up the NTT faculty appointments, reappointments, and promotion:

The whole process needs to be approved by the University and some of the recommendations may need to be negotiated with the union. Questions were also raised about the prior practices and whether the RWJ librarians should be taken into consideration. A special faculty meeting may be called to discuss the process.

The Board of Governors may discuss in April the plan to start a new RU campus in China jointly with South China University of Technology. Initially the new campus will offer only undergraduate programs; in a few years, it may offer some professional degrees suitable for the region (such as tourism). A financial partner in China will build the campus. The library was asked to provide an aggregate figure for the cost of building a library in the new campus. Different models (separate subscriptions vs. opening the RUL subscriptions to the new campus) must be considered. More work will come after the BOG approval.

The Executive VP Edwards asked all academic units to provide annual feedback to him about their contributions to the learning objectives assessment. All information literacy programs need to figure out how to assess whether learning objectives are met.

The Governor proposed a 6% increase to the RU budget, but this increase is only for benefits; the operating budget will be level.

6. Report of the Faculty Coordinator (Niessen)

The Planning and Coordinating Committee continues working on its three annual goals: reviewing organizational structure for implementing digital user services (a list of technology related groups has been prepared), encouraging the implementation of new liaison roles (memos have been sent to both USC and CSC), and assessing the RUL mentoring program (which may include the Futures Group). The LEAD Committee has been constituted and Jackie Mardikian is the chair. Niessen gave a report on Planning and Coordinating Committee to the Cabinet; there will be more participation by the AULs in the Committee's meetings. RUL gave a group presentation to RWJ librarians, with a section by Niessen on the library faculty.

7. Communications

There were no communications.

8. Reports of Members Serving on University Bodies

Reports were disseminated previously via email and there was no discussion.

9. Reports of Standing Committees

Reports were disseminated previously via email and there was no discussion.

10. Adjourn Business Meeting

The meeting adjourned at 11:50am.

Submitted by Tao Yang, Faculty Secretary



 
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