The agenda was adopted without change.
Gaunt introduced Laura Palumbo, new Chemistry and Physics Librarian in New Brunswick.
The minutes were approved.
Womack gave a presentation on the research services report that was prepared by the Planning and Coordinating Committee. Womack has presented earlier versions of the report to New Brunswick Faculty Council (NBFC), Research and Graduate and Professional Education Committee (RGPEC) of Senate, and Libraries Advisory Committee and received their feedback. He will send out the final version of the report after the Planning and Coordinating Committee reviews it (likely at the end of next week).
Womack described the process of preparing the report: PlanCo members first identified all the services, reviewed the input from RUL faculty, and came to the consensus about how to categorize them. Several services should be "leadership services" for the Libraries, including scholarly publishing, scholarly communication and open access, research data management, copyright and licensing, citation management tools, and capturing presentations and conferences. "Collaborative services" are the ones that the Libraries need to partner with other units on, including digital humanities, research community, and scholarly networking. The rest of research services fall into the category of "other services", including assessment support, centers for training/learning/exploring, data services (outside research data management), media production, and research design and methodology. The Libraries will continue to provide limited support to these "other services", but the priorities should be on leadership and collaborative services. PlanCo has identified RUL units that can take charge of and implement the leadership and collaborative services next year.
Librarians of 2023 Survey
Womack reported on the "Librarians of 2023" survey results. There were two rounds of survey, with 51 responses in the first round and 45 in the second round. The questions in the second round focused on three major areas: skills, personal qualities, and communication skills. In terms of the importance, skills like technology, teaching, scholarly communication, and subject expertise were ranked high, while languages, programming, and social media were ranked low. The respondents also thought that we need more people with skills in technology, teaching, subject expertise, and scholarly communication than in mobile, languages, and programming.
At this point, some faculty members pointed out the difference between the results of RUL faculty survey and Ithaka survey of teaching faculty. The Ithaka survey reveals that the teaching faculty values the collections the most and library instruction the least. Gaunt thought that the Ithaka survey results seem too conservative. Others thought this also brings up the issue of how to move users to where libraries are today. People also attempted to explain why mobile was ranked low in the survey. It was suggested to share the survey results with the LIS department.
Womack then continued his presentation. The top ranked personal qualities are adaptability, flexibility, intellectually engaged, and collegiality, while being personable and having global outlook were ranked low. Among communication skills, the top ranked ones are collaborating, listening, and sharing, but leading, negotiating, and moderating were ranked low. Womack suggested that the results can potentially be used for the language of job descriptions, priorities of training program, and ideas for interview questions.
In the discussion that followed, a number of comments were made. Some main ones are:
Gaunt thanked Womack for bringing this project to fruition.
Gaunt gave an update on RUL-UMDNJ integration.
When addressing a faculty member's concern about no access to unique UMD databases, Gaunt said it is difficult to get the access on Day One. M. Just added that we are answering the question why there is no access to UMD databases in various places and the link to article delivery will be placed in the error message for users trying to access unique UMD resources. Gaunt also agreed to make her presentation slides available to faculty who could not come to today's meeting.
Gaunt attended the meeting of CIC academic officers and library directors last week and this week. CIC is also hosting a reception at ALA. CIC has a large agenda, but not everyone is doing everything on the agenda. For example, it is possible to participate in lending through the UBorrow program, but not borrowing. Some of the main agenda items for library directors are:
While attending the CIC meeting, Gaunt had a tour of the Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library and the Duderstadt Center at the University of Michigan. She was impressed by the cutting edge technologies showcased there.
Womack's term as the Faculty Coordinator will end at the end of month. Gaunt thanked Womack for his work as the Faculty Coordinator. She thought the projects Womack chose are very important and he did a tremendous amount of work.
Gaunt acknowledged five retired RUL faculty members: Joe Consoli, Bonita Grant, Francoise Puniello, Bob Sewell, and Myoung Wilson. The Diversity Intern Gideon Thompson is also leaving and a new intern is coming.
Two main projects of PlanCo - research services and Librarians of Future survey were reported earlier in the meeting. Womack reported progress made on other issues, including reviewing concept documents for vacant faculty lines, endorsing the electronic nominations in faculty elections, and reviving the LEAD committee.
The reports of University Senators and the Campus Faculty Council Representatives were distributed via email prior to the meeting. There was no question or discussion.
The reports of RUL faculty standing committees were distributed via email prior to the meeting. There was no question or discussion.
The business meeting was adjourned at 11:50am.
Submitted by Tao Yang, Faculty Secretary