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Minutes of February 3, 2005 Meeting

The entire committee's membership attended the meeting and quickly determined that Thursdays at 3 P.M. would be ideal meeting times for the future. Committee members include Ron Becker, Special Collections and University Archives, Chair; Ka Neng Au, Newark Information Services; Jeanne Boyle, Public Services, also liaison to/from the OIT Strategic Plan Committee; Marianne Gaunt, University Librarian (ex officio); Gary Golden, Camden, also liaison to/from the OIT Strategic Plan Committee; Prof. Judith Grassle, Marine and Coastal Sciences, Cook, liaison to/from the University-Wide Libraries Advisory Committee; Rhonda Marker, TAS; Prof. Meredith McGill, FAS-NB, English, liaison to/from the University-Wide Libraries Advisory Committee; Roger Smith, NB Access Services; and Myoung Chung Wilson, NB Information Services

Marianne Gaunt opened the meeting with introductions of the members. She discussed the charge to the committee and the Web site that has been created at http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/staff/strategic_planning/strategic_planning.shtml The site is open to the entire Rutgers community and contains reports, environmental scans, and selected strategic planning documents of other libraries. The target date for completion of the committee's work is late April/early May 2005. It will include an executive summary and contextual statement. The report is meant to cover the next five years and will lead to annual goals statements.

Major broad issues and themes were then presented. These include:

  1. What is the role of the Libraries in the university supporting research, service, and instruction, and how are they to be shaped in the coming five years.
  2. What directions do we want information technology to take to support access, services and instruction and the role of information technology to support our goals.
  3. What impact will this have on our facilities? Do we need bigger or smaller libraries and storage facilities? What should our facilities look like?
  4. What can we do to integrate our services? How do we collaborate with faculty, NJIT, UMDNJ, and other partners such as computing? What do we do to facilitate? What does OIT do?

The discussion continued with each member presenting specific issues that are particularly important to her (him). The issues brought up include:

  1. How to support rather than overlap initiatives by other university areas such as the Center for Advancement in Teaching.
  2. How do we create an image for information services and information content that would be available for whenever people need us?
  3. How do we have a piece of information in every course at Rutgers including using information, finding information, and interpreting information?
  4. How do we recognize the particular role of RUL staff in providing services through Human Resources practices and policies?
  5. How can we make RUL more competitive through recruiting and other measures? How do we differentiate between so many types of users?
  6. How do we promote the Libraries expertise?
  7. How do we come up with a plan to get "all of our noses pointed in the same direction"? How do we get information literature imbued across the curriculum? How do we determine the needs of the university and how do we support it? Do we need to become more "user centered"?
  8. How do we maintain and build research collections?
  9. How do we position ourselves to fundraise for endowed positions, collections, services, and the other priorities of the Libraries?
  10. How do we preserve data gathered in projects at the university? What does the library do to "add value" to the university and its mission? How should the library act as information content provider to manage, preserve, and integrate data?

Before the committee's next meeting, we will study the various strategic planning summaries that we have received from RUL, group them logically, and assign teams to work on them and contact the chair (or principle writer) for further clarification if necessary or to ask if other aspects have been considered. These include:

The next meeting of the committee will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2005 at 3 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,
Ron Becker



 
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