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Minutes of February 19, 2013 Meeting

Present:
Vibiana Cvetkovic; Chair. Zohreh Bonianian; Orla Mejia; Marilyn Wilt; Christine Wolff; Geoffrey Wood; Paul Young; Julie Still and Elsa Alves by teleconference from Camden and Newark respectively; Fay Austin, recorder. Absent: Gene Springs who is currently on sabbatical leave.

Agenda

The meeting called to order at 2pm by the Chair.

Geoff Wood demonstrated the newly re-designed TLC website which was reviewed positively by all present. He pointed out that the section headings reflected the units of the learning opportunities plan and informed the group that the use of the accordion style format was the result of several consultations with Sam McDonald of RUL Integrated Information Systems department. Those present agreed that the overall appearance of the webpage was very effective and a great improvement over the earlier design. However there was consensus on the need to improve the color scheme to boost attractiveness.

The concern that the introduction should be removed from the accordion style content to be more readily visible was expressed by some members prior to the meeting. Following a brief discussion there was near unanimous agreement that the general introduction should be separated from the remainder of the content since it informed the purpose of the webpage and was integral to its existence as a whole. It was also agreed that the three text boxes in the right margin would remain ( Contact information; Quotations; and Feedback) but that the web page committee would explore the use of the left-side margins for other than links pertaining to the entire RUL website; if possible.

During the continuing discussion of the webpage, Marilyn distributed copies of the introduction and Vib inquired whether the search capability had been tested and whether there was any plan to include social media connections. Geoff responded that he will consult with Sam as to the feasibility of both queries.

Finally, the background color scheme and color of the new logo were thought, by some, to be rather uninteresting. In response to this Geoff promised to explore possibilities for changes to these areas.

Action items

In preparation for the rollout of the webpage for review and comment by RUL administration:

During the round-robin update session, Christine reported that she and Jeanne Boyle have arranged for a series of 6 ARL webinars to be shown at RUL. The webinars highlight results from the LibValue project, a three-year study funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to define and measure ways in which libraries create value through teaching and learning, research, and social, professional, and public engagement. Reminder emails for the webinars (with rooms, dates, and times) will be sent to rul_everyone.

Marilyn reported on the RUL sponsored Library Supervisor Development training (which Christine completed, received a certificate for, and reported positively on), partnering with University Human Relations, and on the preparations for offering the Office 2010 training workshops soon after the Office upgrades were installed on staff computers. She is working with the head of the IIS department on this venture.

Fay reported on an OCLC/WebJunction webinar that she attended this month on Self-Directed Achievement. After a description of the purpose and content of this webinar Vib requested a presentation on this for the next TLC meeting to assess whether this unique approach to continuing education and staff training could prove useful for the Rutgers Libraries.

Meeting adjourned at approx.3 pm.



 
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