Minutes of July 20, 2011 Meeting

Katie Anderson (remote), Stephanie Bartz (recorder), Natalie Borisovets (co-chair), Vib Bowman (remote), Joseph Deodato, Mary Fetzer, Judy Gardner, Rebecca Gardner, Tom Glynn, Dave Kuzma, Jackie Mardikian, Kevin Mulcahy (co-chair), Francoise Puniello, Tibor Purger, Jane Sloan (guest), Li Sun, Roberta Tipton
John Maxymuk
Grace Agnew

1. Approval of the Agenda

The agenda was approved as distributed.

2. Approval of the minutes for June 8, 2011

The minutes were approved as distributed.

3. Selection of new chair or co-chairs and USC representative to the Planning & Coordinating Committee

4. Meeting schedule for 2011-2012 and other housekeeping items

The committee agreed to schedule meetings for 2011-2012 on the first Wednesday of each month beginning on September 7, 2011. There will be no meeting in August 2011.

5. AUL/IIS Director Reports




6. Swank - VALE Video Loan Program

Jane Sloan demonstrated the Digital Campus streaming video service provided by Swank Motion Pictures, Inc. The service provides streaming files for feature films plus some documentaries. The Rutgers dorms have already contracted with Swank to provide films for RUTV and the Libraries' Media Center has also occasionally acquired films for Cablecasts.

Swank provides streaming files of requested films within 10 days of the request at a cost of $92 per film. Each film is available for 6 months and the price decreases as the number of films increase. Acquired content would be based on requests from instructors and would be used in place of the current practice of locally created streaming video of clips taken from tangible material owned by RUL. There would be no restriction on the number of simultaneous users.

Although the concept was considered favorably by the council, the quality of the product and other variables indicate the need for additional investigation. Some of the questions raised were as follows:

Members of USC were asked to forward additional questions to Kevin who will collate them and send them on to Jane.

7. Goals/Activities review for 2010-2011

A draft version of a year-end goals review was distributed by Kevin prior to the meeting. Kevin will amend the report based on comments from the Council. Three activities were considered to be completed and the rest ongoing.

  1. Support incorporation of streaming media (reserves and instructional material) into RUL web presence, with marketing through news releases, web announcements, BIs, etc. - Ongoing. Reports have been presented, but no follow-up action has occurred.
  2. Assess Chat Reference service and evaluate software currently available; determine if a new platform is feasible and suitable for RUL at this time. - Complete. Implementation is in progress. Training is forthcoming.
  3. Support and respond to Library Learning Spaces Task Force analysis of student needs and preferences through focus groups and other information gathering techniques. - Complete.
  4. Work with Web Board to establish appropriate policies and procedures; establish schedule of releases; implement first release. - Ongoing.
  5. Work with Web Board and Mobile Devices Task Force to implement the first phase of Task Force recommendations: providing mobile friendly core content for Reference, Buildings/Hours, User Services, and Databases. - Complete. Establishing a mobile presence should be new goal.
  6. Work with Web Board to market and promote LibGuides; evaluate effectiveness and use of LibGuides; establish baseline usage data. - Ongoing. Needs closer review now that a full year of data is available.
  7. Work with IPAC to investigate new open source public interface for VALE & RUL catalog. - Ongoing, but involving groups other than IPAC.
  8. Explore instructional effectiveness and efficiency in order to transform teaching and learning. - Ongoing.

8. 2011-2012 Goals Setting

Suggested new activities for 2011-2012 included:

Katie and Kevin will draft a list of activities for the coming year for final discussion and approval at the September meeting.

9. Announcements


10. Agenda for next meeting

Projected items include:

Submitted by Stephanie Bartz

Approved at September 7, 2011 USC Meeting

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