Minutes of the New Brunswick Library Collection Development
October 26, 2007
Present: Kevin Mulcahy (Chair), J. Cassel, Tao Yang, K.
Denda, G. Smulewitz, M. Fetzer, H. Dess, D. Shulman, J. Niessen, R. Gardner, M.
Lo, P. Piermatti, M. Kesselman, R. Womack, M. Wilson (Recorder)
introduced new colleagues, Tao Yang (East Asian) and Donna Shulman (SMLR).
of the September 21st NBCG meeting were approved without
reviewed RUL All Funds Summary (FY2007-2008) and the NBL State/Non-State
Budget Summary (FY2007-2008) extracted from the Dstation reports. Some of
the highlights were:
- RUL entire state budget is down slightly from FY
2007, and down about 10% from FY 2006 (the best year for state funds). RU Online now accounts for about 47% of total
state budget. The nature of the“O” fund (a budget code designation for
electronic resources) was briefly discussed since some of the online titles are
subject specific. For example WOPO is an online title in Women’s Studies.
- Although not reflected in the current WorkFlow,
the non-state fund will increase, as allocations are completed. However, it is
expected that we will have less non-state funds than last year due to decreased
amount of phonothon and gift funds.
- Failure to secure continued state funding for
the NJ Knowledge Initiatives (NJKI) would have a devastating impact on science
- Inform AUL of any new academic initiatives for
undergraduates so that chronic under funding for undergraduate studies can be
- Inform CDC team leaders (K. Hartman, L. Mullen,
& J. Sheperd) of individual journal titles costing over $1000.
- Consolidate the wish list of titles (compared
against peer AAU institutions) and send it to AUL for Collections—the list is
due November 10, 2007.
- Foreign orders are somewhat behind due to staff
- Concern was expressed that a random check of
Gobi items in science revealed that ¼ of items were found in “in-process” after
six months of the shipment dates. The cause of this delay may be due to staff
reduction or the way an item moves through the “fast cat”, “copy cat” and
“original cat.” processes. It was pointed out that one of the charges of the
newly formed ISAWG is to study the timeline from order to shelf.
- RuCore –October (2007) students completing
dissertations in the Graduate School in New Brunswick were required to submit
PDF file of their dissertations for ETD deposit purposes. The expectation is that the project will
eventually extend to other doctorate-granting schools within the university.
- A VALE task force, including RU, William
Paterson, and Montclair, is exploring a last copy in NJ policy dealing with
- JClient installation is underway and training
will be offered.
- Gift cataloger resigned. Melissa Defino handles
gifts. Gift questions should be addressed to Mary Beth.
- During the first quarter of FY 2008 we spent
$102,384 less on the YBP approval plan than in the first quarter of FY 2007.
- Non-State allocation—some areas are
straightforward and some others require consultation with selectors. If
non-state fund is already allocated in your fund please start spending.
Team Leaders Report
- Womack (social science)—plans to call a December
meeting for social science selectors
- Gardner (science) --Science librarians will meet
on November 1 to discuss allocation
- Cassel (Generalists) –will review list compared
against peer institutions
- Smulewiz (DTS )
DTS is logging price increases of 20% or more for the 2008 subscription
period. The price increases thus far have totaled approximately $66,000
and average a 29% increase for the titles in question. Normal
price increases average between 7-12%. For 2009 we will monitor price
increases of 15% or more to have a better understanding of expenses.
In many instances the price increases this year were due to a change in
offerings from certain publishers: Haworth, Oxford and Cambridge. In some
instances we had online access for free with print and now a large fee was
applied to maintain a combined subscription. The circumstances were
presented to CDC and it was agreed to move all Haworth titles to online only
and cancel duplicate print subscriptions and to change all Cambridge and Oxford
titles to online only. These changes along with special rates from
our NERL association will save the libraries $27,149 and provide access to an
additional 186 titles. It's an offer we cannot refuse.
- CDC charged a group of librarians to study and
analyze data how collections are used to determine the nature and pattern of
general use of collections
- Kilmer has been engaged in reviewing 484
periodicals titles in microfilm. IRIS records are not reliable and we would
like to consolidate Kilmer holdings with other units. Selectors will be asked
to review the list.
- November RUL faculty meeting will have a
component on Scholarly Communication. Selectors are encouraged to help
determine collection policy for RuCore.
Sakai Selectors Site
- Cassel demonstrated the Sakai site for RUL
selectors and its functionalities. Please visit https://sakai.rutgers.edu/portal.
Sign in with your Net ID and click Selectors/Liaisons’ tab. Send comments to Jeris who is looking for
volunteers to test the site.
Respectfully submitted by
,Myoung C. Wilson
Secretary pro temp