Information Services Steering Group
October 9, 2003
Attending: S. Bartz, J. Cassel, K. Mulcahy, F. Olin, P.
Piermatti, M. Sheehy, G. Smulewitz, F. Tehrani.
- Minutes of September meeting approved with one change-addition
of Rebecca Gardner's name to list of members of Instruction Group.
- Agenda approved, with one revision-moving up Public Services
Council Report to beginning of meeting.
- Myoung welcomed guests Farideh Tehrani, Gracemary Smulewitz,
and Matthew Sheehy of Access Services.
- Public Services Council Report-M. Wilson
Myoung distributed Scholarly Digital Project Proposal Applications
for team leaders to share with teams. The application form was approved
by PSC and will be sent to other councils and cabinet to insure
proper vetting of proposed projects. The relationship of this application
to the currenty is unclear, but the application is likely to complement
Myoung recommended for our consideration a document on "Dimensions
and Use of the Scholarly Information Environment" [http://www.clir.org/activities/details/dimensions_docs.html]
- Open Discussion-Strategies for Developing Seamless Information
Services by Access Services, Collection Services, and Information
Public does not distinguish among student workers, professional
staff, and librarians; simply wants help. Staff wants to help, but
what is appropriate level of help for non-librarians to offer? Guidelines
and perhaps training needed. Can we combine resources? Consolidate
service points? Matthew, Gracemary, Jeris and Ferris will serve
as a task force to recommend strategies and will report to ISSG
- Statistics-M. Wilson
Myoung distributed flow charts indicating how statistics for reference and instruction are reported.
The online forms have been improved and simplified. Each librarian is responsible for reporting
her/his own instruction stats; team leaders report ref sampling days and aggregate ref statistics.
- Voucher rates-M. Wilson
Myoung proposes that we allow reference assistants who have received their MLS degrees one additional
year (maximum) at an enhanced pay rate ($.50 to $1.00 more than standard). Also, if there is occasional
reason to pay a reference assistant at two rates (e.g one for reference and one as an ad hoc instructor)
be sure to notify Francoise in advance.
The Alexander open line was discussed. A draft description for a short-term temporary position was
endorsed, as was a proposal to fill the line for a period of some years with a Librarian V who would
focus on reference, instruction, and technological applications for reference and development. Kevin
will develop a draft, distribute to ISSG, and then to NBLF.
- Unit Reports
P. Piermatti. All is well.
F. Olin. Douglass discussing how it will function when first phase is complete and how to cope with
K. Denda's leave.
K. Mulcahy. All is well.
J. Cassel. Remodeling of the reference area has created a more open space and allows for study groups.
Undergraduate Teaching Conference was interesting. Several instruction librarians were present, and
Jeris and Triveni put together a quick survey. While only a few faculty responded, responses suggested
faculty still not aware of library instruction as available service. Wireless hook-ups appear to be
Meeting adjourned at about 11:45 AM.