Information Services Steering Group
Thursday, February 12, 2004
Present: Stephanie Bartz (recorder),
Jeris Cassel, Ron Jantz, Penny Page, Pat Piermatti, Matthew Sheehy (Guest),
Gracemary Smulewitz (Guest), Myoung Wilson (chair)
Absent: Kevin Mulcahy, Ferris
- Approval of Minutes
Minutes of the December 11, 2003
meeting were approved.
- Seamless Information Task Force
Jeris outlined the highlights of
the report after which there was a discussion of various points. Suggestions
- Adding a section on methodology
to clarify the statistics
- Adding a list of expected outcomes
- Adding additional charts to
represent hours at service points in main libraries vs. branches
- Creating an organizational chart
as an additional attachment
- Including the SCC Data Center
information desk as an Alexander service point
- Clarifying the language in various
parts of the report
- Including hiring and training
of Reference/Information Assistants as part of the responsibilities of the
- Adding additional competencies
(e.g., PCs, CD-ROMs, NBL site, CKDB) as part of attachment 4
There was general agreement that
the intent of the document was worthwhile and that the position described
was needed. A revised version will be distributed to ISSG for review.
The line vacated by Angel Falcon
is available for Information Services use from the end of February until July
2004. Hiring 2 part-time librarians is also an option. Information on staffing
needs and names of possible candidates should be sent to MCW as soon as possible.
Kilmer Library is most in need of this position since Angel was originally
assigned at Kilmer with one reference desk shift per week at Alexander.
Standardizing voucher rates
- Some years ago it was agreed
that the starting rate for a reference/information assistant would be $10.00
across NBL. When students graduate with an MLS they do not automatically
move up to a professional rate, but can be given a raise of $1.00 or so
as recognition of their new status with the expectation that they will soon
leave to find a professional position. The voucher allocation is set each
spring for the following year, so funds are not available for large unplanned
- The starting rate for part-time
professional librarians is $20.00 budget permitting.
- The Chair of ISSG should be
consulted with/informed of any raises/changes in rate in order to allow
for better coordination across NBL.
- Voucher allocation requests
for the next fiscal year should be sent to Myoung before the April ISSG
English 201 and 301 classes were
scheduled in January and a list of classes was sent to both Kevin Mulcahy
and Eileen Stec. Many of the classes are already covered.
Because the information about ACIC
was so late coming out this year, ISSG is not coordinating the proposals.
3 separate proposals are being submitted to Farideh for review before they
are subsequently sent to Marianne for final ranking/decision on submission.
- Eileen Stec is submitting a
proposal to expand the Douglass classroom
- Rebecca Gardner and Marty Kesselman
are submitting a proposal to upgrade the infrastructure at Chang to support
NetOp and create a dedicated classroom area
- Stephanie Bartz and Ron Jantz
are submitting a proposal to replace the computers in IHL 415
- Public Services Council –
- ILL/DD Services statistics
- Current discussion centers on
service to undergraduates
- Unit Reports -
- Alexander – 1) Heather Huey
has returned to work and has begun observing BIs. 2) Most of the materials
from the index tables is being incorporated into the reference collection
and the collection is being shifted. All but two index tables will be replaced
with comfortable seating.
- Douglass – 1) D21 is moving
ahead and the redesigned space is due to open after spring break. 2) Mary
Gadek is retiring and Roger Smith will be taking over at Douglass.
- Kilmer – 1) Ann Bemis was hired
for the full-time position. 2) Reference statistics are being analyzed based
- LSM – The entire collection
including Special Collections is being weeded.
- Branches – An ACIC proposal
to establish a library classroom at Chang is being submitted (See 6 above).
- Instruction activities – 1) The
Website listing NBL instruction materials is being worked on. Please send
any additional materials to Jeris. 2) The RUL instruction group is working
on an information literacy tutorial.
- CKDB – Heather Huey is reviewing
and revising the records in the database and has been asked to add any that
she feels would be useful.
- NB Faculty Council (reported by
Jeris Cassel)– 1) President McCormick is forming a task force on undergraduate
education. 2) The new Route 18 construction scheduled to begin later this
year will effect class locations and schedules because of changing traffic
patterns between the campuses.
- Miscellaneous – 1) (Smulewitz)
The new Jazz Institute web site is up and worth taking a look at. 2) (Bartz)
Training for the new AAL software begins next week and should greatly reduce
the number of email messages being received by those who participate. 3) (Wilson)
LinkSource OpenURL will be available soon.
2/12/2004sb, revised 2/24/2004