Present: B. Beede, I. Caparros, J. Cassel, H. Dess, E. Fabiano
(convener), R. Gardner,
E. Gilbert, R. Jantz, M. Kesselman, L. Langschied, J. Mardikian, J. Mi,
K. Mulcahy, F. Olin, N. Putnam (recorder), H. Rusak, J. Sloan, A. Tallau,
L. Vazquez, C. Wu
1. Minutes of November 20 meeting approved as distributed.
2. Director’s report – Toyama
a. Ryoko reviewed RU internal funding opportunities and the NB libraries
especially as regards ICI (Instructional Computing Initiative), student computing fee
money. Ryoko serves on the Advisory Committee to decide for NB how ICI funds
will be distributed; is suggesting the NB Libraries proposal call for $50,000 for
powerful PCs for public use and to support network printing ASAP. RFP has gone out
but there is no seed money to support equipment to install networked printing. Ryoko
requested recommendations from public service librarians as to what is needed. Some
available ports still exist in NB, money for PCs didn’t.
Students want PCs w/zip drives, fast modems, wired dorms, more plug-ins,
enhancing EDEN, hub equipment replacement, etc., with the bulk of the money.
Other available funds include ITFSC money for innovative instructional
with emphasis on technology and Dialogue grants for Undergraduate Education.
b. Ryoko requested feedback regarding the feasibility of offering,
again, the library
instruction credit course for University College honors students. Was it worthwhile
for students, instructors? Cost? Open to all honors students? Kevin will facilitate a
response from the faculty and the Instructional Group to Ryoko by early January to
be submitted to FAS and the NB Curriculum Program Committee; send all
comments/ideas to Kevin please, ASAP.
3. Proposal was made by Ben and accepted by the group to have minutes/notes of local
NB librarians’ meetings posted on email to nb_libfac. Ben will contact
about putting these on a library website.
4. Report on December 16 Coordinating Committee meeting as regards
the SACs –
The proposal recommended by the NB faculty was not acceptable. After
by the Committee, a new reconfiguration was suggested: SACs to be removed from the
by-laws becoming operational groups of the AULs; Planning and Coordinating Committees
merged as a Coordinating Council (details to be worked out) to be advisory to the University
Librarian, dealing with the big picture. A subcommitteeBen Beede (Chair), Jeris Cassel,
Theo Haynes, Bobbi Tipton, Marty Kesselman was appointed to recommend a final design.
A diagram of how the above would be structured was offered by Marty.
Highlights of the discussion included concern about the drawbacks in selective
representation on the SACs and the role of the Directors in the process; unresponsiveness of
AULs (brought out at the Coordinating Comm meeting) and how operational issues would get
resolved if that is the case; objectives of NB librarians not clearly explained
to Camden and
Newark librarians and the need to find lines of solidarity with our colleagues in Camden and
Newark as well as New Brunswick; recommendation that we elect 2 people to attend all SAC
meetings for better communication to faculty.
The faculty endorsed the merger of the Planning and Coordinating Committees
recommended that SACs remain as is, for now. The importance of sharing views and
opinions with the University Librarian was stressed.
5. NB Information Services Group Organization Chart - Mardikian
Jackie distributed the chart which describes the Functional Teams across
NB libraries and
Operational Teams for individual libraries; questions were answered.
6. Database Evaluation Team - Langschied
The recent implementation of Vale, ProQuest, etc., has created confusion
and numbers of
questions at Reference Desks about information handling (especially) with these new
The public is not informed on how to use these; more importantly, neither are the librarians on
the front lines prepared to offer the expertise that is sought.
Discussion followed-up an earlier email posted by Linda about this issue. She recommended a
Database Evaluation Team or Task Force be formed and charged with: 1) a
evaluation not only contents and cost evaluations, 2) a report on usability problems and
the system should be purchased from a usability standpoint, and 3) developing accompanying
documentation or user guide to offer along with the new database.
Howard, Chair of NERS, the Networked Electronic Resources Subcommittee
informed the group that NERS had just met and proposed a special task force to evaluate
proposed database purchases to evaluate operability, ease of use, user friendliness, etc.
Howard welcomed membership suggestions, other ideas regarding this issue. Suggested
at the meeting: student pre-testing trials of potential database acquisitions, documentation/
workshops for public users, contact other institutions with that database experience, task force
should be associated with the NB Collections Group, libraries Dialogues grant proposal to
develop web-based training for users.
Draft NB Faculty Handbook will be sent to NB heads of groups for
all NB faculty - Fabiano
Interview schedule for World History and Humanities open positions:
January 13, 15, 21, 25
and February 8 – Cassel
NB libraries, SCC collaborated on a grant proposal with the Spanish and
for RU funding of and electronic instructional improvement project – Kesselman
No one selected from interviewees for the SCC Information Technology Libn/Specialist
a Librarian V position was offered to Delphine Kahanna (CETH) while the position is reviewed
Information Technology Libn. position for LSM still under discussion.
of these last two searches and the frustration experienced in developing acceptable APPs for
Information Technology Librarians, this was suggested as an agenda item for the next faculty
meeting - Wu
Field experience program for SCILS students needs to be revisited now that
also an agenda item for the next faculty meeting – Mardikian
Reminder about the January 12 Web of Science demonstration in the TLH/SCC;
to register Rutgers for electronic access to any ejournals in our area a form will be forthcoming
Lil Maman has retired from Douglass; Librarian V will be hired during the
search process –
NEXT MEETING: January 15, 9:30am, Pane Room, Alexander Library