J. Consoli, H. Dess, E. Fabiano (convener), M. Fetzer, R. Gardner, E. Gilbert,
S. Goodman, B. Hancock, S. Hines, R. Jantz, L. Langschied, K. Mulcahy, F. Olin,
N. Putnam, H. Rusak, J. Sloan, A. Tallau, T. Tate, L. Vazquez, M. Wilson, R. Womack,
1. Minutes of the May 13, 1999 meeting were approved
Motion to approve was made by Addie, seconded by Kevin after the following corrections were
made: Under #2, Director's Report, last sentence should read, "Library faculty cannot teach more
that one course in an academic year." Under #4, phrase "for Information Services" is added
following "description for Librarian Vs".
2. Director's report
Emily (for Ryoko) reminded the faculty of two recent positions assigned to exploratory groups--
the World History position at Alexander and the position vacated by Jia Mi at Kilmer. Some
discussion ensued on what is the exploratory group—providing the profile of responsibilities and
qualifications for a vacant NB position to Ryoko—and our responsibility to react to position profiles.
The groups' findings are reported to Ryoko then posted on email for our review and comments
individually but can also be brought before the NB faculty if necessary.
A suggestion to begin planning for future human
resources evolved into cause for concern
regarding the "maturity" of the NB faculty (64% at ranks of I and II) and the implication that
Libn IIs are remaining in rank for too many years before attempting to move up in rank to Libn I.
3. Closing one chapter opening the next
The remainder of the meeting was devoted to reviewing activities and accomplishments for
1998-99 (by current leadership) and focusing on future goals (incoming leadership) as a New
Brunswick faculty and within the organizational group structure: Information Services, Collections
and Technology Groups.
Each of the Group leaders is reporting on accomplishments
and activities of their groups for last
year, 1998-99, via email; this is not repeated here in the minutes.
Attention to decisions that would improve services to users and on organizational
effects on services
Discuss some of the projects/services which have a life of their own
term effects on New Brunswick libraries, e.g., VALE, D21
Evaluate activities of previous year as to success or failure, FASIP
Examine the extent to which NB faculty have been empowered by clarifying
faculty role versus the administrative role
Address a proposal for an international conference on the globalization
Analyze the activities/projects of the subgroups and whether these should
the role of the NB faculty
Continue with collections budget allocation for 1999-2000 with
Science, Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities—input
Initiate philosophical discussion on percentages for divisions
formulas are historical, based on campus populations and handed down
to us. Are they still appropriate? Why are electronic resources separate?
Address the serials cancellation logic: "cut print to feed electronic access to make
way for document delivery" which was likened to rearranging the chairs on a sinking ship
Increasing activities and involvement with other NB groups and departments,
Access Services for instance
Better define the role of Technology Librarians in NB and with the SCC
Training in and development of greater technological expertise among NB
Getting librarians more involved in team-based technology projects
Approach reference and information services in a radical way,
radical changes in the provision of information in our society; at the
same time focus on the daily/operational issues regarding reference
and info services, e.g., hours based on academic patterns, service
adjustments based on statistics
DECISION: Most of the next
NB faculty meeting, July 16, will be devoted to
brainstorming about information services in New Brunswick libraries.
Everyone working in Reference should attend.
Langschied --Once minutes are completed for each of the NB faculty meetings,
please forward an electronic copy for posting to the NB (formerly reorganization) site
Olin – Thanked Jeris and Emily for their service as recent past conveners
(Special refreshments reflected the occasion)
Mulcahy – RU has contracted with eCollege, a commercial company to assist in
designing and implementing online instructional programs and courses for the University's
distance education program now being coordinated through VP Caprio's office. Courses will
be owned by RU causing a number of issues as regards royalties and real ownership by
faculty who teach the courses.
RUL, through Jeanne Boyle and members of the Instructional Services Committee, is
participating in this planning stage with eCollege and will probably link to electronic access
we already have for example, with remote sites like Western Monmouth.
Tate – The RUL Diversity Committee has received a prize from ALA for the
internship program with Lonny Johnson.