New Brunswick Libraries Faculty
Alexander Library Pane Room
April 11, 2003 - 9:30 a.m.

Attendees: Stephanie Bartz, Ellen Calhoun, Jeris Cassel, Howard Dess, Kayo Denda, Mary Fetzer, Rebecca Gardner, Hector Perez-Gilbe, Tom Glynn, Sara Harrington, Brian Hancock, Helen Hoffman, Ron Jantz, Marty Kesselman, Triveni Kuchi, Patricia Libutti, Mei Ling Lo, Jackie Mardikian (recorder), Kevin Mulcahy (Chair), Laura Mullen, Leslie Murtha, Jim Niessen, Ferris Olin, Pat Piermatti, Jane Sloan, Eileen Stec, Farideh Tehrani, Karen Wenk, Myoung C. Wilson, Connie Wu
Guest: Marianne Gaunt

  1. The purpose of this meeting is to have an open discussion with Marianne regarding the future of the Director's position, the transition stage and possible organizational models. Kevin distributed "Ideas from the March 28 Meeting, a compilation of ideas and suggestions the NBL librarians had voiced at the previous NBL meeting. He urged everyone to speak freely.
  2. Marianne is open to our ideas and encourages our input. This is a good opportunity to assess and change. She is also interested in hearing from Collection Services and Access Services staff, as well as from Newark and Camden. We have 2 very important vacancies at the Cabinet level. She wants to hear about how strongly we feel. How much talent do we currently have in the system to fill this position? Her goal is to make an announcement by the end of April as to who will fill the Interim Director position in the short term. She is looking for someone who can move in this position with the least amount of disruption and training. She is also looking for someone who has good credibility internally and externally. In the long term, she would like to post the position and fill it with an outside pool of candidates. Marianne mentioned that structural change due to a merger with UMDNJ and NJIT will not happen for another two to three years. The process has been slowed down. But, we will continue to plan for collaboration with the two institutions.
  3. Kevin asked for comments from the group. Several qualities of the new Director were voiced: good communication skills, open door policy, flat structure, team based approach, advocate to New Brunswick Libraries interests, someone who stimulates creativity, flexible person who can deal with ambiguity, someone who is an agent for advocacy and empowerment (President McCormick calls this "devolution of authority"), and someone who is knowledgeable in technology and new methods.
  4. If we go in the direction of filling the NB Director position, we will likely go with a national search firm, which will act as an intermediary and work with a library search committee. Marianne reminded us to inform her of any major changes in the scope of responsibility before the position is posted. She will be asking NB staff the same question. We need to tell the person about changes prior to bringing them in.
    She discussed her concerns about the budget, the graying of the profession, faculty status, and how to sell the organization to outside candidates.
  5. For the interim Director position Marianne would like to consult with the NB faculty Coordinator as well as two individuals from NB faculty: Rebecca as Deputy NBLF Chair/Chair Elect and Howard as the Chair of NBCG along with Kevin, NBLF Chair agreed to consult with Marianne in recommending an Interim Director.

If you have any private concerns, please contact Marianne, She wants our input.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.