New Brunswick Libraries (NBL) Faculty Meeting October 15, 2004
9:30am Pane Room, Alexander Library, CAC

Attendees: Ellen Calhoun, Howard Dess, Mary Fetzer, Brian Hancock, Karen Hartman, Sara Harrington, William Hemmig, Ron Jantz, Marty Kesselman, Triceni Kuchi, Mei Ling Lo, Jackie Mardikian, Kevin Mulcahy, Laura Mullen, Jim Niessen, Francoise Puniello, John Shepard, Eileen Stec, Farideh Tehrani, Lourdes Vazquez, Connie Wu (recorder).

Agenda

1. The agenda was approved.

2. The minutes of the previous NBL Faculty meeting were approved.

3. Director's Report (F. Puniello)

We have salary savings $164,000 this fiscal year. MG gave permission to spend half of them for special projects, such as wiring in Chang Lib, LSM furniture. We may get some additional funding in the spring.

The University Fire Dept. went through thelibraries inspecting the fire sprinkle system. The Special Collection and LSM did not pass the test. We need to find $150,000 to bring those libraries up to code.

F. Tehrani and F. Puniello had meetings with the deans and chairs of academic departments to discuss about services to undergraduates. Most of them appreciate library services.

4. Update on FASIP (F. Puniello)

The timetable and program document were distributed. The program document was from previous year. The tenured librarians will nominate the members of a Peer Evaluation Committee and all full-time members holding the rank of library III or above will participate in the election by secret ballot. After evaluation, the Committee members will send their recommendations to the director.

The criteria from the previous year were reviewed and discussed. Some people asked if we should publicize the result of FASIP. Since the time is too short for this time, we will consider opening the discussion in the future FASIP.

5. Report on Undergraduate Education Conference (J. Niessen)

Several hundred faculty members including some librarians attended the New Brunswick Faculty Council's seventh annual conference on undergraduate education on Oct. 6th. This year's conference was devoted to the preliminary findings of a task force studying all aspects of undergraduate education on NB campuses. The study found that there are quite a few differences in admissions standards and transfer students among various colleges and campuses. Faculty members have no role to play in admission and recruitment process. Some recommendations were made as follows:

  1. Establishing a admission policy committee;
  2. NB faculty Council should be involved with undergraduate admissions. The involvement should include libraries;
  3. There should be a vice president for undergraduate education;
  4. Make class locations near students' residences.

Some discussions were followed.

6. Facilities Improvement (K. Mulcahy)

Some of library buildings are really unappealing. Please try to identify the ugly spots in your building and develop strategies to make libraries more attractive to our users.

A discussion followed. Some suggested that people from other buildings should look at various libraries with fresh eyes; some suggested to open coffee or food bars in libraries; some talked about working with RUCS to control public free printing; some proposed to establish priorities in which areas need to be done and thinking creative ways to bring students to libraries; some mentioned to reconfigure library spaces; and some suggested to set up a small committee for the issue.

7. Future Meetings--(K. Mulcahy)

Meeting on Nov. 19 will be at LSM.

Meeting in Dec. will be at Douglass.

Meeting in Jan. will be at Chang.

The librarians at each location will prepare coffee and refreshment.

Please forward your suggestions for demonstrations or other programs at NBL meetings to K. Mulcahy.

8. Announcements

There were no announcements.

9. The meeting was adjourned at 11:00am and the NBL Tenured Faculty Meeting followed.

Respectfully submitted,

Connie Wu