New Brunswick Libraries Faculty Meeting
November 17 , 2005
Present: Stephanie Bartz, Ellen Calhoun, Jeris Cassel, Kayo Denda, Mary Fetzer, Constance Finley, Rebecca Gardner, Tom Glynn, Tony Joachim, Karen Hartmen, Marty Kesselman, Triveni Kuchi, Ron Jantz, Linda Langschied, Patricia Libutti, Mei Ling Lo, Jackie Mardikian (Chair), Kevin Mulcahy, Laura Mullen, Patricia Piermatti, Penny Page, Francoise Puniello, John Shepard, Jane Sloan (recorder) Ryan Womack, Connie Wu, Ying Zhang
1-2. Agenda adopted and minutes of September 9, 2005 and October 5, 2005 approved.
3. University Librarian Marianne Gaunt offered some comments/questions on the previously distributed email “Proposed AUL for Academic Research and New Brunswick Libraries Faculty,” dated October 28, 2005. She expressed concerns about the relationship of research to instruction, wouldn’t it be part of leadership in research as well? Should there be an elevated instruction position? Similar question was posed about collection development. What about preservation, should it go with collection development? Would an AUL for research confuse the many issues that overlap both undergraduate education and research? Faculty Chair Mardikian asserted that the faculty leaves the coordination of these concepts in the administrative team to Gaunt. Gaunt did agree with the general concept of NBLF reporting to a central administrator, and indicated that over the years NBLF had reported in faculty groups other than they do now. She will also determine the composition of the AUL for Budget and Personnel, and will resolve all these administrative team questions by December.
4. Director’s report. Puniello announced two major building proposals: an addition to the Annex, and new combined science libraries building. She also stated that the Humanities and East Asian Studies Librarians are moving forward, search committees have been appointed, but the Social Science Data position is being delayed as it impinges on another potential position for Digital Preservation.
5. Jeris Cassel and Marty Kesselman. Instruction brainstorming will be delayed in favor of an anonymous survey of NB librarians about the instruction program.
6. Kevin Mulcahy initiated discussion of the current proposal for restructuring of undergraduate education. It will create one set of admissions and degree requirements common to all the colleges and allow them to focus on living and learning communities. Effect on libraries may occur in areas of donations and fund raising. Otherwise, the group believed the libraries were ahead on this one, being very involved with undergraduates via reference and instruction.
December 1, 2005