New Brunswick Libraries Faculty Meeting
March 10, 2006
Bartz, Brown, Calhoun, Denda, Dess, Gardner, Glynn, Hartman. Kruglinski, Lo, Mardikian, Mulcahy, Mullen, Olin, Piermatti, Puniello, Shepard, Tehrani, Womack, Wilkins, Wu, Zhang.
The agenda was adopted with modification (#5 NBISSG Report was tabled as Cassel and Kesselman were attending another meeting).
Mary Ann Kruglinski, a new Librarian V at Alex, was introduced.
The minutes of the January 13, 2006 meeting were approved.
Acting Associate New Brunswick Librarian Tehrani made no report.
Acting New Brunswick Librarian Puniello reported that:
- Construction at the Douglass Library for a new group study room and a multimedia resources room, donated by two Douglass alumnae, is moving forward. A committee is developing a program document for the multimedia resources room.
- Implications of the President’s recommendations found in the Transforming Undergraduate Education Report were being examined, i.e., librarian representation on implementation committees, librarian representation and participation as Fellows, transfer of Geology Department from Busch to Cook campus, etc. She will meet with Qualls, Beals and Smith in early April to discuss this further.
- The President announced in the report that Ferris Olin had been asked (along with Judith K. Brodsky) to direct the new Institute for Women and Art.
- Plans are being made for a possible 8% budget cut, though expectations are that it may be a lower amount. It is anticipated that this will be a bad year for the State. RUL is investigating ways to handle the potential loss, including pre-paying for items in this fiscal year and using salary savings as a give back.
- The bond issue for higher education facilities may be coming up soon.
Discussion on the findings of the LibQual Report focused primarily on suggestions for RUL marketing and public relations:
- Include information about RUL in all new employee information sessions and packets
- Initiate one-on-one contact with new faculty
- Provide information about EndNote
- Develop or use previously created video as a library orientation
- Create informational messages on pay stubs
- Insert flyers into college newspapers
- Link librarian pages to departmental pages.
Information about the proposed reorganization of RUL and its impact on the NBL organizational structure were discussed. This is a transition period; on July 1, the new structure will become effective; Gaunt is developing job descriptions for the two AULs and selecting a search firm. Puniello is already taking on the duties of the new AUL for IRS.
Selection of next year’s NBL officers will be made through an electronic nomination and balloting process, despite the suggestion made at the April 2005 NBLF meeting to establish a Nominating Committee. All agreed that the Chair and Deputy Chair serve, de facto, in this role, in any case.
- Denda: Harry Glazer heads the RUL Marketing/PR Committee, which expects to review a proposed marketing plan by business school students at the end of the month and then make its own recommendations
- Womack: Factiva representative will meet with RUL representatives in the afternoon.
- Mulcahy: Humanities Librarian search is proceeding.
- Wu: East Asian Librarian search is moving forward.
The next faculty meeting is scheduled for May 12, to be followed by a tenured faculty meeting.