June 15, 2006
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Stephanie Bartz, Ellen Calhoun, Jeris Cassel, Howard Dess, Mary Fetzer, Judy Gardner, Marianne Gaunt (Guest), Tom Glynn, Karen Hartman, Marty Kesselman, Mary Ann Kruglinski, Triveni Kuchi (recorder), Linda Langschied, Mei Ling Lo, Jackie Mardikian (Chair), Laura Mullen, Kevin Mulcahy, Jim Niessen, Penny Page, Patricia Piermatti, John Shepard, Jane Sloan, Farideh Tehrani, Ryan Womack.
- Meeting Agenda was adopted without any changes. Minutes from the previous meeting distributed via email were accepted.
- There was no report from the Director for this meeting.
- Marianne Gaunt (MIG) was asked to discuss the NBLF recommendations regarding the issues of name change for New Brunswick Libraries Faculty and hiring of an AUL for Instructional and Research Services as top priority.
- MIG said that the reasoning behind considering a name change for the current New Brunswick Libraries Faculty (NBLF) to Instructional and Research Services (IRS) was primarily a step towards moving along the general trends that other libraries are following. However, she offered NBLF the choice to decide about the name change by themselves.
- Discussion about name change ensued: The implications on the reporting structures of Newark and Camden library faculty in the event of NBLF reporting to IRS, were raised. The idea that the name NBLF presents "some continuity" (in terms of identity) to librarians that work here as the reorganization takes place was also mentioned. The point that this body does primarily serve the New Brunswick/Piscataway campus areas was considered a good reason to continue with this name. Another comment reminded everyone that NBLF was not only a functional unit, but has worked for the past ten years (from the previous reorganization effort) to come together and work as group. The name New Brunswick Libraries Faculty reflects this effort and identity.
- A motion for "not changing the name of New Brunswick Libraries Faculty" was presented, seconded and voted on by NBLF. The motion carried through with majority support for not changing the name of New Brunswick Libraries Faculty.
- MIG affirmed that the position of AUL for Instructional and Research Services would be top priority once the budget situation gets clarified. According to her, this position is part of the infrastructure of RUL and therefore very high on her priorities to fill the position. MIG requested librarians to network and add potential candidate names for this position to be reviewed by the search committee. She also announced that Planning and Coordinating, Rules of Procedure, and Cabinet will be holding a meeting on June 21st to discuss implications of the reorganization on the RUL organizational structure and RUL Bylaws. This will be one of the first of such meetings.
- Jackie Mardikian and Jane Sloan led a discussion about meeting schedules. It was mentioned that NBL meetings should be conducted every month. The past year was very busy for NBLF and a number of specially arranged meetings had to be conducted. Meeting on a monthly basis was mentioned as important during these times of reorganization and budget cuts. Meeting more often would provide the opportunity for NBLF to discuss and bring issues of importance or concern to the forefront. The group therefore did not feel the need to revise the NBLF bylaws at this point. Jane stressed the importance of participating in the reorganization process for NBLF. She will be sending out a meeting schedule soon.
- It was agreed that NBLF meetings should be the forum to announce and discuss brief reports from NBCG and ISSG. Kevin Mulcahy and Marty Kesselman presented brief summaries about activities from NBCG and Electronic Resources Task force.
- NBLF applauded Jackie Mardikian's yeomen service as chair and heartily welcomed Jane Sloan to lead this group through the coming reorganization and trying budget times.
Respecfully submitted by