New Brunswick Libraries Faculty Meeting: Minutes of the December 12, 2008 Meeting

S. Bartz, K. Denda, M. Fetzer, J. Gardner, R. Gardner, T. Glynn, K. Hartman, T. Izbicki, T. Kuchi, M.L. Lo, J. Mardikian, K. Mulcahy, L. Mullen, J. Niessen, J. Sloan (Chair) M. Wilson, R. Womack, C. Wu (Recorder).

1. Agenda was adopted.

2. November 14th meeting minutes need some revision. The final version will be sent to S. Bartz.

3. NB Faculty Line Needed, Cluster hires and Diversity hires

Currently, Hiring an Associate Director of Dana Library is in the process under the diversity hires. NBL should use the diversity hire or cluster hire opportunities to fill desperately needed vacant positions.

According to MG articulated at the Planning and Coordinating Committee, the Diversity hire is supported 50% salary by the University for three years. It has to be someone with accomplishments in the area. MG has to make the case to VP of the University for an approval. A diversity hire does not go through the regular hire process which means, if approved, the candidate will be hired immediately.

In NBL, some colleagues have suggested that area studies or business librarian positions might be areas that could be addressed in this way. K. Denda had contacted a Latin American Librarian at UCLA and identified five librarian names in Latina studies area. The Search Committees for the Area Studies and Business have also received a few diversity applications. We need to present our written proposal to MG and VDG by Wed. Dec. 17th.

An intensive discussion occurred. The following are some questions from the discussion:

  1. What is the procedure to create an administrative position at RUL?
  2. Is the administrative position in consideration a RUL tenure track position?
  3. How such approach would affect the equal opportunities?
  4. What is the definition of the diversity hires?
  5. What are dialog or communication channels at RUL for search committees to pursue such opportunities? We know many teaching departments have been trying to hire new faculties using diversity cluster hires, but library faculty members have not been educated about it.
  6. Why there is no transparent approach in such a special job creation and hiring opportunity? Where is the faculty governing in the process?
  7. Why RUL needs to create a brand new position at the current budget situation? RUL should use the diversity hire opportunity to hire front line librarians and fill the needed vacant positions.
  8. Can NBL works with related departments to create the Area Studies Librarian position using cluster hires?
  9. How many diversity hire positions RUL can get?

After the discussion, the decisions were made as follows:

  1. Forward five names from the recommendations by the UCLA librarian and identified diversity applicant names by the search committees for the Business Librarian and Area Studies to MG and VDG;
  2. J. Consoli will contact the Latin American studies department and related departments to see if there is any possibility to do cluster hires. If it is possible, VDG will formally contact the department chairs.
  3. A written proposals to MG and VDG will be submitted by Wed. Dec. 17th
  4. J. Sloan will bring NBL faculty's concerns and suggestions to the Planning and Coordinating Committee meeting on Wed. Dec. 17th

4. NBISG Report - Glynn

Take out the sentence: "Its second goal is to provide reference in new and different formats" from Nov. 14th meeting minutes.

Two goals for this year set by NBISG need to be discussed in the near future because six months already passed.

5. Announcements

Mulcahy: Dec. NBCG meeting may be canceled if there are no urgent agenda items.

Fetzer: There is no promotion action this year, so there will be no tenured faculty meeting in Jan.

6. Meeting adjourned at 11:00am.

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