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New Brunswick Libraries Faculty Meeting: Minutes of the July 24, 2009 Meeting

Present:
S. Bartz, J. Cassel, J. Consoli, K. Denda, M. Fetzer, J. Gardner, R. Gardner, M. Gasparotto, M. Kesselman, T. Kuchi (chair), H. Hoffman, T. Glynn, V. Goodman, S. Harrington, K. Hartman, Qian Hu, M. Lo (recorder), J. Mardikian, F. Puniello (guest), J. Sloan, G. Springs, E. Stec, M. Wilson, R. Womack, C. Wu

The chair called the meeting to order at 9:35 am.

The agenda was adopted with one change - Moving item no. 7 (Music Media Task Force report and discussion) to no. 5.

3. AUL /RIS report

AUL/RIS report was sent out by email.

a. Budget - We are still waiting for confirmation on the status of the budget. The music line remains frozen until we know when the line will be released. Voucher budget will be sent out in early August, instead of late August. The tentative voucher budget is based on budget reduction estimate, which is 7.1% cut for RIS.

b. Web Ethnography Project - Research phase comes to a close. Reports are put together based on interviews and surveys. The videos of interviews will be available and open to everyone. Next steps include gathering more feedback, identifying themes and issues for our website. Budgetary situation and staff constraints will have an impact on this project. Grace Agnew will be heavily involved in this project too. SCILS did a usability study for our web site before. SCILS may be involved in this project as well.

c. Undergraduate information literacy tutorial is completed. We are gathering feedback on this tutorial. Send comments to J. Cassel and S. Harrington.

4. NBLF chair's report

5. Music Media Task Force Report and discussion

J. Sloan shared a revised final report of Music Media Task Force.

Librarians and the administration generally approved the report. F. Puniello will continue to advise as to the viability of the final section in the report of suggested uses for specific spaces in the Douglass building.

6. Planning for 2009-2010 NBLF Goals

V. Goodman distributed the RUL goals, themes and action plan via email. RUL as a whole should try to integrate user-center focus to our activities. Considering the struggle with human resources in the last few years, an exploratory committee may be needed to review the ongoing and future needs that are tied to users' needs.

There is discussion on launching "brand experience" for our services and changing our culture and attitude. T. Kuchi mentioned that perhaps the group should emphasize activities around a co-goal with NBCG - liaison structuring and development. Any further thoughts on NBL goals should be emailed to T. Kuchi.

7. NBLF Structure and bylaws discussion

T. Kuchi, J. Consoli and M. Wilson reviewed NBLF programmatic and functional internal structure. V. Goodman points out that the Cabinet is currently reviewing the organizational structure of RUL. It is a good opportunity to study the NBL structure as well. J. Consoli, M. Wilson, T. Kuchi and M. Gasparotto will be the members of the focus team, which will have an in-depth review of any gaps that exist in the current NBL structure. Some of the concerns are the following: How can we more seamlessly fit a) multi-media in to our services? b) public services digital projects? c) user connections and sustainability into public services? Should we build interdisciplinary teams (that are not formed on ad hoc basis) for collections or for centers and institutes? How do we collaborate with other AULs while we report to AUL/RIS? What is the role of the chair of NBLF?

8. NBISSG Report and discussion

9. NBCG Report

A new listserv for NBCG members has been set up on Sakai.

10. Travel Committee Report

Money has been allocated to untenured librarians. R. Womack is collecting information on unfunded travel plans.

11. Announcements

M. Fetzer - There is an influx of new databases. Selectors are encouraged to inform the faculty on title-by-title basis. Team leaders are discussing some issues related to the ordering. Global announcements should be held off for another few weeks. Entire list of the database is on the T drive.

J. Consoli - Art Library is no longer accepting gifts.

The meeting was adjourned at 11: 35 am.



 
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