Just announced recent changes to RUL's travel policy and procedures. NBL will no longer have separate line item budgets for travel. Instead, the AUL-RIS will receive a single travel budget to divide for faculty, staff, and system-wide travel. There will also be a single travel request form for all applicants. This change will not affect the amount of money available for travel, only the distribution process.
The position description and search committees for the Instructional Design Librarian and Chemistry & Physics Librarian have been established. The position for the Music & Performing Arts Librarian will be posted soon. Anyone interested in participating in the interview process (breakfast, lunch, tours, etc.) for these positions are welcome to contact Just.
UMDNJ integration teams are meeting on a regular basis. The Public Services Team is responsible for examining and unifying public service policies and services across the system. It is also creating a budget for anticipated costs of the merger and expansion of services (such as web-scale discovery). A joint meeting of the teams will be convened in January to report on their progress.
A READ Scale Implementation Task Force has been established to examine and make recommendations for a system-wide implementation of the READ scale reference assessment program. The task force will convene after the new year.
Bartz distributed and reviewed a series of proposed revisions to the NBLF bylaws. Revisions included: the addition of a preamble, movement of a statement on organizational structure to a note, replacement of librarian titles with "all faculty", the addition of tenure as an eligibility requirement for chair of NBCG and NBISG, and removal of reference to voting eligibility requirements. The changes were approved with one abstention.
As new openings are created by retirements, Mardikian encouraged all NBLF members to reflect on what new roles they would like see within RUL. In particular, she asked everyone to consider emerging librarianship roles that will be required to build new services and help lead RUL into the future. This issue will be discussed in more detail at the next meeting.
Mullen announced that the Rutgers open access policy is expected to be signed on January 11th.
Denda announced that planning is underway for Rutgers' 250th anniversary in 2016 and encouraged all to think about ideas on how the Libraries might participate. An RUL committee might be appointed for this purpose.
R. Gardner announced that the Rutgers Day planning committee will be meeting January 9th in the Pane Room of Alexander to discuss ideas for library participation.
Kesselman announced that the Liberian Studies Association conference will be held at the Bloustein School from April 4th-6th.
Meeting adjourned at 11:45am
Respectfully submitted by Joseph Deodato