The Role of Representatives and Representation on RUL Committees and Working Groups

  1. Information sharing
    • This includes communications in both directions: communicating the discussions and actions of the body back down the line to their own constituents, as well as reporting to the body on the discussions and actions of their constituents.
  1. Representation of varying divisions within the libraries (Access Services, Reference, Tech Services, etc.)
    • Each group or division inside RUL brings its own set of circumstances and perspective, knowledge and perspective to the larger body, which serves to prevent decision-making in a silo.
  1. Representation of various campus interests
    • Multi-campus representation on system-wide bodies serves to democratize committee decision-making across RUL, and prevent one campus from being excluded from decision-making on those issues that effect everyone.
  1. Communication for the purpose of coordination of efforts and/or avoiding duplication
    • The information sharing (ideally) serves a dual purpose in preventing groups from duplicating efforts or making decisions without all of the relevant system-wide information.
  1. Lobbying/promoting interests of groups being represented
    • Individual campus libraries and groups may have particular needs that must be communicated to the larger system-wide bodies in the hopes of affecting change. Representation on larger bodies by individual groups and campuses provides a mechanism to promote these needs and interests.
  1. Bringing forward items from constituents for consideration
    • The representative contributes agenda items for the body on which s/he serves based on communication with fellow members of the unit or campus.

June 2012

Last updated: June 2012
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