Minutes for June 5, 2009 Meeting

Katie Anderson, K.N. Au (remotely), Stephanie Bartz, Ed Berger, Natalie Borisovets, Jeanne Boyle, Jeris Cassel, Vib Bowman Cvetkovic (remotely), Kayo Denda, Mary Fetzer, Judy Gardner, Rebecca Gardner, Melissa Gasparotto, Valeda Dent Goodman, Sara Harrington, Karen Hartman, Qian Hu, Michael Joseph, Martin Kesselman, Triveni Kuchi, Linda Langschied, Haipeng Li, Jackie Mardikian, Laura Mullen, Jane Otto, Vincent Pelote (remotely), Wen-Hua Ren (remotely), Donna Schulman, Robert Sewell, Roberta Tipton, Ann Watkins (remotely), Mary Beth Weber, Myoung C. Wilson, Mark Winston

The meeting was called to order at 9:25 a.m.

1. The agenda was adopted as submitted.

2. Introduction of New Faculty and Guests

The following new faculty were introduced and welcomed:
Katie Anderson, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Robeson Library, Camden
Melissa Gasparotto, Area Studies Librarian, Alexander Library, New Brunswick
Haipeng Li, Associate Director, Dana Library, Newark

3. The minutes of the March 6, 2009 faculty minutes were approved with two additions to the attendee list, Martin Kesselman and Mary Beth Weber.

4. There was no unfinished business.

5. There was no new business.

6. Report of the University Librarian (M. Gaunt)


Fifteen (15) million dollars has been restored to the University budget; however the state budget has yet to be passed. The budget may be passed as early as June 22, 2009. The Governor may place qualifications on the funding, such as a cap on tuition, perhaps as low as three (3) percent. We anticipate that the Libraries budget may be reduced by approximately five (5) percent. More information will be forthcoming.

The New Jersey Knowledge Initiative (NJKI) budget will be significantly reduced. In terms of content, Academic Search Premier and Ref USA will be prioritized, while Business Source Premier will be cut. (For Business Source Premier, the Libraries had paid for this year before learning that NJKI would include it, so the Libraries will retain access for an additional year.)

State unions have accepted a salary freeze and ten (10) furlough days. This may put pressure on unions at the University to accept a wage freeze, although President McCormick has indicated that he will not institute furloughs. M. Gaunt noted that one state institution has considered closing for two weeks during the summer.

Deans Council Meeting

At the most recent Deans Council Meeting, the group discussed the Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Task Force Report. Vice-President Furmanski is asking deans for their recommendations relating to the report. These recommendations will then go to President McCormick, and on to the Board of Governors. In short, the report recommends contracts of one to five years for non-tenure track faculty with a promotion track. These contracts would be offered at the discretion of the dean. This issue will appear on the agenda of the June 2009 Planning and Coordinating Committee meeting. This type of position may not be available to the Libraries, if we read the report and think otherwise the University Librarian will have to make the case that such positions do indeed apply to the Libraries.

Issues Related to Diversity in the Libraries

The Committee is working with Director of Administrative Services Lila Fredenburg and Assistant Chancellor and Director of the Dana Library Mark Winston for a diversity plan for the Libraries which will include a faculty recruitment plan. Cabinet and the Planning and Coordinating Committee discussed submitting a plan for Target of Opportunity hires to Vice-President Furmanski. The Libraries have outlined proposals to bring one faculty member to each campus over the next three years; M. Gaunt welcomes additional ideas about the most outstanding needs on each campus.

ARL Meeting

M. Gaunt attended the ARL annual meeting in Houston, Texas from May 19-22, 2009. The program, titled “Transformational Times,” was largely devoted to collaboration, and the possibilities inherent in and impediments to enhanced collaboration among research libraries. Collaboration was explored in the context of ARL’s three major areas of focus: scholarly communication, public policy, and teaching and learning. Attendees heard a range of presentations and panel discussions with a keynote presentation by economic historian and University of Texas at Austin Professor James K. Galbraith entitled “Navigating a Turning Point in American Economic History.” Powerpoint and summaries of presentations will be placed on the ARL site, and a program overview can be found here: http://www.arl.org/events/currentmm/154overview.shtml#overview

Scholarly Communication Symposium

The program has been finalized for the October 9, 2009 symposium on scholarly communication to be held on the Cook campus. Vice President Furmanski will open the program and establish the context for the day’s discussion. Speakers will include Karla Hahn, ARL, and David Shulenberger, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. Karla Hahn will also moderate a panel of Rutgers faculty to include David Axelrod, Genetics; Meredith McGill, English; Marlie Wasserman, Rutgers University Press; and other faculty members. This panel will be followed by a question and answer session, and a wrap-up to the day’s discussion will be offered by Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Doug Greenberg.

Concluding Comments

M. Gaunt offered sincerely thanks to outgoing Faculty Coordinator K. Denda, commended K. Denda’s ideas and efforts to promote faculty engagement, and stated how much she enjoyed working with K. Denda. M. Gaunt went on to welcome incoming Faculty Coordinator V. Bowman and Deputy Faculty Coordinator J. Gardner.

7. Report of the Faculty Coordinator (K. Denda)

Outgoing Faculty Coordinator K. Denda offered thanks to M. Gaunt and V. Bowman, and stated how much she enjoyed working with the faculty and Cabinet members. On behalf of the Planning and Coordinating Committee, K. Denda extended a welcome to new faculty members.

K. Denda stated that the Planning and Coordinating Committee has just started to discuss issues related to workload. We must evaluate what we do and how we do it, not in terms of quantifying the amount of time spent on particular tasks, but rather with an eye to maximizing performance and bringing our best to the organization.

We are entering the second year of the reorganized Council structure. K. Denda offered thanks to User Services Council Chair J. Cassel and Library Resources Council Chair M. Fetzer for moving the Councils forward in their role as an advisory body to the University Librarian.

The Planning and Coordinating Committee has worked closely with the Committee on Scholarly Communication. While the Committee remains an ad hoc Committee, its work is of great significance, and the Planning and Coordinating Committee will continue to work with the Committee on its future status and direction.

Finally, K. Denda offered thanks to all and best wishes to incoming Faculty Coordinator V. Bowman and Deputy Faculty Coordinator J. Gardner.

8. There were no communications.

9. The Report of Members Serving on University Bodies (including Senators and Faculty Council representatives) were previously distributed via email.

There was one follow-up question relating to the activities of the New Brunswick Faculty Council Library Committee, which was addressed by T. Yang, who stated that he would resend a report on the activities of the Library Committee to the Libraries faculty email list.

10. The Reports of Standing Committees were previously distributed via email. There were no questions or follow-up discussion related to these reports.

11. The meeting was adjourned 10:28 at a.m.

After a short break, Ed Berger, Associate Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies, Dana Library, Newark, shared a wonderfully engaging and informative presentation about the history of the Institute of Jazz Studies, with a focus on its holdings relating to jazz great Benny Carter.
Thank you, Ed!

Respectfully submitted,
Sara Harrington
Acting on behalf of Jim Niessen, Faculty Secretary

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