Minutes for June 18, 2012 Meeting

Grace Agnew, Stephanie Bartz, Ron Becker, Natalie Borisovets, Jeanne Boyle, Melissa De Fino, Tom Frusciano, Judy Gardner, Marianne Gaunt (University Librarian), Tom Glynn, Karen Hartman, Tom Izbicki, Melissa Just, Nancy Kranich, Elizabeth Lester, Megan Lotts, Jackie Mardikian, Laura Mullen, Jill Nathanson, Jim Niessen (Faculty Coordinator), Jane Otto, Francoise Puniello, Caryn Radick, Keir Reavie, Donna Schulman, Robert Sewell, Gene Springs, Li Sun, Farideh Tehrani, Sandra Troy, Minglu Wang, Mary Beth Weber, Krista White, Myoung Wilson, Mark Winston (remote), Ryan Womack (Deputy Faculty Coordinator), Tao Yang (Secretary)
Wen-Hua Ren

1. The meeting was called to order at 9:22am.

2. Introduction of New Faculty and Guests

Gaunt introduced three new faculty members: Megan Lotts (Art Librarian, RIS), Krista White (Digital Humanities Librarian, Dana), Anders Griffen (Project Archivist, IJS).

3. Approval of the Minutes - March 9, 2012

The March minutes were approved.

4. Old Business

Senate Open Access Policy Initiative (Otto and Mullen)

Otto and Mullen gave an update on the OA policy initiative: they have presented the draft policy to faculty groups on three campuses. The policy has been revised and will be vetted by the University Counsel. The full Senate will vote on the policy on October 19. They also shared their experiences of talking to faculty about the policy, reported on the RUL faculty deposit pilot, and discussed how to move forward. They will distribute the draft policy, a handout about the policy, and the presentation slides to RUL faculty by email after the meeting.

Non-Tenure Track Faculty (Gaunt)

The RUL report on NTT appointment/promotion criteria and procedures is due to the EVPAA on July 26. Gaunt described the progress so far: A full faculty meeting was held in May, when Karen Stubaus, the Associate VP for Academic Affairs came and spoke at the meeting. The Planning and Coordinating Committee had several meetings on this topic. She hoped that today's discussion can lead to a draft. Another full faculty meeting on NTT will be held in mid-July.

Niessen led the discussion with a list of six questions. Here are some of the main comments received about each question.

About the rationale for NTT appointment:

About the ranks for NTT:

About the Librarian of Practice title, some people did not like it. Others thought this issue is not important and the discussion ended there.

About the support for NTT professional development:

About the reappointment process:

About the promotion process:

5. New Business

Faculty Conversations (Kranich and the Liaison Action Team)

A working group (consisting of Kranich, Denda, Just, Springs, and Wilson) of the Liaison Action Team planned three campus conversations, focusing on undergraduate education. They invited 92 people and 40 attended, including three VPs, several deans, several department chairs, teaching faculty, and program directors. The conversations were moderated by Kranich and attended by the working group members. A standard series of questions were asked, not limited to library issues. The working group observed:

Kranich also shared some of the thank you notes received after the conversations. The working group is planning for the next steps, which will involve other RUL faculty.

6. Report of the University Librarian

Gaunt announced that James Hilton, the CIO of the University of Virginia will talk about the DPN (Digital Preservation Network) on July 19 at 9:30am at SCC (an email announcement will go out after the meeting).

Grace Agnew went to the White House for a program on the president's initiative for broadband access, as the only librarian in the program (Agnew shared her experience at the program and at the NSF meeting).

The Rutgers-UMDNJ-Rowan restructuring bill moved forward in the state Senate despite the oppositions voiced at the Higher Education Committee hearing.

Faculty Coordinator Niessen is stepping down. Gaunt thanked him for his service.

7. Report of the Faculty Coordinator

Niessen reported on the progress made to the annual goals of the Planning and Coordinating Committee: the Committee has been in conversations with the USC and CSC about implementing new liaison roles; digital services will be on the agenda of the next Cabinet meeting; a report on the mentoring program has been updated and will incorporate the group mentoring. In addition, the RUL faculty passed the resolution on the Rowan/Rutgers-Camden merger proposal; a new document on the roles of representatives will be posted online and linked from the "Committee/Task Force Template" page (a link to the Template page will also be added to all committee pages). He thanked the Committee members for their help during his term as the Faculty Coordinator.

8. Communications

There was no communication.

9. Reports of Members Serving on University Bodies

The reports were distributed electronically prior to the meeting. There was no question or discussion.

10. Reports of Standing Committees

The reports were distributed electronically prior to the meeting. There was no question or discussion.

10. Adjourn Business Meeting

The meeting was adjourned at 11:50am.

Submitted by Tao Yang, Faculty Secretary

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