Minutes of January 21, 2009 Meeting

Mary Beth Weber (chair), Lila Fredenburg, Tracey Meyer (recorder), Roberta Tipton (via videoconferencing), Donna Wertheimer (via videoconferencing), Marilyn Wilt
John Brennan, Sara Harrington, Christine Ingram, Holly Muller


  1. Review and Approval of October 15, 2008 meeting minutes
  2. Announcements
  3. Status of current programs and projects / Discussion of Future Programs and Projects
  4. Final Review of Committee Charge
  5. Outcomes and Conclusion

Executive Summary

The Committee discussed the status of current programs and redefining the committee's charge.

I. Review and Approval of October 15, 2008 meeting minutes

The minutes were approved for distribution via email to RUL_everyone.

II. Announcements

There were no announcements.

III. Status of Current Programs and Projects / Discussion of Future Programs and Projects

Marilyn Wilt stated that a Wiki for the State of the Libraries was created and an announcement made via the rul_everyone distribution list. Only two comments were posted to the Wiki and Marilyn send a second invitation to participate.

Marilyn worked on a new Diversity Resources Web page with Lila Fredenburg and Triveni Kuchi and encouraged all to visit the new pages. They can be found at http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/about/diversity/diversity.shtml. Highlights of the pages include the statement on the place of diversity within RUL and the diversity resources listings.

Marilyn conducted a workshop on Giving and Receiving Feedback at DANA as part of the Supervisory Development Series. She will meet with Mark Winston to plan more training sessions.

Marilyn discussed plans for a new employee gathering and orientation. Part of this new format will include assigning each new employee a mentor from outside their unit.

Within the scope of the Diversity Education Initiative, plans are being made to screen the PBS documentary film series "Race: the Power of Illusion." Faculty from various academic departments will be asked to facilitate discussions as part of the presentations.

Marilyn is working with a small group of participants on a pilot project for Sustained Dialogue Groups. The group decided they would like to participate in an ongoing sustained dialogue group around one topic that has yet to be determined.

The program on LGBT Social Justice Issues was very well received and suggestions were made for a follow up. Jenny Kurtz, from the Office of Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities (SJE), has offered to collaborate on future programs.

A leadership/management series of workshops has been proposed and will pilot at DANA. There will be a core group of workshops that will be offered to all participants and three possible tracks.

Several ideas for lunchtime seminars were discussed. A suggestion was made and discussed regarding having either a tech fair type of event or a series on how to use personal technology gadgets. We will again schedule an ALA Midwinter Debriefing session.

IV. Review of Committee Charge

A final revision of the committee charge was reviewed and approved.

V. Outcomes and Conclusion

The next meeting is on Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 2:00-3:30 in the Alexander Library Conference Room (third floor).

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