Minutes of November, 21 2014 Meeting

Stephanie Bartz, Natalie Borisovets, Joseph Deodato (recorder), Bonnie Fong (remote), Rebecca Gardner, Tom Glynn, Yu-Hung Lin (co-chair), Christine Lutz, Kerry O'Rourke, Jane Otto (guest), Cathy Pecoraro, Jane Sloan, Elizabeth Surles (remote), Jeff Teichmann (guest), Roberta Tipton (co-chair)

1. Approval of the Agenda

Agenda was unanimously approved.

2. Approval of Minutes

Minutes were approved with amendments.

3. READ Update

Borisovets reported on the progress of the READ Scale Working Group. READ (Reference Effort Assessment Data) is a six- point scale for recording the effort, skills, techniques, and tools utilized by a librarian during a reference transaction. In order to gain a better understanding of how to apply the scale, the group analyzed 741 unique reference questions collected from all public service points over the course of three write-down days. Based on this analysis, the group made some slight modifications to the scale in order to better accommodate local needs. Borisovets distributed a copy of the modified scale which included an outline of the scoring rubric, examples, and sample questions. Next steps include determining what additional types of transactional information need to be recorded, selecting software for data collection, and scheduling staff training. After software requirements have been finalized, the group will consult with technical staff to select a product. They will then begin scheduling staff training and progressively phasing READ in at each RUL unit. The timeline for roll out will be determined once the software has been selected.

4. Media Team Charge

Sloan and Otto presented an updated draft charge for the Media Team. The new charge focuses on aspects of collection development and user services needed to support RUL liaisons and includes:

  1. Determining the appropriate mix of physical and streaming media considering issues related to cost, access, quality, and availability
  2. Developing a coordinated approach to media collection building that takes into account the needs, roles, and workflows of course instructors and library selectors
  3. Developing and maintaining participation in local media-related institutional collaborations like NJVid and the VALE Digital Media Committee
  4. Planning informational workshops, demonstrations, and tutorials on media topics for course instructors and library selectors
  5. Advocating for best practices in fair use of media collections in research and teaching

Upon discussion, it was agreed that one item included in the original charge (support for the creation of library video tutorials) was beyond the scope of the team and be removed. It was further agreed that the appointed team should have a strong public services orientation but include representatives from technical services and library systems. Members will be appointed by the AULs.

5. Brief Goals Review

The committee reviewed the mid-year status of its activities for 2014-2015:

Sponsor training on special topics for RUL librariansIn ProcessTwo of four planned training sessions have been completed
Reconstitute the Media Team with a new charge/td>In ProcessNew charge has been completed and approved; membership to be determined by AULs
Implement READIn ProcessREAD working group has been created and is steadily working toward implementation
Review addition of "My Account" feature to RUL mobileIn Process"My Account" has been implemented and awaiting USC review
USC will participate in the review and evaluation of Articles+CompleteUSC reviewed results of user testing and approved recommended changes to the interface
Implement VuFind as the discovery interface to Rutgers collectionsIn ProcessVuFind has been installed and is currently being customized
Provide feedback on the HathiTrust implementationIn ProcessTask force has been formed to investigate impact of HathiTrust on RUL public services

6. AUL & IIS Director Reports

No AULs were present to report.

7. Announcements and Committee Updates

Pecoraro announced that the move of DTS from Alexander to TSB will take place in two phases. The first phase will take place on December 9th and the second will take place the first week of January.

Bartz provide an update on LCC activities which include VuFind customization, software testing for the Sirsi upgrade, and providing feedback on the new mobile "My Account" features.

Surles announced that EAD finding aids will soon be accessible from a new search portal served by RUcore.

Fong announced that Dana librarians are currently working on a project where they're exploring iPad apps relevant to the teaching/learning process.

8. Review and Future Agenda Items

Next meeting is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 19th. Possible agenda item may include a report from ICOP on the revision of ACRL information literacy standards.

9. Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 12:00pm.

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