New Brunswick Libraries Faculty
Alexander Library Pane Room
March 28, 2003 - 9:30 a.m.

Attendees: Ellen Calhoun, Jeris Cassel, Joe Consoli, Kayo Denda, Mary Fetzer, Rebecca Gardner, Tom Glynn,Brian Hancock, Helen Hoffman, Ron Jantz, Marty Kesselman, Triveni Kuchi, Linda Langschied, Patricia Libutti, Mei Ling Lo (recorder), Jackie Mardikian, Kevin Mulcahy (Chair), Laura Bowering Mullen, Leslie Murtha, Ferris Olin, Penny Page, Pat Piermatti, Francoise Puniello, Jane Sloan, Farideh Tehrani, Ryoko Toyama, Lourdes Vazquez, Karen Wenk, Myoung C. Wilson, Connie Wu

  1. Approval of Minutes from February 28, 2003 (sent as email attachment on 3/17/03)

  2. Directors' Reports - R. Toyama & F. Puniello
    F. Puniello: Regarding the D21 project, the top floor was emptied. Demolition will start at the second week of April.
    R. Toyama thanked everybody for supporting her lifespan and career plan.
    She attended the Association for East Asian Cataloging Conference to celebrate the 20th anniversary of CJK thesaurus project which she worked on. The CJK thesaurus is now a reality and is being carried on by a younger generation of professionals.

  3. Director's plans for her last two months at RUL, comments on the transition, questions and answers - R. Toyama
  4. Announcements.


  5. Open Discussion of transition (an opportunity to discuss the director's position, organizational models, and other pertinent issues prior to April 11 meeting with Marianne Gaunt) -K. Mulcahy
    At 10:15 am, F. Puniello and R. Toyama were excused for the rest of the meeting.

    K. Mulcahy reported that the chairs of NB steering groups and a few other dept heads met with Marianne with an emphasis that the NB library faculty will support the transition and want to get involved in the discussion. M. Gaunt is considering a national search, which may include using a search firm.

    The discussion was then open to the floor. Some librarians listed the essential credentials for the candidate. For example, the director should be someone with good administrative skills, whom we can talk to directly and who know technology. The person should also be familiar with tenure process and know how to work with librarians who have faculty status. The person should be strongly committed to education and our multi-faceted roles in the university.

    L. Langschied gave the group a brief presentation on a proposed new model of the RUL administrative structure. There was a spirited discussion on the model and the role of the NB library faculty in the structure.

    The group has decided to have an ad hoc committee to come up with more concrete suggestions before NB library faculty meet with M. Gaunt on April 11. The members of the ad hoc committee are M. Kesselman, R. Jantz, J. Sloan, T. Kuchi, K. Denda and J. Consoli. K. Wenk will set up a discussion board for the group to continue our dialog about the issue. Details of the discussion board will be sent to the group.

    All the faculty are encouraged to participate in the discussion and voice their opinions.

  6. Adjournment:
    Meeting adjourned at 11:35 am.

    Respectfully submitted, Mei Ling Lo 4/2/03