New Brunswick Libraries Faculty Meeting
January 13, 2006
9:30 AM - 11:50 AM


S. Bartz, E. Calhoun, J. Cassel, K. Denda, H. Dess, M. Fetzer, M. Foster, R. Gardner, M. Gaunt, S. Harrington, K. Hartman, R. Jantz, M. Kesselman, T. Kuchi, L. Langschied, P. Libutti, M. Lo, J. Mardikian, K. Mulcahy, L. Mullen, J. Niessen, F. Olin, P. Piermatti (recorder), F. Puniello, J. Sloan, E. Stec, F. Tehrani, W. Walker, R. Womack, C. Wu, Y. Zhang

Agenda :

  1. Adoption of the agenda
  2. Approval of the minutes of the November 17, 2005 meeting distributed by e-mail
  3. Discussion about RUL re-organization – M. Gaunt
  4. Director's Report – F. Puniello 
  5. NB ISG Report – J. Cassel, M. Kesselman
  6. NBLF Travel Status Report – M. Kesselman, J. Mardikian
  7. Announcements, updates – All
  8. Adjournment

Secretary: P. Piermatti

Meeting Notes:

  1. The agenda as distributed was adapted.
  2. The minutes of the November 17, 2005 meeting were approved as printed.
  3. Discussion about RUL re-organization
  4. Marianne Gaunt presented the following RUL reorganization plan:








    The group was in agreement with Marianne regarding the proposed RUL reorganization plan. Everyone agreed to move forward as much as possible in implementing the plan. Marianne will respond soon with details. Marianne will be speaking with Camden and Newark about this plan

  5. Director's Report
  6. Francoise thanked Mary Fetzer for her service; welcomed back Farideh and thanked her for assuming a new assignment. Searches for new East Asian Librarian, an instructional position and a humanities position. When Ron is settled into his new position, a social sciences data librarian search will go forward. A donor has generously given Douglass Library money to complete the multimedia study room. Francoise distributed the first page of the “Rutgers Editorial Style Guide for Print Materials”


    Everyone is invited to attend Nelson Chou’s retirement party on February 15 in the Pane Room.

  7. NB ISG Report
  8. Jeris thanked everyone who completed the survey (25 responses). Comments: Instruction essential, however, no consensus on how done, when done or who does. Jeris commented that we lack a framework for instruction. What are our goals for instruction? What are our objectives? We need to start thinking about these issues. “Transforming Undergraduate Education – A Taskforce Report” ( ) may serve as a model. Assessment is important. Perhaps a working group on assessment is needed. We need to review survey responses. It is time for NBL faculty to move forward and provide leadership in this area

    Some discussion. Jeris responded that it is necessary to concentrate on goals and objectives, and not allow implementation to hold us back. We have statistical assessment to do. With curricular changes, now is a good time to rethink. More discussion covering role of the Libraries in information literacy initiative, standardization, use of technology, gaming techniques and learning, our instructional audience, our teaching skills, utilization of University units such as the Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

    Jeris recommended a taskforce to consider the above. Comments made that information literacy, information competency is a discussion for teaching faculty and that RUL has a two-tiered system for provision of instruction. Another comment made that teaching faculty differ in their level of expectation of instructional services. Another comment - design a virtual environment that is transparent and easy to use; we focus too much on teaching about our digital resources.

    Finally the group agreed to have a taskforce consider the above. NBL faculty should think about who should serve on this taskforce.

  9. NBLF Travel Status Report – M. Kesselman, J. Mardikian
  10. Jackie Mardikian distributed a one page document entitled “New Brunswick Libraries Travel Procedures.” It was mentioned that $2600 in travel funds remain after ALA Mid-Winter disbursements. Send all travel requests to Charlene a month in advance of your travel.

  11. Announcements, updates, etc
  12. Jackie reminded the group to think about composition and names for the NBL search committee when Marianne is ready for that information.

  13. Adjournment
  14. The meeting was adjourned at 11:50 AM.

Respectfully submitted by Patricia A. Piermatti.