New Brunswick Libraries Faculty Meeting: Minutes of the May 15, 2009 Meeting

Stephanie Bartz, Jeris Cassel, Joseph Consoli, Kayo Denda, Mary Fetzer, Rebecca Gardner, Melissa Gasparotto, Tom Glynn, Valeda Dent Goodman, Sara Harrington, Tom Izbicki, Karen Hartman, Martin Kesselman, Triveni Kuchi, Mei Ling Lo, Jackie Mardikian (recorder), Jim Niessen, Jane Sloan (Chair), Eileen Stec, Myoung Wilson, Ryan Womack

1. Adoption of agenda-the agenda was approved.

2. Email Report of the AUL for RIS. V. Dent

Valeda explained the budget situation. The four positions (Music and Performing Arts Librarian, and the three staff positions in Media, Chang Access Services and Imaging Services) are still being held. Valeda is still working on the target reduction of 15-20% for the below the line budget. Jeanne Boyle's committee is still examining this area as well. The Ethnography project is progressing well. The surveys are completed with 7,000 respondents have been received. Librarians and staff will be involved in the interviewing process during the summer months.

3. Report of the chair. J. Sloan

An NBLF ballot is going out for the 5 open positions.
Myoung and Triveni will give the re-organization report at the next meeting.
Jane asked if we wanted the Work Load Report document by the Union discussed at our next meeting.
This item will be discussed at the Planning and Coordinating Committee meeting.

4. Travel issues. R. Womack

Ryan sent around the travel report for us to see. We are totally spent out. The idea on the table to eliminate travel funding for tenured librarians with possible funding for non-tenured librarians, with administrative travel funding cut in half was discussed. This item will also be discussed at the next Planning and Coordinating Committee meeting. There was much concern about the adverse effects of this plan including the impact on faculty output. Examining the percentage proportioned for tenured versus non-tenured librarians may be a fairer strategy than singling out a particular group and reversing the plan once the economic situation improves. Kayo will bring our concerns and ideas to the next Planning and Coordinating Committee meeting.

5. SRA's and Sabbaticals. V. Dent

Because of financial constraints, sabbaticals and in particular SRA's will be more closely scrutinized. These are benefits and not entitlements. Determining and evaluating merit needs to mesh with the overarching library mission. Much discussion followed about the value and importance of research and scholarship. The reasons for creating the SRA were discussed. They fit well in keeping with our liaison responsibilities. It was recommended that Planning and Coordinating charge the Research Leave Committee to re-examine the content of the policy. Kayo reminded us that this is another agenda item at their next meeting.

6. Target of opportunity hires. V. Dent

Essentially a diversity hire, this type of line is funded 50% by the University and 50% by the Libraries. After three years, the Libraries will pay the full salary of these faculty lines. We were asked to identify individuals who can bring special expertise and asset to the organization. These new roles need to mesh with the strategic goals of the Libraries.

7. NBISG Report T. Glynn

Tom reported that the virtual reference pilot will start in the Music Library in the summer. The consensus about moving the Unit Computing Specialists to Systems seems to be that it is a bad idea. The NB PC Coordination Team will join NBISSG and will work on re-writing the job descriptions of the Unit Computing Specialists and re-naming the positions to "Information and Computing Specialists".

The meeting adjourned at 11:00 am followed by a Tenured faculty Meeting. As time ran out, items 8 - 10 were not discussed.

8. NBCG Report K. Mulcahy

9. NB Access Services Report. J. Gardner

10. NB Multimedia Services Report. J. Sloan

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