LAUC-B Executive Committee 1992/93(11) April 21, 1993 MINUTES Present: E. Byrne, W. Diamond, M. Drabkin, G. Handman (Chair), R. Lhermitte, R. Moon, G. Peete, A. Sevetson (Recorder), P. Stewart, K. Vanden Heuvel, A. Youmans Absent: L. Osegueda Guests: L. Castillo-Speed, C. Delgado, D. Kearney Announcements: R. Moon has accepted the position of AUL for Public Service and has resigned from the LAUC-B Executive Committee due to the time constraints of his new position. As a result of this, there will be three slots for LAUC-B Executive Committee membership in the May election. W. Diamond reported on the progress of the Library Cultures report. The document has been reviewed and commented on by the LAUC Executive Committee and has also been reviewed by a sounding board. The next level of review within the library was discussed, including the possibility/desirability of a separate round of discussions by LAUC members (in an all-LAUC forum, brown bag, etc.). Ongoing business: LAUC-B Task Force on Cultural Diversity - The task force presented its recommendations to the Executive Committee. In surveying other campuses, the Task Force found considerable variations in the structure and nature of committees established to address cultural diversity issues. Berkeley seems to be unique among campuses in not having a committee of some sort to deal with diversity issues. The recommendations put forward by the Task Force include the constitution of two standing committees: a LAUC-B Committee to address the types of public service and collections concerns and projects outlined in the statewide report "Many Voices of Diversity," and a second committee on diversity and affirmative action, which would include staff, and which would address broader library-wide concerns. The recommendations were discussed at length. While the importance of constituting a working group within the library to deal with diversity issues was recognized, there was some question regarding the advisability of creating two new committees, particularly in light of current staffing shortages and increased workload demands. The possibility of a joint LAUC/staff working group was discussed. G. Handman will discuss the concept of involving staff on a LAUC committee with D. Gregor. Proposals for Restructuring Grants for Professional Development - D. Kearney presented a list of possible scenarios for restructuring the travel funding process developed by the Research and Professional Development Committee. In considering the options presented by R&PD, the Executive Committee tentatively identified a number of principles which it favored: a) the retention of a ranking based on the nature and level of participation in the activity, b) funding of travel and registration exclusively c) establishment of a two meeting cap per individual [for LAUC-B funding], d) use of a standard allocation rate for heavily attended conferences (e.g. all attendees at ALA annual would receive the same travel allocation); allocation rates for unique meetings would be assigned on a case-by-case basis discussion of requests. The review initiator would sign off on the leave request. G. Handman will discuss these scenarios with D. Gregor.