Executive Committee Minutes 4/14/2011

LAUC-B Executive Committee

Thursday, 14 April 2011
10:00 a.m. 12:00 noon
303 Doe Library

Members present:
Lucia Diamond, Susan Koskinen, Jennifer Nelson (for Ramona Martinez), Nick Robinson, Margaret Phillips, Monica Singh, Shannon Supple, and I-Wei Wang


I. Announcements

  • The Bancroft Library Director search is ongoing.
  • The next ExComm meeting is scheduled for May 12th at 10:00 a.m. in 303 Doe Library.
  • Sue Koskinen thanks members of ExComm for their work on the LAUC-B assemblies.

II. Reports

A. Treasurer's Report (I. Wang): The account balance is $108,357.30.

B. Meeting with the University Librarian (S. Koskinen, N. Robinson): Tom Leonard noted that the Council of Librarians met in Oakland last Friday. They talked about the SLASIAC Library Planning Task Force report (see http://libraries.universityofcalifornia.edu/planning/taskforce/). The budget call received by the Library from the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (see the Daily Cal article).

T. Leonard provided a University Library budget update to the Committee on Academic Planning and Resource Allocation (CAPRA).

C. Committee on the Library, Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate (N. Robinson):

  • LIBR met on April 5th. They continued their discussion of the dissertation embargo policy. The Graduate Council suggested that they want department-level defaults as opposed to changing the default completely. LIBR Chair Nick Jewell stated that LIBR feels strongly about changing the default and will not let the issue drop to departments.
  • LIB-R also discussed an Open Access Policy. LIBR wrote to Academic Senate Chair Fiona Doyle, expressing their concern that they might not be the appropriate body to champion such a policy. Chair Doyle responded that she believes it is mostly a library issue, so LIBR will move forward with working on the policy.
  • The name and constitution of a reconfigured LIBR committee is still in progress.
  • T. Leonard reported to LIB-R on budget issues and emphasized that collections are no longer protected from cuts. Isabel Stirling gave a presentation on the vitality and importance of the subject specialty libraries.

D. LAUC Statewide Conference Call (S. Koskinen): The months call was cancelled.

III. New Business

A. Update on Institute for Transportation Studies Library Budget (R. Martinez): Rita Evans provided a written update: The ITS Library staff will be reducing our hours to 80 on July 1. We have yet to decide whether the library will be open fewer days or shorter hours.

IV. Continuing Business

A. LAUC-B conference, Fiat Flux (I. Wang, M. Phillips):

  • The second round of the RFP went well with strong proposals, though none outside of the UC were submitted. There will be two sessions are on related collections topics, one session on visual resources (workshop-style), and another features an anthropologist on ethnographic study of graduate students. There will also be 5-7 poster presentations.
  • Registration will open in September.

B. Spring Assembly action items (S. Koskinen): S. Koskinen has received a few emails from members expressing concern about the proposed change in ad hoc committee make-up for the Berkeley Procedures. Additional comments should be submitted to S. Koskinen by May 1st. What value do ad hoc committees add to the peer review process? ExComm will discuss this further at the May meeting with CAPA Chair Brian Quigley.

C. LAUC-B Website Updates (N. Robinson):

  • There is now an Assemblies tab on the LAUC-B website: http://lib.berkeley.edu/LAUC/assemblies/index.html.
  • Debbie Jan and the Diversity Committee soon will add resources on working with interns.
  • Please think about ways to simplify the website. Send your ideas to S. Koskinen.