Executive Committee Minutes 4/10/02

Minutes - Meeting No. 7 - 2001/2002

LAUC-B Executive Committee Meeting

April 10, 2002
10:10 am - 12:00 noon
303 Doe Library

Present: B. Anton (chair), M. Cochran, J. Galwey, S. Koskinen, C. Lee (recorder), J. McKenzie, B. Quigley, N. Robinson, M. Phillips, M. Snow

Absent: B. Ogden

I. Announcements

  • The LAUC Spring Assembly will be May 3 at UCLA. The speaker will be Susan Curzon, CSU Northridge, who will be discussing the establishment of an information competency graduation requirement for the CSU system.

  • B. Anton will represent LAUC-B on the search committee for the AUL of Collections.

II. Reports

A. Treasurer's Report (J. McKenzie)

  • The LAUC-B treasury has a balance of $69,962.00

B. Meeting with the University Librarian (B. Anton/M. Cochran)

  • B. Anton and M. Cochran met with University Librarian T. Leonard on April 9. Among other topics they discussed the emeritus librarian proposal and the librarian Townsend Fellowship.

  • The Council of Deans has asked every unit to undergo a budget exercise of planning for a 4-5% cut in case the legislature requires such a cut. They emphasized that, at this point, this is just an exercise. Whether or not there is an actual budget cut will depend upon the final State and University budgets.

  • There are 10 librarian/AUL positions in various stages of recruitment.

  • Former University Librarian J. Lowell visited recently while consulting with ArtSTOR.

  • Virtual groundbreaking for the Music Library took place on April 13.

C. Senate Library Committee report (M. Cochran)

  • At the April 5 meeting the Committee discussed the draft memo in response to a proposal from the Haas Business School for use of space currently occupied by the Business Library.

  • A memo from the Educational Technology Committee updating campus activity in educational technology was distributed. M. Cochran will circulate a copy to Executive Committee members.

  • Future plans for the Doe Core were discussed, including continuing to use the area for surge space, raising funds for flooring through and ideas for assigning permanent space to library programs for each level.

  • T. Leonard report:

    o Author Nicholson Baker will speak at the Morrison Library on April 15 at 7:30 pm, sponsored by the Townsend Center.

    o Fund raising for Bancroft is moving forward with a useability study.

    o $30 million of the $40 million fundraising goal for the new East Asian library has been raised. This figure would cover only the library building. The Organized Research Unit and the study Center would have to be phased in later.

    o The campus is holding staff forums to gather input on the campus Strategic Plan.

    o Daniel Greenstein, the new Head of the California Digital Library, will be visiting the Library in July.

    o The Library Planning Board meeting will be May 20; T. Leonard hopes to know more about the state budget and what it means for the Library.

D. Candidate lunches (N. Robinson)

  • No report.

E. Townsend Center Fellowship (B. Anton)

  • There have been two applicants for the librarian Townsend Center Fellowship. B. Anton forwarded the applications to the Townsend Center explaining that with a total of approximately 110 librarians on campus, several of whom have already been Townsend Fellows, it would be unrealistic to expect the desired three applicants every year.

III. Continuing Action Items

A. Bylaws review (M. Snow)

  • The Bylaws review subcommittee is meeting with various LAUC-B committees and hopes to have a draft document soon. The subcommittee members are T. Dean, M. Harmon, and M. Snow (chair).

B. Emeritus Librarian (B. Anton)

  • A packet of materials on this topic was distributed to Executive Committee members. In his meeting with B. Anton and M. Cochran, University Librarian T. Leonard suggested that the Executive Committee find out first what the standard retirement benefits are for librarians. The issues that are likely to be difficult are: e-mail, access to the proxy server, and access to the faculty modem pool. It was noted that emeritus status is conferred automatically on Full and Associate professors, but librarians would have to apply for the emeritus status.

IV. Visit by Deborah Murphy, President of LAUC Statewide

  • Statewide President of LAUC D. Murphy introduced herself to the members of the Executive Committee and discussed her vision for LAUC. She believes that LAUC could do more on communication and on keeping members up to date. At the Spring Assembly a resolution will be presented supporting information literacy, which could be a tool for librarians advocating information literacy on their campuses. She noted that the current President of the Statewide Academic Senate is a proponent of information literacy. LAUC Statewide is also looking at the LAUC website as a way to share information; for instance, they may develop a tool for helping librarians with information about grants and with submitting grants electronically. The Diversity Committee is scanning documents for a new web site. Annual reports from each committee will also be posted on the web site, and the LAUC history may also be posted.

  • The Library Plans and Policies committee has been on hiatus but may be revived.

  • D. Murphy visited the University Librarians group and discussed ways to communicate more regularly with this group.

  • LAUC's representatives to SOPAG and SLASIAC should alert the membership to issues that concern us.

  • LAUC participation should be fun!

The next LAUC-B Executive Committee meeting will be May 8, 2002, at 10:10 am - 12:00 noon in 303 Doe Library