Executive Committee Minutes 11/8/07
LAUC-B Executive Committee Meeting Agenda Thursday, November 8, 2007 10:00 - 12 noon 303 Doe Attendees: A. Barone, C.Lee, J. Nelson, S. Supple, L. Diamond, E.Kuo, J.Silva, Guests: C. McEwan, S. Fazli I. Announcements Announcements were skipped due to a fire alarm in Doe. II. Reports A. Treasurer's Report (J. Nelson) LAUC-B has $163,325.27 in its budget. LAUC has $2,900 in an account that needs to be spent. A possible use for the funds is the New Librarians Reception in the Spring was discussed. B. Meeting with the University Librarian (A. Barone and C. Lee) Tom agreed that all the various reports/survey results from the Diversity and Retention committees and task force should be forwarded to Admin to share the information with them. Before the reports are submitted to Admin, Armanda has asked Barbara Bohl, chair of the LAUC-B Committee on Diversity to pull all the reports and information together into a single document. Ideas for the next LAUC conference in Spring 2009 were also discussed. Tom suggested several ideas (i.e. taking stock of New Directions, public vs. private divide changing, intellectual property environment). Armanda will put a call to LAUC-B for further suggestions. At the LAUC-B Fall Assembly Eric Kansa expressed an interest in working with the Library on future projects. Armanda and Corliss talked with Tom about how best to coordinate potential Library projects with the iSchool. ExComm discussed how this could be done with the iSchool Task Force. Ideas include: Library employees don't always know what's happening with projects in the iSchool; place projects with iSchool on the LAUC-B website; Send out encouragement to publicize the projects that are being done; Pursue with ADMIN about involving people such as interns (HR factors to consider); iSchool's involvement with the New Directions committee: the iSchool should be involved since the iSchool can inject technical expertise and having someone on the ND committee is a great opportunity for partnership; engage with TALAG meetings. Many positive comments were received from LAUC-B members and other AULs about the Library 2.0 Conference. ExComm noted the interesting contrast between Meredith Farkas and Jim Neal. One question raised was how can the Library start applying new technologies? Armanda mentioned the Round Table policy discussion for downloading software. Work related downloads will be ok. There will be restrictions on games, though second life can be viewed as a game. Further discussion will be needed. LAUC-B members who attended the conference are urged to react and comment to the presentations in the New Directions blog so that the lessons learned during the conference are folded into that process. Reminder: Distinguished Librarian Reception will be held on December 5, 2007 from 4-6pm. Executive Vice Chancellor Bresauer and Chair of TALAG, Nick Robinson will be on hand for the event. Tom noted the many LAUC events in November, including the LAUC Statewide conference in Merced. C. Committee on the Library, Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate (C. Lee) Corliss distributed the agenda of the last meeting and new roster for the committee. Chuck Eckman and Mike Rancer talked about two projects at the last meeting: The Berkeley Research Impact Initiative is a short term program where the Library will cover the charges for open access journal for Berkeley faculty and graduate students. This will be an 18-month pilot program Chuck presented on a proposal for a series of faculty conversations for scholarly communication, sponsored by the Library. Corliss will talk with Chuck about LAUC-B becoming a cosponsor.
Mike Rancer presented on the Library budget, staffing, retirements and how this will impact the students. III. LAUC-B Task Force on Diversity and Recruitment (S. Fazli and C. McEwan) Saima and Carole distributed a brief report containing the information they have gathered on diversity programs in the Library and beyond. The report included information on staff members who were either enrolled in or are recent graduates of an MLIS program, as well as details on diversity programs in ARL and the greater library community. There were no surprises with the report. The conversation revolved around the number of places to recruit/target minority groups, instead of just ALA. ExComm noted that UCB does not always target these resources/email lists in librarian recruitment. Questions raised include: Where to go next; survey appendix, charged separately, under committee of diversity, refer both reports to Barbara Bohl chair of Committee on Diversity; Share with LAUC Statewide, Armanda to contact Barbara. Refer to BILD, put it all together and take to Admin with recommendations. Refer to iSchool task force, formalize internships, make this less ad hoc. IV. Highlights from Affiliated Libraries Assembly (S. Supple) Professor Ben Crow (UC Santa Cruz), Chair of Statewide Committee for Scholarly Communication gave a very informal presentation. Ideas raised include: the committee is an activist committee, pushing for an open access initiative; the university as publisher; CDL' search for a head and the qualities, skills that were needed; focus more on the affiliated libraries, TALAG; keep the dialog open with Whitney Davis. Suggestions for LAUC-B include: service concept; CDL's focus on technology; important to focus on service, not just the development of an interface; mass digitization should include digitizing one of a kind collection, not just in the archives; no one was from his committee was involved with the google books project. The project was a high-level decision; Libraries face pressure to give up space; Library perceived as important; people don't think we exist since we are efficient at getting the materials to folks. An interesting note: Professor Crow's Atlas of Global Inequality ( http://ucatlas.ucsc.edu), was not considered "published research and creative work" for his review. V. Approval of BILD Task Force Charge and BILD Mentoring (L. Diamond) Lucia distributed the charge. The charge fits into the BILD project and is limited to career staff. One aspect of BILD will be carried out as a LAUC-B task force: mentoring staff who are interested in a career as a librarian. The task force will set up a model that can be continued into future years and that may be used for mentoring staff in other careers in the library. LAUC-B will also be instrumental in assisting with the Librarian diversity fellowship. Fellow will have a LAUC-B mentor who is not a supervisor. Details of the fellowship are in the previous LAUC minutes. Comments and suggestions on the task force charge given and the charge approved. Debbie Jan is Chair of Task force. Further comments can be directed to her. Members of task force to be announced soon. VI. Comments post LAUC-B Assembly ExComm noted that many positive comments were received on Eric Kansa's presentation. VII. Comments/Issues to take to LAUC Assembly in Merced Armanda to send email reminder to membership asking for ideas to take to the LAUC statewide assembly. VIII. New Business The conference committee for the next LAUC-B conference will be forming in Dec. Jesse to create email alias: Laucbsecretary Lacubmentor Update on Townsend-The application process is open not just to librarians, but all academic appointments in the Library, including grad students working in the Library. There will be one $2000 award for the Library Fellow. *************************************************************** Jesse Silva Librarian for Federal Documents, Legal Studies, Political Science and Public Policy 218 Doe Library UC Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720-6000 Google Talk: jsilvaucb