LAUC-B Executive Committee Meeting No. 1996/97 (11) 11 June 1997 9:00 -11:15 AM, 109 Moses Hall MINUTES Present: W. Benemann (Secretary), R. Brandt, G. Irving (CAPA), C. Lee, R. Moon, D. Sommer (Acting Chair), A. Swartzell, C. Tarr, K. Vanden Heuvel Absent: T. Dean, D. Jan, G. Peete, Handouts: Agenda; Minutes of Meeting 1996/97 (10); Administrative Stipends: Pros and Cons; E-mail from G. Irving: "Stipends and Peer Review;" Print-out from web: "Proposed New Academic Personnel Manual Sect. 633...;" Print-out from web: "Proposed Deletions of Provisions...." I. Minutes The minutes of Meeting 1996/97 (10) were approved, with amendments. II. Administrative stipends D. Sommer led the discussion of the proposal to provide administrative stipends for librarians who are not in the bargaining unit, and who are assigned administrative responsibilities. The discussion began with a general question of what role LAUC-B Ex Comm should play in advising LAUC on this matter, since our membership is obviously divided on the issue of administrative stipends, and the time frame was too short to allow for a formal ballot. It was decided that the very well-reasoned discussion that had been carried on by members on the LAUC-B reflector had given us the opportunity of hearing a variety of opinions of the subject, and rather than vote "yes" or "no" on the proposal, our response to LAUC statewide should reflect the various concerns of our constituency. There were a number of issues in the proposal that were unclear: Who would be included? Would administrative stipends be given to librarians with permanent administrative duties, or was this program envisioned as a way to provide temporary financial incentives for temporary assignments? Who is in the bargaining unit? Since the proposal is clearly restricted to librarians outside the bargaining unit, the perennial problem of ascertaining membership in the unit would need to be resolved before the program could be adopted. What would the standards be for receiving the stipend? Who would decide that a stipend was appropriate? Would the stipend come to a librarian automatically at the time that the administrative responsibilities were assumed, would s/he need to apply for it, or would it be awarded after a review period? Who will be setting the local criteria for administrative stipends? Will local LAUC chapters be consulted concerning stipends for librarians? There was general agreement that we might be able to support administrative stipends if they were intended to be temporary in nature. G. Irving pointed out that supervision of other librarians need not be the only form of administrative duties; librarians who take on the added responsibility of managing a library move or remodelling project might be candidates for a temporary stipend. A. Swartzell suggested that we might support the proposal, as long as the stipend was term-limited and awarded on the basis of objective criteria. R. Moon asked whether a librarian who was considered to be a member of the bargaining unit might move out of the unit in order to qualify for a temporary stipend, and then re-enter the unit at the end of the temporary duties. ACTION: D. Sommer will contact Janice Dost and Susana Hinojosa to find out what the latest regulations are concerning membership in the bargaining unit. G. Irving questioned the wisdom of deleting APM 360-18(a) and Appendix A(c), since their current language affirms that "librarians ... shall be paid in accordance with the published salary scales for the librarians series...." She felt that adding language that would provide for an exception in the case of administrative stipends would be preferable to deleting the paragraphs entirely. ACTION: D. Sommer will draft a response to Miki Goral that both expresses our support for the concept of temporary administrative stipends, and affirms our continued support for the dual-track system of advancing through the ranks of the Librarian Series. III. ALA Exhibition passes -- D. Sommer D. Jan is exploring our options for reimbursing members who want to purchase exhibits-only passes to the ALA meeting in San Francisco. IV. Conference proposal -- D. Sommer Susana Hinojosa has proposed that LAUC sponsor a statewide conference on the future of librarianship that would promote a wide-ranging discussion of issues and include representatives from all levels of UC libraries. This proposal will be discussed further at the July meeting. V. Nominations for Committees -- D. Sommer Kay Starkweather has asked us to nominate librarians to serve on the Staff Development Committee and the Classification Committee. D. Sommer has asked LAUC-B Nominations Committee chair Michaelyn Burnett to take on this responsibility. The next LAUC-B Executive Committee meeting will be Wednesday, July 9th, from 9:00-11:00 AM in 109 Moses.