LAUC-B Executive Committee
Meeting No. 1996/97 (12)
9 July 1997
9:00 -11:00 AM, 109 Moses Hall
Present: W. Benemann (Secretary), R. Brandt, T. Dean (Chair), G.
Irving (CAPA), R. Moon, G. Peete, D. Sommer, A. Swartzell, C. Tarr, K.
Absent: D. Jan, C.Lee
Guest: Andrea Sevetson
Handouts: Agenda; Minutes of Meeting 1996/97 (11); Letter to
Chancellor Berdahl from T. Dean; Memo from Peter Lyman re Blue Ribbon
Committee on the Library; Treasurer's report.
a.) T. Dean thanked D. Sommer for serving as Chair of the
previous meeting, in her absence.
b.) ExComm discussed a librarian's merit review that has been
approved after a delay of two years. Strong concern was expressed
over the lack of timeliness in this review.
ACTION: T. Dean will draft a letter to the University Librarian
citing the APM requirement that librarians be reviewed in a timely
c.) Jeanne Fong has volunteered to serve on the Staff Development
d.) In response to several inquiries, the Board discussed the
issue of whether to offer additional reimbursement for members to
attend the ALA Exhibits. Upon careful consideration, it was decided
that LAUC-B would not offer reimbursement to members who had not
already submitted an application for support.
II. The minutes of meeting 1996/97 (11) were approved.
III. Old business
a.) Susana Hinojosa has proposed that LAUC-B convene a conference
devoted to the issue of the future of librarianship. The Executive
Committee thought this proposal would be more effective as a
statewide initiative, rather than a project for LAUC-B alone to
sponsor. As an alternative, it was proposed that a LAUC Fall or
Spring Assembly could be convened to focus on this topic, rather than
to try to organize a separate conference, since travel funds have
already been included in most divisions' budgets for attendance at
ACTION: D. Sommer and T. Dean will respond to Susana, and ask her
to prepare a written proposal to bring forward at the statewide
b.) Administrative stipends -- D. Sommer
After much discussion among LAUC-B members, LAUC-B submitted a
written response to LAUC Chair Miki Goral giving Berkeley's tentative
support for administrative stipends, on the condition that they be
awarded only as temporary salary increases for temporary
administrative responsibilities. Unfortunately, Goral has circulated
a response (written without having received feedback from the
divisions) which strongly denounces administrative stipends. The
Executive Committee felt that the tone of her response was
unnecessarily combative, and that it was based on assumptions about
the structuring of the program that have not yet been confirmed.
ACTION: D. Sommer will draft a response to Goral, stressing our
desire to support temporary stipends where appropriate, and
reiterating our belief that the language of the APM should not be
amended to strike language providing that librarians be paid
according to "published salary scales."
c.) Internal recruitments -- T. Dean
Many issues have been raised concerning recent internal
recruitments for professional positions. Positions have been listed
as rotational opportunities, temporary appointments, and/or
combinations of professional and support duties. The Executive
Committee is concerned that the guidelines for recruitment for
professional positions are becoming murky. G. Irving feels that CAPA
should be involved whenever a hire constitutes a new appointment to
the Librarian Series.
d.) Value of LAUC participation -- G. Irving
In responding to concerns expressed by the Nominations and
Elections Committee, G. Irving reviewed recent evaluations for
evidence that LAUC service is not valued in the review process. On
the contrary, she noted that such service is valued and encouraged.
ExComm discussed various strategies for improving recruitment results
for LAUC service. Ideas included: routinely providing letters of
thanks to those serving on LAUC committees, detailing contributions
made; appointing at least one recent former CAPA member (who can
bring information as to who might be interested in serving on LAUC)
to the N&E Committee; publicizing service opportunities via the
LAUC-B reflector; using the committee histories traditionally
compiled and kept up-to-date by the N&E Committee.
ACTION: T. Dean will respond to the Nominations and Elections
Committee and will suggest that a recent CAPA member be included each
year on the Committee.
IV. New business
a.) T. Dean will send a letter to Chancellor Berdahl welcoming
him to the campus, introducing him to LAUC, and explaining our role
in the UC Library system.
b.) T. Dean has written a letter to Pam Samuelson, congratulating
her on her MacArthur Award. Prof. Samuelson was a featured speaker
at both LAUC-B Copyright Conferences.
c.) T. Dean and D. Sommer will draft the LAUC-B budget for next
year. We will once again request funding for a conference similar to
the two successful copyright conferences we have sponsored.
d.) T. Dean has invited Tony Newcomb, chair of the Blue Ribbon
Committee on the Library, to meet with us in order to discuss what
role LAUC-B can play in the Committee's review.
V. Future meetings
The turnover meeting for LAUC-Statewide has been scheduled for
August 14th. Tony Newcomb will meet with LAUC-B Ex Comm on August
13th. The turnover meeting for LAUC-B has been scheduled for
The next LAUC-B ExComm meeting will be Wednesday, August 13, 1997,
from 9:00-11:00 AM in 109 Moses.