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Public Services Council

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The Public Services Council is one of several function councils within the Library. It conducts business in open meetings and the discussion topics and decisions are recorded in minutes that are distributed to the library staff in a timely manner. Depending on the nature of the issue, input may be gathered from other venues such as Function Councils, Subject Councils, Roundtable, and expertise groups.

Mission:
The Public Services Council fills the crucial role of advising the Library Leadership Team on the public service impacts of policies, operations, and services library-wide, and the ability of public service staff to implement them. Under the leadership of the AUL, Public Services Council represents the needs of the library user communities and provides a forum for discussion of issues across individual libraries and councils, fostering services and communications that are responsive to the needs of users and advancing the Library’s educational, outreach, and service roles.

Charge:
The Public Services Council is advisory to the AUL and Library Administration in areas such as:

  • Academic and course-related services
  • Assessment, evaluation, and statistics
  • Circulation services
  • Collection use and discovery services
  • Disabilities and access services
  • Instruction and instructor support services
  • Interlibrary and document delivery services
  • Learning spaces, programs, and services
  • Library liaison roles
  • Operations and facilities policies
  • Privileges and borrower policies
  • Public computing, scanning and printing services
  • Reference and research services
  • Web and online services
  • Partnerships with other UC libraries, regional libraries, and peer institutions
  • Partnerships with campus academic support units
  • Partnerships and outreach beyond campus (alums, schools, museums, etc)

The Public Services Council vets issues and policies from related groups such as:

  • Access Services Advisory Group
  • Circulation Services Group
  • Endpoint Solutions and Spaces Advisory Group
  • Web Advisory Group

Membership:
Members represent various units and functions of the Library. Representatives from some units are identified by virtue of their primary position and have indefinite appointments. Other members represent groups such as the Affiliated Libraries, Circulation Services Group, and each Subject Council; these people are selected by their colleagues for a two-year term. All members have equal participation rights.

Chairs:
Elizabeth Dupuis, Associate University Librarian and Erik Mitchell, Associate University Librarian

Roster:
Myrtis Cochran, Arts and Humanities Council, 2017-2019
Tiffany Grandstaff, Communications Office
Sheehan Grant, Arts and Humanities Council, 2016-2018
Lynne Grigsby, Library IT
Cody Hennesy, Instruction Services Division
Keri Klein, Law Library/Affiliated Libraries, 2016-2018
Michael Lange, Bancroft Library
Mark Marrow, Access Services Division
Susan Powell, Sciences Council, 2017-2018
Trina Pundurs, Cataloging & Metadata Council, 2017-2019
Molly Rose, Circulation Services Group, 2017-2018
Keridwyn Ryan, Circulation Services Group, 2016-2017
Hilary Schiraldi, Social Sciences Council, 2017-2019
Patrick Shannon, Interlibrary Services
Jutta Wiemhoff, NRLF
Bruce Williams, East Asian Library
Dave Wong, Library IT

Meeting schedule:
Generally the 2nd Tuesday each month, 10:30am - Noon, 303 Doe Library

E-mail list:
libpsc[@lists.berkeley.edu]

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