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Councils and committees


In order to facilitate good decisions, the Library regularly seeks input from its constituents and staff. The Library has seven councils, three subject councils, and five functional councils. Each council may charge a subcommittee(s) to help in their work. On occasion, Library administration may also name ad hoc groups to address issues that do not clearly fall to one of these councils.

The Library's councils and committees variously advise on policy and program implementation and may have decision-making powers as agreed to with the Library administration.

For more information on the design and impact of the council and committee structure, see the Library's organization chart.

List of councils, committees, and groups

Affiliated Libraries Administrative Group
Arts and Humanities Council
Berkeley Technical Services Discussion Group
Cataloging and Metadata Council
Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research Committee
Circulation Services Group
Collection Development Leadership Group
Collection Services Council
Digital Lifecycle Expertise Group
Digital Lifecycle Program Steering Committee
Equity and Inclusion Committee
Exhibits Committee
Faculty Senate Library Committee
Free Speech Movement Cafe Programs Committee
Library Assessment Advisory Group
Public Services Council
Reference Services Group
Sciences Council
Social Sciences Council
Staff Development Committee
Student Supervisors Group
Task Force on Racial Justice
Web Advisory Group

Benefits of membership

Membership on councils and committees provides Library employees with opportunities:

  • To influence library policies and practices.
  • To meet and work with other staff with whom contact is otherwise limited or non-existent. 
  • To broaden experience, skills, and/or perspective by performing tasks for committees that are not part of the employee's normal assignment.

Council and committee members may request formal evaluation of their committee contributions from chairs to be included in peer review documentation and performance evaluations.

Demographics and organization

Members are selected with the intention to broadly represent aspects of Library life that are relevant to the council's or committee's purpose. An appropriate balance is sought between librarians and staff; levels of classification; resource groups; areas of expertise, etc. Such broad representation is intended to facilitate information-gathering, constructive discussion, and productive recommendations concerning the issues at hand.

Most committees elect a chair (see responsibilities below) and make some decision on how minutes will be taken, approved, and disseminated.

Most committees have direct links to Library administration via their ex officio members.



  • Provide direction for the work of the committee. S/he should distribute or assign committee work among the members in an equitable manner, encourage participation and discussion, and delegate or take charge as appropriate.
  • Meet with or submit a written report to the Library administration and the LAUC-B Executive Committee as requested, advisable, or as needed to solicit advice.
  • Meet at least once with the newly elected chair to provide a smooth transition and an information orientation to their respective duties and to continue committee business.
  • Maintain liaison with the Library administration or with the committee's ex officio link thereto.
  • Ensure that meeting minutes are kept and disseminated appropriately.
  • Consult with their AUL/Director on issues/agendas and procedures as necessary to enhance committee effectiveness and further the committee's agenda.
  • Organize recruitment of members.
  • Provide evaluation of member's participation when requested by the member or his/her supervisor.

Appointed members

  • Attend all committee meetings or notify the chair in advance of an absence, and, if absent, contact the chair or another member for an update on the meeting.
  • Support and participate in the committee by preparing for meetings; forming and articulating opinions in discussions; contributing ideas, solutions, and analyses to issues or problems; volunteering to work outside the committee, gathering information or input, writing proposals, drafting reports, and other such activities that further the progress of committee work.
  • Disseminate information back to their resource group or unit as appropriate.
  • Respect and hold confidential information as appropriate.

Ex-officio members

  • Represent committee issues to those who may be influenced or effected by committee recommendations.
  • Bring information from units they represent and help forge workable solutions and procedures.
  • AUL/Director liaisons: maintain clear and timely communications between the committee and ADMIN Group.