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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 Berkeley 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

The UC Berkeley Library stands firmly in opposition to discrimination and systemic oppression. Social justice, equal rights, and equal treatment for all are bedrock principles for the UC Berkeley Library, as we fulfill our public mission. It is clear that we must do more to address racism in the workplace and in the campus community. Without changing the primary purpose of this group, you should carry out your charge in a way that advances the Library’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the context of your group work.

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.

Chair:
Elizabeth Dupuis, Senior Associate University Librarian for Educational Initiatives, User Services, and Strategic Projects and Director of Doe, Moffitt and the Subject Specialty Libraries
Salwa Ismail, Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives & Information Technology

Roster:

Nicole Brown, Instruction Services Division
Michael Campos-Quinn Cataloging & Metadata Council, 2019-2021
Tim Converse, NRLF
Fedora Gertzman, Circulation Services Group, Jan 2019 - Dec 2020
Ann Glusker, Social Sciences Council, 2019-2021
Lynne Grigsby, Library IT
Blake Lindsey, Circulation Services Group, Jan 2020 - Dec 2021
Mark Marrow, Access Services Division
Susan McElrath, Bancroft Library
Susan Powell, Sciences Council, 2018-2020
Neda Salem, Affiliated Libraries, 2018-2020
Patrick Shannon, Interlibrary Services
Jami Smith, Communications Office
Dave Wong, Library IT
Susan Xue, East Asian Library

Meeting schedule:
Generally the 4th Tuesday each month, 10:30am - 11:30am, 303 Doe Library

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