October 11, 2001
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 a.m. at Café DeGrasta
at Grace Hall by Chairman Harvey Bender. Also in attendance were Maureen
Boulton, Roger Jacobs, David Mengel, Margaret Porter, Walter Pratt, Larry
Rapagnani, Steve Silliman, Larry Taylor, and Jennifer Younger.
The sole agenda topic was the University Libraries' Self Study. Sections
of the study were distributed for discussion: the Table of Contents, Significant
Issues, and the Report on Colloquy Funds and Recommendations, which describes
progress in implementing the recommendations of the Report of the Ad Hoc
Committee on University Libraries, and Section VII: Planning and recommendations.
Discussions during the meetings focused on the following issues:
Recommendation #1 of the Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on University
Libraries suggested a total of 57 positions being added. However, only
27 currently have been added. It was noted that communication between the
Libraries and faculty in academic departments is essential and one reason
that so much emphasis was put on the need for bibliographers.
The question of retrospective purchasing will be revisited in the strategic planning process next spring. This will include serial backfiles, such as the backfiles of journals included in JSTOR .
In response to a question on cataloging backlogs, it was noted that a great deal of progress has been made in reducing backlogs. However, one faculty member stated that there are still significant challenges in finding titles in microforms. A special project is needed to provide
bibliographic access to microforms.
Concern was expressed by faculty on library purchases for collections in support of new programs. It was noted that there is some capitalization for new faculty in Arts and Letters for library resources, but not to any significant degree in other colleges. Even where there is capitalization for new faculty, it is generally focused on their research, not necessarily
the discipline in general.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:30 a.m.
The next meeting is scheduled for November 6 with the external reviewers.