Faculty Senate Library Committee

November 16, 2011




Present:   Nicholas Wonder (Chair), Stan Goto (co-Chair), Brian Bingham, Doug Clark, Gabe Gossett, Rick Osen (ex officio), Jeff Purdue, Jamie Hamilton, Rob Galbraith (ex-officio)

Absent:    Chris Cox (ex-officio), Rae Lynn Schwartz-DuPre, Cara Jaye               Minutes:  Connie Mallison


I.              Call to order:  The meeting was called to order at 4:05 p.m.

II.            Minutes:  Minutes for Nov 2, 2011 were approved with two corrections.

III.         Announcements / Constituents Concerns:  None


IV.          Reports:

a)     Dean’s Update:

Rick Osen gave a short update on behalf of Dean Cox who could not attend. Rick explained that the Collection Management & Development Team would be working on special  task force initiatives in the coming year to evaluate important trends as part of the Libraries strategic planning process. He handed out documents which outlined the charge, background, considerations and outcomes specific to each task force: Electronic Resources, Scholarly Communication, and Collection Assessment. 

The strategies are designed to encourage campus involvement in each of these areas. Each task force will gather data and develop strategies to reach their stated goals.  Preliminary reports are due by March 21st, 2012 and final reports will be due on June 15, 2012. Copies of these reports will be sent to SLC members as well.  Members were asked to forward their questions to Rick.

Members briefly discussed the difficulty in navigating the Libraries website and asked if there is some way to make navigation easier. They also asked if the Libraries could provide some kind of ‘website navigation training’ for students and faculty.  It was pointed out that the Libraries did a usability study on the new website about a year ago.  It was suggested that maybe another round of usability studies is needed during this coming year and some of the SLC members should take part.

b)    Faculty Senate Update: See Discussion item ‘a’ below.

V.            Discussion:

a)   Review of Presentation to Faculty Senate

Jeff Purdue gave a review of the PowerPoint slides he and Dean Cox presented earlier to the Faculty Senate.  The slides outlined the recent budget cuts and how they would affect the library’s acquisitions and collection development, compared these cuts to the UW and peer institutions, and presented information on the new Demand Driven Purchasing Pilot for books.

b)   Data on Subscription Cancellations

Jeff Purdue handed out a draft document concerning the cost per use and other data used when considering cuts to journal subscriptions and members discussed issues surrounding those cuts.  Jeff told members he was very close to having all database and journal subscription information ready to release to campus faculty.   Members suggested some final revisions, i.e. divide out text vs non-text materials; Jeff will make these changes and resend the document.

c)     Orbis Cascade Initiatives – Tabled to next meeting

      Adjournment:   The meeting adjourned at 5:05 p.m.