Faculty Senate Library Committee

December 2, 2009



Present:  Ron Helms (Chair), Chris Cox (ex-officio), Jeff Purdue,  Nicholas Wonder, Frank Roberts

Absent:    Margaret Fast, Rae Lynn Schwartz-DuPré, Shawn Knabb, Jeanne Freeman, Jianglong Wang    


Minutes taken by:  C. Mallison


I.        Call to order:  The meeting was called to order by Committee Chair, R. Helms at 4:00 p.m.


II.      Minutes:  Minutes for Nov 4, 09 were tabled due to lack of voting quorum for approval.


III.     Announcements: None


IV.     Action Item:  Membership

According to Rosemarie Norton Nader at the Faculty Senate, the SLC communicates its membership needs (including term lengths) to the Faculty Senate and the Senate Elections Officer sends out a call for nominations.  Names are submitted and then a vote is held.  Ron Helms has communicated with Senate President, Dan Larner, who said he will bring the membership expansion idea to the Senate.


V.      Reports:

a)   Dean’s Update

Ø The Special Collections renovation is nearly done; should be open by early Winter Quarter.

Ø WL 279 (previous Special Collections) will receive new carpet and paint.  Sodexho is 100% on board with putting a café in – it will likely be an Einstein’s Bagels.  Chris also met with the AS’s Matt Jarrell about student input on furniture.

Ø The Asst. Dean for Public Services search is nearly wrapped up.  The next search on the horizon is the Asst. Dean for Collections and Technology.

Ø The main stairwell in Wilson is closed for asbestos abatement and then new lighting and paint.

Ø The Library will experiment with new intersession hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ø The McNaughton Collection in the Daylight Lounge is up and running.

Ø A likely future agenda item is the library’s support of community use of the library.


VI.     Discussion: 

a)   Feedback on Scott Bennett Consultant’s Report: 

Ron reported that he had heard from a number of faculty on their concerns regarding some of the ideas suggested in Scott Bennett’s report—particular concern was about digitization.  Some parts of Scott’s report seemed ‘boilerplate’ while other parts were more questionable; for instance, the figures Scott cited regarding the time students spend in the library vs. the time librarians spend in the library seems like a false equivalence.  Chris, however, noted that the basic idea implied there – that librarians should be spending more time out in departments—is a good and valid one.


Chris cited data that shows circulation has dropped 1% over each of the last three years, despite the fact that the size of our collection is growing.  There were additional numbers mentioned and Chris promised to share this information with members of the committee at a future meeting.  This led to further discussion about communicating with campus faculty about library issues, referring to examples generated by Scott’s report.  Chris also noted that the Libraries are coming up against an absolute limit to usable space.  He suggested that we should have a future agenda item regarding collection assessment. 

Chris asked for suggestions on how to disseminate the report.  Chris noted he would like to put Scott Bennett’s report on the library website and would like to discuss it at the Faculty Senate and in Dean’s Council.

Meeting adjourned at 5 p.m