Faculty Senate Library Committee
February 15, 2012
Present: Nicholas Wonder (Co-Chair), Stan Goto (Co-Chair), Doug Clark, Rae Lynn Schwartz-DuPre, Gabe Gossett, Brian Bingham, Carol Janson, Rick Osen (ex officio), Rob Galbraith (ex-officio)
Absent: Chris Cox (ex-officio), Cara Jaye, Jeff Purdue , Jamie Hamilton Minutes: Connie Mallison
The next part of the process will be:
Members discussed the many changes and challenges facing all academic libraries; all are having to move in new directions, focusing on information skills, not just access to information. It was pointed out that the new ACRL Standards help define these new directions and will require libraries to closely align their goals with university strategic goals. The key drivers of the changes in academic libraries are unsustainable costs, viable alternatives to use such as Google, declining usage of print collections, and new patron demands (i.e. mobile devices).
The Libraries Strategic Planning Committee is looking at our current challenges and opportunities, such as scholarly communication, information literacy, and services such as instruction and research support, on-site and web services, to see how these can fit into our new strategic goals.
Members discussed the Orbis Cascade Alliance DDA E-Book pilot project and how that will impact us. It was explained that after 5 separate viewings of a book, the Alliance automatically purchases it and then it’s made available to everyone. There are currently over 13,000 titles in the catalog for patrons to browse and check out. Purchasing e-books through the Alliance will potentially save the Libraries a lot of money.
Stan Goto asked how the SLC might be able to help with the Libraries strategic planning process. Rick Osen said that Chris will be the person to better answer that question when he attends the next meeting. However, committee feedback on draft documents regarding directions the Libraries should go would be very helpful.
Members briefly discussed what type of classes could potentially be good to promote instruction on how to use the Learning Commons and most thought the larger survey classes might be the best. The problem will be convincing the teachers to include this instruction into their course plans when those plans are already very full.
It was suggested that creating a streaming video which gives instruction on how to use the Learning Commons might be a better option; then students could view this on their own time. Teachers would have to include watching this video as part of the coursework though, or some students might opt to not watch it. Gabe Gossett said there is currently some type of instruction video or slides available online but it needs a lot of updating. He will take this idea back to Carmen Werder, Director of the Learning Commons, to see if a video could be developed.
Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.