University Library Committee Minutes
January 22, 2003
Present: S.E. Bell, H. Canon, J. Langlois, R. Mattingly, A. Goodman, Chair
B. Lessin, L. Sutton, S. Yee
The meeting was called to order by Chair, A. Goodman. Minutes of the December
4, 2002 meeting were approved on a motion by R. Mattingly and seconded by S.
Scholarly Communication Issues: A. Goodman will take the alternative copyright
form to the AAUP and Academic Senate and committee members will also share it
with departments. He distributed an analysis from the Journal of Housing Economics
on full-text usage in IDEAL and Science Direct. H. Canon is interested in hearing
more about the Libraries’ idea for an institutional repository and possibly
collaborating on a paper discussing distribution of pre-publication materials.
B. Lessin will attend sessions on scholarly communications topics at the upcoming
Midwinter Conference of the American Library Association and report back to
Dean Yee distributed the University Libraries Strategic Directions for committee
feedback. Members expressed appreciation for customer service being the top
priority. B. Lessin pointed out that the LibQUAL study helped to identify customer
service priorities for performance. H. Canon inquired on the place of outreach
in the broader community. Dean Yee emphasized that resource sharing continues
to be a priority. J. Langlois observed that the English Department’s emphasis
on digital literacy fit in well with the priority on digital library resources
Dean Yee reported on the positions lost in the university budget reductions
this fall. The acquisitions budget has not yet been reduced and, in fact, received
a modest increase in this fiscal year.
Computer/technology issues: Dean Yee reported that the Libraries have a policy
and plan to replace public and staff computers on a three year cycle, but do
not have stable funding to implement the plan every year. Supplemental funds
have come from the Omnibus fund and proposals are due soon for this year’s
Omnibus cycle. H. Canon expressed interest in a proposal for wireless and PDA
technology. Recent abuses in peer-to-peer file sharing have prompted C&IT
to form a group to look at these issues, in which the Libraries will participate.
The next meeting of the University Library Committee will take place onWednesday,
February 26 from 10:30 am -12:00 pm.