University Library Committee

November 2005 Minutes

November 8th, 2005

Wayne State University
University Library Committee

November 8, 2005
Minutes

Attendance:  John McGinnity, Chair; Members: Claude Schochet, James
Sondheimer, Kami Pothukuchi, Janet Hankin
Sandy Yee, Dean and Jeff Trzeciak, Associate Dean

Chair McGinnity opened the meeting with introductions of new and continuing
members.  Several members not in attendance had indicated they could
not attend at this time of the day. An alternate time will be selected
for the December meeting.  Meetings for the remainder of the year
will be scheduled at the December meeting.

Dean Sandy Yee and Associate Dean Jeff Trzeciak discussed the outcomes
of the LIBQUAL survey which was conducted last spring.  The survey
indicated several areas which need further attention in the Libraries.  The
survey, as well as information from library staff, has gone into the development
of four major goals for the libraries this year.  The goals for 2005-2006
are:
 
Service Excellence
Provide coordinated “Just For You” services that anticipate
and meet the needs as defined by our users.
Excellent and Accessible Resources
Purchase, borrow, license, create or provide access to materials that are
aligned with the needs and requirements of the university community.
Improved Facilities
Provide “learning spaces” that are safe, attractive and welcoming
venues for intellectual and social interactions.
Knowledgeable and Friendly Staff
Provide opportunities for the staff to continually develop their skills
in an environment that encourages excellence, accountability, initiative,
and creativity.

Several new initiatives have been introduced by the Libraries this fall.  They
include Librarians on Location and paging of resources.  In addition,
the Libraries have implemented a new “buy not borrow” pilot
for faculty and graduate students whereby we purchase appropriate materials
rather than borrow them. Given the cost of interlibrary loan, this process
proves to be both cost effective and more efficient.    We
are also focusing more on outcomes based assessment of library services
and will be participating in a special program from the Association of
Research Libraries to determine how to develop outcomes based assessment
program. 

 

            Associate
Dean Jeff Trzeciak discussed how the librarians are working with faculty
to make the accessibility of library resources easier through Blackboard.  He
also explained that we have purchased the Digital Commons software and
will be implementing an institutional repository.  This will allow
faculty to place working papers, pre-prints, or other research materials
in an online repository that can be shared with other researchers.  We
started the repository by depositing full text digital dissertations from
Wayne State.  The repository is available at http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu.

            It
is being recommended by the design consultant and the architectural firm
conducting the feasibility study that the Purdy Library be totally renovated
to include the demolition of the main building.  This is due to the
low (seven ft) ceiling heights and the column and bay configuration in
the current facility.  The final report from Pre-design Associates
will be delivered in December.  The Education Commons project at the
SOM (which includes a renovation of the Shiffman Medical Library) has received
a significant donation and plans are moving forward with that project.

            It
was announced that Dean Sandy Yee is in her fifth year of service.  According
to the AAUP/AFT contract, during the dean’s fifth year a review of
the program is to be conducted.  Provost Nancy Barrett has appointed
a review committee chaired by Dean Phyllis Vroom.  The review committee
will conduct meetings with individual groups and will hold a campus wide
open hearing on December 12 from 10a.m.to 4p.m. at McGregor Conference
Center.

            The
next meeting of the University Library Committee will be on December 12,
at 1:00pm in the UGL Dean’s Conference Room.  The meeting will
adjourn at 2:00pm to join the Library System’s holiday party.