Faculty Senate Library Committee
March 21, 2005
In attendance: William Barillas (English), Paul Beck (Library), Cynthia Berlin (Geography), Karl Kattchee (Mathematics), Glenn Knowles (Economics), Darlene Lake (Modern Languages), Denis Provencher (Modern Langauges), Chia-Chen Yu (ESS).
Excused: Linda Dickmeyer (Communication Studies),
Consultant: Anita Evans (Library)
Meeting was called to order at 4:05 p.m. in Room 120, Murphy Library.
I. Minutes. Minutes of the February 21, 2005 meeting were approved as written.
II. Update on J-Term staffing. Anita Evans reported on headcount statistics of library use during recent J-terms. Friday afternoons are slow. Most patrons utilize the Library between Mondays and Wednesdays. We cut funding for student help in last budget cycle and are being asked to make cuts again so it would be difficult to add any more hours during J-term. We could shift some hours by closing earlier one day and being open later on another day. Motion: that the Library cut two hours on Fridays during J-term and shift those hours to a more appropriate time slot. Also, that Murphy Library communicates that change in hours to J-term faculty and for J-term faculty to pass that information along to their students. M/S/P.
III. Legislative visits. The Library is working on contacting the area’s state legislators (Shilling, Huebsch, Kapanke) to invite them for a visit to Murphy Library and will continue to follow up on this.
IV. Responses to Library Support Letter. Committee has had no faculty feedback to its letter. Neither has John Jax, Collection Development Librarian, who sent out the letter to the Department liaisons. The letter did serve an informational purpose and keeps the communication channels open.
V. Potential Budget Cuts. Evans reported that the Library was asked by the Provost to come up with creative ideas for budget cuts. No dollar amount was given for us to meet. They are looking at administrative positions that are open across campus to cut and under the Department of Administration’s definition, librarians are considered administrative. The Library has an open position for a cataloger so this was offered to the Provost although we did stress that this is a crucial position for us to fill.
VI. Discussion of letter to Faculty Senate re: LibQual. Suggestions:
Add sentence about keeping current budget climate in mind while considering our recommendations.
Expand the fourth paragraph. Acknowledge that the budget situation makes it difficult to maintain let alone increase services.
We could institute student fees for the Library. We could identify other possible sources of income.
UW-System should be more involved. We should communicate more with System about the Library concerns. Utilize faculty reps.
We could go beyond the Faculty Senate charge to the Committee. Look at the funding and decide how to take action; how to make things possible. Acknowledge economic climate and look at quality of service. Funding needs to be addressed.
Delete repeating the recommendations at the end
Put budget piece at the end.
Committee members Provencher, Barillas, and Knowles will work on this and bring it back to the next meeting.
The final two Faculty Senate Library Committee meetings of the semester are scheduled for: Monday, April 18, 4:00 p.m. Room 120, Murphy Library
Monday, May 2, 4:00 p.m. Room 120, Murphy Library
Meeting adjourned, 5:08 p.m.