Faculty Senate Library Committee


February 21, 2005


In attendance: William Barillas (English), Paul Beck (Library),  Cynthia Berlin (Geography), Linda Dickmeyer (Communication Studies), Karl Kattchee (Mathematics), Glenn Knowles (Economics), Denis Provencher (Modern Langauges), Chia-Chen Yu (ESS).  Excused: Darlene Lake (Modern Languages). 

Consultant:  Anita Evans (Library)


Meeting was called to order at 4:00 p.m. in Room 120, Murphy Library.


I.  Minutes.  Minutes of the December 15, 2004 meeting were approved with a corrected adjournment time of 11:05 a.m.


II.  Reminder of charge from Faculty Senate.  Chair Provencher reviewed the charges from the Faculty Senate for this Committee including the four specific ones: 1.) investigate and address deficits identified in the LibQual survey; 2.) follow up on quality of e-journals by having faculty check in their fields for e-journal reliability; 3.) monitor the budget situation; and 4.) development of web smart pages.  In January, this committee sent out a “Library Support” letter to UW-L Faculty.  We received little or no feedback from this letter.   Provencher will ask John Jax to send this letter to the Library liaisons hoping this will spark some feedback.


III.  J-Term staffing.  A faculty member asked the Committee if the Library could increase its hours during J-term by adding evening and/or weekend hours.  Evans reported that in 1996/97 the Library had done a study of library use during J-term and did expand hours.  Subsequent head counts, though, indicated a drop in use so the hours were cut back to the current schedule.  The Library’s student help budget has been cut this year in effort to maintain current hours.  Adding more hours at this time is not feasible.  The Committee has received no other negative feedback from faculty on Library hours.  We can look at the headcount for this past J-term and see if use had increased since the last study.  If there has been a change, we can email department chairs about the Library’s summer schedule and inquire if their faculty might have assignments that would require research when the Library might not be open during the 4-4-4 summer school.


IV. Response from Library Support letter.  We received no feedback so we will ask John Jax to send the letter to the liaisons and ask them to discuss it with their departments.  Evans reported that the Governor Doyle’s budget did not contain any monies for the library DIN request.  Evans had met with local legislators on Wisconsin Library Association Legislative Day and suggested that we invite them to tour Murphy Library.  It’s been a number of years since some legislators have been here.  We could highlight digital projects and other measures showing how both the Library and patrons have changed.  Invite them at a time to maximize their contact with Faculty Senate Library Committee members, such as Monday at 4:00 p.m. or Wednesday mornings.


V.  LibQual letter.   Provencher asked for comments on the draft of the Committtee’s letter to the Faculty Senate explaining the qualitative results in the LibQual survey.  Incorporating quantitative information was one suggestion.  Other comments were offered including a summary paragraph that would highlight our opinion of what this all means and what should be done with this data.  Topics for improvement indicated by LibQual and the focus group video included: a coffee café/lounge area; more group study rooms; longer hours; a room with large screen TV; and more advertising (print and electronic) of the availability in the Library of tablet PCs, wireless connection, and room 256 for faculty.   We should prioritize these as to what we think are most important and could put them as bulleted points in the summary paragraph.


VI.  Next meeting.  Monday, March 21, 4:00 p.m., Room 120, Murphy Library 


VII.  Announcements:  Barnes & Noble fundraiser for Murphy Library Endowment set for Tuesday, March 8.  Special talk on the All-American Girl’s Baseball League at 6:30 p.m. at B & N.  Any books purchased at Barnes & Noble that day, with a special voucher,  a portion of the sale will go to the Library’s Endowment fund.  Vouchers are available at Murphy Library or at B & N.

            New “Mission Statement” for Murphy Library is up on the “About” page on the Library’s web site. 


Meeting adjourned, 5 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Paul Beck