UW-L Faculty Senate Library Committee Meeting

Meeting Minutes

October 14, 2008


In Attendance: Paul Beck (Library), Barb Bennie (Mathematics), Matthew Foltz (Graduate Student Representative), Lawrence Forkash (Educational Studies), Tim Gerber (Chairperson, Biology), Melissa Klotz (Student Representative), Don Kuderer (Modern Languages), Stephen McDougal (Political Science/Public Administration), Shauna Sallmen (Physics)


Excused: Matthew Groshek (Student Representative), Sandra Koster (Chemistry), William Ross (Management)


Consultant: Anita Evans (Murphy Library Director)


1. Meeting called to order at 11:02 am.


2. The minutes of the Sept. 16, 2008 meeting were reviewed. M/S/P/ to approve the minutes (10-0-0).


3. Discussion of several aspects pertaining to last year’s Library Committee Report:

A.    DIN (Decision Item Narrative): Anita Evans discussed the process and timelines involved in the current DIN for the 2009-2011 biennium (presented to the Chancellor and Provost in the Spring; goes to the Regents in August; discussion at the state level during the ensuing months; makes its way to the legislature in the following Spring for decision to approve [or not]; budget should be approved [or not] by the state legislature by the Summer). The current DIN is requesting $6 million infusion into the system if passed by the Wisconsin legislature.

B.      Library Committee Activities Report for 2007-2008: General discussion of last year’s report, specifically addressing the areas in the report that pertain to the fiscal crisis affecting Murphy Library and the resolutions that were submitted to the Faculty Senate and to the Student Senate, requesting UW-L support of the library budget for acquisitions and access.


  4. Discussion of the October 25, 2008 document (draft) titled “Murphy Library Proposal for Differential Tuition.” Committee members offered various suggestions that might serve to strengthen the tone of the proposal with respect to the need to increase the number of hours that the library is open, to increase the amount of funding for online access and library materials, and to increase the amount of funding for document delivery (physical pieces such as DVDs, videos, books, as well as electronic/digital access and the payment for copyright clearance fees). Input from the committee members included the following: point out the cost effectiveness; provide more description for each category; take a closer look at the use of the MEPD monies that are generated from courses taken off campus (Milwaukee, for example), monies which now go to the office of the Provost and not to the School of Education; the need for clarification on GQ&A funding: the focus of that money is currently for staffing and support within academic departments and doesn’t address the other needs (increased library usage and access fees, for example); pitch what other campuses are requiring for student differential tuition; re-focus the request: lead off with “this is what you get,” then follow with the justification; justify for each college. The bottom line: this committee is asking for additional differential tuition monies to meet the ever-increasing demands for library-related services. The proposal for differential tuition is due sometime in November (no specific deadline was known at the time of our meeting). It was suggested that any suggestions we have for revisions to the draft of the proposal be sent to all committee members for comments.


5. Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 18, 2008. On the agenda for discussion will be the “LibQUAL+” survey. John Jax (Library Department) will be our guest.  The recorder will be Barbara Bennie.


6. Meeting adjourned at 12:01 pm.


Respectfully submitted by Don Kuderer