Library Faculty Assembly Minutes


LFA 05/06-09†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Approved: May 25, 2006

May 4, 2006, 2:00 p.m.

Room 028


Present: Steve Hardin, Betsy Hine, Michael Jarrell, Anthony Kaiser, Juliet Kerico,

††††††††††† †† Christopher Mehrens, Marsha Miller, Maribeth Slebodnik

Ex-Officio: Michelle Boyd, Alberta Comer

Visitors: Barb Austin, Kathy Gaul



I.                Call to order and approval of agenda


Chair C. Mehrens called the meeting to order at 2:07 p.m.


II.              Approval of minutes 05/06/08 (March 30, 2006) [attached]


The minutes for LFA 05/06-07 (2/23/06) and LFA 05/06-08 (3/30/06) were approved unanimously.


III.            Recognition Awards [previously part of LSG]




IV.            Chairís announcements/reports




V.              15-minute open discussion


M. Slebodnik wanted to know if anyone knew where the library noise policy stood.C. Mehrens said he would check into it.Some general discussion about various policies followed.M. Slebodnik said she would send the policy to C. Mehrens again, and following discussion it would be sent to the Library Administrative Affairs Committee, which will forward it to the LFA.It can be sent to department heads as a courtesy.


VI.            Remarks of the Dean of Library Services or her representative


A. Comer referred to a memo about how the electricity may be off in parts of the library on Monday.Thereís some confusion about what parts will be affected.


She also announced the library will do the LibQual survey to find out what our constituents feel about the library.Itís an email sent to selected recipients.LibQual crunches the numbers for us.


VII.         Report of the Faculty Senator [attached or forthcoming]


M. Miller said she had sent out some abbreviated information.She will report on this afternoonís meeting for a vote of no confidence for President Benjamin.


VIII.       Remarks from Library Support Staff Representative [new]


M. Boyd said she had no comment.M. Miller asked M. Boyd if she has regular meetings with the Dean.M. Boyd said no.M. Miller said that historically, the dean has had quarterly meetings with support staff.


IX.            Committee Reports


a.     Library Administrative Affairs


J. Kerico told the Assembly it had received the calendar; this meeting will vote on it.LAAC also revised an offensive materials policy form, which is not to be confused with offensive computer use.This form covers cases in which patrons challenge library materials.The revised form is being voted on by email.


b.     Library Faculty Affairs


M. Slebodnik said LFAC is hard at work on evaluation forms.††† B. Hine asked if Digital Measures been approved by the Faculty Senate, replacing the Faculty Report of Professional Activities.It was noted the FRPA isnít an evaluation form.


c.      Personnel Committee


M. Miller reported the Committee finished the annual performance reviews.


d.     Reports from librarians serving on Faculty Senate & University Committees


K. Gaul, who serves on the Faculty Economic Benefits Committee, said the FEBC discussed how ISU handles disability insurance premiums, and how they become taxable.FEBC will investigate how many institutions offer mandatory disability insurance.It may be that people who want extra insurance next year could pay more for it through the university.There was also a proposal for counseling services for stress from program review process.Also, in December 2007, the last people eligible to retire under the current arrangement will have retired.There may be changes pending.Pre-retirement sabbaticals come not out of college/library funds but from university funds.This arrangement could change next year.


A. Comer said she has been asked to serve on the Honors Program Directorís search committee.


B. Hine reported the Faculty Affairs Committee met for the final time.Two charges were given late.One of them dealt with academic integrity.The Committee didnít come to any conclusions on that.Many committee members felt it wasnít really a Faculty Affairs issue, except that they wanted faculty to turn in a form on violations.†† Work continues.There was also change on N grades Ė if the faculty member who issued it is gone, a procedure is needed to handle it (e.g., incompletes turning into Fs.)The Committee recommended the department chair be empowered to make the change.


C. Mehrens, who chairs the Arts Endowment Committee, reported he is sending out 15 letters to people who havenít reported to the Committee.The Committee has concluded its work, but he is still handling grant extensions, etc.


e.     Report from Gen Ed Council representative


J. Kerico reported the final meeting was last week.The Council wonít meet over the summer.The Council was visited by Michael Murphy as chair of CAAC and the Program Prioritization Committee.The Gen Ed Council said departments need to be told how much they need to be cut, and then have departments meet to decide how to implement the cuts; CAAC wants the Gen Ed Council to decide.A search is also underway for a new coordinator.


X.              Old Business




XI.            New Business


a. ††Library Calendar


B. Austin said there is a discrepancy between the library calendar and the University calendar.Is the university really open on December 23rd?There was consensus that it is not, and that thereís probably a mistake on the calendar.C. Mehrens said he could contact Academic Affairs and find out what the actual date should be.


C. Mehrens said Dean McCallister requested he ask whether library should be open earlier on the Sunday before Dead Week and the Sunday before finals week.A. Comer wanted to know if Elizabeth Wright, the head of Circulation, could be included in this discussion.She called Elizabeth, who came.


B. Austin asked whether we get complaints for cutting back from 2:00 a.m. during finals week.We currently stay open that late through Tuesday of finals week.A. Comer responded that the first time we offered extended hours, we were open late the whole week, and by Wednesday night there was no one here.So weíve adjusted our schedule.


E. Wright said itís possible to open at 10:00 or 11:00 a.m. on the Sunday before Dead Week or finals week.But she wonders whether one comment in the Statesman should make us change.Itís already so difficult for Circ staff to handle the extended hours.She said she was unwilling to do it unless thereís more call for it.A. Comer suggested opening at noon.That way we can say weíre trying to accommodate the students.C. Mehrens noted that on December 12, 2006 and April 29, 2007, the library will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m.


B. Hine moved, and M. Miller seconded, accepting the calendar as amended.The motion passed.


XII.          Adjournment


The meeting adjourned at 2:55 p.m.



Respectfully submitted,


Steve Hardin

Secretary of the Day