Cunningham Memorial Library
Library Faculty Assembly
LFA 06/07-06 Approved:
Present: Betsy Hine, Steve Hardin, Karen Evans, Susan Frey, Rolland McGiverin, Valentine Muyumba, Kathy Gaul, Juliet Kerico.
Ex-Officio: Marsha Miller,
I. Call to Order and Approval of Agenda
Chair R. McGiverin called the meeting to order at 9:04 a.m.
II. Approval of Minutes (LFA 06/07-03, Dec. 7, 2006)
V. Muyumba’s name was misspelled in one instanced. With that correction, K. Evans moved approval, with M. Miller seconding. The minutes were approved
III. Chair’s Announcements/Reports
R. McGiverin reported there have been a few exchanges with the Dean about the grievance document; she’s asked several questions and he’s tried to address them. He will send it out after this meeting so it will, he hopes, be approved again. He thinks her discussion has led to a stronger document, nailing down some vague expressions. The LFA will have to vote on it again, and it will have to go back to the Dean for her final approval.
IV. Remarks of the Dean of Library Services
A. Comer, representing the Dean, had no remarks.
V. Remarks of the Faculty Senators
M. Miller reported that at the
December 14th meeting, Mary Corenflos was thanked for her years of
work. Her replacement is Karen
Buchholz. M. Miller has a fact sheet on
international programs and enrollments. It’s
a result of Jim Buffington’s (Chair of Student Affairs Committee) work
discussing declines in the number of students in the program; Gaston Fernandez
has worked up two documents on the matter.
See her if you want to see them. At
the January 9th Executive Committee meeting, President Benjamin
noted ISU is hosting a
R. McGiverin asked whether M. Miller had heard anything about a Senate replacement for Chris Mehrens. M. Miller said she hadn’t.
M. Miller said the Provost’s
enrollment figures indicate we’re down 309 in the spring semester. That’s comparable to last year. International student enrollment was up 6.9%;
grad student enrollment was up 1%; undergraduate students from
VI. Remarks from Library Support Staff
VII. 15-Minute Open Discussion
B. Hine asked if M. Miller had an agenda for the Board of Trustees meeting. M. Miller replied she didn’t have an agenda, but reminded everyone that the president’s 360 review was recently completed. If there would be a significant outcome, it would be at this or at the February meeting. But even if something doesn’t happen at the Jan meeting, it doesn’t mean there won’t be ramifications. R. McGiverin asked about the proposed merger of Nursing and Health and Human Performance. M. Miller said the issue would be taken up in February. There is no trustees meeting in March. Some discussion ensued about the Nursing/HHP merger proposal.
B. Hine wondered if the LFA should say anything regarding the president’s 360 evaluation. We never got a meeting with the Provost. M. Miller said it was her understanding that the Provost was going to address the library, but that hasn’t occurred. She said the Provost said that if there were to be a follow-up, it would be the Dean’s prerogative.
VIII. Committee Reports
a. Library Administrative Affairs Committee
J. Kerico, R. McGiverin and S. Hardin all reported the LAAC met last month; the Committee is scheduled to meet next week. There was discussion on the changes to the documents service desk and the government documents librarian in response to a request from the Faculty Senate.
b. Library Faculty Affairs Committee
M. Miller reported LFAC had not met since the last LFA meeting. R. McGiverin said LFAC needs to update the Promotion and Tenure Oversight (PTO) document.
c. Personnel Committee
B. Hine reported the Committee reviewed pre-tenure evaluations and made a recommendation on one promotion/tenure document. Next up are annual review/salary recommendations.
d. Search Committees
1. Head of Systems
V. Muyumba said two candidates
withdrew. The Dean gave us permission to
2. Head of Reference
J. Kerico reported one of the Committee’s top candidates accepted another position. Another impressive candidate is coming on January 29th.
3. Metadata Librarian
K. Evans said one candidate was visiting today; the Committee has called references for another person and requested another. Two other candidates have withdrawn.
4. Sci//Tech Librarian
S. Hardin reported the Committee has five good finalists; the Committee is trying to narrow down the field to three to invite for interviews.
e. Senate/University Committees
K. Gaul said the Faculty Economic Benefits Committee has had one organizational meeting and was given several new charges, including whether promotional increments and base salaries should be raised. The Committee was also charged to have several faculty members become more familiar with the budgeting process.
B. Hine said the University Faculty Affairs Committee has been meeting regularly. The Committee heard from Bob Guell about the first year experience initiative (TAFFY). They have a document proposing better advising for first-year students. The concept of a university college was also discussed.
S. Hardin reported the Student Affairs Committee is also discussing TAFFY and the university college.
S. Frey said the University Administrative Affairs Committee is discussion TAFFY and the university college as well.
IX. Old Business
a. Grievance Document
R. McGiverin said he thinks it’s important to have a document equivalent to the CAPS manual. We have a good first draft. The CAPS manual is for courses and program approval that go through academic process. We need something similar for our reallocations such as Government Documents. We don’t have one for the library. He’s working on refining the draft.
b. Constitution revisions
R. McGiverin said he’d sent the last round of revisions to the Dean and hasn’t heard back yet.
X. New Business
a. Constitution revisions for II. I, II L., II M., III A., III L.,
M. Miller moved, and B. Hine seconded, approval of the revisions. A summary of the revisions:
II M - dropped. The revisions passed 7-0-0.
II L – major change is changing from terminology from the Promotion, Tenure and Leaves Committee to the Personnel Committee. The revisions passed 7-0-0.
III L. - Release time. Tabled.
III A. - Appointment. Tabled.
V. Muyumba moved, and K. Evans seconded, adjournment. The meeting was adjourned.