Library Committee

Annual Report, 2006-2007


Committee Members in Attendance: Paul Wagenknecht (Chemistry), Trudy Fuller (Music), Lisa Knight (Religion and Asian Studies), George Lipscomb (Education), Linda Barlett (Acting Dean), Charity Watson (student), 
Janis Bandelin (Director of Libraries), Rich Letteri (Communication Studies and Committee Chair)

At its Fall meeting of the 2006-2007 school year, the Library Committee addressed three issues:
1. The 2006-2007 Library Budget: Janis Bandelin presented this year’s library budget that included the budgets for the general library collection and for department allocations. She also reported that there was a 13.7% increase in spending in FY05-06 over FY04-05 due to the use of some endowed accounts. Budget allocations for FY06-07 reflect a 7.5% increase in the budget for print and electronic journals and an overall increase of 5.7%. With the use of endowed accounts, expenditures for this year could reach $1.5 million dollars. The committee discussed department budget allocations as well as allocations and spending on audiovisuals. Since allocations are determined by a formula, and no concerns were expressed, the budget was accepted.

2. The committee reviewed applications for Library Scholar Studies and approved these requests:
Study one (single): Ingemar Bohlin (visiting professor) Fall Term 
Cynthia King (Com Studies) Winter and Spring Term
Study two (single): Ed Yazijian (Religion/Asian Studies) Fall and Winter Term Kristy Maher (Sociology) Spring Term
Study three (single): Brent Nelson (Political Science) Full year
Study four (single): Diane Boyd (CTEL) Full year
Study five (double): John Harris (Math) and Dan Sloughter (Math) Full year
Study six (double): Hugh Liebert (Political Science Adjunct) and
Ted Ritter (Political Science Adjunct) Full year

3. The committee reviewed the proposed revision of Policy 155.5 concerning the “Equivalent Rank of Professional Librarians” developed by the Library’s FASTWOG (Faculty Status Working Group) committee and approved by the Library faculty. The documents included the history of faculty status for librarians at Furman University, comparisons of faculty status and benefits with peer institutions, and issues concerning Furman Librarians with respect to faculty status and benefits

Minutes from Library Committee Meeting: May 4, 2007
Committee Members in Attendance: Paul Wagenknecht (Chemistry), Lisa Knight (Religion and Asian Studies), George Lipscomb (Education), Tom Kazee (Dean), Elaine Knox (Psychology), Janis Bandelin (Director of Libraries), Rich Letteri (Communication Studies and Committee Chair) 
Observer: Pongracz Sennyey, (Library)

At its Spring meeting of the 2006-2007 school year, the Library Committee addressed three issues:
1. The committee was introduced to (and welcomed) the new Associate Director of the Library, Pongracz Sennyey. The new Associate Director shared about some of the projects that he has working on and in particular, focused on the library’s trial run of the Federated Search Engine which can allow students and faculty to search over fifty databases simultaneously including the library’s online catalog and Google Scholar.

2. The committee reviewed applications for Library Scholar Studies and approved these requests for library studies during the Summer of 2007:
Ed Yazijian (Religion/Asian Studies), Brent Nelson (Political Science), 
Hugh Liebert (Political Science Adjunct), Ted Ritter (Political Science Adjunct), and Shelly Matthews (Religion).

3. The committee reviewed the proposed policies 155.5 Corresponding Rank of Library Faculty, Promotion of Library Faculty, and Evaluation of Library Faculty. These policies seek to describe criteria for the rank, promotion, and evaluation of library faculty based on their service to the university and professional achievements. The policies’ justification, guidelines for promotion, and procedure for applying for promotion where discussed and the committee commented on the proposed policy. Janis Bandelin will take the committees comments and recommendations back to the Library faculty for further discussion. She will discuss them with the dean before sending the proposed policies to the Status Committee and the Policies & Procedures Committees for review and approval.

The committee’s next meeting is planned for the Fall of 2007. Beginning next fall, the committee will be chaired by Paul Wagenknecht (Chemistry).

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