University Library Committee

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December 8, 1998

Anderson, Bromley, Dodson, Gordon-Walker, Osborn, Petrov,
Uhlenbrock, Vaughn

Ex Officio:
Braithwaite, Frazier, Null, Steinberg, Holman Weisbard

Barkan, Carr, Guthrie, Murray, Pfahler, Pitschmann, Reilly

1. Minutes. Minutes of the November meeting were approved.

2. Announcements. Bromley reminded committee members of spring deadlines
for subcommittee reports. Uhlenbrock indicated that the futures
subcommittees work was in process. Anderson stated that the publications subcommittee had met with the chair of the social sciences division and was meeting with the
other divisions early in the new year. Petrov asked that library study space
and lighting be remembered in subcommittee deliberations and library planning
to ensure a welcoming and pleasant place.

3. Report from Frazier. The libraries, Frazier noted are preoccupied
with the budget process. The Department of Administration will present their
recommendations to the Governor in December. Libraries are getting good
signals. Students have been assisting; Cleo Laurie Marsh on the Memorial
Library Committee, for example, helped garner two letters to the governor from
the business community. Rima Apple is also writing on behalf of that
committee. Frazier and other administrators have met with John Gard. In
addition Frazier has met with the Governors education advisor and in January
will meet with a Governors committee, COLAND. A campus library task force on
delivery of library services is on the brink of testing a new model of
efficiently and effectively sharing resources across campus and across the
state. A poetry reading at College Library featured a chapbook by Andrea
Potos and published as part of a new series, Parallel Press, by the libraries. Niki
Graham has been assigned to assist libraries with fund-raising from with
the UW Foundation. Don Grey, Vice President, mentioned in a recent meeting that
libraries should raise an endowment twice their annual budget.

4. Reports from Library Directors. Pfahler noted that the eleven smaller
member libraries that are part of the General Library System are different
from each other in as many ways as they are similar to each other. They do not
engage in interlibrary loan and provide little cataloging in-house, but
they doeverything else the large libraries do. Each library belongs to a
disciplin e-based cluster. Each has different staffing, space, and use and its
own collection budget. Most member libraries have faculty library advisory
committees. While many campuses have consolidated or closed their small
libraries, personal service to faculty clientele have precluded those types of
discussions here. Member libraries are testing a model in which small
libraries become satellites of larger, resource libraries. An example is
Somers and the Business Library. Relationships between and among libraries
are collaborative in nature, even though they are changing as more collections
become electronic. Smaller libraries point out the need for flexible
administrative structures to respond to change.

Barkan reported that the Law School is going through a reaccreditation
process. Barkan is chairing the schools self-study. The law library is
facing the same trends and challenges that other campus libraries are facing,
including inflation, consolidation of publishers, an information explosion,
and cooperative agreements involving resource sharing. However, scaling is
different. The library, for instance, cannot realize great economies of scale
through such strategies as staffing expertise backup. Since the budget comes
through the law school, which is tightly controlled by accreditation
standards, the law library at times takes a different direction from other campus
libraries. A new emphasis on clinical education is stressing the collection
budget, which has traditionally had a research focus. The globalization of
law and interdisciplinarity of law are providing additional stresses on the
budget. The law library is taking maximum advantage of technology, scaling
back non-critical services, and focusing on staff development as coping

Pitschmann stated that space considerations for campus libraries are
returning. Murray noted that Wendt Library has installed security cameras in
its computer classrooms and the library. The document delivery pilot project
is identifying a small number of departments with faculty and graduate
students as test sites. There will be a web page and web form to order journal
articles to be delivered to them on their computers. No other university is attempting
this type of service.

5. Next meeting. The next ULC meeting will be Tuesday, February 9, 1999, at 3:30 in Steenbock Library.

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