University Library Committee

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November 20, 2001

Present: Alanen, Baughman, Boyd, Friedman, Hellstrom, Kleinhenz, Potter, Rao, Triplett

Ex Officio: : Barribeau, Frazier, Rouse

Others: : Barkan, Gilbertson, Guthrie, Murray, Pfahler, Norcross, Rider, Van Gemert

1. Approval of October minutes - approved.

2. Reports from Directors:

Natalie Norcross (Health Sciences Libraries) reported that they have ended a library director search. They will rewrite a position description and begin a new search. A staff retreat is planned for January. HSL is conducting a survey, with the assistance of the UW Survey Center, of 1500 of their primary library users.

Steve Barkan (Law Library) reported that the CIC Law Library Directors met as a group the previous week. They discussed waiving interlibrary loan fees among their libraries.

Ed Van Gemert (Public Services and Member Libraries) reported that the Geology Library is scheduled for renovation; the Physics Library will get new carpeting during semester break; Music Library is getting new shelving; an Artists' Books Exhibit is currently on display in Special Collections and the Art Library; and that the campus "Book Transfer" service is in development.

3. Journal Costs and Trends:

Ken Frazier gave a presentation on costs and publishing trends of scholarly journal literature. Relationships between Wisconsin's budget situation (tied to state legislature),our collections, and our ARL (Association of Research Libraries) rankings were discussed - as were comparable peer institutions. Wisconsin continues to be a very strong lending library (currently 2nd of 120 member institutions in the Association of Research Libraries) with a 90% "fill rate" for requests. Decisions about commercial journal subscription cancellations have not, so far, affected overall library performance negatively. UW-Madison ranks 10th among the ARL libraries in journal holdings. Changing student research behaviors, with regard to the free Internet and our licensed core literature collections, were also discussed.

4. East Campus Mall Development Program:

Sandy Pfahler reported on potential impact factors of this program on the libraries at the east end of campus. Unifying arts and humanities departments (and libraries) is one focus of this plan. This could affect Mills Music Library, Kohler Art Library, State Historical Library, and Special Collections. Consultants and campus and department representatives are analyzing current conditions and needs - and also investigating peer institutions for comparisons. Development of a framework for a related capital campaign is scheduled for January 2002. This will be a $100 million project.

There was general discussion of this program and related issues (e.g. community involvement, moving libraries closer to their related departments and primary constituents, and library space issues).

5. Collaborative Digital Library Projects:

Discussion of library/faculty digital collaborations will take place at the next ULC meeting.

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