University Library Committee Minutes
November 19, 2003
Present: H. Cannon, D. Mattingly, D. Moxley, C. Roney, C. Schochet, D. Magidson,
Chair, Staff: B. Lessin, L. Sutton, S. Yee,
Absent with notice: S.E. Bell, J. Langlois, K. Pothukuchi, J. Rothchild, G.
- The meeting was called to order by D. Magidson, Chair, who welcomed all
new and returning committee members.
- The committee roster was circulated for corrections in contact information
with a request for scheduling information for the winter term.
- Dean Yee provided an update on activities in the library system since last
- Two RFP’s are being issued for feasibility studies of building renovation
projects in the Shiffman Medical Library and the Purdy/Kresge Library. This
latter project will explore the feasibility of merging the Science and Engineering
Library with the Purdy/Kresge Library. The Committee requested invitations
to attend the architects’ presentation as part of the RFP process and
suggested that department chairs may also wish to attend.
The library system continues to create and provide access to digital collections.
Major collections include:
Virtual Motor City project, collaborative project with Reuther Library digitizing
a portion of the Detroit News photo collection, funded by a $110,000 grant
from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. http://www.lib.wayne.edu/resources/special_collections/local/vmc/index.html
- Dorothea June Grossbart Historic Costume Collection, a collaborative project
with the Fashion Design and Merchandising Dept., digitizing images of over
400 garments and accessories of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Using this project as a pilot, a new Digital Dress grant has been received
from IMLS in the amount of $249,433 in a collaborative effort to digitize
the costume collections of The Henry Ford, the Detroit Historical Museum and
Meadow Brook Hall. http://www.lib.wayne.edu/geninfo/units/lcms/dls/grants/ddgrant.php
- Writing the River, a demonstration digitization project focusing on urban
poetry from the 1960s and 1970s in Detroit and Windsor. This project was funded
by a small grant from the Michigan Humanities Council and the National Endowment
for the Humanities.
The Committee had questions about copyright permission to use the digital
images and provisions for server back-up. Jeff Trzeciak, Director of Library
Computing and Media Services, will be invited to a future meeting to address
these and other questions.
Scholarly communications update: national groups following scholarly communications
developments still generally view the situation in “crisis mode.”
Progress is being made with open access publishing initiatives such as BioMed
Central, Public Library of Science and SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and
Academic Resources Coalition. Copies of the November 3 article “A New
World of Scholarly Communications” in the Chronicle of Higher Education
by Richard Atkinson were distributed to committee members.
LibQUAL+ study: LibQUAL+ is a national web-based survey of library service
quality in which the University Libraries have participated for several years.
B. Lessin gave a brief overview of the 2003 survey results and how they are
being used as a catalyst for service improvements. He will be invited to a
future meeting to discuss the program in greater depth.
- Plans for USA PATRIOT Act event: Last year’s Committee set a goal
of sponsoring an event in 2004 on the topic of the USA PATRIOT Act. Preliminary
discussion took place on how to go about arranging such a program. Several
background articles were distributed to members. It was agreed to devote the
next meeting’s agenda to planning the event. Members should bring names
of potential speakers and ideas for consideration.
- Other input from members:
- C. Schochet asked if the Libraries would consider sponsoring a “school
for chairs” in order to explain how the library acquisitions budget
works. S. Yee thought this an excellent idea and will refer the idea to Richard
Jasper, Director of Resource Services, for implementation.
- H. Cannon inquired on the possibility of wireless in the libraries. S.
Yee replied that an Omnibus grant was secured that will provide wireless in
all WSU libraries by the end of this fiscal year. H. Cannon further inquired
what the libraries are doing about integration of library resources into Blackboard.
S. Yee reported that many library services (electronic reserves, library instruction,
virtual reference) are in the process of being incorporated into Blackboard.
She will invite appropriate staff to a future meeting of the Committee for
a fuller presentation.
- The next meeting of the Committee will take place on Wednesday, December
10 and will be focused on planning for the USA PATRIOT Act program.
Notes by: L. Sutton