February 2004 Minutes
University Library Committee Minutes
Frebruary 17, 2004
Present: J. Langlois, D. Magidson (Chair), J. Rothchild, S. Yee, S. Bell, H.
Cannon, B. Lessin, K. Pothukuchi, C. Schochet
- Committee approved the minutes of the January 20, 2004 meeting.
- There was discussion concerning a possible program focusing on the Patriot
Act. Schochet reported that Sol Green had been approached and expressed an
interest in the program and a willingness to recruit others to participate.
Names mentioned as possible additions to a panel included Bob Sedler, Kary
Moss of the ACLU and current US Attorney Jeffrey Collins. Green’s law
firm may be willing to provide some financial support to underwrite the costs
of this program. A specific request will have to be prepared when it is feasible
to do so. Target for this program is now fall, 2004 as the April date is no
longer workable. (Use of the Bernath Auditorium has been cancelled for that
date.) Tuesday, September 14, 2004 is one possibility and 11-12:30 was suggested
as a possible time for the program. These and other planning items will be
the topic of conversation for the sub-committee.
- Elsevier Update. Dean Yee spoke to issues of scholarly communication and
the trend by academic libraries not to accept the whole Elsevier package.
Wayne State University Libraries now pick 600 core titles plus up to 1100
titles total from the full package of 1200 titles. Before purchasing the full
package, the Libraries purchased about 600 Elsevier titles. We currently have
a five-year agreement with Elsevier that carries with it a 5% inflation cap
each year. Dean Yee shared a recent article from the Wall Street Journal about
Elsevier with members of the committee. She noted that a brochure on scholarly
communication distributed at the last committee meeting will be given to all
who were unable to attend that meeting.
- School for Scholars. April 1 is the target date for this program that is
intended to make the acquisition process more understandable for academic
leaders. No specific time has been set for this program. Richard Jasper, Director
of Resource Services is the primary speaker. He has already prepared a Powerpoint
presentation for this event.
- III Purchase. Dean Yee provided a brief description of the Innovative Interfaces
Inc. purchase and how the change in systems will impact library users. She
also spoke to the intersection of OCLC and Google and some of the challenges
that the use of Google presents to the library world. Those interested in
trying Google as a library search engine were directed to use worldcatlibraries;asubjectoftheirchoosing.
Google will later provide an opportunity to add a zip code so that the user
can determine if libraries in a chosen area hold books that match a given
subject or title interest.
- Vendor presentations. Dean Yee and B. Lessin responded to a question concerning
the vendor presentations that took place on Friday, February 13th. These were
by the finalists for the architectural study of the Purdy/Kresge Library and
were intended to provide the university with a better understanding of the
capability to handle the job at hand. An open hearing is scheduled for Thursday,
Feb. 19th to give those who attended the presentations a chance to share their
insights with the review panel. A decision as to the vendor of choice is planned
for Friday, Feb. 20th by the review committee.
- H. Cannon is unavailable for the meeting scheduled for March 23, 2004.
- Meeting adjourned at 2:53.