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Faculty Senate

Library Committee

Annual Report

During the 2008-09 academic year, the Faculty Senate Library met monthly to carry out its responsibility of advising the university librarian in the three areas outlined in its standing rules: (1) meeting the learning, instruction, and research needs of students, faculty, and staff; (2) assisting in the review of library policies as they relate to circulation, budgets, services, and development of resources for instruction and research; and (3) interpreting the needs of the library to the university.


Launched a series of articles on open access/scholarly communication in Life at OSU. The first three articles were published in May 2009 (“Journal Cancellations Hinder Access to Research”), June 2009 (“Rights Help Propel ‘Greener’ Publishing”), and July 2009 (“OSU Librarians Move Boldly Toward Wider Access”):

Participated in a forum on campus for Heather Joseph, executive director of SPARC, who met with faculty members to discuss trends in the open access movement nationally and internationally.

Hosted Pat Hawk, director of the Office of Sponsored Programs for the OSU Research Office, as a guest speaker to brief the committee on NIH open access policies and rules.

Committee members Elizabeth Thomas and Tara Williams served on the Library’s Faculty Travel Grant Committee and Undergraduate Research Committee, respectively

Issues and Agenda Items for the 2008-09 Library Committee:

Continue the open access article series in Life at OSU through 2009-10. Linda Lamb, manager of the Office of Publication and Outreach in COAS, has offered to format the articles and compile them into a booklet for campus dissemination.

A new subcommittee on open access and scholarly communications will support the work of the Library as it implements its Open Access Plan.

Membership -- 2008-2009
          Lee Sherman '10, Chair, Office of Research Communication
          Nabil Boudraa '09, Foreign Languages & Literatures
          Paul Roberts '09, Zoology
          Tara Williams '10, English
          Hua-Yu Li ‘11, Political Science
          Elizabeth Thomas ’11, Academic Success Center
          Jennifer Nutefall ’11, Library

Ex-officio: University Librarian Karyle Butcher
          Executive Committee Liaison: Kate Halischak