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Library Committee

Annual Report 2002-2003

    During the 2002-03 academic year, the Faculty Senate Library Committee continued to fulfill its responsibilities 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) formulating library policies in relation to circulation, budgets, services, and development of resources for instruction and research; and 3) interpreting the needs and policies of the library to the University.

In consultation with the University Librarian, the committee spent much of its time strongly advocating for the Libraries during the 2007 redesign process, particularly seeking to persuade administrators to re-designate the library as an academic and not administrative unit on campus. While the implementation of the current plans from the 2007 process remain unpredictable, the committee's advocacy appears to have had some influence. We are pleased that the current plans do call for the library to report to administrators on the academic side of the organizational structure.

The committee discussed with library staff the following issues:
    * identifying core services of the library,
    * identifying potential areas of budget cutting,
    * methods for obtaining user information from students and faculty
    * development of shared collections with University of Oregon.
The committee also used one meeting to provide feedback to the library staff who are re-designing the library's web-page.

In response to a request from the President of the Faculty Senate, the committee developed a statement expressing the faculty's understanding of the library's centrality to the mission of the university:

    The library gives meaning to the very word "university," connecting OSU to the universe of learning, even as it supports and builds our very sense of an OSU community. In so doing, the library enables the university to achieve its central purpose: the discovery and dissemination of knowledge. The library is a profoundly democratic space in the university where information is available to all, whether users are students walking the stacks or researchers searching the catalogs online. As the heart of the university, the library is both a central place on campus for scholarly exchange and an engine that powers that exchange as the university pursues its mission to serve the state of Oregon and beyond.

The committee worked hard to recruit student members to the committee, but the ASOSU never designated any student members, although at least three qualified applicants submitted the proper paperwork to ASOSU.

Respectfully submitted by:

Mark Edwards
June 14, 2002

2002-2003 Library Committee Membership
Mark Edwards '04, ChairSociology
Heidi Brayman Hackel '03English
Lawrence Landis '03Archives
Ajoy Velayudhan '03Bioresource Engineering
Dianne Erickson '04Science & Mathematics Education
Bob Rost '04Extension & Exp. Station Communications
Ken Winograd '04School of Education
Barbara Gartner '05Forest Products
Mo Healey '05History

Ex-Officio: University Librarian (Karyle Butcher); Associate University Librarian (Bonnie Allen)

Executive Committee Liaison - Dianne Erickson