April 27, 2000
Attending: Landis, Horne, Judd, Twohy, Brayman Hackel, Beach, Yu, Butcher, Allen
Absent: Armer, Larson, Rubert
Review of Minutes - one change noted to minutes of March 30, otherwise, the Minutes were approved as written.
Discussion of Faculty Use of Library Study Carrels - Heidi Brayman Hackel
Heidi Brayman Hackel presented the issue of limiting faculty usage of library study carrels to 90 days, or one
term. In her own research, she finds it difficult to complete a project in this short amount of time, and feels
she is not the only faculty member to run into this problem. She presented some suggestions on policies for
carrel use and assignment.
· Set aside some carrels exclusively for faculty use.
· Provide a range of choices to faculty for length of time.
· Assign carrels to faculty for up to one year at a time.
The library currently has 42 study carrels available. Ph.D. candidates use 85% of these, which leaves 15
carrels available for faculty use. On the waiting list, it's 75% PhD candidates and 25% faculty.
A lengthy discussion followed on the pros and cons of this issue. One suggestion made was to have graduate
students share a carrel - this would allow twice as many students to have a space.
The decision was made to form a subcommittee, including a person from Library circulation and a representative
from the Graduate Student Association to look into this issue. Butcher stated she thought the concept of
sharing carrels was valid, but wants graduate student input before a decision is made.
Hackel will report back on this issue at the next meeting.
Category I Proposals and the Library Budget - Gary Beach
Gary Beach presented a resolution to the committee involving background on his study of this issue, how
category I proposals are evaluated, and the perspective of budgetary needs of the library in conjunction with
these new proposals. Beach has conducted a study of this issue going back 20 years and has concluded that
no funds have EVER been transferred to the library to support ANY new academic degree programs - either from
the academic units or from the central administration.
Beach presented his draft resolution to the Committee for consideration to present to the Faculty Senate on
how to ameliorate this lack of funding.
He asked for committee member input on this draft.
The next meeting if this Committee will be held on May 25, 3:30 P.M. in the Drinkward Conference Room,
Minutes prepared by Marcia Griffin