February 27, 2003
Present: Mark Edwards, Chair, Bob Rost, Larry Landis, Lorraine Borchers,
Diane Erickson, Ken Winograd, Mo Healy, Katie Cunnion
- Julia Blixrud (of ARL) and Karyle Butcher: Why should OSU Libraries be a part of ARL?
- It's not just about the library, but the whole institution.
- ARL sees itself as an association for collective action, advocating for
the research community: 124 research libraries in the U.S. and Canada
- Some examples of ARL's collective action: intellectual property and
copyright issues; scholarly communication; establishing library performance
measures to justify funding and measure effectiveness; preservation of
primary sources and materials.
- 2000 new membership committee discussed new criteria including digital
collections/sources and an emphasis on uniqueness of collections, support
of parent institution, and distinctive contribution to the research community.
- One measure of demonstrating institutional support is through the
organizational reporting relationship.
- All ARL libraries, as most other research libraries, report to the academic side.
- There do exist some old structures where the librarian also serves
as the computing/info services person, but this is mostly due to the
personnel situation at a particular university.
- ARL looks for the library's contribution to the institution's learning
and research and how the administration values these things.
- Computer centers and libraries are completely different cultures; therefore,
OSU's current structure runs counter to the ARL model.
- ARL also evaluates whether the library is situated in the organization
in a way that it can get resources it needs, therefore, budgets have to be
separate; funds are vulnerable when dollars are mixed with computing needs.
- ARL tries to look at the library from a student's point of view, i.e.,
is the library well supported well enough?
- Some examples of collaboration that ARL membership would bring include:
- Grant from the Mellon Fund that funds research that addressed how to
alleviate high cost of journals.
- Scholars Portal - both purchased and free - ARL headed development of
project; once established, other libraries can join.
- Scholarly publishing-the SPARC initiative.
- Preservation of electronic materials.
- Recently Mark met with Bruce Sorte.
- He is enthusiastic about ARL, but wants material to tighten the case for
membership and to move the libraries to the academic side of the reporting structure.
- He would like specific data and an answer to how it would effect the campus.
- He also wants information on how we compare to other like institutions.
- Other information would pertain to:
- Holes in collections-collect assessment.
- Anecdotes and data, i.e., ILL stats for borrowing.
- Mark will draft and staff a statement to Sabah listing the committee's
concerns and recommendations. This statement will include the
- Library's lack of visibility in the 2007 plan.
- Library's budget.
- P&T and teaching issues.
- ARL goals and how it fits with making OSU a top tier university.
Notes by Kevin Bokay