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Faculty Senate » February 27, 2003

Library Committee

February 27, 2003

Present: Mark Edwards, Chair, Bob Rost, Larry Landis, Lorraine Borchers, Diane Erickson, Ken Winograd, Mo Healy, Katie Cunnion
  1. Julia Blixrud (of ARL) and Karyle Butcher: Why should OSU Libraries be a part of ARL?
    1. It's not just about the library, but the whole institution.

    2. ARL sees itself as an association for collective action, advocating for the research community: 124 research libraries in the U.S. and Canada

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. One measure of demonstrating institutional support is through the organizational reporting relationship.

    6. All ARL libraries, as most other research libraries, report to the academic side.

    7. 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.

    8. ARL looks for the library's contribution to the institution's learning and research and how the administration values these things.

    9. Computer centers and libraries are completely different cultures; therefore, OSU's current structure runs counter to the ARL model.

    10. 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.

    11. ARL tries to look at the library from a student's point of view, i.e., is the library well supported well enough?

    12. Some examples of collaboration that ARL membership would bring include:
      1. Grant from the Mellon Fund that funds research that addressed how to alleviate high cost of journals.
      2. Scholars Portal - both purchased and free - ARL headed development of project; once established, other libraries can join.
      3. Scholarly publishing-the SPARC initiative.
      4. Preservation of electronic materials.

  2. Recently Mark met with Bruce Sorte.
    1. 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.
    2. He would like specific data and an answer to how it would effect the campus.
    3. He also wants information on how we compare to other like institutions.
    4. Other information would pertain to:
      1. Holes in collections-collect assessment.
      2. Anecdotes and data, i.e., ILL stats for borrowing.

  3. Mark will draft and staff a statement to Sabah listing the committee's concerns and recommendations. This statement will include the
    1. Library's lack of visibility in the 2007 plan.
    2. Library's budget.
    3. P&T and teaching issues.
    4. ARL goals and how it fits with making OSU a top tier university.
Notes by Kevin Bokay