Minutes of the Executive Committee
Staff in Wadsworth House will be asked to transcribe the audio recording of the recent Librarians' Assembly.
The Committee thanked Malcolm Hamilton and Ken Carpenter for their presentations given at the assembly. The Committee also agreed that the newly established Professional Development Leave Program was received well and that Sid Verba should be thanked for his efforts to get it approved. While there was some concern over the 6 years of employment required for participation in the leave program, the Committee agree that this seemed acceptable when compared to similar benefits given to faculty and the required years of employment for other benefits.
Bill Mayer reported that a librarian spoke to him after the assembly and commented on the benefits of involving faculty in future assemblies. The Committee agreed that faculty speeches should continue to be included on future agendas.
Tours of various libraries should begin in March and continue through the spring.
Juliet Schor, author of The Overspent American, will give a presentation on January 1 lth at the Kennedy School. The announcement requesting nominations for the Bryant Fellowship has been made.
James M. Matarazzo, Dean of the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, was asked about possibilities for continuing education programs for Harvard librarians. He is interested in the idea and will look into mailing brochures to non-Simmons librarians. Simmons may also be able to host continuing education classes at Harvard.
Rights and Responsibilities: (Scott reporting for Lynn)
Because newly formed ULC committees will look at position analysis implementation, this is no longer a subject requiring immediate action by this committee.
An idea to create a database of Harvard librarians and their areas of expertise was presented to the Executive Committee and was not received well. It was noted that others have tried to do similar projects in the past and had been unsuccessful. Also, this project did not fit well into the existing charge of the Committee. An ad hoc committee or project team might be formed if there is still interest in doing this in the future.