of the Executive Committee
January 17, 2001
Present: Amy Kautzman (Chair), Jan Voogd (Vice-Chair), Judi Beland, Joe Bourneuf, Mary Beth Clack, Paula Ebbitt, Malcolm Hamilton, Ethel Hellman (recording), Lynda Kresge, Theresa Lyman, Karen Nipps, and Enith Vardaman.
Mary Beth Clack was introduced as the new member-at-large, replacing Ken Carpenter, who has retired.
- Karen Nipps announced that Janet Rutan had stepped down as a member of the committee, and has been replaced by Karin Medin of the Law Library.
- The committee is planning two programs in the Spring
- Jenny Hart of the Warren Museum, an historical medical museum at Countway, will be the first in a series of programs highlighting unusual collections at Harvard. This program is scheduled for late March at Countway.
- In late April/early May the committee will present a program featuring librarians who acquired their skills in a traditional library setting, and then moved into less traditional fields.
- Paula Ebbitt and Enith Vardaman reported that Suz-Ann Olofson has left the committee and will not be replaced.
- The committee will present a program in May, led by Paul Zizzo of the Benefits Office, on the new retirement plan for librarians. They are also considering a future program on post-retirement finances.
Communications & Orientation
- Joe Bourneuf announced that Kathy Wahl has left the committee and will not be replaced.
- The committee will meet in February to plan the Spring reception for new librarians, and to plan another library tour. A tour of the Harvard Depository was suggested as being of interest to many staff.
Web Page Discussion
Amy has had no response from fellow Executive Committee members to her query regarding possible suggestions to be forwarded to the Rights and Responsibilities Committee in response to Ken Carpenterís talk at the last Librariansí Assembly. She will forward to the rest of the committee her thoughts on the topic and would be happy to entertain any discussion that might follow.
In attempting to find an appropriate repository for Kenís talk, Amy discovered that the University Archives could find no materials referring to the Librariansí Assembly. The Executive Committee agreed that an effort should be made to archive the activities of this group. Amy will initiate a public request for any records (e.g., member lists, records of programs, policies, minutes, etc.) pertaining to the Librariansí Assembly, which could then be placed in the University Archives. Malcom Hamilton suggested that Library Notes might be a helpful resource for this information.
Amy took the audio tapes from the Fall Assembly meeting and had them digitized and put on a CD. The meeting is available on CD and may be borrowed from Amy.
Spring Assembly Ideas
- Amy suggested a speaker or a panel to describe and clarify the role of faculty committees in the governance of the university libraries. Malcom Hamilton suggested the program might be broadened to an exploration of the role of bodies external to the library in library governance (e.g., Visiting Committee, faculty committees, friendsí groups, etc.). Amy has already consulted Sid Verba about the general topic and he responded positively. She will meet with Sid and Barbara Graham to discuss particulars. Executive committee members are encouraged to forward any other ideas to Amy.
- Since the Spring Assembly will be Neil Rudensteinís last Assembly meeting, it seems appropriate that a gift, thanking him for his considerable support of the university libraries, be presented to him at that time. Several ideas were discussed. The discussion is still open on this topic and ideas may be forwarded to Amy.
Next meeting: March 21, 2001 in the Lamont Forum Room.