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Minutes of the Executive Committee


10 January 2002

Present: Ethel Hellman (Chair), Jan Voogd (Vice-chair, recording), Lynda Kresge, Kathleen Hunter Rutter, Rachel Howarth, Karen Bailey, Jackie Dean, Jane Hedberg, Michael Hopper, Hilde DeWeerdt

Absent: Ellen Shea.

Committee Reports

Benefits (Kathy Rutter reporting)

The committee held a successful and well-attended (40 people) program on educational opportunities on Tues., 4 Dec 2001, from 9:30-11, with Judith Messerle (the Extended Professional Development Award), Joanne Doherty (the Tuition Assistance Plan [TAP] and the Education Assistance Fund), Carol Elsen (the Harvard Extension School Certificate Program), and Elizabeth Vernon (the PhD program at Simmons). The committee’s next meeting is 11 January 2002.

Communications and Orientation (Jackie Dean reporting)

The Fall library tour held on 13 Dec 2001 at 3 pm at the Schlesinger Library was attended by 25 people and went very well. The Spring tour will be of the newly renovated Divinity School Library.

Professional Development (Hilde DeWeerdt reporting)

The Brown Bag Discussion of the Bryant Fellowship Program is coming up on 23 January. The committee has scheduled a tentative 19 March date for a Spring semester program regarding service to remote users and distance learning, which will include speakers on traditional services online; virtual reference; licensing; and special collections.

Rights and Responsibilities (Lynda Kresge reporting)

This committee has returned to its reserve status, awaiting identification of particular issues of concern.

Old Business

1. President Summers attended the Fall Librarians’ Assembly, on 14 Nov 2001, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm, in the Ropes & Gray Room of Pound Hall at Harvard Law School. He spoke before the program, discussed issues with each speaker, and then took questions after the program. The program was entitled "Libraries and Librarians Across Harvard," with presentations by Dan Hazen, Librarian for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal; Ivy Anderson, Digital Acquisitions Coordinator; Jane Ouderkirk, Head of HCL Technical Services; and Nancy Schrock, Chief Collections Conservator for HCL.

2. Plans for Spring Assembly: with a tentative general topic idea regarding technological/access/LDI innovations, we have invited Dale Flecker to attend the next LAEC meeting to assist the Committee in sounding out a landscape of the current scene and identifying projects and innovations that are emblematic of the future direction of the digital world. Possible areas of focus are storage/persistence issues and the potential for integrating in some way seemingly disparate digital projects.

New Business

1. Peter Cohn is leaving Harvard, so the new chair of the Professional Development Committee is Hilde DeWeerdt. The expanded introduction for this meeting focused on Jackie Dean.

Next meeting: February 14, 2002, 3:00-4:30 p.m., in the conference room at 625 Mass. Ave.