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Minutes of the Executive Committee

11 April 2002

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

Committee Reports

Benefits (Kathy Hunter Rutter reporting)

The committee is working on a Fall program regarding various untapped benefits, such as early retirement, adoption assistance, etc.

Communications and Orientation (Jackie Dean reporting)

The Spring tour was a special open house and tour of the newly renovated Divinity School Library on 26 March 2002, but because of low attendance, the committee is considering phasing out the tours. There will be a Reception for New Librarians on 15 April and Spring lunches for New Librarians.

Professional Development (Hilde DeWeerdt reporting)

The forum discussion on remote library services held Tuesday, March 19, was quite successful, and the committee plans to post the presentations on its website. The committee will need to appoint a new chair, as Hilde DeWeerdt will soon be leaving.

Rights and Responsibilities (Lynda Kresge reporting)

On reserve status, awaiting identification of particular issues of concern.

Old Business

Plans for Spring Assembly: the date has finally been determined to be Thursday, May 30, from 10:30-12:00 in the Lamont Forum Room. The topic will be Three People Not Talking about ALEPH subtitle to be determined. Suggestions for subtitle have included: The New Face of Public Service, Innovating Access beyond the Main Catalog,and Building beyond the Main Catalog." Speakers will include Bonnie Burns demonstrating the new Harvard Geospatial Library, Leslie Morris talking about OASIS, and a third speaker who is yet to be determined. There will be handouts, and the program will be taped.

New Business

1. Rachel Howarth agreed to be the chair of the Nominations Committee, and will take charge of the process for elections for positions becoming vacant at the end of this term. There are three members-at large whose terms end in August 2002.

2. The LAEC chair will announce a call for volunteers for committee work, to begin with the next term. Committee chairs will bring to the LAEC chair the numbers of places to be filled on each committee.

Next meeting: May 9, 2002, 3:00-4:30 p.m., in the conference room at 625 Mass. Ave.