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Minutes of the Executive Committee


February 11, 2003

Present: Ethel Hellman, Michael Hopper, Rachel Howarth (Acting Chair), Gloria Korsman (Recording), Alix Reiskind, Kathy Rutter, Jan Voogd

Absent: Jackie Dean, Jane Hedberg (Acting Vice Chair), Manda Mahoney, Ellen Shea

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Benefits - Kathy and Michael reported over 100 attendees at the Early Retirement program in December 2002. The Benefits Committee plans follow-up sessions. One session will discuss the pre-1973 retirement program. Another, at Paul Zizzo’s request, will focus on financial planning for employees at any age or length of service. The committee is also examining how we mentor librarians near retirement age.

The Benefits Committee seeks a new Chair.

Communications and Orientation - No report this month. Jackie will report on the status of our archives in March.

Professional Development - Alix announced a Spring Program with Michael Rocke of the Biblioteca Berenson on April 9th, 9 a.m.- 12 noon. Mr. Rocke will speak on the history of Biblioteca Berenson, its future, consortia, integration with the Harvard University Library, and the skills librarians need in Italy vs. the U.S. Karen Carlson Young is coordinating this event. Profession Development will offer only one program this Spring in order to begin plans for an early Fall program. The Executive Committee agreed an early Fall program is a good idea, as there are already many events mid to late Fall. The Bryant Fellowship brown bag lunch on January 31st drew 10-15 attendees. The deadline for applications is Friday, February 14th. Alix invited Jackie to brainstorm about how Communications and Orientation and Professional Development may work together.

Rights and Responsibilities Review Committee - Jan reported the committee is closely studying the charge and will present a report at the March meeting and then post it on our website. The review committee understands “rights” to be the right to “not suffer harm” in the workplace. Our understanding of “Responsibilities”, however, needs more development. Also discussed was how Rights and Responsibilities might monitor the issues raised in other committees and develop programs to address needs that do not fit within the scope of any committee’s work.

OLD BUSINESS

Slate for Spring Assembly - The Spring Assembly will take place on May 8, 2003. Sid Verba and the Provost will address the Assembly. A program on collecting the literature of war-torn nations will follow. The Executive Committee proposed Dan Hazen an as moderator; Jeffrey Horrell, Michael Hopper, András Riedlmayer, and Ray Lum as potential panelists. We still need a location for the Assembly. Rachel will inquire about the availability of Gutman Conference Center, Pound Hall at the Law School, Maxwell-Dworkin, Kennedy School, and Lamont Forum Room.

Appoint Chair for Nominating Committee - Gloria will chair the nominating committee to three candidates to run for two open Member-at-Large spots.

Website - The Executive Committee decided to maintain its own website, rather than relay updates to Peter Kosewski’s office.

NEW BUSINESS

Select alternate Executive Committee Member-at-Large -- The Executive Committee will invite Karin Medin of Countway Library to complete Susan Lieberthal’s term.

Meeting adjourned at: 4:30.

The next meeting will be on March 7, 2003, 3-4:30 p.m. at the Houghton Library. In preparation for the meeting, Executive Committee Members are to prepare two sentences describing the mission of the Librarian’s Assembly.