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Minutes of the Executive Committee

September 16, 2003

Present: Karen Bailey (Co-Chair), Laureen Esser, Charlie Fineman, Rachel Howarth (Co-Chair), Renata Kalnins, Gloria Korsman (Vice-Chair), Connie Mayer, Zuzana Nagy, Sarah Phillips, Alix Reiskind, and Tim Strawn.

Absent: Jane Hedberg, Pat Tully.


Benefits -- Zuzana reported the Benefits Committee is planning a program for staff covered by the pre-1973 retirement plan. Also, plans are underway for fall program on less well-known benefits for Harvard staff. A program on retirement planning will be offered in the spring, perhaps with a representative from Vanguard to complement last year’s program with a TIAA-CREF representative.

Communications and Orientation -- Charlie and Sarah reported on plans to revise the committee’s charge. Since there are fewer new hires now than in previous years, the committee’s work is less about sponsoring lunches and more about mentoring. The committee plans to host brown bag lunches for new Harvard librarians to talk with one another and more seasoned colleagues.

Professional Development -- Laureen and Alix reported a program will be offered at the Arborteum, tentatively on October 17th. The committee is also discussing how to build a mentoring program, and will meet with Rights and Responsibilities for further discussion. To stimulate more interest in the Bryant Fellowship, publicity will begin in early fall.

Rights and Responsibilities -- No report. This new committee has not yet met as a whole.


LAEC Archives -- Committee chairs will gather meeting agendas, minutes and reports for the archives. Karen requested everyone bring folders to the October meeting. In future, outgoing chairs will deposit folders with the LAEC chair for transfer to the archives.

Listservs & Webspace -- Discussion postponed the to October meeting.

Fall Program Planning -- The LAEC brainstormed topics. “Librarians serving teaching and research” would highlight collaborative projects such as the Baker thesaurus of business terms, faculty liaisons at Widener, a Loeb Design LDI project to describe visual images used in GSD classes. Alternative topics: “librarian as scholar”, “publishing for the profession”, and “mentoring support staff”. Though there is continued interest in the Patriot Act, the LAEC decided a program is not appropriate at this time. Karen suggested we consider ways to create an “epicenter for conversation” about the Patriot Act. The resulting conversations, as well as any future changes to the Patriot Act, may suggest a future program.

Respectfully submitted,
Gloria Korsman
September 16, 2003