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Minutes of Rights & Responsibilities Meeting

February 17, 1998




Present: Scott Britton, Malcolm Hamilton (ex-officio),Lawrence Marcus (chair), Susan Milstein, Kathleen Hunter Rutter (minutes), Lynn Shirey

Lawrence discussed last Tuesday's Librarians' Assembly Executive Committee meeting. Two new members at large were present, Scott Britton and Ellen Isenstein. Michael Leach proposed the creation of a vice-chair position, which would lead into the chair position, creating continuity on the committee, but Malcolm pointed out that this is not in the by-laws. Steven Riel and Michael Leach will be stepping down at the end of the current term.

The Rights and Responsibilities Committee will have space on the OIS server, as will the other ULC committees. This will allow us to put up a mock up of our page for subsequent revision. Next Thursday, the Executive Committee will have its annual meeting with the University Library Committee. Possible agenda topics include presenting the work being done by each committee, which in our case would include our work updating the Handbook and the creation of a web site with links to relevant documentation. E-journals was another proposed agenda item for this meeting.

Michael Leach is currently working on creating a file of documentation on the procedures and past history of the Librarian's Assembly and the Executive Committee to facilitate the next chair's movement into the position.

Topics for the next Librarians' Assembly were also mentioned. Lynn suggested that a move to consolidate Harvard's multimedia holdings would be useful.

Progress on the updating of the Handbook was discussed. Lynn Shirey and Kathy will work on Chapter 4; Scott will handle the Appendices. Our next meeting will tentatively consist with instruction on adding our revisions to the web site. This meeting will be held March 17th at 3 p.m. in Lamont 511 if possible.

The last topic introduced involved a query raised at the Executive Committee meeting on standardising expectations for attendance and participation on ULC committees. Kathy will supply Lawrence with the ALA/ACRL forms on this topic.


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