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Minutes of Rights & Responsibilities Meeting

July 31, 1997




Present: Barbara Burg (Widener), Malcolm Hamilton (ex officio), Michael Leach (Chair, Executive Committee, Librarians' Assembly), Lawrence Marcus (Lamont), Kathleen Hunter Rutter (Widener), Lynn Shirey (Law), David Whitesell (Houghton).

Minutes: Barbara Burg

1. Michael Leach informed the committee that in the next few weeks the Executive Committee will be sending out a call for volunteers in the hope of attracting four more members.

2. Lawrence Marcus volunteered to be Chair for one year.

3. The proposed charge was reviewed. All present agreed that updating the Librarians' Handbook (Handbook for Librarians & Professional and Administrative Staff in the Harvard University Library - September 1991) and making it available electronically via the web is a worthwhile project. Malcolm will send a copy to all committee members.

The committee discussed the portion of the charge which read: "establishing a set of professional and personal competencies for librarians at Harvard, and examine how librarians are fulfilling our roles within the mission of the University." The use of the term, "competencies," proved problematic to the committee so it was agreed that this section would be rewritten and passed on to the Executive Committee for approval. Lawrence will initiate the rewriting process which will take place by e-mail.

4. Future meetings, for now, will be held on the third Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, August 19, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. in the Widener Conference Room.


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