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Minutes of Rights & Responsibilities Meeting

November 18, 1997




Present: L. Marcus, L. Shirey, A. Kozbial, S. Milstein, K. Hunter Rutter, S. Britton (minutes)

1. Before the meeting began, Lynn gave a tour of the newly renovated Law Library to interested committee members.

2. Planning for the revision of the handbook for Librarians & Professional and Administrative Staff in the Harvard University Library was begun. A web version will be created, possibly without a print counterpart. Before the next meeting, the committee members will review existing web sources to determine what is already available.

  • It was agreed that the section containing the history of the University Library must be updated. It was suggested that a new section should be created with the theme, "the changing roles of the Harvard libraries and librarians." Changes to be noted include use of individual workstations, and HOLLIS-plus.
  • The audience for the new "handbook" was concluded to be very wide, including not only prospective and newly hired staff but also those with years of Harvard experience. The document must provide information about basic organizational structure, benefits, salaries and policies as well as links to other sources of "quick-reference" information.
  • Information to be added to the existing handbook include ergonomic issues, a bibliography of useful Harvard publications, an organizational chart, and a list of all libraries with links to their webpages (if not available, maybe link to LG).
  • The preliminary work on this web version will sit on a server (to be determined) that will hopefully be password protected. When the final draft is written and approved, it will move and become public.

    3. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 16th, 3 - 4:30pm in room 912 Holyoke Center.


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