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Minutes of the Rights and Responsibilities Committee

Rights & Responsibilities Committee
Meeting Minutes
December 14, 2005
Harvard University Library Office for Information Systems – 205A
1:00 – 2:00 PM

Present:  Elizabeth McKeigue (co-chair), Melanie Wisner, Erin Wise, Karen Storin, Renata Kalnins, Kim Dulin, Patty Hatch (co-chair), Amy Lucker, Kazuko Sakaguchi 

Absent: Amira Aaron (Librarians’ Assembly Liaison)

Minutes.  The minutes of the October meeting were approved. 

Work of the Librarians’ Assembly Executive Committee.  Elizabeth reported that the Librarians’ Assembly program will take place tomorrow from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. with our own Amy Lucker moderating.  The program will address changes in library education and will feature a panel discussion followed by general discussion.  Sid Verba will also give the State of the Library address at the program.  Planning this program has been the focus of the Executive Committee’s recent work.  Other upcoming LAEC programs planned include a “Murder at Harvard” lunch discussion and a brownbag in January on the Bryant Fellowship.  A tour of the new Baker Library is being planned for the spring.  The Executive Committee is also developing an ISite to manage the committee’s work and communication.  This is in the early planning stages.   

Library Lunch Lecture Series.  Barbara Mitchell has notified us that she will be unable to do the upcoming library lunch lecture as planned.  Amy Lucker has volunteered to do a program on the changing nature of art librarianship in her place.  This program will take place at the end of January.  The committee then discussed possible topics and speakers for upcoming lectures.  Possible topics/speakers identified included Ray Lum and his China photos, Erik Zitser moderating a panel on the various Slavic collections at Harvard, and a session on records management at Harvard.  Kazuko offered to approach Erik Zitser to see if he would be interested in setting up the panel on the Slavic collections.  In the meantime Elizabeth will draft an announcement of the lunch lecture featuring Amy and will send it around to members of the committee for comment. 

Notification of Harvard staff involvement/presentation at major library conferences.  Elizabeth reported that she had spoken with Beth Brainard, Director of Communications at the Harvard College Library, about our proposal.  Beth was enthused and offered to create a mock-up form that would be available on the web for librarians to report their activities.  Beth would post the form on the HCL website, and perhaps a similar form could be posted for HUL.  The committee discussed what information should be included on the form.  Possible items include:  librarian’s name, conference title, conference location, date and time, fees and registration, synopsis/abstract and name of talk, and other members of the panel.  

Harvard Libraries Policies Documentation.  The committee discussed using ISites to post these policies once we identify which policies we would like to include.  We might have a Rights and Responsibilities tab on the Librarians’ Assembly ISites that could serve as the location for these policies.  The group concluded that we should attempt to identify one policy that we would like to start with and go from there. 

Next meeting.  The next meeting will be held Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. in OIS Room 205A unless otherwise notified. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Kim Dulin