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Minutes of the Rights and Responsibilities Committee


Rights & Responsibilities Committee
Meeting Minutes
Friday, May 6, 2005
Harvard University Library Office for Information Systems – 205A
9:00 – 10:30 AM

Present: Renata Kalnins (Chair), Melanie Wisner, Elizabeth McKeigue, Patty Hatch (minutes), Kazuko Sakaguchi, Erin Wise

Minutes. The April minutes were approved.

Disability Program. Erin reported on the progress of the proposed program on reasonable accommodation at Harvard, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 25 at 1 pm in the Lamont Forum Room. She has been having some difficulty getting in touch with Marie Trottier to discuss the content of the program. It was agreed that the best next step would be to come up with a title for the program and draft an announcement for Marie’s review, with the hope that she would then have enough information to prepare her remarks for the program. It was hoped that the program could be announced prior to the May 10 Librarians Assembly. The program topic will be reasonable accommodation, and it was agreed that the program should not focus on reasonable accommodation in libraries but on reasonable accommodation at Harvard in general.

Program Announcement. The group worked on the program announcement and the text will be as follows: “Reasonable Accommodation at Harvard: Marie Trottier, University Disability Coordinator from the Office of the President and Provost, will speak about the concept of reasonable accommodation for person with disabilities at the University. Join us for this discussion and bring your questions.” Melanie agreed to contact Peter Kosewski at Wadsworth House with a draft of the announcement text for their approval. It was agreed that there would be three announcements, 1 by May 10, 1 the following week, and the final announcement on the day before the event.

Program Logistics. The program is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 1 pm in the Lamont Forum Room. Erin will introduce Elizabeth, who will then introduce Marie to the group. Melanie agreed to prepare a program summary that will be put on the Rights and Responsibilities Committee website.

Ethics Program. The program proposal is still awaiting comment/approval from the Office of General Counsel. Melanie agreed to ask Peter Kosewski for an update about this when she contacted him with the draft text for the disability program.

Mentoring Subcommittee. Kazuko provided an update that the Mentoring Subcommittee was being reorganized into an “interest group” that would work with Sherrie Whang from HCL Human Resources on HCL’s proposed mentoring program