LAUC-D Executive Board
August 6, 1998
Transitional Board Meeting
Present: B. Haughton, K. Kopper, S. Casement, G. Nichols, P. Inouye,
M. Winter, J. Thompson, M.Meister, K. Kocher, C. LaRussa, J. Martin, K. Lin
Rebecca provided some information regarding the cause of Melvyl's poor response time.
2. Minutes from the July board meeting were approved.
3. Committee end of year reports:
Nominations and Elections: Jim Martin
Jim Martin had provided an annual report.
Jim Martin noted that the Committee updated the roster of LAUC participation,
drafted a nomination slate, and conducted the election in June.
A change was made to the Bylaws regarding the timing of the local election.
Professional Issues: Karl Kocher
Karl Kocher distibuted the PIC annual report.
He reported that the administrative stipend issue was resolved this year and
eligible individuals are now receiving stipends.
The other major professional issue of the year was a salary issue regarding Step
V and adding steps to the librarian series which was addressed by the
Statewide LAUC Committee on Professional Goverance survey and was discussed at a
Davis general meeting and at the Assembly.
Program: Susan Casement
A number of programs and receptions were held as described in the written annual report.
The major difference this year in programs was the Distinguished Librarian reception.
Susan felt that one of the most successful programs of the year was the morning
coffee for Bev French prior to her departure.
Programs were held in the mornings,
usually beginning at 10am as this was found to be a time when most people could attend;
programs were most frequent in the spring following the year of planning as the
committee appointments don't begin until fall.
Rebecca Davis asked for any program ideas for next year.
Gail Nichols reported that one program on the agenda for next year will deal with
copyright. Buzz Haughton commented that LAUC has been too conservative in
program planning in the amount of money spent for programs;
for example, we should consider bringing in speakers and should
consider paying them honorariums.
Professional Activities Committee: Jerry Thompson
Jerry distributed the Committee's report and summary of PAC distributions.
She expressed several concerns on behalf of the committee:
More funds for each librarian would be desirable. Current funding levels
(for example, $325. per each librarian this year) are not enough
to fund even one complete trip. Clarifying procedures,
the LAUC amount set by the Memorandum of Understanding, and the process by
which we might ask for additional funds were discussed.
It was noted that Law Librarians are funded for one entire conference by the Law
The Committee wondered if they had become just a rubber stamp committee and
should the committee even exist if they were just signing off and not making
judgements. It was thought that the committee may have functioned with more
judgement in the past.
Research Committee: Phyllis Wang submitted an email report.
Review Board: Patsy Inouye
Patsy present a draft report.
There were several points identified during the year to talk about.
These talking points include:
Criteria for acceleration.
Interpretation of the criteria for acceleration varies and some
clarification may be needed.
There is not a common understanding of what constitutes a peer group for comparison,
for example, is the peer group the people at the same rank and
step or the entire group?
There is little dialogue between the Review Board and the University Librarian
about the outcome of individual reviews.
For example, additional information is rarely solicitated from the Review Board,
and there has not been feedback on interpretation of criteria.
The following committee appointments were made:
Katherine Chambers will serve for one more year as we should have elected one more member. Terms of office will still be staggered properly.
Carol LaRussa (ex officio as Vice Chair)
- John Skarstaad
- Erin Murphy
- Susan Casement
Statewide Committees, LAUCD Representatives:
Committee on Library Plans and Policies:
Professional Governance Committee:
Rebecca Davis presented the new LAUC-D Chair, Buzz Haughton, with
the gavel and the meeting was then adjourned.
Minutes Submitted by Marcia Meister, Secretary