LAUC-D Executive Board Meeting, April 2, 1998
Present: R. Davis, Chair, P. Wang, P. Inouye, S. Casement, M, Meister, J.
Thompson, J. Sherlock, K. Kocher
1. Minutes of the March meeting were approved.
2. Distinguished Librarian
The call for nominations for a Distinguished Librarian award have gone out
with an April 30 deadline for nominations. The Committee is in place and
members are: John Sherlock, (past chair of LAUC-D) Chair, Karleen Darr,
Member at Large, Buzz Haughton, Past Chair of Review Board, George Bynon,
Library Administration, and a member from the Academic Senate Library
Committee to be appointed. The committee will make a decision by May 22.
3. LAUC-D representative to the statewide Cultural Diversity Committee
Linda Yamamoto, the current representative to this committee, is resigning
to accept a position at Stanford and someone will need to be appointed to
fill out the remainder of her term which lasts through September, 1999. R.
Davis will issue a call for nominations for a volunteer to accept this
4. Adding steps to the Librarian series and criteria for advancement to
the top step--Spring Assembly agenda item.
The LAUC Committee on Professional Governance is compiling the results of
the recent survey on adding steps to the librarian rank and the criteria
for Librarian Step V. The survey results will be discussed at the Spring
The issue of adding steps to the librarian series needs to be discussed at
the upcoming general membership meeting in preparation for the Spring
Assembly in San Diego. Various aspects of the steps issue were discussed.
J. Sherlock said that librarians have traditionally tried to parallel
faculty regarding rank and step and the faculty has been successful in
adding steps. This may help add justification to adding steps to the
librarian series. P. Inouye reported that at a past LAUC meeting with
Myron Okada (UCOP), one of the controversial points about adding steps was
the issue of whether to leave the "distinguished" accomplishment step at
Librarian V or to move it to the highest step (Librarian VI or Librarian
VII). Clarification is need to understand whether the sense of the
proposal was that we would propose leaving the "significant achievement"
step at Librarian V but adding steps above that or moving the honorary step
up to the highest step. The results of the Professional Governance survey
should provided some insight into librarians preferences and help determine
if a concensus on the issue is possible. The results from the survey on
librarian salaries from a few years ago were inconclusive regarding the
competitiveness of librarians salaries and the need for increases.
Other items will also be on the Spring Assembly agenda. The board feels
that LAUC librarians need to talk more with each other about issues of
importance and this spring meeting should allow room for more informal
Rebecca asked the board members for their opinions on the frequency of
LAUC-D General meetings. While differing opinions were expressed, it was
generally felt that there is a value in getting librarians together to
interact and LAUC needs to meet on a regular basis. She will query the
membership on the desirability of more frequent meetings. A general
membership meeting will be scheduled for later in the month of April with
discussion of the Professional Governance survey as the major agenda item.
6. Committee Reports:
Professional Activities: the committee wont meet until May
Professional Issues: Karl asked if PIC should meet to discuss the steps
issue and Rebecca suggested that providing background on the history of
steps and information on comparable faculty steps would be useful for the
Program: Susan reported that the next program will be a program on machine
readable cataloging presented by Patsy Inouye and Pat French. Rebecca
reported that a reference forum will be held on April 9 with LAUC as one of
Research: Phyllis reported that the state committee is reviewing 3 revised
proposals previously reviewed by the Committee. Two proposals were
originally recommended. They are working on the accountability issue and on
revised guideline language for electronic submission of grant proposals and
on multi-year project funding. Locally there has been no new activity.
Review Board: The Board has almost completed reviewing the packets.
7. There was no new business. The meeting adjourned. We will receive an
email notice when the date for the general membership meeting is scheduled.
Minutes submitted by Marcia Meister, Secretary.