LAUC-D Program Committee Annual Report 2003/2004

Chair: Ruth Gustafson
Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: David Michalski
Committee Members: Sarah John, Elisabeth McKechnie


Final Version Submitted: September 17, 2004



In August/September 2003, Ruth Gustafson created an online survey (using the free tool) which was sent to the LAUC-D membership.
This "LAUC-D 2003-2004 Program Survey" was completed by 38 LAUC-D members with an excellent 60% return rate.  A paper copy of the survey
results is attached to the paper copy of this annual report.


The LAUC-D Program Committee provided six activities for 2003/2004: the annual Fall Reception, three campus facility tours, one lunch and chat, and one program. 
LAUC-D payments were required for only two of these activities: the Fall Reception and the Spring Program.  A total of 144 people attended the six events. 
Of these 144 attendees, 123 were LAUC-D members.  All program hosts, tour guides and presenters will be thanked by letter by the outgoing committee chair.

Calendar of activities                                                        Costs

Oct 2003   Annual Reception                                                   $494.78

Nov 2003   UCD Mondavi Center Tour

Dec 2003   Lunch and Chat

Mar 2004   UCD Herbarium Tour

Apr 2004   Journal Economics Program (LIL)                          $679.77

Jul 2004     ARC Tour

                                                          approx TOTAL costs =  $1,174.55



Reports of each activity were written up by the coordinators for each event.  I have excerpted the pertinent details below:


Fall Reception

This year's reception was held at the home of Gail Nichols on the evening of 10/30/2003 between 5:30 and 7:30pm. She prepared a beautiful setting for our annual dinner and talk. Each department was represented at this event. Thirty-three librarians attended. Introductions of the new librarians,
Darryl Morrison, Sarah Johns, Melissa Browne, Deanna Johnson, Bernadette Swanson, Linda Peabody were made by their supervisors. 
Total costs for this program were $494.78 (Report by David Michalski)

Fall Tour:


The LAUC-D held its second program of the 2003-2004 academic year on Nov. 18th, 2003 with a tour of the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.
The tour was held from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm within the center. 16 LAUC members and 5 non-LAUC members (another tour group) attended the event.
The tour was led by two docents from the Friends of the Mondavi Center group, chief among them Priscilla "Bunny" Alexander. A faculty speaker from the
Theater Department, Darrell Winn, was scheduled to give a talk in conjunction with the tour but was absent due to illness. The tour proceeded from the lobby
to both of the performance halls, where the docents lectured on the history and makeup of the Mondavi Center, filling in with several anecdotes from recent
performances. (Report by Sarah John)


Fall Lunch & Chat:

The lunch and chat was held on Wednesday, December 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Orange Hut Restaurant.  Total attendance was 13 members with Shields, the Law Library and the Medical Library represented. (Report by Elisabeth McKechnie)

Winter Tour:


The tour of the U.C. Davis Herbarium, was held on Tuesday, March 16, 12:15-1:00 p.m. at 262 Robbins Hall. This tour of the UC Davis Herbarium was well attended, with a total of 13 attendees. Divided into two tour groups, Director/Curator Ellen Dean and Assistant Curator Jean Shepard described how to press a plant, the purpose and intricacies of plant labelling and the general organization of the Herbarium's plant specimens. Additionally, they discussed the purpose for the herbarium, its hundred year history and the various scientists and researchers it supports. The group was privileged to handle hundred year old specimens, and one pressed specimen a now-extinct California herb. (Report by Elisabeth McKechnie)


Spring Program:

For the spring program, Dr. Ted Bergstrom was brought from UC Santa Barbara.  This is the first time in a few years that the LAUC-D program committee brought in a speaker from outside the local area.  It has also been a while since a LAUC-D program was co-sponsored by another department on campus (the Economics
department).  The program title was "The Economics of Journal Pricing in an Academic Library" and the program was held on Wednesday April 14, 2004 from 3-5 pm in the LIL.


Attendees numbered about 47 with about 7 faculty attending as the program was open invitation. Speaker travel, lunch with the speaker, program catering and
speaker's lunch with guests totalled $679.77.

Dr. Theodore Bergstrom is the Aaron and Cherie Raznick Chair of Economics in the Economics Department at UCSB.  He is an accomplished economist and
has recently been engaged in research concerning the economics of academic journals. He has written and presented papers on the topic and has been a
featured speaker at ACRL. His presentation will be of great interest to Librarians and UC Davis Faculty.  (Report by David Michalski/ Ruth Gustafson)


Summer Tour:

A tour was organized of the new ARC (Activities and Recreation Center) on Thursday, July 22, 11:30am - about 12:30pm.  There were 22 attendees: 16 LAUC-D members and 6 library staff. A brief presentation was made by Scott Brayton from the Intercollegiate Athletics Department, Marketing Director. After the talk came a 45-minute tour with our guides Missy Lotz, ARC Assistant Marketing Manager, and Lisa Figone. The tour visited ARC's numerous facilities including: conference and event spaces, a controlled fitness area, and a union area.  The fitness areas not only include weight training facilities but also 4 full-size basketball courts, a multi-use activity center for indoor soccer and floor hockey, 4-wall squash and racquetball courts, and an indoor track. (Report by Ruth Gustafson)


For the next program committee, it is recommended that activities be a bit more spread out (perhaps one every other month) as it was more difficult for LAUC-D members to attend activities every month in Fall 2003.  Plus it was exhausting for committee members to keep up the pace.

The Spring journal economics program was very well attended by librarians and library staff but only by a few faculty.  Broader publicizing and different session scheduling (perhaps late afternoon to early evening to avoid heavy class schedules) might have improved attendance by faculty. Potential additional scholarly publishing issues programs should be planned with this in mind. Evaluation forms were not made for the formal Spring program and this might have proved useful for assessing what attracted the faculty to the program as well as finding out what other topics attendees would like to see presented.

The Diversity committee expressed interest in a joint program with the LAUC-D Program Committee but this did not happen this year.  It may be worth contacting the next Diversity Committee chair to see if cooperating on a joint program might work for next year.

Two faculty who attended the economics workshop mentioned that they were interested in a session on (library resource) licensing issues.


In closing, I would like to thank committee members for their patience, diligence and hard work. 2003/2004 LAUC-D Program members were
David Michalski (Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect), Sarah John and Elisabeth McKechnie.


Ruth Gustafson

Outgoing 2003/2004 LAUC-D Program Committee Chair