Friday, October 11, 2013

The Excellent Video

And in case you missed's the visual tribute to our winners and ourselves!

Excellent Party

Congrats again to Katie Cooper, Sue Bishop and Chris Burns! We love celebrating with you, and working with you. And for those who need more cake, there's some at B/H Circ desk and a bit over in Dana!

Monday, September 30, 2013

DEAN'S COUNCIL MINUTES: September 24, 2013

I.                    Incentive-based Budgeting


Mara traveled with a group of UVM Administrations to the University of Delaware to learn more about how they implemented “incentive-based budgeting” five years ago. Meanwhile, another team from UVM visited the University of New Hampshire, which has a slightly different variation on the model.


On July 1, 2014, UVM will launch the new budgeting system in parallel with the current budgeting system. As of July 1, 2015, IBB at UVM will be in place.

Libraries’ directors will receive a copy of the book, “Responsibility Center Management, A Guide to Balancing Academic Entrepreneurship with Fiscal Responsibility,” which UVM administrators were required to read. A copy of the book will also be available in the Dean’s Office for anyone else who would like to read it.


In the coming months, committees and subcommittees will hone UVM’s IBB model. Central services will be defined and established. For more on IBB, see the Provost’s website.


II.                 Provost Meeting with Faculty Senate


At the inaugural meeting of the semester, UVM Libraries faculty met with the new Provost. Gary Atwood serves as the secretary.


III.                Executive Summary of Strategic Plan Executive Summary


The Council continued its work on making recommendations for edits on the 2009-2013 Strategic Plan Executive Summary. The summary will be shared as part of the Annual Meeting in November 2013.


IV.                Gen Ed


Associate Provost Brian Reed is working on multi-year, multi-million dollar grant from the Davis Foundation. The Provost has agreed to fund half of a library fellow for three years to do very specific WILD (Writing and Information Literacy in the Disciplines) work. A Library Fellow would assist in a variety of ways to free up liaisons to work on concentrated subject work.

V.                  Council Logistics

The Council agreed to create three categories of agenda items:

1.                   New Business agenda items come by request to address current and unanticipated issues.

2.                   Short-Medium Range Matters, which are predictable such as assessment, web redesign, CatQuest, budget planning.

                           3.                   Long-Term Initiatives, which require preparations and presentations. 

       A fall semester calendar was set forth:

·         October 8: LibQUAL results and news from the Development Office (Selene)

·         October 22: Strategic Planning Process and Next Steps (Mara)

·         November 5: CDI platform and IR, VTDNP matters

·         November 19: CatQuest Going Forward (Alison)

·         December 3: Communications discussion revisited (Selene and Nancy)







Friday, September 27, 2013

Thank you Libraries' staff! We appreciate you!

Dear Staff,

Thanks for making life at the Libraries so sweet, and for making work such a piece of cake!

With admiration,

The Dean's Office

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Dean's Council Minutes: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I.                   Overview by Mara Saule

UVM’s new Provost, David Rosowsky, is keen on the new STEM Building and partnerships with private industry. The Billings Project will not be affected by these new efforts and Mara will continue to apprise the Provost on the progress of Billings.

UVM is moving toward an Incentive-based Budgeting (IBB) model. Subcommittees will convene to discuss, evaluate, and plan for the change which is expected to be more predictable, more transparent and will allow for multi-year planning. Mara will be on a committee to participate in the discussions. The new IBB model could change how the Libraries’ next strategic plan develops. See Provost Rosowsky’s Faculty Senate IBB presentation by clicking this link.

 II.                Logistics for Dean’s Council

The DC will have rotating chairs when Mara is unable to attend. Mara will tap the chair beforehand. Perpetual agendas need to be prioritized, and distinguished from laundry-list style agendas/updates. The breakdown of to-do’s is as follows:

1. Future initiatives (not time-based)

2. Current initiatives

3. Current issues

Members who can’t attend meetings are responsible for getting up to speed.

III.             Joint Ledger between B/H and Dana
Laura and Marianne provided greater insight into the logistics, challenges and value of a joint ledger between libraries. Laura guided the DC through the Sharepoint site which shows which resources are shared and why. Each joint resource has to “earn” its place on the list. Issues going forward: How the joint ledger will be operationalized? What are the criteria and principles going forward? Other factors: what if the libraries’ acquisition budget receives increases below inflation? What if, as in the case of IBB, we are in new models of funding? The joint ledger requires coordination, collaboration, evaluation and representation.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Congrats to Our Milestone Staff

A special shout out to our staff reaching employment milestones this year! They will be honored at UVM's Staff Recognition Dinner on September 26, 5:30pm at the Sheraton.

15 Years of Service
Sylvia Bugbee
Lesley Boucher
Pamala Smith

25 Years of Service
Juliet Young
Jake Barickman
Lori Holiff

35 Years of Service
Michael Breiner
Susan Mower
Annette Mailhot

And celebrating 45 Years of Service at UVM is Mary Van Buren-Swasey!

Congrats to these staff members!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Heirloom Tomato Tasting, August 22


Join UVM's Farmer Training Program for an heirloom tomato tasting in front of B/H on Thursday, August 22, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Albert Joy will make the festivities all the more festive by playing his accordian.

Refreshments provided. See you there!