And here's the link to the Chonicling America website at the Library of Congress:
Try typing in your family name to the search bar and see what/who/when pops up.
I. Annual Reviews/Workload Plans
Department heads should have their first meeting with each faculty member by April 15. The final review and merit scores are due by May 4 in the Dean’s Office in order to process and build FY 13. Workload forms are due June 30. Workloads get forwarded to Provost’s Office. Activity reports stay in house. Next year workload plans will be electronic—a University-wide phenomenon.
As JSTOR begins to take effect and wash over the collection, patrons will find that some titles are still active. In the FAQ there is an explanation of how this works. Overall, the reaction to JSTOR has been mostly positive, albeit a handful of concerns, even some applause.
III. New Library Website Link
Birdie lobbied for adding the VDNP to the Libraries Website to get added visibility. The Council agreed. Paul will make the change.
IV. Learning Commons Report Distribution
Pending a few tweaks, Mara has authorization from the Provost to circulate an executive summary of the architect’s report about the feasibility of a Learning Commons at UVM. To be clear, the report is not an institutional interpretation or endorsement of the project. The bulk of work was about creating space for collections, people and programs. The preliminary design is meant to be fluid and flexible and to foster ongoing conversations. An open forum, to share the report with Libraries’ constituents, will be scheduled as soon as the architect’s report is complete.
V. Calendar of Internal Events
The Council approved the creation of a libraries-wide calendar to post events so that over-lapping does not occur. Nancy will create a central calendar, which will be open to all for posting events. The success of the project, however, hinges on each event-planner’s participation.
VI. Visiting Scholar from China
A librarian from China will be spending five months at UVM, as coordinated by CESS. His visit is an opportunity for the Libraries as well, and could lead to future exchange programs. Where he will be situated is still being figured out. He comes with no financial commitment from the Libraries.
VII. Vermont Outreach
Selene remarked that the Office of Government Relations is preparing a briefing about University-wide outreach for the new president, and she is gathering Libraries specific information. Council members have been asked to forward information to Selene. We already have dozens of Vermont connections and contributions to share, of course.
VIII. General Updates
· Primo open forum forthcoming to unveil first trial interface.
· Dana search for business and operations manager, down to a few candidates and hoping to wrap up soon.
· Voyager to be upgraded May 14.
· Copyright clearance center agreement is still in GC office. We’ve been given an incentive to sign by the end of the month. Mechanical questions still at issue. The University pays for it.
· Aaron’s proposal for study rooms was approved. Identified some areas. Scott is diagramming areas for new spaces to be carved out.
· Should be hearing about the next phase of VDNP by June or July. Also the Libraries may be a potential sub-contractor for other grants.
· SC enjoyed a successful open house a few weeks ago. The date for the “Big Dinner” is Sept. 14 with a special guest speaker from the Library of Congress. On Tuesday, March 27 in Billings, Special Collections will host a panel of three UVM faculty to speak about the King James Bible in honor of its quadracentennial.
"Do you have books here?"
"Do you have a list of all the books written in the English language?"
"Do you have a list of all the books I've ever read?"
"I'm looking for Robert James Waller's book, 'Waltzing through Grand Rapids.'" (Actual title wanted: "Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend.")
"Do you have that book by Rushdie: 'Satanic Nurses'?" (Actual title: "Satanic Verses")
"I was here about three weeks ago looking at a cookbook that cost $39.95. Do you know which one it is?"
"Which outlets in the library are appropriate for my hair dryer?"
"Can you tell me why so many famous Civil War battles were fought on National Park sites?"
"Do you have any books with photographs of dinosaurs?"
"I need a color photograph of George Washington [Christopher Columbus, King Arthur, Moses, Socrates, etc.]"
"I need a photocopy of Booker T. Washington's birth certificate."
"I need to find out Ibid's first name for my bibliography."
"Why don't you have any books by Ibid? He's written a lot of important stuff."
"I'm looking for information on carpal tunnel syndrome. I think I'm having trouble with it in my neck."
"Is the basement upstairs?" (Asked at First Floor Reference Desk)
"I am looking for a list of laws that I can break that would send me back to jail for a couple of months."
I. SIP Strategic Initiatives Project
SVFA stands for “Strategic Value and Financial Attractiveness,” which is the SIP-related mechanism in which an academic department is given an index number that balances how strong/large a department is with its financial value to the institution.
The work of the SIP teams—D and I; Gen Ed; and S3; and TRI and Research—will come to specific recommendations with resource implications – investment or revenue – for BOT meeting in May and input of new president.
II. Social Media Policy
The Libraries have been experimenting with Social Media tools informally over the past three years. Those efforts have evolved into disperse participation model. The Council agrees that the time has come to set a policy with guidelines and to define the overarching goals of social media. An ad hoc group will be formed.
III. Post-Offer, Pre-Employment (P.O.P.E.)
Because some library jobs can be physically demanding, such as shelving, driving, pushing carts, etc., the Libraries in conjunction with Risk Management, will begin advertising positions with the notice of a post-offer, pre-evaluation test to verify ability to meet these physical demands. This development will not affect current staff. External evaluators will be visiting the Libraries in April to establish baselines for positions and may need the cooperation and participation of current employees.
IV. Academic Tech Planning
On February 12, Mara gave a presentation during the Board of Trustees meeting about the priorities that have emerged from the Academic Tech Planning group. Those priorities are research tech, instruction tech and tech support. At issue, what it will take to enact those priorities in terms of financial and human resources? The Libraries may need to lead the conversation about research data management and institutional repositories.
V. Distance Learning Initiatives
Online professional degrees, if offered by UVM, will become an increasingly important question for the Libraries. Four degree programs are on the list to be fully online master’s degrees: public health; speech and language pathology; environmental leadership; education; and EDD. How do we support online students? In addition to degrees, how do we support any and all online classes?
VI. Update from Library Faculty Meeting
The President and Provost will attend the next Libraries’ faculty meeting in late April.
The work on PRIMO continues. Another view will be ready soon. A name is still needed for this discovery tool. Mara and Selene will coordinate about naming process.
VIII. USAIN Conference May 4-8, 2014
The Libraries put in a bid to host United States Agriculture Information Network’s Annual Conference and will be hosting in 2014. This is a prestigious event, and will require much preparation.
IX. UVM Library Conference
Hold August 7, 2012 for the second annual Libraries Conference. Alison noted that this year the word “research” is not part of the title, thereby indicating a wider call for participation.
There will be a significant upgrade to Voyager in May, during the intersession. More info forthcoming.
Finding Great Stuff in Chronicling America and the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project
Most Nutritious: Jake's Blueberry Crunch
Most Conspicuous: Tie between Sarah's Guinness Chocolate Cake and Alison's Chocolate Butter Cream Cake
Most Splendiferous: Sue Mower's Peanut Butter Cups
Join us again on Feb. 29, 2016 to see who will take the next extra-day cake.