Faculty Governance at the University of Florida Libraries
Minutes - October 17, 2005
(From a 10/19 email to all Librarians)
Approximate attendance: 25
I. Faculty Senate Business and Discussion
Cathy Martyniak gave a verbal overview of the agenda for the meeting and explained that Joe Aufmuth and Michele Tennant were delivering papers internationally and thus could not be present.
Cathy then went over the highlights of the last 2 Faculty Senate meetings and passed around supporting documents for review by the Faculty in attendance. She spoke briefly about the recent history of the Faculty Senate and the strategies employed by Kim Tanzer, the current Chair, to increase participation and move the concept of Shared Faculty Governance forward.
Naomi Young described how to find future Senate meeting agendas on the Senate Web site. She then previewed the October Faculty Senate agenda, which includes a number of proposed curriculum changes and how those can affect the Library. It was pointed out by faculty that specific funding for the Libraries seldom arises from these proposals.
A question came from the group regarding last spring's resolution of support for the libraries. Monitoring of progress on that resolution should come from the University Libraries Committee and the Faculty Council on Infrastructure.
From the floor, faculty members asked what might be done to make the Senate aware of our options and the controversy regarding the Starbucks currently proposed for Library West. The outcome of the discussion was that the Senators should offer their assistance to the Director in whatever plan she has to address this issue.
Also from the floor, the Association of Research Libraries' scholarly publishing initiative was mentioned and it was proposed that the Library Senators request time to give the Senate information about the initiative and encourage the Senate to support alternative publishing options.
II. Library Faculty Governance
Rich Bennett distributed a handout giving background on and the recommendations of the Distinction Committee.
We concluded with a brief discussion of next steps toward increased Shared Faculty Governance at the Libraries. The consensus was that a core group of volunteers should be solicited to join an ad hoc group to begin the process of outlining and drafting governance options. If the group is not adequately representative, the Senators may recruit additional group members for balance and diversity. This ad hoc group will meet separately and report back to the monthly Governance meeting. A call for volunteers will go out soon.