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Faculty Governance at the University of Florida Libraries

Draft Minutes - October 18, 2010: 10:00am

Smathers 1A  

Call to Order

Chair Dan Reboussin calls the meeting to order.

Approval of Agenda & Minutes

It was moved that the agenda be approved. The motion was seconded and passed.

It was noted that minutes for the September 20th meeting have been distributed by email. Approval was deferred till next meeting.

Member Comments


Chair's Report

Chair Dan Reboussin reported that in order to bring the Career Development Committee to full membership, Cecilia Botero has nominated Linda Butson as her replacement.

Administration Updates


Edward Hart announced that the search for a new director has been successfully completed. Details concerning the new hire will be forth coming at a later date.


The Borland Library is currently in the process of interviewing candidates for the position of clinical librarian.


Rachel Schipper presented the Smathers report as Dean Russell was unable to attend. There is a call for templates which would be due October 22nd. Both Diane Bruxvoort and Rachel Schipper emphasized that money was available for proposals.

A Town Hall meeting is scheduled for October 29th from 2:00 pm till 3:30 pm. The topic will be plans for the off campus storage facility.

The Homecoming Parade social was a success. Thank you to everyone who attended.

Dean Russell and Rachel Schipper were to travel to Washington D.C. on Friday to discuss the eventual Panama Canal Museum and its partnership with the University of Florida.

… met to discuss position vacancies and market equity. Some positions have been preapproved, including positions for Journalism, Caribbean Studies, a replacement for Paul Lighthouse, and a replacement for a Business Library Manager in Digital Libraries.

Concerning NEFLIN, the organization was told two days before October 1st that a $50,000 payment will be delayed until January or March. The organization is currently running on contingency savings until January. Though this is not the best news, it was not unexpected.

Patrick Reakes has accepted the position of Chair of Library West.

The AGRESSOR committee will meeting on October 22nd at 10:00 am. Topics of discussion will include a name change as well as what role the group needs to take within the library.

Senate Updates

Dean Russell will be making a presentation on Open Access at a future Senate meeting.

Committee Reports

The Chair noted the change of membership mentioned earlier in the meeting.

Assembly Officers Reports

Naomi Young presented her notes on the College Chairs meeting which took place on September 20th. Seven colleges were represented, including the Libraries, Dentistry, Medicine, Health, Pharmacy, and Journalism. The discussion concerned shared governance and RCM. The colleges expressed a sense of concern regarding money within the RCM model and admitted to struggling with shared governance, especially participation from faculty. Some of the confusion with RCM was rooted in the idea of trying to keep more money within the department versus supporting cost centers. Several colleges are still establishing or revising their by-laws in regards to shared governance.

Some differences were noted between the rest of the colleges and the libraries. There was expressed surprise that library deans and assistant deans participated in meetings. There was so surprise at the level of faculty participation and the libraries’ process for leadership training. It was also noted that the health colleges wanted to cite the library liaison program as an example of value. It was commented that it should be a model for the rest of the library system.

The meeting concluded with the colleges admitting that they are struggling and frustrated with the new changes. Meetings will continue monthly.

Old Business

No news on the math department system for merit raises. There will be no progress until information is available.

No news on replacement for Jessica de Perio Wittman on Nominating Committee

New Business





The UFLFA meeting was adjourned.

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