September 27, 2006
Area Programs Staff Meeting
Area Programs staff meeting will take place as planned 9:00-11:00, on Thursday 28 September, in the Turkish American Friendship Room.
We expect to continue discussion of the R2 consulting report as it affects Area Programs and our response, dues by 18 October, to Library administration. Topics in the report which likely figure in Area Programs operations include acquiring vendor acquisition and catalogue records, AP staff work as GL Selectors and approval plans vendor consolidation, gifts solicitation, and cataloguing work.
The meeting might be abbreviated, as Jeffrey Martin is in India, and Janet Crayne might not be able to attend.
Other agenda items include the facilities improvement and equipment requests, programmatic travel funding requests, and other information to report from the Senior Managers meeting on Wednesday.
September 25, 2006
AP Staff Meeting minutes (September 7, 2006)
AP Staff Meeting minutes are ready. Many thanks to Beth for her well done meticulous work.
Reminder: The next Meeting is on Thursday, September 28th, 9:00-11:00 in the Turkish American Friendship Room.
September 11, 2006
Facilities Improvements Requests
Please submit detailed proposals to me well before the deadline of Wednesday, September 27. Thanks.
The Facilities Committee invites your facilities improvements requests for the 2006-07 fiscal year. We ask that Senior Managers assemble all requests from units for which they are responsible. Once we receive these, our task is to organize details, determine project feasibility, identify areas of greatest need, and obtain cost estimates from U-M Plant and other sources.
Your requests should consider the needs of students, faculty, and staff, while taking into account safety, maintenance, comfort, and aesthetic considerations. All University facilities should be:
free of hazards
able to provide a pleasant, clean appearance
appropriate to the specific area's function
compatible with existing furnishings and structure
conducive to the preservation of the collections
The simple form below will guide you. Please submit all requests to the committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) either in e-mail form or as attachments. Feel free to send any additional information—catalogs or other printed material—directly to me via campus mail. Specific cost estimates, while helpful to the committee, are not required.
If you are uncertain whether a particular project is a facilities request, as opposed to equipment, just submit the request to us. All requests deemed "equipment" or some other category will be referred accordingly, and we will notify you of the change.
Please have your requests to us as soon as possible but no later than Wednesday, September 27. This ensures that we will have sufficient time to gather information, obtain estimates, and organize our recommendations for Executive Council.
On behalf of the Facilities Committee,
This year's Facilities Committee is:
Paul Barrow, chair
Here is the form:
Facilities Improvement Needs
1. Improvement requested:
b. Specific location:
c. Why needed:
d. Contact person in the unit for this project:
Paul J. Barrow email: email@example.com
Circulation Services phone: (734) 936-2299
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library fax: (734) 647-9557
Staff Feedback on R2 Final Report
We have included two statements that we hope will guide discussions regarding the R2 final report. The first is the University Library¹s mission statement. The second is a number of statements drawn from different parts of the Library¹s FY07 budget document. We hope that staff will feel comfortable sharing any reaction to the R2 final report, and that you will in turn pass these on to us, but also want to encourage you to focus your discussions in such a way that you can highlight issues of significant concern. We imagine these issues to be ones that would impede us in our ability to accomplish our mission.
University Library Mission Statement
The University Library's mission is to support, enhance, and collaborate in the instructional, research, and service activities of the faculty, students, and staff, and contribute to the common good by collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge. This mission is accomplished through the provision of the various collections and programs available to patrons of the library system.
From the FY07 budget document
* The convergence of technology, opportunity and a strong sense of purpose has expanded library¹s understanding of how to share our expertise and provide broad access to information.
* The Library¹s role in scholarship is not limited to finding information it is also about supporting the scholarly process of transforming information into knowledge.
* We have sought to create dynamic new services that meet emerging needs on campus.
* We have concluded that we must shift to support new modes of interaction with our users at same time we have continued to serve our traditional constituencies through established modes of library interaction, acquiring and processing more volumes this year than in year¹s past.
* We need to create new efficiencies in a number of traditional library activities, particularly in handling print books and journals.
At the next Area Programs Staff meeting (28 September), we can discuss our response and begin to draft our response for submission to the Library administration. Our response is due by 18 October.