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March 2003 Minutes

Membership Meeting

March 18, 2003
2-4 p.m.
Seuss Room, Geisel Library


Present: Amy Butros, Ken Calkins, Jim Cheng, Penny Coppernoll-Blach, Elizabeth Cowell (chair), Kathy Creely (Secretary), Rebecca Culbertson, Shi Deng, Sam Dunlap, Laura Galvan-Estrada,  Anna Gold, Katy Farrell,  SuHui Ho, Sanae Isozumi, James R. Jacobs,  Christina Keil, Alice Perez, Ann Prussing, Trish Rose,  Brian Schottlaender, Jessica Silver, Nancy Stimson,  Dawn Talbot, Amy Wallace,  Paul Weiss, Jeff Williams, Vicki Williamson, Julie Yang.


1. Report from LAUC-SD chair's meeting with Brian Schottlaender - Elizabeth Cowell

One of the topics discussed with Brian was professional development.  He asked what library administration could do to further librarians' professional development.  He stated that he is very supportive of research leave and will be reaffirming this with the rest of the administrative team.  He did state that there should be a focus on product as a result of professional development and research support.  There was a question from the audience about the extent to which research leave is available at other UC campuses.

In his meeting with Elizabeth, Brian expressed concern about the indefinite steps.  He has hope that the  in-coming chair of the UC-wide UL's group will address this issue in the coming year.

2. Spring Assembly Update - Elizabeth Cowell

LAUC Spring Assembly will be held at UCSD on May 30.  Allie Emigh-Carr, an administrative assistant in the SSH Library, is helping with arrangements.  There will be an Executive Board meeting on May 29.  The Assembly itself will conduct business on the morning of the 30th, followed by a luncheon (open to all LAUC members, but not free), and a program.  The program be a 30-minute "question and answer" presentation  by University Librarians Tom Leonard (Berkeley), Gerry Munoff (Irvine), and Brian Schottlaender.  (Note: Spring Assembly information available at: )

3. Report from LAUC statewide Executive Board conference call, March 2, 2003 - Elizabeth Cowell

Detailed minutes from the conference call are available at:

Cowell's update focussed on the following topics:

  • Spring Assembly Program. There was an update on planning for the Spring Assembly.  The list of questions submitted for the ULs to discuss was too long and must be limited to 5 questions.  One of the questions will be regarding shared collections. 
  • LAUC Position Paper Review Task Force – Report Due Date Extension.  The Task Force will issue a preliminary report in time for the Fall Assembly, 2003, and a final report by Spring 2004.
  • LAUC Research and Professional Development Committee's concerns about fewer research proposals.  The Committee only received three proposals this year.  There was discussion about how to stimulate more proposals.
  • Information Literacy Task Force.  The Task Force now has a revised charge, with a report due in Fall 2003.  It will investigate initiatives, rather than propose policy.  There is also a HOPS Information Literacy Group, looking at what is being done on individual campuses and what types of collaboration might be possible.  The LAUC group is looking at the "why" of the broad issue of information literacy. 
  • Role of LAUC Rep to CDL Users Group.  The LAUC representative to the CDL Users Group feels that LAUC representation is not needed, as there are so many librarians in the Group already.  LAUC will be considering what other CDL groups could benefit from  LAUC representation.
  • LAUC’s advisory role for systemwide library planning.  At  Fall Assembly 2003 Dan Greenstein carefully distinguished between the two functions: CDL and Systemwide Planning. Grassian asked Greenstein for clarification about how LAUC feeds into systemwide library planning. He said through SOPAG, SLASIAC, and the ULs advisory structure. It was noted that although the structure is there for input, not everything goes through the structure.  Brian Schottlaender commented  that an upcoming white paper on shared collections is an example.  There was little SLASIAC feedback, but SOPAG will be managing a systemwide review, with opportunity for more input from individual campuses, LAUC, etc.
  • SLASIAC report from LAUC representative.  Main points were continued growth and costs, limited funding, and increased reliance on resource sharing.
  • SOPAG report from LAUC representative.  Main topic was Access Integration document.  Also expressed concerned about getting LAUC members more involved in process/feedback.

4. Digital Library Update

    a. Digital Library Program Working Group update - Dawn Talbot

See powerpoint slides at:

Dawn Talbot gave an update on the DLPWG and its work. Her report addressed the development of infrastructure for managing ditial content, as we move from project applications ("silos") to an integrated access model. 

    b. Digital Dialogues program - Anna Gold (DLPWG and LAUC R&PD)

Anna Gold asked for expressions of interest from LAUC members on topics for future Digital Dialogs programs.  The next speaker will be Amy Warner (ex-UMich) on April.  Other topics suggested include XML, and RDF.   There is money available to bring speakers to UCSD.

    c. Digital Letters newsletter - ideas for future issues - Trish Rose

Trish Rose presented an update about Digital Letters, and asked for input on topics for future issues.  Topics suggested included: metadata, projects at UCSD, Avanti, slide digitization, interviews, OAI, eBooks, eReference, pitfalls of creating collections, and definitions of commonly used acronyms.  Trish is hoping for 3-4 issues per year.

5. Next meeting will be in May, if agenda warrants.