Humboldt State University

February 6, 2009

DRAFT Minutes

Present: Ray Wang, Library (Chair), Mary Kay, Library; Dustin Poppendieck, Environmental Resource Engineering, Beth Wilson, Economics, Kellee Johnson, Recorder

Minutes of May 13, 2008 approved as submitted.
2009-2010 Budget. Ray informed the committee of the library's anticipated budget for 2009-2010 year. We are expecting our base budget to remain the same as 2008-2009. Because of OAA prioritization, the university will conduct a non-academic support unit prioritization. This may have an impact on budget allocations. Also, the Governor's May revise might affect CSU, HSU and then the Library's budget.
Learning Commons. Ray led the discussion on the status of the Learning Commons. The inclusive service offices will move to the ground floor of the library during the summer of 2009. The first floor to the ground floor will be opened and will include a sensor gate. Staffing will be provided by the various support service offices that will be housed on the ground floor. After 5:00 pm the library will provide student support at that level. Dustin expressed concern about the cost increase for student support on the ground level. Ray indicated this will increase the student assistant budget. Five librarians have already moved to the ground floor. Dustin voiced his support of the Learning Commons housing many student services in one location. This will be very convenient for students.

University Advancement. Ray advised the committee members of the support for the library provided by University Advancement. To date, University Advancement has provided monetary support for the Library Café and the newly remolded student study rooms on the first floor.


Library Internet Cafe. Ray provided an update on the Library Internet Café. This is a university supported project. The renovation of the Gist Hall Nursing Lab has resulted in the Library's upgraded computer lab and internet café. The library's gate count is at about 600,000. The gate count is up 50%. The library added 23 computers to the Learning Commons area that our Systems staff maintains. Information Technology Services continues to support the Academic Computer labs on the first floor. It was agreed that the computer lab located in Library 121 needs better visibility.

Public Activities. Parable Sower by Octavia Butler was the 2008-09 Book of the Year. On November 6, 2008, award winning author Nalo Hopkinson read from her own work and also represented Butler's (deceased) work at a speaking engagement held in the Library Lobby. A book signing sponsored by the Bookstore convened after the discussion. Ms. Hopkinson's appearance was sponsored by the Campus Dialogue on Race, Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Student Affairs, University Library, and the Bookstore. Other guest speakers have included Stephen Most, writer of the documentary River of Renewal and Ted Simon, author of Dreaming of Jupiter. The library could benefit from having a film screening room. The library would like to encourage more public activities such as these. These jointly sponsored events are good for the library and the campus.

Other. For the benefit of the new committee members Ray explained the charge of the University Library Committee. The committee's primary responsibility is to advise the Dean of the University Library on matters of policy and program development. Mary talked about the ISkills test and supported it as a good information literacy competency test. Beth was interested in incorporating the ISkills test at the department level. The Library has some tests available and can help with learning outcomes assessment. The question came up of whether the test can be done in 2 segments of 35 minutes each. A basic and advanced test version are available. Teaches students how to do an effective search. The test has not been updated since 2004/2005. Beth is going to suggest to her department to use this for capstone this semester. Could be a valuable tool for students. You can use the ISkills level to determine if they are getting their needs met here. Beth thought it would be useful to incorporate the test into a one hour lecture class. Mary would need a plan so students are covered but not over covered. Beth could administer to 17 students this semester.

  Meeting adjourned at 12 noon.
  Dist:      ULC members, President, Provost, Deans, Associated Students President, General Faculty President, Library
5-5-09Draft Minutes emailed to committee members for review.