Libraries Materials Budget FY10 - Update
BY BETH McNEIL
As you all know from the dean's email to Liball, the Libraries have started the process of reviewing all library materials expenditures in order to determine which can be cancelled so that we can balance our FY10 budget. Since the initial announcement, there have been two Information Resources Forums to discuss the process and impact, as well as an article in the Libraries faculty e-newsletter that was sent to all faculty. For those who did not attend the Information Resources Forums, I'd like to offer here a summary of where the Libraries are in this process.
We know that we will likely need to find $1.2 million to cut from our current expenditures. The dean has advised the Information Resources Council (IRC) to address this issue by looking at the necessary cuts and cancellations on a continuum, or through $200,000 levels or tiers, and to think about the impacts of the particular cuts and cancellations at each tier level. While this will be effective at conveying the impact of the cuts at each level, it will also be helpful if any additional one-time funding becomes available. We can use the tier information to determine where to apply the additional funding.
IRC has made decisions based on these first two "tiers" of cuts, and with the dedicated work of Resource Review Committee members, has been able to determine almost enough funding to meet the $400,000 level. The next tiers will be decided at the library unit/division level. Although initial decisions have almost reached $400,000 we still need to cut approximately 9.2% of current ongoing expenditures for serials and databases.
IRC has also posted information on their intranet page including narrative information and frequently asked questions, as well as reports from EBSCO and usage statistics. Information is also available to the campus at large on the Scholarly Communication Web site, http://scholarly.lib.purdue.edu/materials_budget/fy10.html
There will be more information about the overall process given at the All-Staff meetings next week, and at future Information Resources Forums. Please direct your questions to me or to any IRC member, or feel free to submit your question anonymously through the intranet for the All-Staff meeting.
Scott Brandt named Provost Fellow
Provost Randy Woodson recently announced the appointment of Scott Brandt, professor of library science and associate dean for research, as a Provost Fellow. Scott was chosen for this inaugural program along with Steven R. Abel, assistant dean for clinical programs and head of the department of pharmacy practice; Stephen P. Beaudoin, associate head of the School of Chemical Engineering; and Melba Crawford, assistant dean for interdisciplinary research in the College of Agriculture, interim dean for research in the College of Engineering, professor of agronomy and civil engineering, and director of the Purdue Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing.
Each of the four Provost Fellows will spend a semester or longer working on projects consistent with the New Synergies strategic plan. The fellowship program is open to faculty members who have an interest in and have demonstrated potential for university administration. Fellows will spend approximately ten hours per week helping to design and manage their projects while spending time with senior administrators and becoming familiar with Purdue’s administrative structure and processes.
Scott will be working on research integrity and compliance issues with the Office of the Vice President for Research. “I want to gain more understanding and insight into the inner workings of the university in the research office, and I also want to see where, if at all, the Libraries investigations about changing research communication, practices, and data can contribute,” says Scott.
Scott is working .25FTE and will move his time up to .50FTE for two months during the summer. He is working directly with Peter Dunn, associate vice president for research, who oversees a range of research issues, including conflict of interest, export control, and research integrity. His shared office is located on the third floor of Hovde.
Left to right: Beverly Davenport Sypher (associate Provost), Scott Brandt (fellow, professor of Library Science), Randy Woodson (Provost), Steven P. Beaudoin (fellow, professor of Chemical Engineering), Melba Crawford (fellow, professor of Agriculture/Engineering), Steven R. Abel (fellow, professor of Pharmacy Practice).
MEL's Learn Lab already booking classes for Fall 2009
One of MEL’s renovation projects, the Learn Lab, is set to be completed at the end of May and is already scheduling classes for fall 2009. Tomalee Doan is pleased to announce that three classes have already reserved the lab: MGMT 290, MGMT 382, and GS 175H.
“We are collaborating with instructors and representatives of the academic curriculum to arrange for classroom space to fit their specific needs,” says Tomalee. “These relationships allow us to work with instructors to develop curriculum and teach classes that will enhance student learning using library resources.”
The GS 175H class, Information Strategies for Hospitality & Tourism Management Students, is designed and will be team-taught by Kelly Evans and Hal Kirkwood.
The Learn Lab will offer a new design for classroom instruction. Tables will be arranged in an “x” design, there will be three “walk and talk” projectors around the room, and a movable instructor’s podium. The concept was designed by Steelcase with the goal of eliminating any “bad seat in the house.”“We are excited to be able to offer this state-of-the-art space to the Krannert School of Management, Department of Agricultural Economics, and College of Consumer and Family Sciences. We are also continuing to work with other Purdue departments to form more partnerships for education.”
e-Pubs Web site gets a new look
Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) recently initiated a redesign of the Libraries’ e-Pubs repository in order to bring it up-to-date with the other Digital Commons sites they host. Mark Newton, digital collections librarian and assistant professor, began working with bepress on the updates last August. Now that the upgrades are complete, e-Pubs will benefit from several product upgrades, such as OpenURL links generation and document embargo support.
The changes also affected Purdue University Press electronic journals. Katherine Purple, editorial associate at the Press, worked with the editors to manage the successful design transition.
“I'm looking forward to continuing work with our librarians to help the Purdue community learn about and take advantage of this service which will add value to their publications and other works of scholarship,” said Mark.
Mark encourages all Purdue librarians to have a look at the new site (http://docs.lib.purdue.edu), ask questions, and think about ways to introduce this service to the range of faculty who could benefit through participation:
“Extending the e-Pubs service to our faculty is also a great way to broach topics like authors' publication rights and access to research, which are two of the big scholarly communication areas in which the libraries hope to increase awareness,” said Mark.
Collaborative Workshop for Purdue's Career Wiki
The Purdue University Career Wiki is a collaborative effort between the Libraries and various career service offices around campus. The initial group formed in June 2007 and consisted of four departments: MEL, Center for Career Opportunities, Krannert Graduate Career Services, and Krannert Undergraduate Career Services Office. Over the last two years the group has grown to include ten departments.
Through collaborative development of the wiki and meetings the group informs more people about the vast resources available for career development and company research. One such collaborative effort is a series of workshops being offered this spring, Do the Research. Land the Job. Using the Career Wiki for Company Research. These workshops focus on the importance of doing company research to prepare for the career search and interviewing, and the various resources on the wiki that aid in conducting this research.
The workshops are being co-taught by George Bergstrom, business reference librarian; Maureen Huffer, associate director of Krannert’s Graduate Career Services; and Pat Garrott, associate director of the Center for Career Opportunities. This summer they will be presenting at the National Association of Career Educators annual conference in Las Vegas.
Visit the wiki at http://career.lib.purdue.edu.
BY JANE KINKUS
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Library Award Nominations Due 2/27/09
Please take the time to consider nominating a coworker for one of the Libraries awards. The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 27th. Criteria and nomination forms are available at http://intranet.lib.purdue.edu/display/liboff/Awards.
Awards to be presented include the Joseph M. Dagnese, John H. Moriarty, and the Dean’s Awards. The student PULSE Awards and the Dorothy Newby McCaw and Albert Viton scholarships will also be presented.
This is an opportunity to recognize a coworker who you feel not only does their job but takes extra steps to further the Libraries goal of achieving preeminence in education and helping to make your job enjoyable and rewarding.
Last year’s winners were honored to be recognized by their coworkers:
Send completed nominations to Jane Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Off the shelf
Libraries in the news
Purdue Exponent, Feb. 13, 2009
UNS Press Release, Feb. 16, 2009
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