2000/2001 LAUC-LA and LAUC-Statewide Annual Reports
The committee received three nominations for LAUC-LA Librarian of the Year after issuing a call for nominations on LAUCTALK and posting Librarian of the Year flyers in each library branch. The committee selected Norma Corral from among the nominations and the award was made at the LAUC-LA Spring Assembly on April 19, 2001. Norma was presented with a $25.00 gift certificate from Duttons Bookstore, a LAUC-LA certificate, and a clock with the following inscription:
The Librarians Association of the University of California, Los Angeles presents its 2001 Librarian of the Year award to Norma Corral in recognition of exceptional contributions to librarianship and to the teaching and research missions of UCLA. April 19, 2001
The following is the text of the award announcement:
The Librarians Association of the University of California, Los Angeles (LAUC-LA) has the honor and pleasure of granting Norma Corral its 2001 Librarian of the Year Award in recognition of exceptional contributions to diversity, librarianship and to the teaching and research missions of UCLA. Norma's nomination not only stood out because of her notable achievements but also for the broad-based support, documentation and accolades submitted by UCLA librarians and faculty, and regional and national library leaders.
Norma has long been an advocate of cultural diversity by incorporating a broad perspective in her teaching, bibliographic instruction, and collection development; by mentoring innumerable students; by actively recruiting people of culturally diverse backgrounds to the library profession, the UCLA library and information studies program and employment at the UCLA Library; and by challenging as well as engaging her colleagues to address these issues. Outside of the library her community outreach efforts have addressed the survival and literacy needs of low-income families.
Norma's role as a champion for diversity at the UCLA Library became apparent when she was appointed to the first Library Committee on Diversity (LCD) in October 1988. From the outset, she was instrumental in setting the focus of the Committee's agenda and mission to tackle issues of racism, discrimination, and exclusion. A quiet and reserved person by nature, Norma astounded many who knew her superficially by her passionate and outspoken comments and criticism of UCLA Library policies, procedures, and behavior that were unnecessary barriers to the employment of ethnic minorities in the Library. Though it was difficult for her to do so her deeply held convictions allowed her to speak forthrightly and with moral courage to challenge the status quo. Norma's tireless dedication in promoting diversity has been witnessed inside and outside the library community. Selected activities include:
- Co-Chair, Sí Se Puede: Cesar Chavez and His Legacy Exhibit (1995), including an opening reception featuring Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO
- Chair, Américo Paredes: His Legacy on Chicano Folklore (Fall 2001)
- Mentor and Committee Member, UCLA Graduate School of Library and Information Science/RFORMA Mentoring Partnership
- Co-Chair, Diversity Recruitment and Mentoring Committee, UCLA Department of Information Studies (1999-present)
- Mentor to students groups, such Raza Women and MEChA, and students in Chicano/a, Social Welfare and Latin American Studies
- Co-Chair of annual exhibit at Los Angeles Latino Book and Family Festival (1999-present) as a venue to promote reading, information literacy, libraries, and librarianship in the Latino community. Norma coordinated the resources available from REFORMA, UCLA Department of Information Studies, UCLA Library and local public library systems
- Treasurer, REFORMA- Los Angeles Chapter (1997-present)
- Annual Christmas Tamale Sale and Food Drive
- Adjunct faculty, team-teaching Latino History and Culture (IS 111C, Spring 2001) course at UCLA with Richard Chabran
In her professional responsibilities in building a reference collection and providing reference service, Norma is acutely aware of the changing nature of ethnic and social science scholarship as it becomes more multidisciplinary and focuses on new subjects that require information not found in traditional reference tools. Norma has gained the admiration of faculty and students whom she has assisted in tackling community and cross-disciplinary research.
In short, Norma's social consciousness guides her long-term dedication in fighting prejudice and inequity in librarianship and the community at-large. It is an honor to recognize Norma Corral's unwavering commitment to diversity and contributions to recruitment, reference, collection development, instruction, and mentoring not just at UCLA but also across the nation.
The award was announced in the Fall 2001 News for Faculty, Staff Newsweb, and the Library Staff Intranet. It was also posted to the REFORMA, REFORMA-LA, and FORO-L listservs. Norma's name was added to the virtual plaque maintained by David Yamamoto on the LAUC-LA website.
Committee on LAUC-LA Librarian of the Year Award, 2000-01
Anita Colby, Science & Engineering Library (Chair)
Ruby A. Bell-Gam, YRL Library
Clara M. Chu, Information Studies
Linda Maisner, Law Library
The Committee (Janet Carter, Hannah Walker, Renée McBride, Chair) nominated the following slate of candidates to run for the 2001-02 term:
The Committee found the following information very helpful in compiling a slate of candidates:
The last three items on this list are included in the Nominating Committee files. Also included in the files are samples of candidate statements of purpose (without names attached) to be shared with candidates who request such samples (most, if not all, do).
The Chair would like to thank the Committee members for their hard work and generous spirit as we compiled the slate of candidates, as well as the many people we contacted for their interest in participating in LAUC-LA.
Submitted by Renée McBride, Chair
Following is the Final Report of the LAUC-LA Peer Review Documentation Workshop Committee. Many thanks to Committee members, Marsha Kmec and Caroline Miller for their hard work to help meet the Committee's charge in a timely fashion, i.e., to help LAUC-LA members understand the process and documentation required for Peer Review packets for merit increase and promotion actions.
The members of the 2000-2001 LAUC-LA Election Committee were Amy Tsiang, Cheri Folkner, and Stephen Davison.
The Election Committee conducted four ballots this past year:
As reported in our midyear report the LAUC and LAUC-LA ByLaws ammendment proposals were both approved by the respective memberships.
The LAUC and LAUC-LA Elections for Officers were conducted concurrently in June 2001. 128 LAUC and LAUC-LA ballots were mailed to LAUC-LA members. 73 completed LAUC ballots were received by the committee; 75 completed LAUC-LA ballots were received.
The Annual Report of the 2000 Election Committee included the following:
'The Election Committee files were to have contained a rubber stamper for indicating where on the return envelope Librarians are to sign and print their names. The stamp was not in the files and this year's Elections Committee did not have time to order a new stamp before the elections. We recommend that next year's Elections Committee purchase a new stamper for use. However, before continuing this practice, the LAUC-LA Executive Board may want to consider the following comment which one Librarian had written on the Voting Instruction sheet along with their completed ballot, "Not a good idea to send a signature through the mail on an envelope! So, I will sign here."'
This year's committee did not order this stamp either. Nor, as far as we know, has the issue of signing on the outside of the envelope been addressed by the Board.
I would like to thank my colleagues on the committee, Cheri Folkner and Any Tsiang, for their hard work and good company.
Stephen Davison, chair
The members of the Committee on Professional Governance for 2000-2001 were Bob Bellanti, Patti Caravello, Eli Chammou, Ruby Gutierrez, and Ken Wade.
During the first half of the year the committee responded to a charge from the LAUC-LA chair to work with the local Committee on Library Plans and Policies to propose changes to the LAUC-LA bylaws for the purpose of restructuring the Executive Board, and including time during Board meetings for discussions with the University Librarian, in order to strengthen LAUC-LA's advisory role. A number of housekeeping details in the text of the bylaws were also to be addressed. The combined committees proposed changes to the bylaws and these were adopted by a vote of the membership.
The revised LAUC-LA Bylaws are now available on the LAUC-LA web site.
The statewide LAUC Committee on Professional Governance has been charged to examine LAUC Position Paper 1. The UCLA representative to the statewide committee, Rhonda Lawrence, has kept the local committee informed of the progress of the work to date.
The LAUC-LA Committee on Professional Governance has not been active in the second half of the year.
The chair of the committee received a report on the work of the statewide Committee on Professional Governance, from Rhonda Lawrence, the UCLA representative, immediately after the conclusion of the 2000-2001 term of office. The report was forwarded to the 2001-2002 chair of the LAUC-LA Committee on Professional Governance.
Members of the 2000-2001LAUC-LA Research and Professional Development Committee:
The committee met several times during 2000 and 2001, both to review the documents sent out early in the year for R&PD funding and to review and analyze Statewide Research Grants and local Minigrant applications. Updated documents were sent out on LAUCTALK for Research and Professional Development funding, Key Facts for Travelers, and the Library Quick Travel Form. These documents were also posted on the LAUC-LA Webpage. The Committee decided on last year's allocation for professional development funding, with an additional amount added after the new contract was approved. The total available for each librarian for 2000-2001 was $625.
The committee reviewed 6 Statewide Research Proposals this year, two of which were from UCLA. Suggestions for revisions were sent on to the Statewide Committee; final results of their deliberations were announced at the Statewide Spring Assembly. Both UCLA proposals were successful; winners were:
A CALL for LAUC-LA Minigrant Proposals was sent out on January 30, 2001; the deadline for submissions was March 15, 2001. The names of the recipients were announced on LAUCTALK. Winners were:
Thank you to the committee members for their hard work this year and also to David Yamamoto, LAUC-LA Webmaster, for posting all our announcements.
Janice Matthiesen, Chair
LAUC-LA Research & Professional Development Committee,
The LAUC-LA Plans & Policy Committee met on 12/8/2000 to discuss our 2 charges:
Charge #1: Setting up a separate listserv for librarians that could be used for announcements and discussions not specifically related to LAUC.
Charge #2: Draft language for incorporation into the LAUC-LA bylaws that defines LAUCTALK-L, its purpose, who moderages it and how librarians are subscribed. To the extent appropriate, this should also indicate any topics that are specifically excluded from discussion on this list, e.g.collective bargaining issues.
CHARGE #1: After much discussion, committee members agreed that UCLA Libraries need only 2 listservs. One listserv would cover union issues for all librarians - the union has agreed to this so it is a moot point. Last year's Committee on Plans and Policy had suggested a 3rd committee to just cover professional issues, leaving LAUCTalk to cover LAUC issues only. However, LAUC is a professional organization. Therefore, the committee decided to send the suggestion to keep LAUCTalk available for ALL professionall issues to the membership for their comments.
This mailing to the LAUC membership went out December 21st with a response due by January 12th. There were only 3 responses. 1 was an agreement with the proposal, one asked for clarification and 1 was an aside comment. The committee took this to indicate that there was no disagreement with the proposal.
CHARGE #2: The committee felt that wording changes for the bylaws was the purview of the Governance Committee and suggested forwarding this charge to them.
In mid January 2000, LAUC-LA Chair, Lise Snyder, jointly charged the LAUC-LA Plans & Policy Committee and the Governance Committee to: "By mid-March at the latest...Prepare a proposal to restructure the membership of the LAUC-LA Executive Board to create a body better able to act in an advisory capacity to the University Librarian..."
This proposal was also a topic of discussion at the January 30th Lunch with LAUC. The joint committees met twice, developed the proposal, forwarded this to the LAUC Executive Board and then the proposal was forwarded to the Election Committee for a bylaws vote by the LAUC-LA membership.
Year End Report:
The bylaws vote did pass and the joint proposal of the Governance Committee and the Committee on Plans and Policy has been accepted and now implemented.
A second request to the Committee on Plans and Policy during the second half of the year centered on a request from Gary Peete, as a member of SLASIAC, to provide data on Summer Term Activity Poll for each campus. SLASIAC was going to be discussing the issue of year round classes. Lise Snyder forwarded the request to P&P. I sent an email to all LAUC members soliciting their responses to Gary's brief questionnaire. I also forwarded the request for statistical data to the AUL for Public Services. When all responses were received, the data was compiled and forwarded to Gary. That was 5 months ago and I am not aware that any response has been received as to the outcome of the SLASIAC discussions.
I want to thank all of my committee members for all of their hard work this year and especially for all of their thoughtful comments and good ideas. It was a productive year thanks to their efforts and the efforts of the Governance Committee.
LAUC Plans & Policy Committee Members:
Barbara Schader, chair
LAUV-LA Committee on Library Plans and Policies
2000/01 was both a busy and productive year for LAUC-LA. During this time LAUC-LA met its regular responsibilities for Peer Review, the Fall and Spring membership meetings, awarding professional development funds, and selecting a Distinguished Librarian. In addition, the LAUC-LA Executive Board focussed on identifying issues of concern to librarians, and finding ways to encourage discussion of them and to better communicate these concerns to library and campus administration. In doing so, the Board hoped to reassert and strengthen LAUC-LA's advisory role. The Board was strongly supported in these efforts by the Committee on Plans and Policies, the Committee on Professional Governance, the Committee on Programs, the Election Committee and the membership itself.
The first step in this direction was to initiate Lunch with LAUC, a series of brown-bag meetings designed to stimulate information sharing and discussion of concerns/important issues. These meetings proved to be a useful forum for stimulating discussion and gathering input from the membership on a number of issues. They also provided a means for sharing information on new CDL initiatives and the Collection Management Initiative. My thanks go to Cathy Brown's Committee on Programs which took care of the arrangements for these meetings.
Discussion at the very first Lunch with LAUC meeting pinpointed the need better define the roles of Executive Board members and to find a means for regular, ongoing, direct communication between the membership and the University Librarian on various issues. This was the genesis of the joint charge to the Committee on Library Plans and Policies, chaired by Barbara Schader, and the Committee on Professional Governance, chaired by Ken Wade, to:
Review a proposal to reconfigure the membership of the Executive Board to give board members better defined roles, to make better use key committee chairs, and to provide for regular opportunities to meet with the University Librarian to discuss mutual concerns.
Draft language for the bylaws changes necessary to implement the proposal.
These two committees carried out this charge quickly, efficiently and thoughtfully. Stephen Davison's Election Committee handled the vote on the proposed bylaws changes very expeditiously. The proposed bylaws changes passed and were implemented during the spring election.
The Board also implemented the practice, now codified in the revised bylaws, of spending one hour of our monthly board meetings discussing issues of mutual interest with the University Librarian. As these discussions are part of our Executive Board meetings, they are open to all LAUC-LA members and members are encouraged to attend and take advantage of these opportunities for direct communication with ourUniversity Librarian.
Due to a decision to adhere more closely to its bylaws, the Senate Committee on Library dropped the LAUC-LA Chair and Past-Chair as members of the committee. When informed of this, the membership encouraged me to write to the Chair to communicate the importance of re-establishing a LAUC presence on this committee.I did so, was invited to meet and discuss the issue with the Chair, and was eventually asked to make a case before the committee as to the value of LAUC-LA participation. As a result, the LAUC-LA Chair was granted permanent guest status in order to attend future meetings. I attended the final meeting of the year and prepared a summary of the meeting for distribution on LAUCTALK-L. I also communicated the necessary information to insure that Maureen Russell, the incoming LAUC-LA Chair, would receive meeting notifications, minutes, etc. for the 2001/02 academic year.
In addition to their work on the Lunch with LAUC series, the Program Committee handled the planning for both membership meetings and a very interesting program on the professional activities of LAUC-LA members. Renee McBride's Nominating Committee did a phenomenal job of putting together a great slate of candidates for our annual election. The Election Committee successfully brought off both the LAUC-LA bylaws election and the regular LAUC-LA and statewide Executive Board elections. Janice Matthiesen's Committee on Research and Professional Development efficiently administered local funds and participated in the selection of projects to receive statewide funding. Maureen Russell did a great job coordinating the work of the Peer ReviewCommittee. Anita Colby's Committee on the LAUC-LA Distinguished Librarian Award selected a very deserving recipient in Norma Corral, recognizing her exceptional contributions to diversity, librarianship and to the teaching and research missions of UCLA. Many thanks to the members of all of these committees for a job well done. Please take the time to read their year-end reports so that you can appreciate their work as well.
Our local representatives to the statewide LAUC committees should also be recognized, especially Rhonda Lawrence, our representative to the Committee on Professional Development, for her efforts to collect local input regarding the distinguished step.
My thanks also to David Yamamoto who continued to do a great job of maintaining the LAUC-LA website. This is an invaluable resource for us all. Finally, I'd like to thank the Executive Board for their assistance and support in carrying out the important work of LAUC during this past year.
2000/01 LAUC-LA Chair
Members of the 2000/2001 Committee on Programs were: Cathy Brown, Chair (College), Beth Feinberg (YRL Cataloging), and Joan Flintoff LoPear (YRL Cataloging). I wish to thank Beth and Joan who have been of immeasurable help this year. I enjoyed working with them very much.
In Spring, we organized the LAUC-LA Membership meeting on Thursday, April 19th from 1-3pm held in the Faculty Center Sequoia room. Joan was in charge of refreshments and did a wonderful job. The highlight of the meeting, of course, was the presentation of the Librarian of the Year award to Norma Corral. A full house of friends, family and colleagues gathered to honor her.
On Tuesday, May 29th from 1-2pm in the YRL Administrative Conference Room, we had our last “Lunch with LAUC” program for the year. Valerie Bross gave an excellent talk on “Electronic Resources Cataloging” from a YRL perspective. She did a marvelously clear power point presentation. Cookies were served. Altogether, LAUC-LA sponsored seven Lunch with LAUC brown bag sessions during 2000-2001. Many were held in the Schoenberg Hall Green Room. Thank you, Maureen, for arranging for the room and helping us set things up. Thank you to past-Chair Lise Snyder for thinking of the idea to have them in the first place.
Our final activity was in place of the previously held tea and talent, and travel sharing programs. These were wonderful, but we decided to try something else along the same lines of an informal get-together program. As it turned out, it was held the day after September 11th, and it was rather soothing to gather together and attend something positive. “What Have You Been Up To Lately? Projects and Research Sharing” was held on Wednesday, September 12th from 11am – 1pm. It was well attended by around thirty librarians. Joan organized the sit-down sandwich and salads buffet luncheon in the Faculty Center. Presentations were made by eight volunteers talking about their recent professional projects: Joan Flintoff LoPear, Barbara Schader, Lisa Kernan, Michael Oppenheim, Bruce Whiteman, Esther Grassian, Joan Kaplowitz, and David Hirsch. Marion Peters shared a poster session she had presented at SLA. Joan took reservations, and everything went very well with the exception that the Faculty Center had moved us from the Hacienda Room to the Downstairs Lounge without telling us, and the Library server went down about the time David Hirsch wanted to show us some illustrations of Middle Eastern immigrant materials from Eastern Europe on his web page. Everyone appeared to enjoy themselves and we obtained a lot of interesting information from the lively presentations.
The LAUC Committee on Diversity held two meetings, a teleconference on 2 April 2001 and a meeting in Oakland on 16 July 2001. The following accomplishments resulted from the meetings:
Peggy Tahir and Lai-Ying Hsiung volunteered to serve as co-chairs for September 1, 2001- August 31, 2002.
Summaries of reports on diversity initiatives by UC Libraries.
[43K MS Word Document]
A list of committee reports and relevant documents were sent to Sal
Guerena in April 2001, asking him be the liaison to work with the
Andrea Duda to place them on the LAUC web site. The Committee was
expecting these documents to be loaded to the Committee on Diversity
section of the LAUC Website by August 31, 2001, but the work is still
[24K MS Word Document]
The committee reviewed and updated the Recommendations for Action
[32K MS Word Document]
The document compiled by Lai-Ying Hsiung for future inclusion on the
Diversity Committees' section of the Website: online pathfinders and
guides to materials dealing with diversity.
[53K MS Word Document]
Draft Proposal 25% FTE Diversity Coordinator. This document needs
further deliberations in 2002. It is not ready for submission to LAUC
as a proposal.
[25K MS Word Document]
Continued communication and contact with Sheila O'Rourke, Affirmative Action liaison at UCOP, in order to insure that the committee obtains reports of University wide annual statistics on diversity.
Follow-up with Andrea Dude, the LAUC Web Manager to propose a workable calendar and format(s) for loading the Committee documents on the LAUC web site. Whenever possible, the committee should find electronic copies of the documents.
Catherine Y. Lee
The 2000/2001 academic year was a busy one for both the Peer Review Coordinator and Peer Review Committee.
In October 2000, the 2000/2001 Peer Review Committee was constituted. There were 35 members. In February 2001, at my request, two additional Librarian Vs (old scale) joined the 2000/2001 Peer Review Committee. With the possibility of 21 Librarian IV (old scale) actions, I wanted to make sure that there were a fair number of Librarian Vs (old scale) on the Committee to ensure fairness and confidentiality. This brought the grand total of the Peer Review Committee to 37 members.
On October 23rd and October 31st, we held the LAUC-LA Appointments and Peer Review Committee Orientations. Gloria Werner, University Librarian and Charles Batey, Director, Library Human Resources, attended one; Allison Bunting, Acting University Librarian, and Charles Batey, the other.
The 2000/2001 CALL document was issued in November 2000, after two forms were updated: the Academic Personnel Recommendation and the Documentation and Signature Checklist. No paper copies were issued to librarians. Rather, they were directed to MSWord and PDF versions at: http://staff.library.ucla.edu/hr/call/index.htm
The Peer Review Documentation Workshop was held on December 7th, in the YRL West Media Classroom (YRL 23167). Thanks to Esther Grassian, Chair, and the entire LAUC-LA Peer Review Documentation Workshop Committee, for this informative workshop. Further, with the approval of the LAUC-LA Executive Board, the Peer Review Documentation Workshop Committee mounted "Hints for the Review Initiator" on the LAUC-LA Web site: http://www.library.ucla.edu/committees/laucla/peerreview/reviewinitiators.htm
In March 2001, Charles Batey left UCLA, but Rita Scherrei, Associate University Librarian for Personnel, returned on a part-time basis.
Following their orientation in October 2000, the 2000/2001 Peer Review Committee began work on appointments. As of November 7, 2001, the committee had reviewed 13 appointments at the following levels:
The committee began work on peer review actions in March 2001. As of November 7, 2001 the committee completed 45 actions.
|Total number of librarians eligible for actions||49|
|Number of deferred actions||4|
|Number of out-of-cycle/accelerated actions||4|
|Total number of merit actions||40, including 4 "Distinguished" actions|
|Number of merit actions approved||38|
|Total number of accelerated merit actions||4|
|Number of accelerated merit actions approved||2|
|Total number of promotion actions||1|
|Number of promotions approved||1|
|Total number of "Review Only" actions||0|
|Total number of decelerations||0|
|Number of actions where the committee disagreed with the Review Initiator or the final administrative recommendation||6|
We currently have a total of 127 librarians, including those in both permanent and temporary appointments, at the following ranks:
|Librarians||84; of these 13 are "Distinguished" Librarians|
Although the 2000/2001 Peer Review Committee had not yet been discharged, the Committee debriefing with Gloria Werner and Rita Scherrei was held October 11, 2001.
On November 2, 2001, the 2001/2002 Peer Review Committee was convened, thus releasing the 2000/2001 Committee from service.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 2000/2001 Peer Review Committee. It almost goes without saying that I could not have done this job without you, but I want you to know how much I appreciate your quick responses, your hard work, your diligence and your thoughtfulness.
2000/2001 Peer Review Coordinator
Members of the 2000/2001 Committee:
Barb Lucas (original chair, 2000-02), UC Irvine; Ginny Irving, UC Berkeley; Raphaela Castro UC Davis; Rhonda Lawrence, UCLA; Kuei Chiu, UC Riverside; Jennifer Reiswig (chair as of August meeting), UC San Diego; Keir Reavie, UCSF; Cathy Chiu, UC Santa Barbara; Sue Chesley, UC Santa Cruz
The Statewide Professional Governance Committee has accomplished the following activities since we were first constituted with our present membership in October 2000.
Received from LAUC President Cathy Palmer the following charges:
Advise the President and the Executive Board on issues concerning APM revisions that affect librarians' peer review, and other professional governance issues not covered by the other standing committees.
Serve as a review body for Divisions who may request evaluation of local peer review procedures
Create and maintain a manual which contains among other items, a definition of terms used in the peer review process; a model call for personnel actions; and explications of criteria for review in APM 210-4e(3)(a)-(d); categories to be included in the Biographical-bibliographical Form; guidelines for preparing confidential summaries; and guidelines for types of documents required for merit reviews and promotions. The appropriate LAUC position papers shall be incorporated into this manual
Address other subjects at the request of the President and consider and develop recommendations on matters of librarian professional governance.
New Charge: to review LAUC Position Paper 1, Criteria for Appointment or Promotion to the Ranks of Associate Librarian and Librarian and Advancement to Librarian Step V in light of the discussions that have occurred at the 1998 LAUC Fall Assembly led by Kari Lucas and the 2000 LAUC Spring Assembly led by Patsy Inouye about the criteria for achieving the Distinguished Librarian designation.
On February 13th I informed the LAUC-LA Chair and the LAUC-LA Committee on Professional Governance re: our statewide charge to review LAUC Position Paper number 1, and solicited their input. See the paper at: http://www.ucop.edu/lauc/paper01.html
Via e-mail announcements, I informed the LAUC-LA membership about the statewide charge to review LAUC Position Paper number 1, and solicited their input via a poll sent to members on March 2nd.
Poll results: Thirty-nine LAUC -LA members responded to the online poll. The questions and responses are shown here.
Do you agree that "excellent and significant accomplishments in Criterion 1 can be the basis for earning the designation of Distinguished?"
Should there be a more detailed explanation of criteria for the Distinguished step than what appears in our current documents?
|28||yes (see below)|
|8||no, fine as it is|
If you answered "yes," would you prefer this explanation to be...
|15||in a LAUC statewide position paper|
|3||in a LAUC-LA local position paper|
|8||in the UCLA Academic Personnel documents|
|10||a statement from our UL|
Do you believe LAUC should explore options for "Distinguished" status beyond the current tie to the Librarian V-VI step? (NB: since length of time at each step is covered by the M.O.U., LAUC cannot "negotiate" on the placement of the hurdle step. However, the decoupling of "hurdle" and "distinguished" concepts has been proposed as one possibility.)
|10||no, fine as it is|
On March 6 I met with LAUC-LA members for a brown bag lunch discussion on LAUC Position Paper number 1, the definition of the distinguished step, and criterion 1 activities. Members made suggestions about how language of the paper could be changed, which I took to the Statewide meeting.
Report of the first statewide meeting on March 12th, 2001
I attended an all day statewide meeting in Oakland on Monday, March 12th, to discuss the Committee charges, with particular emphasis on LAUC Position Paper no. 1. At our meeting on March 12th, the Statewide Committee decided on the following actions.
SHORT TERM goals
Lucas will send out a draft revision to Position Paper 1 with possibility of action as early as Spring Assembly 2001. If not ready to vote at Spring Assembly, at least report on intention.
Palmer will draft a reply to Allan Dyson's letter outlining resources the ULs could provide to overcome the barriers to full participation in Criteria 2-4.
To fulfill our charge to create a peer review manual, we will develop a Web site to point to core documents and campus documents. The Web site can be developed locally at a campus, and then moved to LAUC server for hosting and maintenance. Volunteer: Sue Chesley
LONGER TERM (Summer 2001)
The Committee will prepare a series of scenarios representing different ways of handling the distinguished concept within the librarian series, to be presented as a poll of LAUC members. The goal is to determine if there is a preferred approach among LAUC members. If so, this could be communicated to UC-AFT for possible future negotiation. A separate position paper on "distinguished" criteria may be needed as well.
The Committee plans to meet again this summer to review our progress on short term and long term goals.
Second statewide meeting, August 30th, 2001
The LAUC Statewide Committee on Professional Governance held a second meeting in Oakland on August 30th. Due to a lengthy illness, Barb Lucas stepped down as chair in June; Jennifer Reiswig of UC San Diego was named as chair for the remainder of this LAUC year 2001. None of the goals set forward in the March meeting were accomplished. Following extensive review of our previous discussions in March, we accomplished the following at our August 30th meeting:
Proposed suggested rewording/reworking of the Palmer letter (draft sent to our committee to review in June) to the ULs. Acting chair Jenny Reiswig drafted response, and sent it to us for review. The Committee still has not signed off on our suggested changes to the letter (this letter is in response to the Alan Dyson letter of January 2001
Worked on rewording of LAUC position paper no. 1 as per our charge to review in light of changing steps and in light of criterion 1, distinguished, etc., etc. Ginny Irving of UC Berkeley redrafted various articles in Position paper #1 that we had voted on at our Aug. 30th meeting, and sent the draft to our committee for review. The goal had been to complete our review before the November meeting, but I am uncertain what the status of the position paper is at this time; and whether it has gone to the LAUC Statewide Executive Board.
Survey on Criterion 1, Distinguished status, etc.
While Jenny Reiswig of UC San Diego and I did both conducted surveys on these issues at our respective campuses last February and March, the rest of the LAUC representatives did not. Currently there is not a consensus on the committee as to what to propose to the membership, so the Committee is to create a more uniform survey that will be less ambiguous and have more questions than the one I used last March. Kuei Chiu of UC Riverside is the lead person on this. I am not sure when this survey will be completed and sent out.
The LAUC Bylaws amendments proposed by the Committee on Committees, Rules, and Jurisdiction were passed by LAUC Fall Assembly members on November 17 and, on January 24, LAUC President Cathy Palmer sent the membership-ratified amendments to the LAUC Bylaws to Myron Okado of UCOP. Most of these amendments were necessitated by changes in the University Librarian advisory structure. LAUC bylaws and all amendments are subject to the approval of the President of the University, to assure that they are in accord with the Standing Orders of The Regents and with the rules and regulations of the University. UCOP revised and approved them, issuing them on Sept 18th. An HTML version of the revised 2001 bylaws were edited by Peter Brueggeman for posting on the LAUC web site, along with an HTML version of the 1997 Bylaws (which also were corrected by Peter Brueggeman to coincide with UCOP's official version).
Doris Lopez at UCOP noticed several differences between the issued hard copy of the 1997 Bylaws and the web version of the same on LAUC's website. All were typographical corrections, save one. Article IV, Section 10 (Duties of the Past President) was added to the Bylaws on 3-1-93 and was omitted in the 1997 version on LAUC's website. The web version was used as the basis for this Committee's work on the 2001 revisions, which then did not address Article IV, Section 10. Article IV, Section 10b "Serve as a representative of LAUC on the Library Council" is problematic since the LAUC Past President no longer serves as the LAUC representative on the successor to Library Council. Thus it needs to be revised, and it also presents a good opportunity for the LAUC Executive Board to review all the duties of the Past President for the next bylaws revision.
The 2001 bylaws revisions incorporated a request from the Cultural Diversity Committee to be renamed the Diversity Committee. The LAUC Executive Board approved this name change, stipulating that all responsibilities remain the same. The word "cultural" appears in the Committee's responsibilities. The retention or deletion of this word needs to be considered by LAUC with respect to the Committee's name change. Specific direction to the Committee on Committees, Rules, and Jurisdiction needs to be received if LAUC wishes to pursue this.
A concern about the mention of APM sections in the LAUC Bylaws was forwarded to Myron Okado of UCOP for comment. If represented librarians are no longer governed by any of the APM, then the mention of the APM in the Bylaws might be problematic, excluding the represented librarians because their criteria now appears in the MOU? Does LAUC receive its authority through the APM? No response was received. Specific direction to the Committee on Committees, Rules, and Jurisdiction needs to be received if LAUC wishes to pursue this.
Cathy Palmer, LAUC President, advised that the Bylaws need to reviewed in light of the changes necessitated by the most recent MOU, per her email of 29 August: ".....After careful review, and after having just gone through the process of appointing LAUC representatives to the University Librarian Advisory Groups, I find that the bylaws do not accurately reflect the process. There are two reasons for this. When the Bylaws were first being reviewed for revisions in light of these changes, we had only gone through the process once; it was not (probably still isn't) completely understood how the process would work. The second reason is that the University Librarians made a change in the process that LAUC was forced to accept......" Specific direction to the Committee on Committees, Rules, and Jurisdiction needs to be received if LAUC wishes to pursue this.
Keri S. Botello
2000-2001 LAUC-LA Representative to
LAUC Committee on Committees, Rules & Jurisdiction