Library Committee minutes

November 14, 2001



Members Present: Mark Kindl (GTRI), Colin Potts (representing CoC for Spencer Rugaber), Edward Thomas (Physics), Goutam Challagalla (DCoM), Carol Colatrella (LCC), Richard Meyer (Library), Barbara Walker (Library)


Members Absent:  Nancey Green Leigh (Urban Planning), John Papastavridis (ME)



1.      The committee still has not heard from the student body presidents regarding the names of student representatives.  Thomas will check again with SGA.

2.      Librarian's Report: Meyer reported on several library initiatives, including foundation development, reconfiguring One West, digitizing theses and faculty research, planning for the Learning Resource Center, and considering the possibility of moving to purchasing digital rather than print serials. He noted new partnerships with departments and external groups to leverage purchasing power in subscribing to databases. Challagalla expressed concern about the lack of space available in the library for group research and planning; Meyer indicated this concern was a factor in redesigning the first floor (planned for late spring and summer 2002) and in building the Learning Resource Center.  The committee encouraged Meyer to continue the conversation about containing serials costs by choosing digital over print serials with other faculty. He indicated he will begin by speaking with chairs in CoS and CoE.  He hopes that all units will carefully consider this issue and that it might be brought up to the entire faculty.

3.      Barbara Walker, Government Documents Librarian, reported on Georgia Tech's document policies.  The library is a depository library, but keeps about 80% of documents offered.  Print titles are weeded based on curricular and research interests of GT's community. Walker noted the need to retain print titles since electronic titles might be incomplete or unavailable. Government documents librarians work with the Information Resources Council (the library consultants to the units) and with regional libraries in discarding materials. Users should identify research needs to reference librarians and library consultants because such inquiries affect collection management. All government documents prior to 1981 will be catalogued as part of the next phase of adding records to the electronic catalog.

4.      User Issues: Via email, Papastavridis suggested that the library purchase duplicate copies of texts in the collection.  Meyer responded that the library does purchase duplicate copies of heavily used titles, but that it does not, as a rule, purchase textbooks.  Papatavridis's email also mentioned enhancing the humanities and liberal arts collection, and Meyer noted that the library has received a substantial grant to assist with this goal.

5.      New Business: Challagalla wondered how we can improve the research skills of undergraduates.  Potts suggested that CoC graduate students might undertake usability studies.  Colatrella suggested tying research projects into several different courses in the core curriculum (ENGL 1101 and 1102) and in majors.  Students should also be encouraged to take the library research classes (See Below).

6.      Next meeting: to be scheduled during spring term.



Respectfully submitted:


Carol Colatrella