Academic Services Committee
October 24, 2001
Members Present: Ron Bohlander (GTRI), Carol Colatrella (LCC), Lynn Fountain (GTRI), Joseph Hoey (Acad AFF), Nancey Green Leigh (Arch), Jerry O’Brien (CoS), Ronnie Roberts (ChE)
Members Absent: Maureen Kilroy (GS&R), Mark Richards (Exec. Bd. Liaison)
Visitors: Rosalind Meyers, Associate VP-Auxiliary Services and Bobby Pearson, Director of the Georgia Tech Bookstore
1. Nancey Green Leigh, Chair, called the meeting to order at 3:02 PM.
2. Minutes for the September 2001 meeting of the Committee were approved.
3. Rosalind Meyers and Bobby Pearson made a presentation on the operation of the bookstore under the contract with Barnes & Nobles and responded to questions from committee members. Some of the key points in the presentation were:
· Barnes and Noble has operated the bookstore since July 1, 2001
· The transition was relatively smooth; however, the new management is still working through some problems.
· Changes have been made in the physical layout of the store but most store personnel are the same.
· Barnes and Noble plans to make the Georgia Tech bookstore similar to their superstores by significantly expanding the number of volumes stocked here, particularly in the areas of general reading and references. They currently stock 10,000 to 13,000 titles but expect to expand to 50,000 titles in the current location and to stock between 110,000 and 130,000 titles in the Technology Square store. The stock will include some volumes in foreign languages and new selection categories will be available.
· Barnes and Noble would like for the Georgia Tech store to become recognized as a source for technical reference books in science and engineering.
· The ASC committee recommended that a bookstore advisory committee with members from Faculty, Staff and Students be formed to provide recommendations and feedback. Ms. Meyers requested recommendations for members of an advisory committee. The faculty is welcome to review the stock and offer suggestions about titles to stock.
· The bookstore is rebuilding their web site to improve quality, document changes and allow feedback.
· Barnes and Noble anticipates a significant number of non-GT customers particularly after moving to Technology Square; however, financial return to Georgia Tech is expected to be less due to debt service.
· Rosalind Meyers indicated she welcomed feedback on the bookstore or any of the other auxiliary services.
· Rosalind Meyers provided an update on Technology Square (http://www.gatech.edu/techsquare/) including the location and current design of the new bookstore. She also discussed SAC II, the new health center, transportation, parking and housing with an emphasis on improving graduate student housing. The Technology Square web site provides information about the future bookstore.
4. The next meeting is scheduled for November 28, and Joe Digregorio from Continuing Education will be the guest.
5. The meeting was adjourned at 4:05 PM.
Jerry O'Brien, Secretary