2013-04-12 Meeting Minutes

April 12, 2013

ULAC Meeting

2:00 pm - Steely Library – Room 510

Present:   K.C. Russell, Arne Almquist, Threasa Wesley, Karen Leek, Kathy Kurk, Vicky Berling, Sam Goh, Sandi Webster (recording secretary)

Not Present:   Greg Martin, Carol Furnish, Jaesook Gilbert

Special Guests:   Justine Burchell and Allen Ellis



Introductions and Welcome – Arne Almquist

Welcome and general comments

Justine Burchell

·       Presented an update on SourceFinder and answered any questions re: same.

Allen Ellis

·       The winner of this year’s Library Research Award (given for excellent utilization of the library and its resources) is Karey Cooper for her submission of: “Is Someone Watching You? The Impact of Audience Effects and Exercises in Nature on Attention Restoration”.  This will officially be announced on Tuesday, April 16th.  This is the second year we have presented an award as part of the annual Celebration of Student Research and Creativity.  Students need to apply for this award and the winner will receive an individual plaque to keep, be recognized with a plate on the 1st floor perpetual plaque, as well as receive a $500 cash award.  I urge you to mention this to your students.


·       EBSCO Discovery Services – Allen accessed the website and projected on the screen so everyone could see.  He reported that, while it is still in the beta stage, he is already using it when doing consultations.  With EBSCO federated customizable search services, you can put in search criteria, select area or do advanced search and it will search across all databases simultaneously.  The results will be ranked in terms of relevance or data descending, with the source identified.  We would be happy to come to your various departments to do demonstrations.



Karen Leek said she explained to her teaching faculty how SourceFinder works, as well as how we now subscribe to database packages. 

Arne reported that some of the curriculum collection titles which we are deaccessioning (i.e. those not commented on) were being packaged in 3 four feet tall boxes by the Rotary and sent off to the Caribbean to help found new libraries.  Kathy Kurk mentioned the Libros for Learning organization (see librosforlearning.com) - they create libraries in rural sections of Mexico – books are taken via boat where there are no libraries and provide them with low level curriculum materials.  Arne said we weed every year and the LRC is our heaviest area.


Arne’s Final Thoughts:

·       He reported on The Chronicle of Higher Education article re: the ITHAKA survey on how academics use information resources.  He showed various “results and trends” slides on the overhead.  To see more data, go to the online version of The Chronicle of Higher Education and search ITHACA.

·       This is our final meeting of the fiscal year and I hope to see you again in the fall.  We try to have 2 spring and 2 fall meetings.  I am attempting to get a student back in this group, as well as on the FOSL Board and have contacted the SGA.

·       May 4th is our 3rd Annual Chrome Show & Rod Rally to be held in parking lots E&F.  We partner with WNKU and other organizations to bring this event together.  In the past, the route has been rural but this year it will be approximately 75% urban and 25% rural.  The Baptist Student Union is also involved, as well as the Black-N-Bluegrass Roller Girls.  The rally is conducted by a professional rally master and it is not a race.  It’s a family-friendly scavenger hunt on wheels.  Last year the car show completely filled the lot and we anticipate more this year.

·       Matt Kish, a Moby Dick artist, will be here on April 16th at 3:30 in the Griffin Hall Digitorium where he will create an original artwork which will be donated to the Library.  At 7:00, he will give and illustrated lecture followed by a reception/book signing.



There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

Steely Library phone number:  859.572.5457