FINAL REPORT April 17, 2003
The Senate Libraries and AcIS Committee has the traditional role of informing
itself about various areas of Library and AcIS functioning, and responding to
questions and problems suggested by its members or raised by constituents in
the larger university community.
This year we discussed, among other topics:
∙ Changes in space layouts and allocations as a result of the (now well
advanced) renovations in Butler Library.
∙ The improvements now being made in CourseWorks, and others planned for the
∙ Changes in the software that has powered CLIO; upgrades this summer will
bring us greatly enhanced capabilities.
∙ Online reserve materials as an increasing resource, and related problems of
access (including off-campus access) and printing.
∙ Electronic publishing procedures and their complicated prospects, and online
∙ The Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, and its wide range of
activities in training and website-making for the campus.
∙ Problems of food and drink in Butler Library.
Of all these topics, the last was the one that generated strongly expressed
comments from outside the Committee, and inspired vigorous discussions that
are obviously destined to be part of an ongoing debate. Everyone agreed that
the problem exists; but, as we discovered, for many reasons it is not
something susceptible to any quick or simple solution. We plan to continue
our discussions of this matter in the fall.
For the present, we have no resolutions to present to the Senate.
We would like more participation in this committee, especially by faculty