Committees Library, Media and Web Services Advisory Committee Macalester College

Library, Media and Web Services Advisory Committee

Meeting – March 13, 2008, 11:50 - 12:50 p.m.

Present:  Pete Ferderer, Lynn Hudson, Keith Kuwata (Chair), Angi Faiks, Dave Collins, Sara Suelflow, Terri Fishel

  1. Approve minutes from last meeting
    Minutes approved.
  2. Web Services Report – Sara
    1. RFP Assessment of the Web Site – We have received approval to move forward with an assessment of the campus web site.  The Web Advisory group meets this afternoon to decide how to proceed.  There are  budget constraints and if we choose to work with either of two need to work within scope of our budget; both are eager to work with us.  The project is intended to look at public website and 1600grand portal and content and best practices. Driving factors:  web standards and accessibility and way pages are constructed; more friendly with search engines and able to work with small devices – pdas, iPhones; disability issues; maintaining content with content management system and allowing content to be reused in other pages – duplication of content, repurposed.  Pete requested support for faculty pages – led to a brief demo of Selected Works which will be shared with faculty in April.
    2. Selected Works  - rollout after midterm break
  3. Collection Development Policy –  Angi previously shared a revised collection development policy.  It has been more than  5 years since we had a policy in place.  Angi presented on the policy and her philosophy regarding the overall framework which was to present less detail and more general guidelines.  Faculty approval of structure at last night's faculty meeting.  Feedback and comments were suggested for improvement. 
  1. Scholarly Communication Update – Terri provided an update on activities that took place at a Science Division meeting March 5, and an upcoming event with a speaker during National Library week who will be discussing open access from a student perspective. 
  2. National Library Week Activities – The 50th celebration of National Library Week will take place April 13 – April 19.  We begin the week with a kickoff to reveal this year’s posters, which include Keith Kuwata, among others on campus.  We provide coffee all week in the morning, free of charge, and we have Gavin Baker, student activist for Open Access, speaking on Tuesday.  We will have a panel of Macalester alumni on Wed. who are librarians who will be speaking about their careers, and we wrap up on Friday with a celebratory lunch for our student employees.
  3. Next meeting – to be determined

We adjourned at 1 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Terri


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