Library Faculty Assembly Home Archives Documents Officers Assembly Committees Career Development Libraries Budget Nominating Strategic Planning Special & Joint Committees Faculty Committees Faculty Senators Sabbatical SPEP Tenure & Promotion Other Governance Committees UF Faculty Senate University Libraries Committee Future of the Libraries Committee myUFL login required Library Catalog Databases Site Map SearchFaculty Governance at the University of Florida LibrariesMinutes December 18, 2006: 3:00pmRoom L107, Marston Science Library Meeting was called to order at 3:02 PM, and the agenda, with one small change, was approved. The Nov. 20 minutes were approved, with one change: under Senate Update, Review of the October Senate meeting: Joe Aufmuth, not Nancy Schaefer, reported specifically on the discussion regarding a Faculty Climate Survey on which the Senate Welfare Council is working. Carol Drum gave an update on the Dean of Libraries search. All but one of the 8 semi-finalists have had phone interviews, and the expectation is that as many as 5 of these will be invited to interview in person. Carol is willing to provide a brief status report at the LFA Jan. 8 meeting.Chair's Report:The location for the April 16 meeting, pending confirmation, will be Health Science Center Library.Administration Update:Brian Keith used PowerPoint to illustrate the background and current situation regarding the Merit Pay Process. The three criteria cited in the Librarian CDH were used to determine merit status, and the director and department chairs prioritized prospective recipients and allocated merit awards by Nov. 20, and by Dec. 1 a letter was prepared to send to all 74 eligible faculty announcing, as appropriate, their new base rate and amount of increases. The available amount was $38,000, and it had to be spread over a large number of people. Merit Pay Process issues to discuss in the new year: replacing the sporadic current language "as done in the past" with a consistent documentation of the system of distribution, based on the evaluative criteria being fully understood and in place; analyzing the question of distribution between divisions and library departments; and the way some administrators awarded an x dollar amount while others used a percentage based on the departmental priorities to determine the individual merit increase. The LFA Chair suggested this conversation continue in departmental meetings as well as in the larger forum.Senate Update:Nancy Schaefer pointed to the Future of the Libraries report as the most important recent Senate meeting item affecting librarians: http://www.aa.ufl.edu/search_committees/futureofthelibrary/ Naomi Young mentioned the agenda item for the January Senate meeting that is most relevant to librarians involves the status of the Standing Committee on Compensation: in terms of the collective bargaining unit: does this group take on "second agent" status? This must be clarified to avoid a charge of unfair labor practice. As Chair of the University Nominating Committee, Carol Kem announced that the call for self-nominations for all Senate and joint Presidential/Senate committees will go out at the beginning of January, with a closing at the end of the month. 50% of the librarians nominated last year were actually appointed to Senate and joint committee assignments, a major increase over previous years.Committee Reports:Standing Rules Committee:Vernon Kisling announced two changes to the document: Part 2.1 "divisions" in place of "departments" in Appointment statement, and Part 2.4 "Appointment, Promotion and Tenure" in place of "Tenure and Promotion" in heading. Staggered term conditions for committee members are desired: in the context of the Nominating Committee, the current temporary membership will all rotate off at once, but will in effect nominate the new membership, through either replacements or self-nominations, to continue in this body.