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Libraries FY2019

Standing Committees of the University Senate

Libraries: This committee works with KU libraries to develop long-range planning for and monitor the allocation of library resources, to promote communication with the library by students, faculty, and staff, to expand access to materials.

The University Committee on Libraries shall be composed of thirteen faculty members serving staggered three-year terms, including one representative each from the schools of Architecture and Urban Design, Business, Education, Engineering, Journalism and Mass Communications, Music, Pharmacy, and Social Welfare, and five representatives from the College (representing Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Humanities, School of the Arts, and International Studies). In addition, there shall be four student members serving one-year terms and two staff members appointed by the Provost and serving staggered three-year terms. At least one student member shall be a graduate student. The Committee shall also include the following non-voting, ex officio members: The Dean of the Libraries, the Law Librarian, and one each from the following library staff types, elected by their respective library governance body: university support staff, unclassified professional staff, and faculty.


Chair:  Sheyda Jahanbani, History                         College, Humanities (2021)                 
Faculty: Marie-Alice L’Heureux                            Architecture (2020)
Faculty: Tailan Chi                                                    Business (2020)
Faculty: Dorothy Hines                                             Education (2021)
Faculty: Russell Ostermann                                     Chemical & Petroleum Engr, (2019)
Faculty: Yvonne Chen                                              Journalism (2021)
Faculty: Ketty Wong-Cruz                                        Music (2020)
Faculty: Jennifer Dill                                                 Pharmacy (2019)
Faculty: Crystal Coles                                               Social Welfare (2019)
Faculty: Lisa Timmons, Molecular Biosciences        College, Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2019)
Faculty: Michael Wuthrich, Political Science            College, International Affairs (2021)
Faculty: Germain Halegoua, Film and Media           College, School of the Arts (2021)
Faculty: Muhammad Raza, Child Language Prof.    College, Social and Behavioral Sciences (2021)
Staff: Jonathan Perkins, Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center (2020)
Staff: Karl Janssen, University Press (2019)
Voting, Student: Stuart Bennett, stuart.bennett@ku.edu
Voting, Student: Jacob Hammil, jhammil@ku.edu
Voting, Student: David Trevino, dtrev78@ku.edu
Voting, Graduate Student: Eliza Kassebaum, kassebaumeh@ku.edu

Ex-Officio-Non Voting Members:
Kevin L. Smith, Dean of Libraries
Pam Crawford, Law Librarian, Law Library
Mary Ann Baker, Univ. Support Staff library staff
Jocelyn Wehr, Unclassified Library Staff
Lars Leon, Library Faculty



Approved by SenEx:   May 21, 2018
Approved by University Senate: September 6, 2018

        For further information or to schedule a meeting with SenEx to discuss charges or the committee’s work, contact SenEx Chair Ruben Flores.

  • Minutes of each meeting should be e-mailed to the Governance Office (govern@ku.edu) as they are approved.  The minutes will be posted to the Governance web site.  
  • If the committee is recommending a change to university policy or rules, SenEx must officially receive that recommendation by March 26, 2019 in order to meet timeline requirements for full review by Governance.
  • Please send a report of the committee’s actions on each of the charges, as well as any recommendations the committee wishes to make concerning charges or membership for the following academic year, to University Governance, at govern@ku.edu, and submit the final report by April 15, 2019.

FY2019 Standing charges:

  1. Monitor and support the Libraries’ long-range planning and allocation of resources—staff, physical space, equipment, collections, digitally-based information, etc.—in light of the needs of different academic disciplines and the budget situation. Assist in communicating about planning resource allocations to support teaching (including both undergraduate and graduate) and research. Report issues and recommendations for action to SenEx. (ongoing)
  2. Assess and assist with the effectiveness of communication between the Libraries and students, faculty, and staff, about topics including but not limited to library-based instruction in classes and academic programs in support of university-wide learner outcomes. Report issues and recommendations for action to SenEx. (ongoing)                                                                                                                                                                                                      
  3. Obtain a report from the Open Access advisory board concerning activities, and long-range planning for Open Access at KU.
  4. FY2020 Committee.  According to the Open Access Policy for University of Kansas Scholars, that policy should be reviewed every three years.  The policy was last revised and updated in FY2017. 

   In addition to a general report on the level of acceptance of this policy and issues encountered in getting it established, the review should address the following:

  • How well it has been accepted by publishers, which publishers do not support the policy, and whether this has contributed to researchers being unable to put their work in the repositoy
  • The percentage of the faculty who are participating
  • Whether there are particular disciplines or research areas that are “underrepresented” in the repository.

FY2019 Specific Charge:

  1. Review the following:
    A. Is the name and description of your committee concurrent with its responsibilities
    B. Are there adjustments that should be made to the committee responsibilities?
    C. Is the size and composition of your committee appropriate?
    D. Are there overlaps or gaps between your committee’s responsibilities and those of other committees?
Final Report: 

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