Libraries FY2014

Committee Details:

Committee: Libraries Committee
Committee Category: Standing Committees of the University Senate
Fiscal Year: 2014

Committee Description

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.


Chair: Marlesa Roney, Ed Leadership & Policy Studies, Education (2015)
Marie Allice L'Heureux, Architecture (2014) Returning Fall 2013
Min Young Kim, Business (2014)
Craig McLaughlin, Aerospace Engineering (2016)
Doug Ward, Journalism (2015)
Alicia Levin,  Music (2014)
Robert Hanzlik, Pharmacy (2016)
Amy Mendenhall Social Welfare (2016)
Douglas Walker, Geology, College, Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2016) 
Yan Li, East Asian Lang, & Cultures, College, Humanities (2015)
Shawn Alexander, African/African Amer Studies., College, International Affairs (2015)
Mechele Leon, Theatre, College, School of the Arts (2015)
Ron Francisco, Pol. Sci., College, Social and Behavioral Sciences (2014)
Jasmine Estrada, Student, Vice Chair, 
Adam Moon,
Clay Cosby,, Student
TBD, Graduate Student,
Jessica Small, Research & Graduate Studies, Unclassified Staff (2014)
Mary Ann Baker, Libraries, Support Staff (2016)

4 ex-officio members:

Lorraine Haricombe, Dean of Libraries
Pam Crawford, Law Librarian, Law Library
Mary Ann Baker, Univ. Support Staff library staff
Rhonda Houser, Unclassified library staff, elected by the Library Faculty Professional Assembly


Approved by SenEx: June 10, 2013
Approved by University Senate: September 12, 2013

  • For further information or to schedule a meeting with SenEx to discuss charges or the committee’s work, contact SenEx chair Nancy Kinnersley at
  • Minutes of each meeting should be e-mailed to the Governance Office ( 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 4/01/14 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 Please include the names of committee members and submit the report by April 1, 2014. If the committee still expects to conduct business after April 1, please submit a report by April 1 and later submit any addenda that may be appropriate.

Standing Charges:

  1. Monitor 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 flat budget situation. Assess the adequacy of these plans and resource allocations to support teaching (including both undergraduate and graduate) and research. Report issues and recommendations for action to SenEx. (ongoing)
  2. Monitor 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. Seek information from the KU faculty, staff, and students about their concerns by, for example, monitoring audience participation at the Dean of the Libraries “State of the Libraries” presentation. Report issues and recommendations for action to SenEx. (ongoing)
  5. Convene an open meeting with Libraries faculty and staff, including liaisons to academic departments, in the fall semester. Report issues and recommendations for action to SenEx by 12/1/13.

Specific Charges:

  1. 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 March 2010.  Report back to SenEx by December 1, 2012.   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:
    1. How well is 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 repository
    2. The percentage of the faculty who are participating.
    3. Whether there particular disciplines or research areas that are “underrepresented” in the repository
  2. Monitor the effects of the recent library reorganization.  Identify and report major changes in the services to the university community.
  3. Continue monitoring the impact on the Libraries of both “Changing for Excellence” and “Bold Aspirations”.

Meeting Minutes

Libraries Report - Open Meeting -  12/01/13 (PDF)

Libraries Report - Open Access - 12/01/13 (PDF)

Open Access Policy Review  - 11/13 (PDF)

October 29, 2013 Minutes (PDF)

November 20, 2013 Minutes (PDF)

February 20, 2014 Minutes (PDF)

March 25, 2014 (PDF)

April 15, 2014 (PDF)

Final Reports and Outcomes

FY2014 Final Report (PDF)

Libraries FY2014