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Libraries FY2015

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.


Chair: Marlesa Roney, Ed Leadership & Policy Studies, Education (2015),
Chad Kraus, Architecture (2017)
Jin Seok Pyone, Business (2017)
Craig McLaughlin, Aerospace Engineering (2016)
Doug Ward, Journalism (2015)
Colin Roust, Music (2017)
Robert Hanzlik, Pharmacy (2016)
Amy Mendenhall, Social Welfare (2016)
Natural and Mathematics Sciences: Douglas Walker, Geology, College, (2016)
Social and Behavioral Sciences: Carol Woods, Psychology, College, (2017)
Humanities: Yan Li, East Asian Lang, & Cultures, College, (2015)
School of the Arts: TBD,
International Studies: Shawn Alexander, African/African Amer Studies. College, (2015)
Student:Adam Moon, adam.moon@ku.edu, Vice Chair|
Student:Katie Meister, senateexecsec@ku.edu
Student: Kassandra Valles, kvalles@ku.edu
Graduate Student: Michael Walker, smwalker@ku.edu
Unclassified Staff: Heather Abernathy, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering (2017)
University Support Staff: Mary Ann Baker, Libraries, (2016)

4 ex-officio members:

Lorraine Haricombe, Dean of Libraries
Pam Crawford, Law Librarian, Law Library
Mary Ann Baker, Univ. Support Staff library staff
TBD, Unclassified Library Staff
TBD, Library Faculty


Approved by SenEx: May 27, 2014
Approved by University Senate: September 11, 2014

  • For further information or to schedule a meeting with SenEx to discuss charges or the committee’s work, contact SenEx Chair Jonathan Mayhew at jmayhew@Ku.edu
  • 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 3/25/15 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. Please include the names of committee members and submit the report by April 1, 2015. 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)
  1. 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)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  1. Obtain a report from the Open Access advisory board concerning activities, and long-range planning for Open Access at KU.
  1. Seek information from the KU faculty, staff, and students about their concerns. Report issues and recommendations for action to SenEx. (ongoing)
  1. Convene an open meeting with Libraries faculty and staff in the fall semester. Report issues and recommendations for action to SenEx by 12/1/14.
  2. FY2017 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 FY2014.  http://policy.ku.edu/governance/open-access-policy.  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:
    a. 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 repository;
    b.  The percentage of the faculty who are participating;
    c.  Whether there are particular disciplines or research areas that are “underrepresented” in the repository.

Specific Charges:

1.  Continue to monitor the effects of the recent library reorganization.  Identify major changes in the services to all campuses of the university community and report these changes to SenEx.

2.  Monitor the effects of the “Changing for Excellence” centralization of all University IT resources and services.  Review in detail both the support and resources that are provided to the Libraries, and the support and resources that the Libraries need to operate effectively and optimally.

Final Report: 

University Senate Open Forum

To: Faculty, Staff and Students

Re: Open Forum, 6 December 2018       

The University Senate will hold an Open Forum next Thursday, 6 December 2018, 3-5 pm, in Room 1154 of the Integrated Science Building to discuss the university budget cuts and any related concerns affecting faculty, staff, and students. The general intent is to hear from university constituents who have not had the opportunity to share their questions and concerns. Senate officers and representatives will be in attendance, but the forum will maximize commentary from the floor as we seek additional input from the university community.  Questions may also be sent to: Questions/Comments.  

When: December 6, 2018, 3:00pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Integrated Science Building, Room 1154 (map)

The forum will be livestreamed via ZOOM technology https://governance.ku.edu/zoom20181206 and ASL interpretation will be provided on-site.  A recap of the meeting, questions asked, and answers given will be subsequently posted on the Governance website.


Ruben Flores
University Senate President

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