Libraries FY2022

Committee Details:

Committee: Libraries Committee
Committee Category: Standing Committees of the University Senate
Fiscal Year: 2022


Chair: Faculty: Rami Zeedan, Jewish Studies (2023), CLAS-International and Interdisciplinary Studies 

Faculty: Tom Allen, Architecture (2023)

Faculty: Suman Mallik, Business (2023)

Faculty: Zak Foste, Education, Leadership and Policy Studies, Education (2024)

Faculty: Remy Lequense, Civil/Env/Arch Engineering (2022)  

Faculty: Genelle Belmas, Journalism (2024)

Faculty Elizabeth Berghout, Music (2023)

Faculty: Cambrey Nguyen, Pharmacy (2022)

Faculty Nancy Jo Kepple, Social Welfare (2022)

Faculty: Ray Pierotti, EEB, College, Natural Sciences &
 Mathematics (2024)

Faculty: John Gluckman, Linguistics Social & Behavioral Sciences

Faculty: Mary Klayder,  English Humanities (2024)

Faculty: TBD  College, School of the Arts (2024)

Staff: Kathryn Wilson, O'Leary SSC (2023)

Staff: Angela Robb, Applied Behavioral Sciences (2024)

Student Voting, Student: 

Student Voting, Student: 

Student Voting, Student: 

Graduate Student Voting, Graduate Student: 

Ex-Officio-Non Voting Members:

Kevin L. Smith, Dean of Libraries

Pam Crawford, Law Librarian, Law Library

TBD, Univ. Support Staff library staff

Chris Bohling, Unclassified Library Staff

TBD, Library Faculty 




Approved by SenEx: (via email vote) July 14, 2021 

Approved by University Senate:  September 9, 2021


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.

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

  • 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, please contact the Governance Office (
  • 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, and submit the final report by April 29, 2022.

FY2022 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)


  1. 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)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  2. Obtain a report from the Open Access advisory board concerning activities, and long-range planning for Open Access at KU.


  1. FY2023: According to the Open Access Policy for University of Kansas Scholars, the policy should be reviewed every three years.  The policy was last reviewed and updated in FY2020.


FY2022 Specific Charges:


1. Review the following areas of the University Senate Libraries Committee:

  • Review the written description.  The description should be updated to include a statement regarding the committee's purpose, function, and scope.  Include a review of the standing charges and how they fulfill the purpose of the committee. 
  • Review the current membership.
  • Forward a written recommendations and analysis to SenEx by November 1, 2021. 


2. Work with the Strategic Action Team to help communicate to campus the difficulties with the collection budget.


3. Participate in focus groups regarding Watson Library renovation plan.


4. Work with the Libraries in drafting a statement regarding Open Access as it pertains to negotiation with publisher.  Once drafted, present to University Senate for approval and support.


Final Reports and Outcomes

FY2022 Final Report

Libraries FY2022