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Classified Conference KU Libraries
September 6, 2001
Present – Jan Altenbernd (Ex-officio), Jana Borchardt (SEC), Helen
Krische Dee (WEB), Kevin Fussell (GII), Nancy Hawkins (Chair), Sue
Hewitt (PRC Rep & CS Rep), Al Mauler (PC rep), Joshua Nichols (GIV)Janet
Revenew (GIII), Summer Schippers (VC)
Absent – David Bagsby (GI), Nancy Hawkins (Chair)
Many ideas for charges were put forth during this meeting, including: 1) following-up on the staff involvement document drafted by the FY 2000 CCEB Committee, 2) pursuing job description updates, 3) investigating possible classified involvement in state and national classified organizations, 4) gathering statistics to present to the Deans Search Committee and Staff Development Officer when hired. At the next meeting we plan to “turn these issues into action items” for the coming year.
Report from PRC
Sue Hewitt recapped the activities of the Planning and Resource Committee (PRC) for FY2000. Most prominently, the PRC assisted the Dean’s Council with analyzing budget requests from unit heads and seeing how the budgets would further the Library’s mission and Strategic Plan. This kind of involvement kept the Library accountable to the Strategic Plan and may be an appropriate standing charge for this committee. Their only outstanding charge was to have an open meeting for library staff so that any questions or reactions regarding the budget, Strategic Plan, and the resultant prioritized positions could be voiced. Bob Marvin has agreed to serve on the committee this year, thus filling the final classified vacancy.
Report from Classified Senate
Sue Hewitt briefly mentioned that the idea of classified employees becoming Regents employees is back on the table as a possibility. KU could even become a pilot program for this employment model. The newsletter committee is working hard to publish the Classified Senate Newsletter as a more regular source of information.
Dean’s Search Committee Report
According to Angie Rathmel, the classified representative to the search committee, the process is moving along as expected. Starting this the summer they were getting the job description ready and now they are reviewing applications in order to make a short list of candidates. The next step will be determining the candidates who will visit KU, after which feedback will be solicited from library staff. Although the official screening of candidates began on September 10th, 2001, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Personnel Committee - Al Mauler has agreed to Chair the Personnel Committee, yet two more classified staff are needed. More discussion is needed regarding the committee’s charges, although student hiring and supervisory issues were mentioned.
Old Business – 1) Does the administrative committee that is reviewing job descriptions have a time line or is the process still on hold & can we offer assistance in this process? 2) What is the status of Supervisory training and can there be a possible refresher to the Step program offered through Human Resources?
Next Meeting - 2:30-4:00, Thursday, September 20, 2001, Watson Conference
(Meetings will generally be on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 2:00-3:30.)
Agenda – CCEB Charges for FY02
Respectfully submitted by Jana Borchardt, Secretary KU Libraries Classified Conference