Present: Chris Byrne, Diane Grover, Joe Kiegel, Jill McKinstry, Helene Williams, Emily Hull.
I. Elections Committee
Helene reported that the Elections Committee met recently to create lists of eight to ten people to consider for each position. Members of the committee have started to issue invitations from these lists. They are aiming for a minimum of two candidates for each position. Ballots will be finalized and distributed by early April.
II. Legislative Committee
Joe reported on a new bill currently in draft form discussed in Monday's legislative briefing. It requests a 2.5% cost of living increase in each year of the next biennium for all state employees. Some extra money is requested to faculty raises above the 2.5%, with as yet undetermined performance improvement criteria tied to the distribution of the money, which would be overseen by the HEC Board.
Anne Zald is trying to contact Tom Bristow to clarify the contents of this bill and determine the key people involved with it. Jill has contacted Sheral Burkey so that we can coordinate our response with the UW's strategy. Betty Bengtson has contacted McCormick to make sure he is aware of librarians' concerns. Charles Chamberlain is calculating how much 1%, 2%, etc. raises for all librarians at UW would cost. The amount currently mentioned in the bill would mean an average increase for faculty of 2.1% on top of the 2.5% COLA.
It's likely that the legislative committee will organize another effort on the part of the membership to contact legislators after discussing the situation with Tom.
III. Program Committee
Winter quarter meeting plans are progressing. Geri Bunker is working with Betty on her presentation of the Library School Futures report. Jill has contacted faculty council appointees to requested reports at the meeting.
The program committee attended the LEC meeting on Feb 27th to discuss coordination of program activities, specifically the idea for a joint project with public and community college librarians that arose out of the fall quarter program. At the meeting it became clear that this shouldn't be a program of ALUW. UWired is possibly a more appropriate venue, and it might be best if the initiative for the project was carried by another institution rather than UW. The committee will approach UWired and follow up with the libraries who participated last fall.
The lunch with Lee Huntsman won't happen this quarter, because of his interview schedule. Depending on the outcome of the interviews, an attempt may be made to organize this in the future. While looking into this, Chris discovered that the Faculty Club now requires that any gathering of more than ten people be catered.
IV. Provost interviews
Three of the four interviews have taken place. ALUW was represented by Jill, Diane, and Anne, in a group which included the president and vice president of the PSO, a representative from CSA, and the Director of Finance for the College of Arts and Sciences.
V. Treasurer's report
Kari submitted the treasurer's report after the meeting. More donations for the lobbyist funding have come in. [A copy of the report is included in the archives.]
VI. Next meeting
The next meeting of the board will be determined via email.
Please send any corrections or additions to the minutes for updating.
--Emily Hull, Health Sciences Library