Meetings of Library Faculty Advisory Groups are on hold indefinitely while we try to determine the best way to gather input from faculty and share news.


LIS Faculty Divisional Advisory Groups Introduction

Faculty Divisional Advisory Groups meet twice a year to provide advice, feedback, and guidance to LIS. The groups are organized by academic disciplines:

Each group is co-chaired by a liaison from LIS and a faculty member. Each department and program has a representative.  When appointments within departments change, appointments to the advisory groups may change as well. Advisory groups provide a regular opportunity for LIS to hear from faculty about how things are going, what the issues are, what needs are emerging, and for LIS to float new ideas for services and resources.

There is already in place a faculty committee for LIS called the Faculty LIS Advisory Committee (FLAC), consisting of 5 faculty and the Dean of LIS. The members of FLAC also serve on these divisional groups, which allows for two-way communication between the divisions and the campus-wide advisory group.The four smaller advisory groups allow us to focus on more discipline-specific questions, and it ensures that every department and program has an opportunity to have its voice heard.

Each September, FLAC develops a list of topics to discuss during the year.  After this list is created, Mike Roy tells the advisory group co-conveners which topics should be brought to the Divisional Advisory Groups for input.  General topics that might be discussed by the Divisional Advisory Groups include:

  • classrooms
  • computer labs
  • software distribution
  • emerging computer support needs (cluster computing, imaging, support for media production)
  • course management systems (e.g. Segue)
  • help desk/desktop support
  • support for discipline-specific applications (e.g. Mathematica, SPSS,
    Final Cut)
  • trends in scholarly communication and institutional repositories (IRs)
  • topics in collection management (budget, journals, monograph collections, databases)
  • in-class library instruction (aka information literacy) and/or tutorials
  • senior work
  • additional topics as they emerge

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