California Clearinghouse on Library Instruction-South

Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

December 3, 1999 1-3 p.m.

Present: Judy Lee, Chris Maestas, Linda McCann, Laura Smart, Susan Tschabrun, Victoria Williamson (chair)

I. Introductions and Announcements
Tony Amodeo from Loyola Marymount University stopped by to contribute some new pathfinders to the clearinghouse collection. He also had two suggestions for revising the "guidelines for effective library assignments": 1) Don't ask for periodical illustrations because it leads to vandalism, and 2) Don't ask for "something from "the Internet". Be more specific.

II. Treasurer's report

The balance as of 12/3/99 is $3027.46.

III. Discussion Items

  1. Feedback from members on becoming a CARL Interest Group
    Williamson presented members' comments that she had gathered via email and at the CARL Conference in October. Two main concerns were raised: How will we still make public librarians feel welcome in CCLI-South if we are affiliated with CARL? And, How can we continue to give the same types of quality programs at low cost if we can't pay librarians an honorarium? Williamson distributed a current membership list to show that out of 95 members, 88 are affiliated with academic libraries, four with special libraries, one with a public library, and two did not state their affiliation. She also noted that CARL membership is open to anyone with an interest in academic libraries; it's not limited to academic librarians. Regarding the honorarium issue, Williamson noted that as a CARL Interest Group, CCLI-South would still be able to reimburse librarian speakers for travel, meals, and lodging. She will check with CARL officers regarding honoraria for non-librarian speakers.
  2. Planning a Membership Survey
    Williamson distributed a draft membership survey and a discussion ensued on the pros and cons of doing a survey: the costs, the labor, and our timetable. It was agreed to send out a ballot to current members, instead, with the winter newsletter. Also, the group felt it will be critical to continue informing the membership in all ways possible about the issues involved. It was decided not to accept membership renewals until after a decision is reached about CARL affiliation in order to avoid writing refund checks to individuals if we do become a CARL Interest Group in 2000.
  3. Discarding Paper Collection of Instruction Materials like CCLI-North
    Since Curator Duffy Tweedy was not in attendance to participate in discussion, group decided to keep paper as is for now. There were no volunteers to create an online archive.

IV. Next Meeting

C. Maestas offered to host at the Doheney campus of Mount Saint Mary's College, near USC, on Friday, February 25. He'll confirm at a later date.

V. Winter Newsletter

Don't forget: Deadline for newsletter submissions is February 1, 2000! Send to Laura Smart, Newsletter Editor