Diversity Committee Minutes, May 29, 2003, 12:30- 2, Black Cultural Center
Members present: R. Smith, Stephens, Manoff, G. Bayne, Mack, Blocker, T. Conner, Roller
The first order of business was to study the draft proposal for the chair selection process, and finalize it so Thura can send it to Dean Dewey. The changes made to the draft were: that the chair or co-chairs will have served on the committee for one year, and that they will serve as chair for one year. The Dean would welcome any names of those interested in serving. All interested committee members should contact Thura before June 19, which is the date of our next meeting.
Thura announced that several people have expressed an interest in serving on the committee. Anyone who knows of interested people should talk to them about serving.
Diversity Committee t-shirts. So far, the committee members who have been checking into this have gotten prices from Joe T-Shirt. We need to check other places for prices. Generally, silk-screening with lots of colors is far more expensive than having an iron-on transfer done. Silk-screening with one color is reasonable.
Life of the Mind display case for August: Dianne, GiGi, LouAnn and Becky will work on this. Any others who want to be involved, please let the committee know.
Diversity Reading Corner: GiGi is in charge of this project. We want to have a rotating display of books, in a quiet corner of the library, with comfy chairs and carpeting. All this can be done without spending any facilities money. This meets our goal of ‘showcasing various collections.’ The first selection will correspond with the Life of the Mind discussions on James McBride’s book “The Color of Water.” GiGi will talk to the Black Cultural Center about what books they have, and ask their advice. LouAnn will help select books, also. GiGi will talk to David Atkins about the location, and she will consult with subject librarians about future topics. We will need signs and publicity later.
One of the issues that has to be resolved is how to mark the books so that after they are checked out and returned, or used elsewhere in the building, they go back to the Diversity Reading Corner. GiGi will discuss with Steve Thomas. Jill Keally suggested that, as we are selecting titles, if we come across something the library doesn’t own, we could send the title to the appropriate subject librarian to see if he/she wants to request it for purchase. We all need to think about ways to be sure the library staff gets involved in the Life of the Mind project.
The next meeting will be June 19th.
With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 2 pm.