Diversity Committee Minutes, July 31st, 1-2:30 pm. Room 605, Hodges Library
Members present: Mack, Royse, Stephens, Conner, Blocker, Myers, Keally, Manoff, and Roller.
The new committee chairs are Molly Royse and Rebecca Roller.
The committee briefly discussed standard presentation for committee projects and consistency in our image and ground rules for projects. When we have proposals, drafts, etc., it might be a good idea for the whole committee, the chairs, or Jill Keally or Thura Mack to have a look at them before going ‘live.’
Update on Life of the Mind display in display case outside auditorium: the focus is to support the library’s part of the Life of the Mind, to showcase resources available in the library, and to generate questions about issues raised by the book. Dianne, Gigi, LouAnn, and Sheila will meet next Monday at 1:30 to work on details. Dianne already has some good ideas for this display. We can also about use the Circulation display boards for Life of the Mind, after checking with David Atkins.
There will be a Welcome Back table outside the library right before school starts and into the first week of school. A couple of committee members have already volunteered to work at this table; any others are welcome to sign up. See the ShareNews message from Rita Smith.
Jill reported on our Residents: Kawanna will be in town by the end of August, Maud by mid-August, and Jayati is already here. She reminded us to be and include them on our email distribution lists. She also reminded us to look at their calendars for September and tell her about any events/meetings we think they should be included in.
Update on Culture Corner: Gigi has done an excellent job with organizing and communicating with other depts. Now the committee needs to look at signage and some further book selection. For future ‘collection highlighting’ projects, we can pull in subject selectors and other library staff to help, and be to sure to advertise to/consult with some of our campus contacts we have been developing relationships with.
Update on annual report: Molly passed out a draft for the committee to look at. During the past year, we had more formal goals than the first year of the committee’s existence. The accomplishments for last year could be directly linked to our goals. Molly will refine this document and send it out to the current committee by email. Please send her your suggestions.
As soon as the residents begin work, we will need a link from our website about the program and the work they are doing. At this point, Maribeth brought up the need for us to discuss assignments with our new members, such as someone taking over the website.
New members: Dean Dewey will announce the names of the new members at the same time she announces all new committee memberships for the next year.
Update on budget: Thura reported on the things we spent money on last year and the kinds of things we may need money for next year. Please send her any suggestions by August 8.
Our next meeting will be August 7 at 1 pm. Agenda items will include: ground rules for the committee and projects, the Life of the Mind display, Culture Corner.
We meet with the residents on Sept 2 at 1:30.
With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 2:40 pm.