Charter for the Science and Engineering Library Committee

Establishment
The Director of University Libraries, the Dean of the College of Engineering and the Dean of the College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences establish a standing committee for the Science and Engineering Library.
Responsibilities and Duties
The Science and Engineering Library is a research and teaching resource intended primarily for the faculty, graduate students and advanced undergraduate students in the College of Engineering and Mathematical and Physical Sciences. In cooperation with the Head of the Science and Engineering Library, and cognizant of the purview of Library Council, the Committee will develop and oversee policies and procedures for this library. To accomplish this task the Committee will:
  1. Establish, review and revise policies and procedures in the areas of collection development, operations, and annual expenditures;
  2. Have representatives on the Search Committees for the Head of the Science and Engineering Library and for other professional positions;
  3. Act as liaison between the library and individual faculty members or faculty committees;
  4. Develop a general program and set of goals for the library;
  5. Keep abreast of developments in scientific libraries and in the use of technology in libraries;
  6. Act as advocates for additional support for the Science and Engineering Library.
Membership
The Science and Engineering Library Committee shall consist of 15 members;
  1. Twelve faculty members, with
    (a) five from the College of Engineering of which one is from the School of Architecture,
    (b) five from the College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and
    (c) two from the University Libraries who are associated with the Science and Engineering Library of which one is the Head.
  2. Two student members, with
    (a) one from the College of Engineering and
    (b) one from the College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.
  3. One administrative member, the Assistant Director for Department and Undergraduate Libraries, ex officio.
The Dean of the College of Engineering and the Dean of the College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences shall each appoint the faculty members representing their respective colleges based on recommendations from the faculty. The Director of University Libraries shall appoint the second member from the Science and Engineering Library faculty. Faculty members will serve for three-year terms with four to retire from the Committee each year.
For purposes of forming the initial Committee the Dean of the College of Engineering shall appoint one faculty member for a one-year term, two for a two-year term and two for a full three-year term; the Dean of the College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences shall appoint two faculty members for a one-year term, two for a two-year term and one for a full three-year term; the Director of University Libraries shall appoint one faculty member to a one-year term and one to a full three-year term.
The Deans shall each appoint one student member who will serve for a one-year term.
Organization
The Committee shall meet a minimum of once per quarter during the Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters beginning approximately one year prior to the anticipated opening of the Science and Engineering Library. At its first meeting the Committee shall elect a chair for a one-year term from the faculty members of the College of Engineering or the College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Meetings of the Committee are held at the call of its chairperson; the chairperson will also call a meeting upon the request of any of its members. The chairperson shall prepare the agenda. The Head of the Science and Engineering Library shall serve as secretary to the Committee.
The Committee shall establish its own methods of decision making and operating procedures.
Referrals of unresolved questions and appeals of Committee decisions may be made by any Committee member to the establishing body of Deans and the Director of Libraries.
Support and Cost
Necessary and substantiated operating funds required for the Committee will be provided by the Deans' offices.
Operation
The Committee will operate in accordance with statutes applying to the University, Bylaws of the Board of Trustees, and Rules of the University.
As recommended in the Final Report of SELAC (11/16/88), and initiated by Myles Brand, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost (12/15/88).

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Edited by: wilkins@mps.ohio-state.edu [September 1996]