Meeting Minutes

Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology


January 23, 2018

Members Present: Mary Beth Clark (by phone), Barbara Dewey, Roger Egolf, Joseph Enama, Michael Kubit, Anna Mazzucato, John Messner, Kimlyn Patishnock, Barry Pawloski, Jacqueline Reid-Walsh, Joe Salem, Jennifer Sparrow, Eric Walker, Chelsey Wood         Guest: Julia Proctor (Collections Services and Strategies Librarian)

Members Absent: Fred Aebli, Robert Bridges, Karen Estlund, Matthew Krott, Terry O’Heron

APPROVAL OF MINUTES– The minutes of the December LIST Committee meeting were approved.

ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE CHAIR

Roger Egolf has agreed to chair the LIST committee again next year.

Jon Crutchfield is the new ‎Penn State University Senior Director of Business Intelligence.

Julia Proctor (the Collections Services and Strategies Librarian) will give the collections budget report today at the Senate plenary meeting.

The University of Connecticut (UConn) has appointed Anne Langley as dean of the UConn Library, effective February 1, 2018. Mrs. Langley has been a LIST committee member and associate dean for research, collections, and scholarly communications at Penn State University Libraries. 

PRESENTATION

Presentation of a prospective Informational Report on Augmented and Virtual Reality was presented by Michael Kubit and Jennifer Sparrow

Excepts from the Handout

Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality Technologies at Penn State: Current Projects, Partnerships with Penn State IT, and Additional Opportunities-January 2018 – Submitted to the Faculty Senate LIST Committee

Immersive technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are poised to become the next big technology platform. Growth through 2016/2017 has put this technology on a path for educational applications to conservatively take a $700M piece of an $808 market by 2025.  As the technology continues to shrink in cost, and approaches the size of traditional eyeglasses, it’s reasonable to expect widespread appeal amongst Penn State students. With several million dollars in active funding tied to Penn State projects, immersive reality has already proven to be a productive outlet for faculty scholarship, with significant opportunity for growth in the coming years.

Penn State IT, the university libraries, and several faculty in a cross-section of colleges and campuses are currently working in the creation and consumption of mixed reality learning materials. The partnership with Adobe in providing the Creative Cloud to all students and faculty has put the tools for the creation of VR/AR and 360 video into the hands of all PSU students and faculty. Some of this work is being directly supported through Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) a division of Penn State IT. The library is working on developing a mechanism to catalog and add meta-data to VR/ AR learning objects. The library is planning on a mixed reality studio as a part of the library renovation. This will increase the access students and faculty have to the technology for both creation and consumption of mixed reality learning objects.

TLT’s Dreamery has, for the past year, served as a public showcase for a variety of emerging technologies, including several immersive experience tools. It has been used to provide the first hands on exposure to VR and AR for a wide range of students, faculty and staff, including hosting a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes for hands on sessions. (The LIST committee has tentatively scheduled a tour of the Dreamery during the April meeting)

What to Expect

  • Penn State’s continuing effort to improve access to the technology for students and faculty across the Commonwealth will yield more spaces to consume IE content.
  • The Increasing ubiquity of immersive reality experiences (YouTube 360, Snapchat AR filters, Facebook Spaces, Apple AR Kit and Google AR Core) will increase student expectations of such content in support of their educational experiences.
  • Augmented reality experiences will expand dramatically as hardware becomes less intrusive.

Issues

We need to emphasize the people and the process before the technology.

It was communicated that there were many islands of VR/AR progress in the past, but the future would benefit from better collaboration.

A large portion of the IT faculty is within 10 years of retirement.

The University could benefit from a game design program.

Students with seeing or hearing impairments may not be able to utilize DR/AR.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

  1. Discussion of the progress of the Senate Website (Anna, Fred, Joe)- We still need to identify the webmaster. Issues to address (archives, location and composition of committees should be listed, charges of the committees should be listed, organizational charts through units, search feature needs improvement)
  2. Discussion on scheduling presentations of the remaining charges for the rest of the Senate year.
    1. Open access – Not discussed.
    2. Augmented Virtual Reality – Discussed today. Report for March or April
    3. Analytics and Business intelligence will be delivered for the March 13, 2018 meeting. (submission by Feb 2)
    4. Senate website – March LIST committee meeting and April plenary session.
    5. Deficiency with video conferencing will be dropped as a charge as Zoom seems to be filling current needs.
  3. The midyear committee report will be distributed in the next couple weeks.
  4. The meeting was adjourned at 10:30 A.M.

    These minutes were prepared by the LIST committee Vice-Chair, Eric Walker
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    December 5, 2017

    Members Present: Fred Aebli, Mary Beth Clark (by phone), Barbara Dewey, Roger Egolf, Joseph Enama, Michael Kubit, Anne Langley, John Messner, Barry Pawloski (by phone), Jacqueline Reid-Walsh, Joe Salem, Jennifer Sparrow, Eric Walker, Chelsey Wood

    Members Absent:   Robert Bridges, Karen Estlund, Matthew Krott, Anna Mazzucato, Terry O’Heron, Kimlyn Patishnock

    APPROVAL OF MINUTES
    The minutes of the October LIST Committee meeting were approved.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE CHAIR
    A report of the 2017 Libraries Collection Budget was received yesterday and was added to today’s agenda.

    PRESENTATIONS

      1. Presentation of a prospective Informational Report IT Analytics and Business Intelligence – Michael Kubit

    Michael Kubit has taken on the role of Vice-president for Information Technology and chief information officer last Jan. 1, 2017. He briefly discussed the challenges addressing the universities data issues.

    Some highlights:

    The visible challenges are a small component of the “iceberg”. The real challenges are below the surface (aging legacy systems, silos, organic growth data systems, changing expectations, legacy skills, closed platforms, complexity, legacy thinking).

    One challenge is providing enough access to allow faculty and staff to do their jobs efficiently, but not so much as to decrease cyber security. Changes should be made least disruptive to the workflow.

    Current institutional data reporting is similar to looking in a rear view mirror. You see only things that have happened. We need to be able to combine data from multiple sources/silos and use that data in real time (dashboard).

    An example of potential ethical problems with invasion of privacy includes using data from geographic tracking app’s to see if students are attending classes.

    One question from the audience is “is the data to feed the needs of administration or should we strive to use it for a more efficient faculty body. There is a concern that faculty are entering much more data and they are having a more difficult time getting access to data.” There seems to be an environment where the faculty and staff are serving the technology.

    Michael Kubit and Jenifer Sparrow commented they are currently interviewing candidates for business intelligence. One of his/her charges is to address these types of problems presented by the faculty “a customer focus”.

    The informational report on IT Analytics and Business Intelligence may be presented to the plenary session on March 13.

      1. A presentation of the 2017 Libraries Collection Budget report – Anne Langley. The report will be sent to members of the LIST committee.

    Anne Langley, Associate Dean for Research Collections and Scholarly Communication, presented highlights from the third annual PSU Libraries Collections Budget report for the Senate Committee on Libraries, Information Systems, and Technology. The report brings transparency on how the library uses the collections budget.

    Some highlights:

    The library purchases access to approximately 800 databases. There is relative under endowment for a library of this size.

    One of the most significant challenges is the effect of inflation on libraries. Inflation varies by discipline and materiel but averages 6% to 10%. A three year agreement for a journal subscription includes regular price increases from 3-5%. The budget is insufficient to cover the effects of inflation.

    There is a new head of acquisitions and the section is eager to be reorganized. 

    The committee decided to request 15 minutes to present the report to the plenary session January 23. The focus will be on the challenges of inflation and subject liaisons and how they do purchasing

    UNFINISHED BUSINESS

    1. Discussion on scheduling presentations of the remaining charges for the rest of the Senate year.
      1. Open access – Discussion of proposed policy and implementation plan. Construction of an advisory consultative report for the March LIST committee meeting and April plenary session.
      2. Augmented Virtual Reality – January LIST committee meeting and March plenary session.
      3. Senate website – March LIST committee meeting and April plenary session.
      4. Deficiency with video conferencing – Has Zoom resolved the deficiencies? Can we drop this item? We will consult Faculty Senate President Matthew Woessner.

    The meeting was adjourned at 10:20 A.M.

    Minutes were prepared by LIST committee Vice-Chair Eric Walker
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    October 17, 2017

    Members Present: Robert Bridges, Mary Beth Clark (by phone), Barbara Dewey, Roger Egolf, Joseph Enama, Karen Estlund, Matthew Krott, Anne Langley, Anna Mazzucato, Barry Pawloski, Jacqueline Reid-Walsh, Joe Salem, Eric Walker, Chelsey Wood

    Members Absent: Fred Aebli, Michael Kubit, John Messner, Terry O’Heron, Kimlyn Patishnock, Jennifer Sparrow

    Guests: Jennifer Stedelin

    APPROVAL OF MINUTES

    The minutes of the September LIST Committee meeting were approved.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    We were notified by the LIST committee chair, all faculty senators have been granted access to the faculty senate archives. We will however continue with the charge below (to be discussed in unfinished business).

    Charge 1) Jointly with the Senate Committee on Committees and Rules, consider amending the Bylaws mandating access to the Senate’s digital archives for all University Senators. [The LIST committee will take the lead on drafting changes to the bylaws.]

    Dean Barbara Dewey announced a P&T recognition reception and book plating to be held in the Paterno Reading Room on October 18th from 4:30 to 6:30.

    PRESENTATION/NEW BUSINESS

    Presentation of a prospective Informational Report on the unification of Penn State email and calendaring systems using Microsoft 365 by Jennifer Stedelin, the Senior Director for Strategic Operations (for Michael Kubit).

    The goal of the office 365 initiative is to replace the current 44 E-mail systems currently used across Penn State with a single E-mail (Office 365) with a robust E-mail address search covering the entire Penn State System. There will also be a single calendaring tool.   Individuals will have access to Microsoft Office Pro products (Word, Excel, Skype, OneNote, OneDrive) with up to 5 licenses per individual. The products will integrate well with Canvas with a grading tool and a room scheduling system. The Office 365 E-mail is HIPPA compliant so there should not be a problem with use with Penn State Health. Old E-mail can be migrated to the new system. There will be up to 5 terabytes of storage per individual shared between E-mail, OneNote, OneDrive, ect. Early adopters may have access by 1/1/18, middle adopters around 3/1/18 and late adopters by 5/20/18. Complete adoption should be complete by August 2018.

    As of September 18, 2017, Penn State Faculty and students also now have access to Adobe Creative Cloud. Download now at ADOBE.PSU.EDU

    Penn State will be keeping Box and Zoom for now.

    A question was asked how the Office 365 system will integrate with BoardEffect. IT will look into that.   The included “Teams“ product may be an adequate replacement for BoardEffect. More to follow.

    A report of the Office 365 initiative will be submitted for potential presentation at the December 7, 2017 Senate plenary meeting.

    UNFINISHED BUSINESS

    Discussion of proposed language for a legislative report to change the Senate Bylaws to mandate access to the Senate’s digital archives for all University Senators.

    The subcommittee for this charge (Eric Walker, Chelsey Wood, Mary Beth Clark) proposed placing the statement below (in red) under Article VII – Delegation of Authority, between section 1 and section 2.

    Article VII – Delegation of Authority

    Section 1

    Authority for functions of the Senate as defined in Article I, Section 1, of the Constitution may be delegated in whole or in part to appropriately organized faculty bodies upon recommendation of the Senate Council and approval by the Senate in accordance with Article X, Section 1, of the Bylaws. Such delegation shall be limited to those functions appropriate to the faculty body concerned, and such delegations shall be specified in succeeding sections of this Article and shall be established in accordance with Article X, Section 1, of the Bylaws as interpreted by Senate Council. Legislative actions and minutes of all bodies to which authority has been delegated under Article VII shall be forwarded to the Chair of the Senate. Where appropriate, actions will be transmitted to the President following established procedures. The Executive Director is charged with assuring that review and transmittal to the Chair is made.

    To assist in the preparation of reports and other senate business, all senators will have full access to the University Faculty Senate digital archives.

    Section 2

    The faculty of the Graduate School, as represented by the Graduate Council, is delegated authority for the interests of the Graduate School except in those matters that have University-wide implications; it shall administer its own affairs subject to review by the Senate.

    1. The review process shall include a report of actions of the Graduate Council to the Senate through the Senate Council. On special motion of the Senate Council, any of those actions may be placed on the agenda of the Senate for appropriate action.
    2. The Senate Council will provide for liaison with the Graduate Council.
    3. The Dean of the Graduate School shall present an annual report to the University Faculty Senate.

    There were no objections or alternate suggestions proposed by the LIST committee. We will construct a report with a paragraph or two explaining the reason for the requested change. The report will then go to the CC&R committee, which will put it into the final format.

    At the December LIST committee meeting there will be an Informational report from IT on Analytics and Business Intelligence.

    The webpage redesign project is tentatively scheduled for discussion in the January LIST committee meeting. The subcommittee (Anna Mazzucato, Fred Aebli, Joseph Enama) will identify and reach out to the senate webmaster and identify important items which should be readily accessible from the homepage. They will consider drafting a “Senate Priority” page with comprehensive list of all Standing Committee charges, and the status of the priority as per the last Senate meeting.

    The Libraries Annual Collections Budget Report is also tentatively scheduled for January

    The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 A.M.

    Minutes were prepared by Vice-Chair Eric Walker.
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    September 12, 2017

    Members Present: Fred Aebli (by phone),  Robert Bridges,  Mary Beth Clark (by phone),  Barbara Dewey,  Roger Egolf,  Joseph Enama,  Karen Estlund,  Matthew Krott, Anne Langley,  Anna Mazzucato,  John Messner, Barry Pawloski,  Jacqueline Reid-Walsh,  Joe Salem, Eric Walker,  Chelsey Wood

    Members Absent: Michael Kubit,  Terry O’Heron,  Kimlyn Patishnock,  Brad Sottile,  Jennifer Sparrow

    Guests: Patrick Alexander

    APPROVAL OF MINUTES

    No minutes of the LIST Committee were approved as this was the first meeting of the new term.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND INTRODUCTION OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS

    The chair welcomed the committee members and introductions were made. Our guest Patrick Alexander of the Penn State University Press was introduced.  He brought several examples of books as well as a pamphlet with several journals published by the Penn State University Press.

    UNFINISHED BUSINESS

    There was no unfinished business.

    NEW BUSINESS

    Our guest Patrick Alexander began with a discussion of the Penn State University Press.   His presentation included the following facts.

    Summary. Founded in 1956, The Pennsylvania State University Press publishes annually sixty to seventy books and (in 2017) more than sixty journals (in print and digital form). The majority of books published are peer-reviewed scholarly monographs for research libraries. One to three titles appear annually in our Keystone Books imprint, whose titles, though reviewed, are regional works for the citizens of Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region. The Press has its own warehouse and distribution facility and distributes for entities other than the

    Press. The Press operates on a modified cash accounting system and generates approximately $3.5 million in revenue to underwrite its operations. The Press reports to the Dean of Libraries and Scholarly Communications.

    Mission and Values. The Press publishes original scholarly, peer-reviewed research (books, journals, and other forms of research) in the arts, humanities, and social sciences for worldwide scholarly communities. The Press disseminates this research to international libraries, institutions, and scholars at affordable prices and at the highest quality. The press also serves the citizens of Pennsylvania by publishing on topics related to the history, culture, literature, society, politics, and future of Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region. Chief values for the Press both within and outside the University include: a national and international commitment to education, dissemination and access, diversity, collaboration, quality, and integrity.

    Finances. The Press, a not-for-profit entity that operates on a modified cash accounting system, anticipates FY 2017 budgeted income of approximately $3.5M to underwrite its operations. It receives a direct budget allocation of approximately 10.9% of its operating income (about $400K) to cover its budgeted operating expenses of $3.7M. Because of carryovers and accounts receivables, it operates with a small positive result. It carries a cash reserve of $500K. Salaries (for 30 staff) account for roughly 45% of the Press’s operating budget, manufacturing costs for books and journals makes up 40%; royalty payments account for 3%; and operational costs run around 14%. Investment in a vigorous journals publishing program and an anticipated investment in backlist digitization for ebooks will result in an even stronger financial result within two-three years.

    Key strategic priorities for 2017-2020

    1. implement title management system presswide;
    2. seek growth in publishing output;
    3. increase quality of book acquisitions;
    4. expand journals program;
    5. increase international presence of the Press.

    The chair then introduced our list of committee charges for the year.

    1) Jointly with the Senate Committee on Committees and Rules, consider amending the Bylaws mandating access to the Senate’s digital archives for all University Senators. [The LIST committee will take the lead on drafting changes to the bylaws.]

    A subcommittee was formed to take on this task.
    Eric Walker (chair), Chelsey Wood, Mary Beth Clark.
    A draft will be brought before the committee at the next LIST meeting.

    2) Consider drafting an informational or advisory consultative report concerning the ongoing deficiencies with the University’s video conferencing technologies. Make recommendations on ways to improve the reliability and quality of the technology.

    It was noted that significant progress has been made in video conferencing since the charge was initially discussed.

    A concern was raised that since students have no access to 25 live, they may have difficulty in reserving rooms for meetings and study groups.  At some campuses students can reserve rooms through student affairs.

    3) Draft an informational or advisory/consultative report to provide input on a possible new email and calendaring system.

    Approximately 44 E-mails systems are currently used throughout the University.  Webmail for students will be replaced.  A cloud-based system such as Office 360 is being considered.  E-mail for Penn State Health may pose additional security concerns as contents may include patient information (HIPAA).

    4) Sponsor an informational report on the activities of the Penn State University Press.

    Our guest Patrick Alexander will prepare an informational report and a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation for the next faculty senate meeting by Friday September 15.  The committee gave the chair the authority to approve the report and presentation.

    5) Hold a discussion about ways to improve The University Faculty Senate’s website. Identify important items, which should be readily accessible from the homepage. Consider drafting a “Senate Priority” page with comprehensive list of all Standing Committee charges, and the status of the priority as per the last Senate meeting.

    A subcommittee was formed to take on this task.
    Anna Mazzucato (chair), Fred Aebli, Joseph Enama.
    Problems discussed included “it was very difficult to find things on the site” and “there was no pages dedicated to the charges of the various committees.”

    6)Sponsor an Informational report from IT on Analytics and Business Intelligence.

     To be addressed at a later meeting.

    7)Sponsor an informational report from IT on Augmented and Virtual Reality.

    To be addressed at a later meeting.

    8)Sponsor an informational report from Libraries on the Penn State Open Access Initiative.

    Evaluate the findings of the task force on open access.
    Possibly to be discussed at the March LIST committee meeting for presentation at the April faculty senate meeting.

    9)Sponsor the Libraries Annual Collections Budget Report.

    To be addressed at a later meeting.

    The chair asked the committee if there were any other charges the group should take on and none were offered.

    The meeting was adjourned at 10:15 A.M.

    Minutes prepared by Vice-Chair Eric Walker.
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    April 25, 2017

    Present: Fred Aebli, Robert Bridges, William Butler (Chair), Mary Beth Clark, Ann Clemens, Barbara Dewey, Joseph Enama, Athena Jackson (Guest) Michael Kubit, Ann Langley, Anna Mazzucato (Vice-Chair), Peter Rinehart (Guest), Ira Ropson, Joe Salem, Bradley Sottile, Richard Sparrow (Guest), Eric Walker

    Absent: Sandy Confer, Marina Cotarelo, Karen Estlund, Nestor Handzy (replacement for Anna Mazzucato while on sabbatical), Fynn Mott, Terry O’Heron, Kimlyn Patishnock, Lydia Scheel, Jennifer Sparrow

    1. Approval of Minutes of the Meeting of 24 January 2017: meeting minutes were approved.
    2. Apologies for Absence: Lydia Scheel could not attend the meeting, Peter Rinehart attended in her place
    3. Report on IT Security Strategy and Policy: Richard Sparrow, Director of Security Operations, reported on implementation of the IT security strategy developed by the new Chief Information Officer, Donald Welch. This new strategy is rooted in the principles of consistency, uniformity, and efficiency across the different PSU units, and a view of IT as service to the University This new streamlined approach has already received positive feedback.
    4. Comments from the Chair: there were no comments from the Chair.
    5. Comments from the Dean – Barbara Dewey: Dean Dewey reported on the creation of a new Library staff position. Julia Thompson, formerly in industry positions and library positions at the University of Washington and the University of Michigan, where she worked with digital collections, was recruited for this position. Thompson has been tasked, among other duties, to map library collections across all PSU campuses. Another new position was filled, concerning rare and archival collections. Athena Jackson was hired for this position. Dr. Jackson reported to LIST on her efforts to inventory all special collections at libraries across all campuses. A guiding document is being prepared for storing and cataloging such collections. Dr. Jackson has extensive experience in the matter. She has just being nominated Chair of Rare and Special   Collections of the Association of College   Libraries. Dr.   Jackson stressed the importance of archival collections, not just for institutional memory, but also for documenting Pennsylvania and US history and for student engagement with Penn State culture.
    6. Comments from the Vice Provost – Michael Kubit: Michael Kubit, Vice Provost for Information Technology added to Richard Sparrow’s remarks that a data-centric approach to IT is at the core of the new strategy being implemented, leading to increased flexibility in security practices and their enforcement. A draft of the new IT Security Policy was circulated to the Committee. The University will likely move towards a unified calendar/email system using third-party software, which will free resources to implement in-house products when necessary. The University will pursue partnership with third-party vendors and seek to use modern analytics tools to tailor IT response to specific needs within the University. Dr. Kubit also reported on an on-going, nation-wide effort to recruit top IT professionals in high level positions, while retaining and exploiting the IT expertise already present at Penn State. One Committee member stressed the need for more effective training of faculty and staff on best practices for IT security. The Chair commented that expertise already present at Penn State, not just in IT, but also in patent negotiation and legal liability for example, should be tapped.
    7. Open Educational Resources (OER) Task Force Report Implementation: Joe Salem reported on the on-going implementation of the OER report. A new working group, featuring more faculty involvement, began working in January. One library position, specifically devoted to OER, was opened and a nation-wide search is under way. Several pilots are being implemented, in particular with respect to student access to course resources and impact on student fees. A systematic licensing system for electronic course resources within the World Campus through the existing library e-reserve system will be deployed in the Summer. Such initiative will likely be extended to other University units in the near future. An item of particular focus is a Faculty Development Program through seeding grants.
    8. Annual Report from Penn State University on matters of interest to LIST: at the request of the Chair, a motion was unanimously voted upon to present a formal request to the Senate Chair. If approved, Penn State University Press will be asked to report to LIST on a regular basis.
    9. Progress on Committee Reports for 2016/17: reports on all other items on the agenda were deferred to Fall 2017: [C] Learning Technologies for Classrooms: Exploring educational uses of research computing; [E] Engaged Scholarship Support by Libraries and ITS; [F] Research Data Management Support Needs.
    10. Other business: No other business was discussed.
    11. Adjournment: the meeting adjourned at 10:45 PM. Prepared by LIST Vice-Chair A. Mazzucato.

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    March 14, 2017 (Rescheduled for March 21, 2017)

    Meeting cancelled.  Members unable to attend due to rescheduling.

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    January 24, 2017

    Members Present: Fred Aebli (by phone), William Butler (Chair), Ann Clements, Barbara Dewey, Mary Beth Clark (by phone), Joseph Enama, Michael Kubit, Anna Mazzucato (Vice-Chair), Ira Ropson, Lydia Scheel, Jennifer Sparrow, Eric Walker.

    Members Absent:   Robert Bridges, Anna Mazzucato (on sabbatical), Fynn Mott, Terry O’Heron, Brad Sottile.

    Guests: Karen Estlund, Kimlyn Patishnock, Joe Salem.

    APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
    The minutes of the LIST Committee meeting on December 6, 2016 were approved.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS :
    There were none.

    OLD BUSINESS:
    The Committee met at 9:00 AM in 510A Paterno Library. There were no remarks from the Chair or the Library Dean. The Chair introduced the new Vice Provost, Michael Kubit, who spoke of the core mission of the information sciences to support research and teaching. The Committee turned to a discussion of the agenda items.

    Dean Dewey reported that the Provost had approved without change the Open Educational Resource (OER) Task Force Report. It was suggested that LIST might refer the OER Report to the Senate for information. The Committee warmly supported that recommendation.

    LIST recognized that the implementation of the University Senate resolution on open access to scholarly publications was a matter that went far beyond the Committee itself, but believed that the Committee had performed its role with respect to implementation of the resolution and would now await further instructions, if any.

    Learning technologies for classrooms continues to be before the Committee but remains on hold.

    The Library had submitted an updated Library Report on Acquisitions Policies which embedded digital data bases for the first time. This Report will be submitted to the March meeting of the University Senate.

    The Library also submitted for the first time a Report on Special Collection. This Report will be submitted to the March meeting of the University Senate.

    With respect to engaged scholarship and the role of the Libraries and ITS, it was reported that the Library will make a student engagement appointment on a full-time basis, probably an early-career librarian with well-developed social media skills. The Library anticipates an active and substantial role in engaged scholarship activities within the University.

    Given the appointment of a new Vice Provost, further action will be deferred with respect to a cybersecurity report from LIST, data management practices, and a report on the current status and long-term planning to sustain demand for network bandwidth and wireless capabilities. It was observed that certain data bases outside the University and under the purview of federal agends are subject to being tampered with or even removed for what are politically-motivated reasons.

    The Committee discussed the need to balance legitimate need for more study space with the desirability of making printed material directly accessible to faculty and students. The Chair submitted a first draft document outlining the Committee recommendations to the Senate Chair on Library space planning. A final version will be discussed at the March meeting, with additional input anticipated from the Library with regard to measures being instituted to accommodate more students.

    NEW BUSINESS:
    There was no new business.

    The meeting was adjourned at 10:35 A.M.

    Prepared by the Chair.

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    December 6, 2016

    Members Present: Fred Aebli , William Butler (Chair), Barbara Dewey, Mary Beth Clark (by phone), Joseph Enama, Anna Mazzucato (Vice-Chair), Ira Ropson, Brad Sottile, Eric Walker.

    Members Absent:   Robert Bridges, Ann Clemens, Ken Forstmeier, Fynn Mott, Terry O’Heron, Lydia Scheel, Jennifer Sparrow.

    Guests: James G. Keyzer-Andre, Anne Langley, Verne Neff, Joe Salem.

    APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
    The minutes of the LIST Committee meeting on October 16, 2016 were approved .

    ANNOUNCEMENTS:
    The Chair presented apologies for absence from Ann Clemens.

    OLD BUSINESS:

    Those present toured the last two Library Annex Buildings (Academic Activities and Scientific Stores). The group met at 8 AM in front of Paterno Library and returned to Paterno Library at 9 AM to tour Pattee Library’s Central Stacks, and the second floor of Paterno Library. The group was accompanied again by Verne Neff, Manager Collection Maintenance and Annex, and James G. Keyzer-Andre, Annex Team Leader. The visit to the Annex Buildings focused on conservation and digitization efforts for films and microfilms, and special collections in general. The visit to Paterno and Pattee stacks focused on efficient stacking and cataloging, on accessibility (with a visit to the Government and International Documents Sections), and on re-purposing library space.

    The Committee continued the meeting at 9:30 AM in 510A Paterno Library with remarks from the Chair and Library Dean, and with a discussion of the agenda items.

    The Committee discussed the need to balance legitimate need for more study space with the desirability of making printed material directly accessible to faculty ad students. The Chair will prepare a first draft of a document, outlining the Committee recommendations to the Senate Chair on Library space planning. This draft will be discussed at the January meeting.

    Dean Dewey announced the award of a grant in the amount of $237,000 from the Mellon Foundation to digitize collections, and updated the Committee on an in-depth report to the Provost on Library renovations, available in the near future. This report includes a 5-year budget plan to achieve the Library mission.

    Joe Salem updated the Committee on the report from the Open Educational Resources (OER) Task Force. The report has been presented to Deans, with positive response, and will be presented to the Provost in the coming weeks. It will be available on BoardEffect afterwards. Dean Dewey and Joe Salem also commented on the strong effort, directly and through partnership with faculty, by the Libraries to educate on responsible use of digital and non-digital resources in teaching and research.

    Fred Aebli reported on improvements in the implementation of Data Security Practices. He met with the new VP for IT, Michael Kubit, and with Richard Sparrow, Acting Security Operations Manager, and reported on the successful deployment of Two-Factor Authentication (2FA), and on improvements in PII (Personal Identifiable Information) scans. No actionable report is expected at this time.

    All other agenda items were deferred to January.

    NEW BUSINESS:

    There was no new business.

    The meeting was adjourned at 10:15 A.M.

    Prepared by Vice-Chair Anna Mazzucato.

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    October 18, 2016

    Members Present:  William Butler (Chair), Mary Beth Clark, Ann Clemens, Joseph Enama, Ken Forstmeier, Anna Mazzucato (Vice-Chair), Ira Ropson, Lydia Scheel, Brad Sottile.

    Members Absent:   Fred Aebli, Robert Bridges, Barbara Dewey, Fynn Mott, Terry O’Heron, Jennifer Sparrow, Eric Walker.

    Guests: James G. Keyzer-Andre, Anne Langley, Verne Neff, Joe Salem.

    APPROVAL OF MINUTES

    The minutes of the LIST meeting on September 6, 2016 were approved (motion by Brad Sottile, second by Ira Ropson).

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    The Chair presented apologies for absence from Fed Aebli (LionPath-related issues), Robert Bridges, and Eric Walker. The Chair introduced the Interim Vice Provost for IT, Ken Forstmeier, to the Committee.

    OLD BUSINESS

    Those present toured two Library Annex Buildings (the two biggest ones) at Cato Park. The group met at 8 AM in front of Paterno Library and returned to Paterno Library at 10 AM to continue the meeting. The group was accompanied by Verne Neff, Manager Collection Maintenance and Annex, and James G. Keyzer-Andre, Annex Team Leader. The group learned, in particular, about PSU’s unique implementation of the Harvard cataloging system, and conservation efforts for special collections. The Committee members plan to tour the last two Annex buildings during the December 6, 2016, meeting. The Chair commented on the desirability of allowing faculty access to the Annex to browse the stacks.

    Ken Forstmeier updated the Committee on the search for the CIO (Chief Information Officer) and the VP (Vice President) for Research. Candidates have been identified and nominations are expected soon.

    Joe Salem was asked about the status of the OER (Open Education Resources) report. It is essentially ready. It will be presented to the Committee at the December meeting. The issue of student fees (none foreseen at the moment) was specifically discussed.

    All other items on the agenda are left for the December meeting or Spring Semester meetings.

    NEW BUSINESS

    No new business was discussed.

    The meeting was adjourned at 10:30 A.M.

    Prepared by Vice-Chair Anna Mazzucato.

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    September 6, 2016

    Members Present: Fred Aebli, Robert Bridges, William Butler (Chair), Mary Beth Clark, Ann Clemens, Barbara Dewey, Joseph Enama, Anna Mazzucato (Vice-Chair),  Fynn Mott, Ira Ropson, Lydia Scheel,Brad Sottile, Jennifer Sparrow, Eric Walker

    Members Absent:  Terry O’Heron, John Hardwood (retired)

    Guests: Karen Estlund, Joe Salem

    APPROVAL OF MINUTES

    The minutes of the LIST meeting on April 19, 2016 were approved (motion by Joe Enama, second by Ann Clemens).

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    The Chair announced:  1) John Hardwood has retired from the University, and will no longer be a member of the Committee; 2)  Ken Forstmeier has been appointed as interim Vice Provost for IT, replacing Matthew Decker, moving to ARL.

    Dean Barbara Dewey announced the Libraries Open House for Freshman to be held 8-9 September 2016.

    OLD BUSINESS

    Joe Salem reported on Open Educational Resources (OER): a report is almost ready for Provost approval, then will be released to the Committee. The focus is on a blended learning model, leveraging experience in instructional design at Penn State. There will be an opportunity to participate in the nation-wide Open Book Initiative and a hosting strategy utilizing the Unizin platform. The Library already is working on reducing textbook costs through a systematic approach to licensing, improve course reserve. Timeline is next academic year.

    Last year items (see Agenda for meeting):

    1. [A] Implementation of Open Access Resolution (adopted April 28 by Faculty Senate): Library staff will present at next Committee meeting, focusing on ScholarSphere.
    2. [B] Input on Office of Information Security (OIS) guidelines and procedure: search for a Chief Information Officer (CIO) is still underway, postponed to Spring 2017.
    3. [C] Exploring education use of research computing: there was some discussion about access to computing resources at UP for educational use from Commonwealth campuses; it was suggested that pulling Commonwealth resources together may make efficient use of current underutilized resources. The possibility of forming an Ad-Hoc Subcommittee that will report in the Spring, led by the Vice-Chair will be explored.
    4. [D]Updates on Library Report: the Chair reported on the positive feedback from last year’s Library Report. An update will be presented at the December Committee meeting.
    5. [E,F] Library Special Collections and Digital databases: the creation of an online and printed manual to navigate Special Collections and their content was agreed.
    6. [I] Engaged Scholarship: Joe Salem reported on what is Engaged Scholarship and on progress on the report. A report will be presented at the December Committee meeting; the focus has been on community-based learning and involvement of satellite campuses.
    7. [J] Research Data Management Support: Dean Dewey reported on a meeting with the Vice-President for Research; the emphasis is on Data Security spurred by Federal mandates. Several initiatives are underway to streamline the process of securing data and data categorization for faculty and staff. An informational report from the Libraries will be presented in the Spring.
    8. [K] Report on Improvement of Data Security Practices: Fred Aebli reported on progress with implementation of 2-Factor Authentication (2FA); implementation is progressing steadily; an informational report may be presented in December.
    9. [P] Best Practices in Managing and Storing Research Data:  it was suggested that this item should be part of Research Data management. Information Technology will have a report on ANGEL/CANVAS migration in the spring.

    NEW BUSINESS

    The Chair reported on the Priority Form for the LIST Committee in 2016-2017. The main discussion, per Senate Chair request, will concern the most efficient use of library facilities and off-site storage for library items. It has been suggested that bound journals are now housed in Paterno-Pattee that are available in electronic form might be moved to the Annexes to free space. It was noted that journal access and practices differ significantly between humanities and the sciences. The Committee will tour the Library Annexes on October 18, 2016 at 8 AM. Dean Dewey will arrange the visit.

    New items (see Agenda for meeting):

    1. [H] Digital Portal Management: request comes from outside of the Committee. The use of a third-party portal has been suggested with Library and IT implications; no actionable items at this time.
    2. [L] New member document: the Chair will prepare and circulate a document before the next meeting.
    3. [M] Report on Cybersecurity at Penn State: Jennifer Sparrow suggested to add a representative from OIS to the Committee, the Chair will coordinate with the Senate on this point.
    4. [N] Review Senate Web Page: request comes from Faculty Senate Chair, committee members will report directly.
    5. [O] Demand for Network Bandwidth and Wireless Capabilities, Off-Site Access and Storage: Jennifer Sparrow will report in the Spring.

    Other business:

    1. A question was raised if Research Computing items should be joint between LIST and Research Committees.
    2. Jennifer suggested that the Committee tour the Library Tech Learning facilities (different and new types available). Item for a meeting in the Spring.
    3. Requests for an update on Elion implementation, and an update on 2FA for students, especially regarding integration with Testing Center facilities were made.

    The meeting was adjourned at 10 AM.

    Prepared by Vice-Chair Anna Mazzucato.
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