SLASIAC May 20, 1998 Agenda

Systemwide Library and Scholarly Information Advisory Committee

May 20, 1998

UC Berkeley


Objectives for this meeting:

  • Familiarize the Systemwide Committee with the key issues and recommendations of the Library Planning and Action Initiative Advisory Task Force.
  • Develop an agenda of key issues upon which the Systemwide Committee will focus during the 1998-99 academic year.

Materials included with this agenda:

  • Library Planning and Action Initiative Advisory Task Force, Final Report.
  • Letter, Kennel to Christ, March 18, 1998, conveying LPAI Final Report.
  • Policy Perspectives March 1998, “To Publish and Perish.”
  • Brian L. Hawkins, The Unsustainability of the Traditional Library and the Threat to Higher Education, October 18, 1996/
  • UC Task Force on Copyright, Draft Final Report.
  • Katie Hafner, “Physics on the Web is Putting Science Journals on the Line,” New York Times, April 21, 1998.
  1. Introductory Remarks (Christ)


    1. Introduction of members
    2. Committee operations
  2. Review of the final report of the Library Planning and Action Initiative Advisory Task Force (Lucier/Kennel).
  3. Report on progress to date in implementing Task Force recommendations (Lucier)
  4. Discussion of priorities for focused attention by the Systemwide Committee in 1998-99. In his March 18, 1998 letter to the Chair of SLASIAC, Charles Kennel, chair of the outgoing LPAI Advisory Task Force, conveyed his committee’s view of the primary goal: UC should seek innovative and cost-effective means to achieve comprehensive access to scholarly and scientific communication for all members of the University community. In support of this overarching goal, Kennel enumerated three supporting goals:


    1. A balanced blend of traditional and digital resources. Key short-run challenges in achieving this goal include:


      1. Sustaining campus print collections.
      2. Coordinating development of campus collections to enhance comprehensive access.
      3. Planning the appropriate replacement of print with digital content.
    2. A combination of traditional and innovative services that provide effective access to needed information resources regardless of format. Key short-run challenges include:


      1. Development of systems and services to more effectively share UC library resources regardless of format.
    3. A new partnership between faculty, libraries and publishers that can develop viable new models of scholarly and scientific communication and curricula for this new environment. Key short-run challenges include:


      1. Engaging faculty in meaningful and useful discussion of issues, strategies, and opportunities for new methods of scholarly communication.
  5. Next meeting (Christ): date, location, topic.