April 1st, 1999
The WVU Libraries Staff Council is pleased to announce the publication of the Council's web site. The site is the first well developed section of the WVU Libraries new Intranet, available at: http://intranet.wvu.edu/library/.
The WVU Library Staff Council (LSC) is an organization dedicated to improving the working conditions for library staff at the WVU Libraries. Since 1995, LSC has met once a month to discuss issues important to library staff members. The Executive Council of LSC consists of 15 representatives from departments in 9 WVU Libraries.
The meeting schedule for LSC alternates between open meetings and executive sessions. Open meetings may be attended by all library staff. Executive sessions are for members of the Executive Council. In the past, the Dean of Libraries has periodically attended LSC meetings to share information about library development and to answer questions about staff concerns.
The LSC has been quite active in several important facets of library development. Upon the retirement of Dean Jackson, LSC forwarded their recommendation for Interim Dean of Libraries to Provost Gerald Lang. During January 1999, LSC's Executive Council met with each of the four Library Dean candidates for hour-long interview sessions. In addition to these duties, LSC has been involved with major renovations to the Wise Library staff lounge and gaining subscriptions to Library Mosaics (a journal designed for technical support staff).
The LSC maintains an electronic discussion list, open to all library staff. The list has been used by LSC to forward copies of minutes for monthly meetings and to involve the members of the many libraries in discussions about important system-wide changes: new phone systems, plans for library construction projects, and other concerns with upcoming changes that affect all library staff.
New ideas are welcomed by LSC. It is their goal to improve the working environment at WVU Libraries. Their past success is due in part to the contributions and support of staff at the WVU Libraries. Questions or suggestions can be forwarded to the Library Staff Discussion List or to David Foreman at email@example.com or 293-4040 ext. 4012.
by David Foreman