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Classified Conference of the KU Libraries
February 6, 2002
Present - Jan Altenbernd (Ex-officio), Jana Borchardt (SEC), Kevin Fussell (GII), Sue Hewitt (PRC Rep & KU CS Rep), Josh Nichols(GIV), Janet Revenew (GIII)
Report from Classified Senate
Sue Hewitt our Representative to the University's Classified Senate mentioned the following recent news: 1) A change in our official classified sub category from EEO4 to EEO5, which labels us as "Library Clerical Assistants." This practically changes little, but feels like two steps back due to the terminology. Sue will talk to Sandy Gilliland about this. 2) Provost Schulenberger's mention of KU being a pilot program in exploring a "University Employee" model as a replacement to the current State classified system. This was mentioned in conjunction with the tuition increase, although there are many unknowns to be explored before this will take place. 3) The upcoming survey from the Classified Senate to classified employees, which will explore the feelings of classified employees regarding the "University Employee" model. 4) The results of the HR Climate Survey which Ola Faucher says points to the need for more staff recognition at KU. Specifically she said more money should be put into University wide recognition programs, although recognition on a smaller scale was also seen as important.
Meeting with Julia Rholes - Interim Dean
Jana and Josh met with Julia 2/25/02 and discussed the lack of staff involvement with the CCEB and the current "crisis." She encouraged us to remain together, because the future holds important possibilities in which classified employees will need a voice, including Stella Bentley's arrival in April and the potential change of the current classified system. She also said she saw no reason we couldn't change the CCEB charter if needed in order to govern by committee in the absence of a chair and vice-chair. On a different subject, the Administration is supportive of classified staff getting time off for development events and Julia shared what she knew of ALAs new outreach strategy to get more support staff involved in their activities.
CCEB Next Steps
We will work toward planning a Classified Staff Meeting in March in which we discuss staff development opportunities and the possibility of a University Employee system. Also we will possibly prepare a document outlining classified issues for Stella Bentley and look at the Staff Involvement Document written by the former CCEB. Finally if there is no objection from Retrieval Services staff Kurt Blythe will be appointed as the GI Rep, replacing David Bagsby.
Next Meeting - 2:00-3:30, Tuesday, February 19th, 2002, Watson Conference Room B
(Meetings will generally be on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 2:00-3:30.)
Agenda - Brainstorming for the Classified Staff Meeting & Discussion of Staff Involvement Document
Respectfully submitted by Jana Borchardt, Secretary KU
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