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Classified Conference of the KU Libraries
March 6, 2002
Present - Jan Altenbernd (Ex-officio), Kurt Blythe
(GI) Jana Borchardt (SEC), Helen Krische Dee (Webmaster), Sue Hewitt
(PRC), Josh Nichols (GIV), Janet Revenew (GIII)
Guests - Mary Ann Baker, Nancy Hawkins, Jo Nell Proctor, Rita Wilson
Meeting w/Interim Dean
Sue Hewitt and Jana Borchardt met with Julia Rholes and Sandy Gilliland on Friday, February 28, 2002. Besides talking about Julia's possible involvement in the General Meeting, we discussed staff development opportunities and the Classified Senate's exploration of a University or Regents Employee pilot program at KU. Given the administration's concern in recruitment and retention issues at the library, they are interested in the Classified Senate's investigation into the idea of a Regents/University staffing model. Another point of discussion regarded the three classified employees who recently changed from classified to unclassified. These decisions were based upon the need to create some management positions in the library, and KU Human Resources did in fact become involved in the decision.
Classified to Unclassified
Because of the three employees who recently moved from classified to unclassified positions, some people were of the opinion that the CCEB should look at this issue as a possible charge for next year. I.e. what are the criteria for moving such positions, and are there positions that can't go from classified to unclassified?
We had a brainstorming session regarding topics to be included at the General Meeting. Since participation has been down in the CCEB this year, we wanted to toot our own horn, so to say, and try to elicit interest in the group for the upcoming election. Our next question became what have been some success stories from the past years of the Classified Conference. Mary Ann Baker and Nancy Hawkins volunteered to find information in the archives that may be of interest to Classified Employees and Jana Borchardt agreed to put together a PowerPoint with the information gathered, and other items. We discussed possibly presenting follow-up information on the Staff Participation document done by the CCEB in 2000, yet determined this was not a good topic for the general meeting. Everyone did however affirm the idea of gathering and presenting statistics that would be of interest to CC members. Other basic questions were discussed including, who would do what, who our guest speakers would be (Mike Auchard and a representative from Human Resources were mentioned), as well as where and when the meeting would be. Possible dates were thrown out as well, with Kurt Blythe volunteering to check on the availability of the Watson Conference Rooms.
· Discussion of whether or not to have a Classified Conference informational document for Stella Bentley, the new dean, upon her arrival
· Website update
· Vending machine survey and how so far there was a 33% return rate
Next Meeting - 2:00-3:30, Tuesday, March 20, 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 Libraries Classified Conference