Friends of the Library
August 6, 2007
Attendees: Jen Higgins, Tracey Lauder, Bonnie O’Brien, Tom Ostenton, Bill Ross and Diane Tebbetts,
Interim Dean Update
Diane is serving as Interim Dean until a new Dean of the Library is hired, hopefully later this year. The
Dean’s Search Committee will meet at the end of August to set up airport interviews for the final pool.
A targeted mailing went out in mid July to almost 300 current library Deans, Directors and Associate
Directors to ask for nominations and applications.
Diane went to her first Dean’s Council meeting this month and met the new President, Mark
Huddleston. There are three other new Deans at UNH as well – College of Life Science, WSBE and
Health and Human Services.
Renovations in Dimond are underway to accommodate the Dimond Academic Commons (DAC) – a
collaboration with CIS to integrate technology and learning by providing ‘one stop shopping’ for
students – traditional library services, technology enhanced group study areas and computing clusters.
Information Technology (IT) moved into the Library on August 1st to provide computer support and
service to athletes and international students who arrive on campus early. New furniture (1/2 round
tables for collaborative work and comfortable, ergonomic chairs) will be delivered August 22nd. The IT
Support Center (ITSC) is located at what used to be the Government Documents public service desk.
Government Information is located in back of the ITSC and has adopted a new service model offering
consultations in person, on the phone and via email. A Ribbon cutting ceremony is tentatively
scheduled for 10/16 at 1:00 p.m. – all are welcome and more details will follow as they become
The Library Facilities committee is working with an architect consultant to plan a café in Dimond
Library. Currently there are two options for the location – the Milne New Book Room on Level Three
and the Daggett Room on Level Four. Jen asked Diane to share budget information as soon as it is
available since this is a great naming opportunity. Tom is teaching a retail class this fall and suggested
that the café project could be an assignment for group work.
The database access for alumni project is moving forward. Claudia and Greg Sanborn met with Tim
Collins (a UNH alum) to negotiate access (1/2 price) to a set of databases that might be especially
relevant for alumni. Alumni will authenticate through their database and will be able to track usage.
Last year, Collection Development focused on humanities databases - Early American Newspapers,
Serial Set and other humanities databases were purchased with gift funds and contributions from other
departments on campus. This year, negotiations with Elsevier were completed to obtain ScienceDirect.
This popular, full- text science journal database will be available in the fall. Wiley full text journals will
also be purchased this year. These databases are being phased in since it is such a big project for serials
folks to cancel print and setup online access.
The Boston Library Consortium Open Content Alliance project is underway. Two shifts of personnel
are staffing the scribes (large scanners) to scan material from BLC Libraries that is out of copyright.
The goal is to get more and more popular and unique material digitized and accessible online.
Tracey shared fundraising and financial information for fiscal year 2007 and noted that the
encumbrances ($9000) have been set up for the 2007/08 Authors’ Series, leaving a balance of $13,000.
Fiscal Year 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
# of Gifts $19 $60 $54 $103 $123 $156
Total $4,015 $6,660 $5,750 $7,375 $9,575 $20,755
Avg. Gift $211 $111 $106 $72 $78 $85
Expenditures $1,558 $4,187 $4,007 $14,254 $6,667 $13,515
Balance $5,548 $8,022 $9,765 $2,886 $5,794 $13,034
The results from the phonathon held April 2 and 3 are as follows:
Mail appeal sent to all alumni and friends who ever gave to any library fund (excluding
donors who made a gift after 3/1/06), those coded “LI” and COLA alums (10 years out)
from the Seacoast chapter who have never given (limited to 500)
Mail appeal generated $3235 from 44 donors
Phonathon generated $805 in gifts and $1080 in pledges
Expenses totaled $1141.70
Net was $2989.30
Tracey will contact Morgan Dudley to get on the phonathon schedule for April 2008 if possible.
A list of donors is available if you’d like to call people to thank them, please let Tracey know and she’ll
send you a copy.
The lineup for the 2007/08 Authors Series is nearly complete. David Carroll, nature writer and recipient
of the 2006 MacArthur Fellows, is scheduled for Sunday, October 28.
January is open – a number of invitations have been sent – Bill Bryson, Dan Brown and Anita Shreve.
Still working on them, but in the meantime, since time is short, Tracey will contact Meredith Hall and
Jen will try for John Irving.
Maxine Kumin is scheduled for Sunday, April 6th. As soon as the January author is confirmed Tracey
will contact NHPTV to collaborate on publicity and a brochure.
Poet Laureate Reception
Last Thursday, it was announced that Charlie Simic will replace Donald Hall as U.S. Poet Laureate –
how lucky we are that two poets interviewed for the NH Authors’ Series received this honor! Bill
suggested a reception to honor Charlie Simic on Monday, September 24th – 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Invitees
will include English Department, Friends of the Library – Jen, Bill and Tracey will touch base about the
event and tasks.
Tom introduced a discussion about the structure of the board and noted that he sees three or four major
focuses for the Friends:
1. Membership (directed effort to add members)
2. Nominating (to repopulate the Board)
3. Events - Authors’ Series (needs help, support and organization)
4. Development (to keep the Friends of the Library ‘fresh’, looking to the future to see what else we
can be doing. For example, roundtables, debates around an election year, poet laureate
Tom suggested board members align and sign with a committee so that more specific attention can be
paid to tasks in between quarterly board meetings and results can then be shared at quarterly meetings.
This structure should lend itself to goal setting.
2007 brings a number of open positions – President (Tom Osenton), Vice President (Amanda Merrill)
and two board positions (Robin Lent and Barbara McGuigan). Tom will contact current board members
to see if they are interested in continuing and serving or chairing a committee. If not, Jen will convene
the nominating committee and look through the Library donors to see if there are any names that stand
out as potential members. If you have names to recommend, please forward them to Tom and Jen.
The annual meeting is scheduled to coincide with the Authors’ Series on October 28th.
Discussion around board organization included:
Tom – continuing as President
Vice President – open
Bill – Chair of Development committee with assistance from Doug Wheeler
Bonnie - Chair of Authors’ Series
Barbara - Chair of Membership (Tom will contact her)
Ann – Chair Nominating/Board Recruitment
Membership term information is located in the bylaws
Don Wilson new UNH Foundation President started today – starting a $50 million campaign -- primarily
for scholarships. Jen shared a brochure developed for this ‘mini’ campaign.
The next board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 16th at 2:00 or 2:30 (immediately following the
DAC ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00).