Oxford Union Society Library Committee Minutes of Meeting HT2010 Week 2 (Monday 27th January) 2.30 p.m. Present: Aditya Balachander, Andrew Boggs, Francis Cameron, Richard Hill, James Kingston (Junior Librarian), Su Lockley (Librarian-in-charge), Oliver Linch, Francis Murphy, Jessica Rolland, Anne Ross, Oliver Sheerin, David Thomas and John Whitehead. 1. Apologies The Committee received apologies from Omar Asfar, Anshul Bakhda, Ronald Collinson, Adrienne Cooper (Minutes Secretary), the Rev. David Johnson, Radoslav Lolov, James Methven (Senior Librarian) and Ashish Thomas. 2. Membership Lou Stoppard has resigned from the Committee, creating a vacancy for a junior member. Richard Hill attended this meeting with a view to joining the Committee. Henry Curr (Magdalen College) has also expressed interest in joining. The Librarian- in-Charge will invite him to the next meeting. 3. Attendance Oliver Linch reported that the rules for recording absences from Union Committee meetings will be changing soon. He will prepare a document explaining the new procedures for next week’s meeting. 4. Minutes and Matters Arising from Previous Meeting i. The Library fiction survey went out on the email to Members last week. Committee members were encouraged to take part in the survey. ii. Mujtaba Hameed has agreed to prepare the Archaeology and Anthropology book list. iii. The Librarian-in-charge had found the usage statistics on OLIS for: Children of light and dark: a vindication of democracy and a critique of its traditional defenders; Chrysanthemum and the sword: patterns of Japanese culture; Drama of atheist humanism; God, man and society: and introduction to Christian sociology; volumes 1 and 2 of Spirit of Russia: studies in history, literature and philosophy. It was decided to keep the first three and withdraw the rest. 5. Complaints Book There were no new complaints. 6. Closures HT2010 The Librarian-in-charge reported that debates are scheduled for Saturdays 13 March and 15 May. The Library will close on these days. 7. Goodman Library Computers Aditya Balachander reported that he had not had a chance to speak to the IT Officer yet. The Junior Librarian encouraged him to speak to the IT Officer and prepare a report to put to Library Committee. 8. Wireless Network The Treasury Committee has not met since the last meeting of Library Commttee. David Thomas and the Junior Librarian will take to Treasury Committee the Library Committee’s strong support for extending the wireless network to cover all reading rooms. 9. Book Lists for HT2010 Week 1 – Law (£265) Oliver Linch’s law list is still pending. He hopes to present it to the Committee at next week’s meeting. 10. Book Lists for HT2010 Week 2 – Economics (£240), Geography and Geology (£202), Biochemistry (£285) i. The economics list was not ready. David Thomas will present it next week. ii. The geography and geology list was passed. iii. The biochemistry list was passed. 11. Book Lists for HT2010 Week 3 – Fiction and Recreation (£280), Archaeology and Anthropology (£225), Modern Languages and Literature (£210) i. Anshul Bakhda will prepare the fiction and recreation list. ii. Mujtaba Hameed will prepare the archaeology and anthropology list. iii. Anna Horakova will prepare the modern languages list. 12. Book Lists for HT2010 Week 4 – Travel (£300), Politics (£240), Biology (£157) i. Aditya Balachander will prepare the Travel list. ii. David Thomas will prepare the politics list. iii. Jessica Rolland will prepare the biology list. 13. DVD List HT2010 Week 2 The list was passed. 14. Members’ Suggestions The list was passed. The deferred suggestions were all passed except for “March of the patriots”, which was felt to be of limited interest to members. 15. Withdrawals The list was passed, except for the following titles: “Land and the nation: rural report of the Liberal Land Committee 1923-25”, “Pure theory of capital”, Rise of economic individualism” and “Theory of unemployment”, which are all well-used in other libraries. “Imre Nagy on communism” and “Socialism and the individual” were also suggested for reprieve. The Librarian-in-charge will check their usage statistics on OLIS. 16. New Members Richard Hill was approved as a member of the Committee. The Junior Librarian will take his name to Standing Committee. 17. Any Other Business There was no other business. 18. Time and Date of Next Meeting The next meeting of the Library Committee is to take place on Monday 1st February at 2.30 p.m. in the Morris Room.
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