About the Faculty Senate
Although the Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for final policy determinations, it encourages the fullest participation of faculty in governing the College.
The Faculty Senate is the formal vehicle through which faculty may participate in institutional governance. The Senate and its committees meet approximately three times per year. Under the leadership of a faculty-elected President, the Senate provides the arena for discussion, investigation, and formulation of recommendations to the Administration. All full-time and adjunct faculty and librarians are members of the Senate, though only full-time faculty and librarians enjoy voting privileges. The Faculty Senate maintains the following standing committees: Curriculum; Library; Student Services; and Faculty Affairs. Other committees may be formed on an ad hoc basis as the Senate deems necessary.
The Library Committee of the Faculty Senate (prior to 2015)
Prior to 2015, there were two Library Committees of the Faculty Senate - one covering Berkely campuses in New York and one covering Berkeley campus in New Jersey. The committtees met three times a year on the same day that the full Faculty Senate met.
Both committtes had the following duties:
The duties of the Library Committee are to deal with improving and enhancing the offerings and facilities of Library services on the various campuses. These offerings and facilities include, but are not limited to, enhancing information literacy among all Berkeley College students and faculty, ensuring the timeliness and relevancy of the library collection and supporting Berkeley College Faculty in developing and pursuing individual academic interests, research and publishing.
The Committee takes matters directly to the general membership for endorsement by the Berkeley College Faculty Senate of New Jersey, which in turn brings the item(s) to the Administration for resolution.
2015 Revised Focus & Bylaws
On May 4, 2015, the Executive Committee of the Faculty Association approved of a revised name and definition for the committee.
From: Gregory Hotchkiss - email@example.com [mailto:EmailDelivery@BERKELEY.AD.BES-NET.NET]
Sent: Monday, May 04, 2015 2:30 PM
Subject: Faculty_Association (Faculty Senate): Proposed Renaming and Redefinition of Library Committe
Dear Faculty Colleagues:
The Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate has approved a proposal for a new name for the Faculty Senate Library Committee along with a redefinition of its focus. Technology is a proposed expansion of its focus.
Since this would be a change to the Faculty Senate By-Laws, the By-Laws require approval from the full Faculty Senate. The Faculty Senate, of course, meets in two separate sessions: NJ Faculty Day is May 8 and NY Faculty Day is May 15.
The By-Laws require at least a 10 day window from faculty receipt of the proposed change to the date of the vote. The NY Faculty Day can vote on May 15. The NJ Faculty can conduct its official vote online after the NY Faculty Day although it may wish to give a preliminary vote on Friday this week.
Here is the proposed name and definition from the Librarians:
Library and Technology Services Committee
Committee membership includes faculty librarians from all Berkeley College locations, faculty members representing various academic departments with at least one faculty member from each School and the following ex-officio members: one representative from The Academic Support Services Department and one representative from the Information Systems Department as appointed by the heads of their departments.
The Library and Technology Services Committee will consist of two Co-chairs, one faculty committee member from a New York location and one faculty committee member from a New Jersey location. At least one of the co-chairs shall be a faculty librarian. The co-chairs shall serve a one year term beginning in the fall term on a rotating basis. The co-chairs will be nominated by the members of the Library and Technology Services Committee and appointed by the President of the Senate in consultation with the VP, Library Services.
The Committee acts as an advisory role to the Faculty Senate and functions in the following ways:
Serve as a conduit for faculty to review, discuss and make recommendations concerning the academic use of technology, including but not limited to library resources and their formats, information technology, Training and academic development.
· Ensure an active faculty role in policies pertaining to library information systems and academic support infrastructure.
· Conduct studies, surveys, and advisory activities to ensure that library resources and support services are responsive to the academic and administrative needs of the faculty, students and academic staff.
The Library Committee receives guidance and direction from the Executive Board and presents their action items to the Executive Board for deliberation and further action, if appropriate, to the general membership then to the Administration.