Faculty Senate Recommends Library Shift

Posted: April 11, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

The Faculty Senate voted this week to recommend to President Alan Merten “that the director of libraries report to the provost of George Mason University.”

The recommendation, which came out of a Facilities, Support Services, and Library Committee study, focused on the need for University Libraries to have closer ties with the Provost’s Office, which coordinates activities of academic units. The libraries administration currently reports to Vice President for Information Technology Joy Hughes. “It’s really a communication issue,” said committee chair Lorraine Brown, English. “It’s not an antitechnology move.”

Brown also pointed out that all but two universities in George Mason’s “peer group,” as designated by the State Council on Higher Education for Virginia, have library administration reporting to their provosts.

In addition, the senate passed motions to create a task force to review the effectiveness of the midterm grades policy and to establish the External Academic Relations Committee as a standing university committee. The committee will represent the university at the Faculty Senate of Virginia and gather information and maintain contacts regarding higher education in state legislation.

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