Faculty Meeting Minutes: March 2016

University of Southern California
Master of Management in Library and Information Science

Faculty Meeting Minutes
March 30, 2016, 8:30-11:30 am

Attending: Kristina Batiste, Mathew Curtis, Janine Golden, Alexis Hackathorn, Helga Haraldsson, Ken Haycock (Chair), Marion Philadelphia, Win Shih, Chimene Tucker
Regrets: Rebecca Halpern, Deb Holmes-Wong, Nancy Hunt-Coffey

Program Leadership
1. Director Search. The field has been narrowed through interviews and reference checks to two finalists. One has been on campus; the second will be on campus in early April. A July 01 start is preferred but may be January 01.
If a 2017 start, it would be useful if the new director was named director-designate for the Fall and on campus for the COA External Review Panel site visit.
2. Instructor for Course 502 Collection Management. Nancy Hunt-Coffey can no longer continue as an instructor due to her new position with the City of Beverly Hills. She will continue on the advisory board. We are very fortunate that Caroline Muglia, USC collection assessment librarian, will join the team as a part-time faculty member.
3. Faculty Meetings. Face-to-face faculty meetings will be held each semester but additional meetings where required will be held on-line through AdobeConnect or join.me.

Faculty Recruitment and Development
4. Course Revisions. Observations/recommendations were made for consideration by the instructional designers: mid-semester revisions should be possible with the designer responsible for locating all instances of required changes in the Moodle; the Moodle is overly complicated; the same designer should be assigned to a faculty member and/or course over time for easy of revision.
5. Faculty Orientation. An orientation program will be developed by the Committee for new faculty (first time teaching for the MMLIS program) and for current faculty (to be available each semester) to ensure knowledge of each other, the complementarity of courses, the available resources available (Moodle enhancements, AdobeConnect, TurnItIn, YouSeeU, etc.) and issues or concerns. Revisions will be made after the first offerings.

Program Development and Implementation
6. Teams. Team-based projects are foundational to the MMLIS program. Issues fall into three areas: role of the team leader; the team charter and consequences; group goal but individual accountability. It was agreed that KH would develop revised resources for students on working in teams, addressing the issues identified, with a separate presentation on team leaders to be reviewed in each course. KH will also develop resources for faculty on cooperative learning and team/member assessment.
7. Capstone/e-Portfolio. It was agreed that JG will provide an overview of the Capstone/e-Portfolio framework and process at a future meeting. With permission, a few model portfolios will be showcased. Faculty suggested and volunteered to be second readers on portfolios. This will be part of a larger discussion/workshop on assessment.
8. Executive MMLIS Stream. The proposal was recommended with questions by the Committee. The proposal was approved. It was suggested that possible accommodations be discussed once the first students begin. It was further suggested that profiles of executive students be prepared.
9. Bibliographic Style Guides. With students “coalescing” around APA as a preferred style, and expressing concerns when other styles were required, it was suggested that conversely, more styles be required and integrated throughout the program to focus attention on the elements of style rather than individual styles. KH will develop a proposal for Committee review and recommendation, following a survey of current requirements and individual faculty preferences.

Program Resources and Student Support
10. Orientation. All faculty will be invited to attend the new student orientation each semester to make a brief introduction and overview of their courses.
11. Networking. It was agreed that KH will develop a presentation on the importance of networking, together with specific strategies, that could be incorporated into GSB 502, LIM 591A or the monthly series.

Student Admissions and Adjudication
12. Student Performance Over Time. A review of students in difficulty (and possible dismissal) and grades in previous semesters highlighted differing expectations by faculty and the need for greater cohesion. KH will propose a narrative for each letter grade for review/recommendation by the Program Development and Implementation Committee. There will also be further discussion of assessment (see #7 above).

Committee on Accreditation Plan for Program Presentation
Committees. Plans of action were reviewed.
Sources of Evidence. The plan for data collection and representation was reviewed.

Attachments to Agenda:
MMLIS Accreditation Advisory Committee
MMLIS Accreditation Working Committee
Roles, Responsibilities, Deliverables, Work Plans:
Program Leadership Team
Program Development and Implementation Committee
Faculty Recruitment and Development Committee
Student Admissions and Adjudication Committee
Program Resources and Student Support Committee
MMLIS Program Mission, Strategic Directions, Goals and Outcomes
MMLIS Program Goals and Intended Student Learning Outcomes