• To build up a library is to create a life. It’s never just a random collection of books.–Carlos María Domínguez

  • Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.–Ray Bradbury

  • Librarians are tour-guides for all of knowledge.–Patrick Ness

  • A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.–Shelby Foote


Meeting Minutes

October 20, 2016


Shelly Huelsman, Regina Casper, Anne Crane, Randy Roberts, Denise Gilligan, Todd Knispel, Bev Kelley, Michelle Hammond, Kathy Downes, Sarah Owen, Jennifer Schroeder, Scotty Zollars, Penny Donaldson, Micaela Ayers, Mary Ann Buhler, Steve Hamersky, Steven Gromatsky, Dalene McDonald, Ray Walling, Gloria Creed-Dikeogu, Mary Hester


The regular meeting of the KCALDD was called to order at 11:00 on October 20, 2016 at the KLA Conference, Wichita, Kansas by President Mary Hester.

Committee Reports

  1. Instructional Initiatives—Lori Goetsch, Chair
  • No report
  1. Collection & Resource Sharing—Ray Walling, Chair
  • Ray shared that last year, the MLA Bibliography database was the only one we’ve negotiated to date. Announced that our timeline would be adjusted and to watch for emails about resources to investigate within the next two weeks. He hopes the committee will be ready to talk to vendors by early spring semester.
  1. 3.Digital Scholarship—Lisa Craft, Gloria Creed-Dikeogu, Co-Chairs)
  • No report.

4. Special Projects—Gromatsky, Chair

  • Steve is looking at an online directory of contacts for each school. He also suggested that we find a list of OER resources to share across the group to avoid recreating the wheel each time a school moves forward with OER resources. The 4-yr Regent schools have some experience with this and are willing to share.

Other Business/Announcements

  • Mary shared Lori Gotsch has stepped down as chair of the Instructional Initiatives Committee and asked for volunteers to serve on and chair that committee. It was suggested that we either delegate that position to an Instructional Librarian or to ask Lori to appoint one of her staff to step into that position. The question was raised if we still have this committee concentrate on Information Literacy.


Meeting was adjourned at 11:55 by Chair, Mary Hester.

Minutes submitted by:        Shelly Huelsman      



Thank you to all who participated in our membership meeting at KLA and all the great ideas that were presented for projects. Among other things, we talked about creating a scope and sequence for Information Literacy so we had a guideline to wh at others are teaching at what level) and a guide to quality open access resources.

Now we need some help. If you would be willing to donate your time, or that of an employee, to the cause by serving on a committee please let a member of the executive committee know.

The spring membership meeting will be during CULS which is in Lawrence April 27 and 28.

--Mary Hester


Kansas Council of Academic Library Deans & Directors


March 3, 2016



Welcome: Wichita Area Technical College,  Rita Severt

Members,  Micaela Ayers

Action to approve minutes from Oct. 29, 2015,   Shelly Huelsman

Report, State of Kansas Library Director,    Jo Budler

Old Business

               Vote on By-laws changes proposed by Exec Sub-committee (Gilstrap, Williams, Ayers)


Article III.

  • Move to have start date for officers July 1 annually (moved from Sept)
  • Add to “Voting will take place by electronic ballot” the words “managed by nominating         committee.”

Article VI.

  • Move to strike parenthetical “(once a year in association with the Kansas Library

                              Association annual meeting and once elsewhere)”

  • Add the words “at least” to read “The Council shall meet at least bi-annually with the                                                      place, time, and date announced well in advance.”

Article VII.

  • Change “shall” to “may” in the two sentences about fiscal agency
New Business


  • New member petition (See below), Wright College per bylaws:Other libraries in Kansas may petition for membership to the Council and be accepted with a two-thirds vote of the Council.”
  • Resignation of Janet Williams, Vice-Chair. PALS replacement requested.

Reports/ Discussion of Standing Committees

  1. Instructional Initiatives, Lori Goetsch
  2. Digital Scholarship, Lisa Craft, Gloria Creed-Dikeogu
  3. Collection and Resource Sharing,  Max Burson
  4. Special Projects, Rita Severt

Announcements, etc.

Two Year Libraries (TYALDC), Chair, Rita Severt

Private Academic Libraries (PALS), Chair,  Ray Walling

Universities (Council of Deans & Directors of Libraries, CODDL), Deb Ludwig

Special Libraries



Next Meeting 

KCALDD New Member Petition:  Received 2/5/2016, from:              

Wright College 


Sue Koenig

Campus Library Director of Wright Career College, MLS



Wichita State University
September 22, 2014

11:30AM - 4:00PM




  • Meeting began with introductions and welcome extended.
  • Bylaws were sent out to the group. Note that committee structures allow for staff and faculty to be nominated for committees other than deans and directors.

Committee Structures and Nominations

  • Collection and Resource Sharing Committee - State groups had performed reviews on periodicals and microfilm collections. Need for other members across state on these types of collection reviews. Also, RLDC renewals are coming up. WSU is currently the lead on RLDC negotiations. (See notes on Shared Collections Initiatives).
  • Digital Scholarship Committee - special collections archives, digital repositories. Looking for members.
  • Special Projects Committee. There will be a state library initiative. Jo Budler is currently investigating moving to open source software. We also might software for reference, Blackboard Collaborate, and LibGuides. Is there interest in shared regional storage repositories?
  • Instructional Initiatives Committee. There was much discussion on statewide instructional initiatives. This is a summary of many of the points discussed:


1. CODDL(Council of Deans & Directors of Libraries)’s New Literacies Alliance (NLA)

  • Consider that the faculty needs knowledge about library instruction.
  • A lot of the work of the group has now changed from the original partners (KState and KU).
  • Right now K-State and KU Med are working primarily on the project.
  • YouTube channel describes some of the information through videos.
  • Should we create a forum for Information Literacy modules for the state?
  • There was concern among KCALDD members about whose curriculum NLA promoted. A suggestion that a curriculum map needed to be created. Everyone agreed the foundation for the curriculum should based on ACRL Standards.
  • Whatever is done, KCALDD members do not want to be lagging behind when it comes to information literacy.


2. Information Instruction

  • Members expressed concerns about what students don’t know about research—incoming freshman need something with a reward structure—teach them what should be important in research
  • Standardized content is seen as important by some members. If we can show administrators that we are working on this as a state then this is important. However, some members felt that if it was not a requirement by KBOR or HLC, our efforts would go unnoticed.
  • Some universities require information literacy through 1-3 hour courses. Some colleges have scattered courses in information literacy that are self-contained.
  • If online only curriculum is being suggested, maybe we should consider vendor course tools and resources that could be used year-round for students.
  • We need to consider longitudinal data as a basis from which we can make choices.
  • Identify the things that can be generalizable across all of our needs. Allow each institution levels of customization.


3. Content design

  • We already have a lot of content designed by librarians within our institutions. Some of this desire to recreate content has bogged down the NLA project, because the content already exists.
  • Should we start over again with the original NLA idea and have it led by KCALDD?
  • Existence of commercial projects that are already doing this customization is apparent. ProQuest research module, Credo is another one. We don’t want to lag behind, but we also don’t want to duplicate.
  • Is there a push toward tutorial pages instead of face to face, and is that a good or a bad thing?
  • Could we have a standardized 1 credit course? Some libraries who have the course do not think it is the most effective way to promote LI. Courses for credit have to go through institutional curriculum committees.
  • English Comp classes are some of the best partnerships, but, due to demand, are not getting enough time with librarians, and that is where many successful LI programs are embedding librarians. Librarian staff time is being maxed out at some institutions


4. Assessment design

  • Assessment is a key factor we all need to think about.
  • ACRL has presentations all the time about Information Literacy, but most of this research is not replicable. How do we assess what matters?
  • HLC seeking assessment data. Can we get long- term results from alumni? Required undergrad exit surveys?
  • How many faculty express concerns about students knowing and not knowing what they need for research?
  • Incoming freshman and sophomores need something more structured.
  • Could something be assembled from something that is already out there?
  • SAILS is used as a pre and post assessment at Ottawa University.


5. General

  • Baker University general education requires different levels of information literacy as students progress through coursework, as well as Washburn University. But the core classes aren’t the same for everybody.
  • How does this tie into college readiness? Kansas City metro area has an active group which meets at Blue Valley. Kansas City College Readiness Dialogs.
  • Videos as resources for viewing after the class has taken place?
  • Is a for-credit course statewide really realistic? Or is embedding LI in courses like English Comp the better way to do it?


6. New ACRL Standards

  • New ACRL standards to be released November 2014: is anyone doing anything with them? Should initiatives from KCALDD come after these are officially released?
  • One college is goingh to offer lunch and learn sessions for faculty on information literacy initiatives and the new standards.


7. Platform

  • Is the NLA project the same thing as MERLOT? Would MERLOT be a better/universal platform? Are we recreating the wheel?
  • Blackboard Collaborate – is this better solution? Several institutions have this.
  • Citation tutorials are all on Blackboard (one institution).


8. Value of Academic Libraries blog

  • 75 institutions involved in the “Assessment in Action” cohort via the Value of Academic Libraries Blog http://www.acrl.ala.org/value/
  • There are actual assessment aspects in the Value of Academic Libraries blog. Everyone is encouraged to go look at those assessment projects. Free tutorials available.
  • Third year cohort applications will be accepted sometime soon. Missouri has several schools in the cohort currently, not sure about Kansas (looks like only two KCALDD member institutions).
  • WuFoo – designed by SurveyMonkey. St. Mary’s is running ILL through it. Great data management background. Cost depends on number of surveys needed.


Statewide Collections Initiatives

 Discussionduring the meeting reviewed a number of products and how to handle subscriptions:

  • CMM, CINAHL, PsychInfo, MMY, SportDiscus, Oxford, etc. PALS and KBOR have several of these from RLDC. Don will send a list of RLDC, as well as PALS and TTYL databases, to the group.
  • There might be the option of having the State Library or KBOR handle invoicing?
  • What will the model for this group look like for databases?
  • Mobius has crossed stateliness and partnered with Colorado and other states.
  • Streaming Video: VAST and also Kanopy videos. Also interest in Films on Demand, but so far individual negotiations have been too expensive. Alexander Street Press—streaming online library could be statewide resource sharing initiative?
  • There are subscription models for ebooks—IT Pro 24/7 Books, as well as Safari
  • New York Times subscription—available directly or through Lyrasis?
  • WorldCat – Members of KCALDD have have been paying for the whole state of Kansas to have access to WorldCat. Some are using it in place of Digital Dissertations and for ILL, too. If more members drop out, Kansas access to WorldCat will likely cease, as the cost burden increases on the existing subscribers.
  • Lexis/Nexis is becoming more complicated to deal with. The subscription group has no regional group that negotiates for us.


Next Meeting – Date and Location

Emporia State University will host November meeting. Date and time to be announced.

Additional Agenda Items

-Filling Committees. The KCALDD Executive Committee will put together a slate of candidates for committees based on responses from SurveyMonkey. See Article V of the bylaws.