Provost’s Library Advisory Committee

Provost’s Library Advisory Committee
Monday, April 30, 2018
12:00pm – 2:00 pm
HBL, 4th Floor Heritage Room


    Agenda                                                                                               Guest: Provost Craig H. Kennedy


12 to 1 p.m.

  • Greeting: Associate Professor Sylvia Schafer, History Department, PLAC chair pro tem. Introduction of PLAC members, role of the Provost’s Library Advisory Committee
  • Current PLAC Topics:

            Open Educational Resources – Professor Edward Neth, Chemistry Department, author of free, open-source chemistry text

            Library Renovations – David Avery, Head of Facilities & Security, UConn Library

            Fine Arts Library – Professor Peter Kaminsky, Music Department

  • Discussion with Provost Kennedy:

            What is the future of the current serials crisis? How can we address the challenges of open access journals? How does this affect PTR considerations?

            Q&A with the committee

1 to 2 p.m.

  • Dean’s report: Anne Langley
  • Minutes
  • Adjournment



The Provost’s Library Advisory Committee (PLAC) provides advice to the Provost and Vice Provost for the UConn Library. The advice regards matters of library policy that the PLAC Chair, Vice Provost for UConn Library, or the Provost elect to bring to the Committee. Appropriate issues for  PLAC include all forms of scholarly information acquisition by the University and all forms of information delivery to its faculty and students. Appointed by the Provost’s Office, membership includes representation from each of the schools and colleges, from disciplines within CLAS, and from at least one of the Regional Campuses. Undergraduate Student Government and the Graduate Student Senate are also invited to appoint a representative to the Committee. Appointments are for a two year term and members may be reappointed at the end of a term.

Members 2017-2018


Maureen Croteau–Chair
Journalism Department

Pamela Bedore
Department of English

Peter Kaminsky
Music Department

Joy Elwell
School of Nursing

Amy Dunbar
Accounting Department

Shinae Jang
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Iddo Ben-Ari
Department of Mathematics

Carolyn Lin
Department of Communication

Anita Morzillo
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

Edward Neth
Department of Chemistry

R. Thane Papke
Molecular and Cell Biology

Sylvia Schafer
Department of History

Joan Smyth
Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science

School of Social Work

Mary Truxaw
Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Olga Vinogradova
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences


 Adomous Wright
 Undergraduate Student Government

 Graham O’Toole
 Graduate Student Government


Ex Officio Members:

Anne Langley, Dean UConn Library

Holly Jeffcoat, Associate Dean UConn Library

Patrick Carr, AUL for Collections & Discovery UConn Library

Michael Mundrane, VP & Chief Information Officer of Information Technology Services