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UNC University Library Advisory Council: Committees

ULAC is composed of the directors of the 17 University Libraries and a representative from the UNC System Office. This guide covers ULAC's mission, vision, committees, roster, etc.

Accessibility Issues Working Group

Members: Scott Goldstein, ASU; John Teleha, NCAT; Judy Walker, UNCC

  1. Charge: investigate the UNC System Office’s priorities for accessibility and make recommendations for how and where ULAC fits, with particular emphasis on UNC Online
  2. Report completed
  3. ULAC liaison to the Working Group: Anne Moore, UNCC

Shared Electronic Content and Efficiencies Working Group

Members: Tim Bucknall (Chair), UNCG; Lisa Barricella, ECU; Jeanne Cross, UNCW; Hilary Davis, NCSU; Kate Silton, NCA&T; Barb Svenson, UNCA

Examine and report annually on usage and cost per use for seven large e-journal packages common to UNC institutions. Identify options for licensing/purchasing system-wide shared electronic content, negotiate agreements, and facilitate access. Gather, analyze, and distribute data relating to shared content, make purchase decisions as requested by ULAC, and make recommendations to ULAC for continuation/discontinuation of agreements.  

Communications Committee

Members:  Sarah Falls, UNC School of the Arts; Wanda Brown, WSSU; Lucy Holman, UNCW; Anne Moore, UNCC

  1. Charge: communicate the value of ULAC and UNC libraries to the UNC System Office, campus administrators, and the public; prepare fact sheets, issue briefs, etc.; ensure that the ULAC website is current and includes relevant information; after every ULAC meeting, prepare a summary of action items and outcomes to submit to GA
  2. Terms: Will run with term of ULAC chair

Scholarly Communication Working Group

Members: Joseph Thomas, Chair, ECU; Brandy Bourne, UNCA; Agnes Gambill, ASU; Sarah Mueth, UNCW; Liz Siler, UNCC; Anna Craft, UNCG

ULAC Liaison: Jan Lewis, ECU

Support the open dissemination of both new and traditional forms of scholarly communication produced by UNC authors, encourage innovation in the dissemination and use of scholarly output, and leverage the power of the UNC System to effect change in the scholarly publishing environment. Maintain and promote the OpenUNC website. Share information with ULAC and make recommendations regarding models and options that help fulfill ULAC and UNC System goals.

Staff Development Committee

Members: Lucy Holman, Chair, UNCW; Vicki Coleman, NCA&T; Michael Crumpton, UNCG

ULAC Liaison: Lucy Holman, UNCW   

This group serves as a UNC System Libraries (ULAC) committee to address common issues around recruiting, retaining and growing strong library organizations, faculty, and staff. The committee will report to ULAC and work on its behalf to address system wide SHRA classifications, design and offer staff development opportunities for faculty, SHRA staff, and EHRA non-faculty,  and develop diversity, equity and inclusion programs for UNC system library organizations.

Subcommittees: 

  • HR classification/compensation – first step would be to identify positions to examine (e.g. makerspaces). Members: Laura Blessing, Chair, NCSU; Karl Moretz, ASU; Sujata Paudel, ASU; Ashley Moore, ECU; Patti Wilson, ECU; Jamilla Scott-Branch, NCCU; Gene Hyde, UNCA; Jessica Barton, UNCC; Sonya Harris, UNCCH; Cathy Griffith, UNCG; Jessica Colgan, UNCP; Laura McBrayer, UNCW; Carol Hicks, WCU; AITonya Washington, WSSU
  • Staff development (mentoring program, communities of practice, DEI staff programming). Members: Pamela Price Mitchem, Co-chair, ASU; Denelle Eads, Co-chair, UNCC; Nurhak Tuncer, ECSU; Amanda Vinogradov, ECU; Courtney Horns, ECU; Danielle Colbert-Lewis, NCCU; Kaitlyn Dorsky, NCSA; Amanda Glenn-Bradley, UNCA; Sean Mulligan, UNCG; Kara Oxendine, UNCP; Sarah Mueth, UNCW; Anna Ray, UNCW
  • System-wide library awards program. Vernice Faison, NCCU; Amanda Glenn, UNCA; Denelle Eads, UNCC; Dawn Brown, UNCW

Educational Resources Affordability Committee

Members: Will Cross, NCSU; Christine Fischer, UNCG; C. William Gee, ECU; Jeanne Hoover, ECU; Cynthia Horne, ECSU; Agnes Gambill, App State; Jeff McAdams, UNCC; Liz Siler, UNCC; Jacqueline Solis, UNC CH; Octavious Spruill, NCAT; Barb Svenson, UNCA

ULAC liaison: Sarah A. Falls, UNC School of the Arts

March 2020 update: The UNC System is a consortial member of the Open Textbook Network. The OTN recently created an “Allied Institution” category for individual institutions within consortia. Here are Allied Institution benefits, an  FAQ for potential Allied Members and a more formal proposal. Institutions in the UNC System consortium can sign up for Allied Membership using this form. Membership (and access) will begin on July 1, 2020. Please note that for the UNC System, institutions will sign up on their own and manage their own contract and invoicing.

Initially named the Textbook Affordability Working Group, the group completed its original charge to investigate possible system-wide textbook affordability initiatives and report to ULAC by December 1, 2016. Following ULAC’s receipt of an AIMS award in January 2017, the group was reconstituted as the Educational Resources Affordability Committee and charged with assisting in the implementation of the award. Following the completion of that award, the Committee's charge is to support and expand educational resources affordability initiatives within the UNC System through resource sharing, collaboration and program development.  

UNC Press Project Review Committee

ULAC Representative - Lucy Holman, UNCW