March 8, 2016

TUESDAY, March 8, 2016
Paley Library, Digital Scholarship Center
Attending: Brian Boling, Anastasia Chiu, Carla Davis Cunningham, Mark Darby, Kristina DeVoe, Matt Ducmanas, Fobazi Ettarh, Erin Finerty, Kathleen Grady (invited), Justin Hill, Josue Hurtado, Margaret Janz (recording), Noa Kaumeheiwa, Delphine Khanna, Karen Kohn, Molly Larkin, Rebecca Lloyd, Joe Lucia, Katy Rawdon, Fred Rowland (chair), Adam Shambaugh, Caitlin Shanley, Kristin Shiffert (invited), Gretchen Sneff, Nancy Turner.
  1. Approval of January 2016 General Assembly minutes (M. Janz)
    The assembly approved these minutes.
  2. Dean’s Report (J. Lucia)
    Rowland had been told by Janz that the University president has been visiting the Collegiate Assemblies around campus to discuss the new stadium. Rowland told Lucia and Lucia contacted the president about visiting the AAL. Some dates were suggested and Lucia will confirm.The president called a special deans meeting about the state budget situation. President is quite sure the money will be released and the rumor is that it will be released in April. As long as it is released before June 1, there won’t be an impact on this year’s budget. Last week Lucia met with the budget committee. It’s undesirable to continue to rely on annual dollar amounts, especially in the RCM budget model. Lucia has suggested to the committee a student digital resource fee which would help us close our funding gap and allow us to work internally to deal with our own budget. We’d like to have more endowment support in the future. 18 renderings of the internal spaces for the new library have been released and will be shared at the next All Staff meeting.The 100% construction documents are due to bidders on Friday. Those bidders currently have the 95% documents. The Excavation process has been slightly delayed.Preliminary looks at furniture for staff space in the new building has begun. Two more visits are scheduled to look at public furniture options.
  3. AAL Calendar (F. Rowland)
    Rowland put forth an idea from Steering Committee to create a Google Calendar that would have all the AAL meetings and events posted to it, such as PARA and Merit timeline dates, Steering Committee and General Assembly meetings, Continuing Education events, and so forth. Each committee would be responsible for adding those dates to the calendar. The Assembly overwhelmingly supported pursuing this idea.
  4. Sustainability in New Building Projects (K. Grady, K. Shiffert)
    In 2008, then university president Ann Weaver Hart signed a pledge to make Temple carbon neutral by 2050. Current university president Neil Theobald signed the White House’s American Campus Act on Climate Pledge and will be signing the updated Presidential Climate Commitment. On Earth Day, it will be announced that we’re also building on Philadelphia’s Resiliency Plan.As part of the 2010 Climate Action Plan, Temple’s goal is to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We’ve already reduced by 15%, which is quite impressive especially taking into consideration how much more building space exists today than in 2010. Temple also boasts the only Philadelphian university to have a solar project. There are also new, more efficient lighting systems in many places that librarians apparently never go. There are also some student led initiatives taking place such as the Rad-Dish Co-Op cafe located in Ritter Hall and the construction of a tiny house that will begin this summer.All new buildings on campus are part of the Green Building Policy. All new buildings and renovations must meet LEED gold standards. SERC was the first new building to meet this standard. There are a lot of easy ways to get to gold, but the policy stipulates that 30% of the LEED points must be in the Energy & Atmosphere category.The new library will have a number of features to increase energy conservation. There will be glazing on the windows that will help control solar heat gain. The heating system will be a radiant floor system and there won’t be forced air. A displacement air system will circulate ambiently temperatured air through the building. The lighting is not completely LED, but the more frequently lit spaces all use LED lights.

    The new library will also have a green roof which will reduce the campus’ heat island effect and reduce the library’s heat loss. There will be an intensive and an extensive green roof that together will take up 85% of the roof. The other 15% is public space.  All the building’s water will be filtered before going into storm water systems. There will also be permeable paving outside the building to allow more absorption of storm water into the ground.

    The ruble from Barton Hall when through the same process that all demolished buildings on campus go through. The furniture went to local schools or the surplus store. Any technology equipment left behind went to the Computer Recycling Center. The building is stripped of its toxic materials before it is demolished and then the debris is sent to the construction recycling company we use. They are usually able to divert 80% of the debris. The company we use also has an artist in residency program that lets artists use the debris for art installations.

  5. Old Business
  6. New Business
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