• Advisory Group
  • Assessment
  • Collection Development
  • Digital Programs
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Program
  • Space
  • Scholarly Communications
  • Web
  • Faculty Library
  • Five Colleges

Charge: Advise the librarian of the college on issues pertinent to the entire library.

Mark Edington
Bryn Geffert, Chair
Jan Jourdain
Mike Kelly
Susan Kimball
Missy Roser
Susan Sheridan

Group meeting notes on the library staff intranet image


    From the group's charge:  The Library’s Assessment Group will strengthen our ability to make data-driven, evidence-based decisions and serve as a resource to all library departments. It will advise and assist individual departments, librarians, and staff in their planning, design, implementation, and interpretation of assessment projects.

    Membership as of 06/01/16

    Kelly Dagan
    Kristen Greenland
    Susan Kimball, Chair
    Paul Trumble

    Group meeting notes on the library staff intranet image

      The Collection Development Group is a standing committee of librarians to:

      1. coordinate and refine the Library/academic department liaison program;
      2. actively participate in materials selection for the Library, and work closely with faculty and administrators to shape the collection;
      3. gather and standardize collection development information and serve as a forum for its exchange among liaisons;
      4. provide information to and advise the Librarian and the Library Committee on allocations and collection development policy.

      Membership as of 01/01/16

      Group meeting notes on the library staff intranet image

        From the group's charge: The Digital Program Working Group provides input on the strategic direction and development of the library’s digital program.

        Membership as of 08/19/16:

        Chris Barber
        Kate Gerrity

        Jan Jourdain
        Johanna Radding
        Leah Early
        Mike Kelly
        Bethany Seeger
        Sara Smith
        Sarah Walden, Chair

        Group meeting notes on the library staff intranet image


          The Amherst College Library is committed to diversity and inclusion, which we see as central to fostering a work environment where everyone feels valued, and to providing the best possible services to our community. To this end, the Library Diversity and Inclusion Committee provides leadership and guidance on diversity and inclusion efforts in the library, working with partners on campus and in the Five Colleges as appropriate.

          Membership as of 05/01/16

          Jane Beebe
          Mark Edington
          Mariah LeavittCo-chair
          Cynthia LePage
          Dunstan McNutt
          Bilal Muhammad
          Bethany Seeger
          Sara SmithCo-chair

          The full charge for the committee and meeting minutes on the library staff intranet 

            The Program Committee coordinates the Library's non-instructional programming, including speakers, gallery exhibits, and social events.

            Contact the co-chairs for further information.

            Membership as of 08/10/16:

            Group meeting notes on the library staff intranet image

              From the group's charge:  The Space Committee evaluates the Library’s immediate space needs and recommends strategies to address them, with a goal of creating a more welcoming, comfortable and effective physical environment for Library users and staff.  The Space Enhancement and Design Group coordinates the process of setting priorities and developing projects that meet this goal.

              Membership as of 02/02/16

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                Need, Purpose, Activities, and Membership


                “Scholarly Communications” is a broad idea encompassing a number of issues and concerns of significance to a community of scholarship:

                • The flow of ideas between scholars, and potential of existing and emerging technologies to support the effectiveness and impact of this communication.
                • Legal and regulatory regimes shaping the ownership of copyright and restricting access to materials held in copyright.
                • Means of enhancing the discoverability of, and access to, scholarly works, and of assessing their impact in and beyond academe.
                • The intertwining roles of scholars, libraries, and publishers in both contributing to, and drawing from, the universe of scholarly materials.

                These issues are in turn shaped by external factors—notably the advent of new and more powerful digital tools for research and expression, and the changing legal environment shaping copyright protections, fair use, and the exercise of creative commons licensing. The result is a set of issues undergoing continuous (and often misunderstood) change, and affecting the work and scholarly productivity of all members of the Amherst College community.


                The Scholarly Communications Committee is a gathering of colleagues from the library, the faculty, and the college administration who meet regularly to keep abreast of the issues shaping the communication of ideas in the world of scholarship, and who take responsibility for providing information on these issues to the broader Amherst College community. Its focus is on understanding the environment shaping scholarly communications and translating its implications helpfully and effectively to the community.

                The Committee will serve a number of interrelated purposes:

                • Stay current with changes in legal and technological issues shaping the flow of scholarly ideas, and provide information to the entire Amherst community on these matters (e.g., fair use; open access; metrics and altmetrics; the use and implications of Creative Commons licensing; etc.).
                • Develop policy for, and advocate the development of, the Amherst College Institutional Repository (“Octagon”).
                • Act as a source of informed guidance for both faculty and students on the use, development, and dissemination of scholarly work.
                • Develop relationships on behalf of Amherst College with the scholarly communications community in the Five Colleges area and beyond.


                The Scholarly Communications Committee serves the entire campus by undertaking a number of programmatic activities each year. Examples might include, but are not limited to:

                • Develop and host programmatic activities for the entire campus during Open Access Week (in the fall semester) and Fair Use Week (in the Spring semester).
                • Host a welcoming gathering for new faculty each fall to describe the work of the committee and provide information about the Amherst College Institutional Repository.
                • Host a gathering for thesis-writing seniors each fall about copyright matters and the choices they have about access to their scholarly work.
                • Providing occasional campus-wide updates about the use of Octagon by students and scholars outside Amherst.
                • Maintain a website providing up-to-date guidance for faculty and students on scholarly communications matters.


                While based in the Amherst College Library, the Scholarly Communications Committee will comprise a number of colleagues representing important stakeholder communities. This includes, but is not limited to:

                • Research and Instruction (R & I) and Digital Programs in the Library
                • The Amherst College Press
                • Members of the Faculty
                • A representative from the Office of the General Counsel
                • A representative from the Mead Art Museum
                • A representative from Amherst College Information Technology

                Other members of the Amherst College community may be asked to take part in the work of the committee as need and interest suggest.

                  From the group's charge: The Web Committee provides overall leadership for the development and maintenance of the Amherst College Library’s Web presence.

                  Membership as of  02/09/16

                  Christina Barber
                  Kelly Dagan
                  Kristen Greenland
                  Jan Jourdain
                  , Chair
                  Paul Trumble

                  Committee meeting notes on the library staff intranet image


                    Links to committee content (for Five College library and Five Colleges, Incorporated staff only). image   For login instructions, see Five Colleges website registration info:


                    Committees/groups/task forces as of 07/01/15:

                    Librarians' Council
                    Archives & Special Collections
                    Innovative Learning
                    Professional Development
                    Resource Management
                    User Experience
                    Aleph Advisory Group
                    Digital Library Future Task Force
                    Digital Preservation Task Force

                    Previous committees and task groups: