Council, Committees, & Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Purpose and Role of the LIS Advisory Board

  • Represent the primary constituent* groups which have a stake in the success of the LIS program.
    *Primary constituents are defined as: students, faculty, alumni, WNY library community, and potential employers.
  • Provide advice to the LIS program regarding all areas relating to its mission and strategic direction with a primary focus on areas related to curriculum, research and service, and serve as a liaison between the LIS program and the constituent groups which its members represent.
  • Provide advice to the LIS program regarding those administrative areas that bear directly on the ability of the LIS program to pursue its mission, most notably, funding and technology.
  • Advocate for the LIS program in the public forum and informally assist in marketing the program.

Advisory Board Bylaws
Strategic Planning Open Forum (November 2010)
UB LIS Advisory Board Members

DLIS Council

LIS Council, the department‘s governing body, meets monthly during the academic year to accomplish:

  • Creation and oversight of all LIS policies and procedures, and development and management
  • Establishment and management of all committees to facilitate oversight of policies and procedures.

The LIS Chair (or designate) is the presiding officer of Council and establishes the schedule of meetings for the Council at the start of each semester.

Council Minutes from Spring 2013 will be available online soon!

Beta Phi Mu Honor Society – Beta Delta Chapter

  • PURPOSE: Recognition of superior academic achievement in library and information science; sponsorship of professional and scholarly projects.
  • ELIGIBILITY: Active membership is open to graduates of schools of library and information science with masters programs accredited by the American Library Association who have earned an academic average in their professional studies of at least 3.75 (where A=4.0) and are in the top 25% of their class. Each eligible candidate must also be recommended for election by the faculty of the candidate’s school.

Standing Committees:

Admissions and Academic Standards Committee

The committee is composed of two faculty assigned by the Chair for three-year, staggered terms and one student representative. One or more administrative representatives may be appointed by the Chair. The committee chair is elected by the committee members. The committee is responsible for:

  • Advising the Council on admissions policy.
  • Recommending policies and regulations pertaining to all academic matters.
  • Recommending action regarding students who have not met the minimum academic requirements for the MLS degree.
  • Through the Chair, monitoring all proposed Plans of Study submitted by MLS students.

Academic Programs Committee

The Committee comprises three faculty members appointed by the Chair to three-year, staggered terms and one student representative. At the discretion of the Chair, the membership of the Committee can be augmented to form task forces to deal with special projects concerning programmatic development or review. These task forces operate under the aegis of the Committee. The committee chair is elected by the committee members. The committee is responsible for:

  • Overseeing all academic programs.
  • Overseeing the planning for all new academic programs.
  • Coordinating all curricular matters pertaining to all programs.

Faculty Personnel Committee

The Faculty Personnel Committee is comprised of all tenured LIS faculty. The responsibilities of the Committee are to vote on all LIS faculty appointment, reappointment, promotion, and tenure cases. The Chair of the committee is elected by its members. GSE also has a standing Personnel Committee that advises the Dean about academic personnel decisions including reappointments, promotions, awarding of tenure, and other changes in academic status.

Scholarship Committee

Description coming soon...