Committees and Task Forces

Table of Contents
Introduction to Committees & Task Forces
Access Services Committee
Communications Task Force
Digital Repository Task Force
Discovery Committee
E-Content Committee
Ebook Task Force
Finance Advisory Committee
IT Maintenance Interest Group
Journal Discovery Task Force
OPAC Task Force
OverDrive Collection Development Team
Policy Advisory Committee
Technology Advisory Committee
Union Catalog Committee

Introduction to Committees & Task Forces

As a non-profit, membership organization, Marmot counts on the active participation of member librarians. Permanent committees advise the Executive Board on products or projects that should be undertaken and meet regularly to guide and inform Marmot services for members. Task forces work on projects of a specific duration, typically one or two years. Meetings are valuable not just to do the work of the organization but to enable members to network effectively with other members. These meetings are conducted usually via a Marmot webex or, when possible, in person (such as during the annual Marmot User Group Meeting). Chairpersons are appointed by the Board President to set agendas, chair meetings, and make sure minutes are recorded and distributed. Committee members typically volunteer for a specific committee, get enrolled with the approval of their library director, then contribute time and energy in ways that benefit their own organization as well as the membership at large.

Access Services Committee (2009- )

This Committee reviews and recommends resource sharing, circulation, and ILL policies and procedures at the consortium level. In 2011 its focus was the Marmot & Prospector Project, during which Access Services Task Force members were the Prospector coordinators for their libraries. In 2012 the ASTF was converted to a standing Committee to maintain and improve resource sharing "Best Practices". See ASC home page in Marmot wiki; Patron-Placed Holds Help; and ASC email list.

  • Nathalie Crick (Pitkin) & Oak Smith (Wilkinson/Telluride), Co-Chair
  • Chris Cook, Basalt
  • Michelle Dover, Bud Werner/Steamboat Springs
  • Gail Nottingham, Buena Vista
  • Karen Neville, Colorado Christian University
  • Becky Bernal, Colorado Mesa University
  • Marcie Beard, Colorado Mountain College
  • Jon Solomon, Englewood
  • Diane Levin, Eagle Valley Library District
  • Amelia Shelley, Garfield County
  • Jeanette McQuade, Grand County
  • Bob Puglisi, Gunnison County
  • Wynell Webster, Mesa County
  • Shelly Fratzke, MCVSD#51
  • Martha Durgy, Pitkin County
  • Jeff Donlan, Salida Regional Library
  • Joyce Dieraur & Sarah Nordholm, Summit County
  • Liz Willhoff, Town of Vail
  • Tiffanie Wick, Western State Colorado University
  • Brandon Cole, Marmot

Communications Task Force (2012- )

This Task Force was formed at the Council meeting in May 2012 to focus on communications activities supporting one goal in the Strategic Plan: "Foster collaborative learning by sharing expertise in meetings, training, & task forces." See CommTF home page in Marmot wiki and CommTF email list.

  • Sean Hanson, Marmot, Chair
  • Alysa Selby, Bud Werner
  • Shane Ratzell, Colorado Christian University
  • Sarah Smith, Colorado Mountain College
  • Kevin Williams, Colorado Mountain College
  • Michelle Gardner, Grand County Library District
  • Nancy Trimm, Gunnison County
  • Shana Wade, Mesa County
  • Amy Sieving, Wilkinson Public Library

Digital Repository Task Force (2014-)

The DRTF was formed to act on a critical mass of interest in digitizing unique local resources, collecting born-digital resources, and making these discoverable and accessible. From September 2014 the work of this task force will include evaluating digital repository products; setting up hardware, software, and procedures for capturing, storing, and cataloging digital items; and advising developers on enhancements for the Marmot VuFind discovery layer.

  • Jordan Fields, Garfield County, Chair
  • Nicole LeBoeuf, Adams State University
  • Alysa Selby & John Major, Bud Werner/Steamboat Springs
  • Melissa McCain, Buena Vista
  • Karen Neville, CCU
  • Kevin Williams, Colorado Mountain College
  • Jaci Spuhler, Eagle Valley
  • Amy Shipley, Garfield County
  • Nancy Trimm, Gunnison County
  • Betsey Dick & Matt Alleman, Mesa County
  • Jo Norris, Vail
  • Nancy Gauss, Western State Colorado University
  • Sarah Greenberg, Grand County
  • Mark Noble, Marmot

Discovery Committee (2014-)

The DC was formed to inform and guide development of the Marmot VuFind discovery layer. This Committee focuses on the user experience, whether with physical materials housed in libraries, commercial e-resources stored in remote silos, or local e-resources stored at Marmot. The DC acts on principles stated by ReadersFirst.org and lessons learned from usability tests. This committee welcomes "Discovery Partners", a new kind of "Associate Membership" for libraries using Marmot VuFind without sharing in the Sierra ILS hosted by Marmot. See development backlog.

  • Jon Solomon, Englewood PL, Chair
  • Mary Walsh, Adams State University
  • Logan McDonald, Anythink (Discovery Partner)
  • Bob Benhoff, AspenCat (Discovery Partner)
  • Chris Cook, Basalt
  • Alysa Selby, Bud Werner/Steamboat Springs
  • Gail Nottingham, Buena Vista
  • Karen Neville, Colorado Christian University
  • Anne Bledsoe, Colorado Mesa University
  • Diane Levin, Eagle Valley
  • Amy Shipley & Jordan Fields, Garfield County
  • Sarah Greenberg, Grand County
  • Shana Wade & Cari Taylor, Mesa County
  • Shelly Fratzke, MCVSD#51
  • James Staub, Nashville (Discovery Partner)
  • Nathalie Crick, Pitkin County
  • Jeff Donlan, Salida
  • Jo Norris, Vail
  • Renée Barney, Western State Colorado University
  • Mark Noble, Marmot

E-Content Committee (2014-)

The EC was formed to coordinate the purchase of ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, and other e-resources. Superseding the OverDrive Collection Development Team, this Committee takes a holistic view of many e-resources: EBSCO ebooks, ebrary, and SpringerLink (subscribed by academic members); Zinio e-magazines (a collection shared by most public members); Freegal (currently subscribed independently by a few members); OverDrive; etc.

  • [OPEN], Chair
  • Mary Walsh & Nicole LeBoeuf, Adams State University
  • Chris Cook, Basalt
  • Alysa Selby & John Major, Bud Werner/Steamboat Springs
  • Sarah Simon, Buena Vista
  • Alfredo Pinto, Colorado Christian University
  • Yuliya Lef, Colorado Mountain College
  • Diane Levin, Eagle Valley
  • Karin Martin, Englewood
  • Amy Shipley, Garfield County
  • Sarah Greenberg, Grand County
  • Sonda Donovan & Debra Reich, Gunnison County
  • Jennifer Murrell & Sharlene Harvey, Mesa County
  • Jocelyn Durrance & Genevieve Smith, Pitkin County
  • Jeff Donlan & Vic Mabus, Salida
  • Joyce Dierauer, Summit County
  • Jo Norris, Vail
  • Tiffanie Wick, Western State Colorado University
  • Alison Farnham, Wilkinson/Telluride
  • Mary Katherine Katzer, Marmot

Ebook Task Force (2011- 2014)

The Ebook Task Force was formed to evaluate ebook vendors and purchase plans; review new platforms for downloadable ebooks; discuss options for lending ebooks and ebook readers; and test ebook enhancements in the Marmot catalog. From 2012 this task force evaluated the "Douglas County Model" by purchasing ebooks direct from publishers in a consortium environment. See EbookTF home page in Marmot wiki and Evoke Task Force site at Colorado State Library. In 2014 the Ebook Task Force and the OverDrive Collection Development Team were reconstituted as the Discovery Committee and the E-content Committee.

Finance Advisory Committee

This Committee is appointed by the Marmot Board President to advise the Board regarding Marmot Budget, Fee Schedule, Financial Policy, and Investment Policy. See Finance Committee home page in Marmot wiki.

  • Joseph Sanchez, Mesa County, Chair
  • Dorothy Hargrove, Englewood
  • Jeff Donlan, Salida
  • Joyce Dierauer, Summit County
  • Jimmy Thomas & Mary Vernon, Marmot
  • Gayle Gunderson, Marmot Executive Board

IT Maintenance Interest Group (2009-    )

This interest group reviews workstation hardware, software, and network requirements; evaluates new technologies; and makes recommendations to the Executive Director. See Maint email list.

  • Sean Hanson, Marmot, Chair
  • Carolyn Peters, Bud Werner/Steamboat Springs
  • Linda Tillson & Nicole Scheiblberg, Eagle Valley
  • Amelia Shelley, Garfield County
  • Nancy Trimm, Gunnison County
  • Shelly Kilgas & Michelle Gardner, Grand County
  • Shana Wade, Mesa County
  • Shelly Fratzke, MCVSD#51
  • Karen Haywood, Pitkin County
  • Jo Norris, Town of Vail
  • Jason Stow & Mary Pickens, Marmot

Journal Discovery Task Force (2010-2011)

In 2011 the Journal Discovery Task Force evaluated products designed to solve federated search problems in WebFeat and 360 Search. The Task Force posted a Journal Discovery RFP and Product Evaluation 2010-11 recommending Summon by Serials Solutions, which was implemented by 11 member libraries. In 2012 individual libraries decided whether to renew Summon, implement another product, or drop journal discovery products altogether.

OPAC Task Force (2009-2012)

In 2009 the OPAC Task Force evaluated next-gen OPAC options and recommended VuFind. See Next-Gen OPAC Search 2009-10. Members of this task force guided VuFind development (see Sprint demos 2010-12); and took responsibility for OPAC requirements during the Marmot ILS evaluation of 2011.

OverDrive Collection Development Team (2010-2014)

This team purchased OverDrive materials for the Marmot Digital Library shared by all members. In 2014 the E-Content Committee adopted this role as part of a broader responsibility for coordinating all shared e-resource purchases.

Policy Advisory Committee

This Committee is appointed by the Marmot Board President to review and update Marmot Bylaws, Employee Handbook, and Marmot Policies & Procedures.

  • Amanda Workman, Englewood Schools, Chair
  • Mindy White, Colorado Mountain College
  • Jaci Spuhler, Eagle Valley
  • Mary Vernon & Jimmy Thomas, Marmot
  • Gayle Gunderson, Marmot Executive Board

Technology Advisory Committee (2011)

This Committee was appointed by the Marmot Board President to investigate ILS upgrade or migration options. In 2011 TAC recommended Marmot continue to use Millennium for 2 more years, then consider new options again in 2013. See ILS Evaluation 2011.

Union Catalog Committee (2009- )

The Union Catalog Committee (UCC, fka Database Task Force DBTF) sets policies and procedures to maintain a high-quality union catalog. Its scope includes cataloging, acquisitions, and serials activities by member libraries; indexing specifications; rules for bib record match & overlay; local variants of MARC standards; and authority control processing. The UCC currently focuses on cataloging practices for a growing variety of e-resources. See Union Catalog Policy, UCC home page in Marmot wiki; and UCC email list or Acquisitions email list.

  • Angela Smith, Englewood, Chair 2014-2016
  • Mary Walsh, Adams State University
  • Gail Owens, Basalt Regional Library
  • Alysa Selby, Bud Werner/Steamboat Springs
  • Charlene Walker, Buena Vista
  • Karen Neville, Colorado Christian University
  • Jamie Walker, Colorado Mesa University
  • Marcie Beard, Colorado Mountain College
  • Kevin Williams, Colorado Mountain College
  • Jaci Spuhler, Eagle Valley LD
  • Amy Shipley, Garfield County (past-chair 2009-2014)
  • Shelly Fratzke, MCVSD#51
  • Betsey Dick, MCPLD
  • Carol McArdell, Pitkin County
  • Maggie Hindley, Rampart Library District
  • Vic Mabus, Salida Regional Library
  • Sarah Nordholm, Summit County Libraries
  • Jo Norris, Town of Vail PL
  • Amy Sieving, Wilkinson Public Library
  • Mary Katherine Katzer, Marmot