ERIC Number: ED364241
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Status for Librarians in ARL Libraries. SPEC Kit 182.
Siggins, Jack, Comp.
Faculty status for librarians at academic institutions has been an unresolved issue for many decades. In 1991, the Office of Management Services of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) conducted a survey of the 107 members on the topic of faculty status. Ninety-nine responses were received. Responses clearly reveal that the term "tenure" is synonymous with security of employment in some institutions, although a variety of terms are used to mean the same condition. Most library tenure programs review the practice of librarianship, research and publications, and service, although there is a wide variation in the importance attached to each and the documentation required to establish tenure. While a majority of institutions do not assign professorial ranks to their librarians, all have adopted a system in which performance is reviewed and a degree of job security is rewarded for acceptable performance. The question of whether to endow librarians with faculty titles and status appears of less concern than the presence of some form of promotion and tenure program. Selected documents from 18 academic libraries in the United States and Canada provide examples of policy statements relating to tenure and status. A flyer which summarizes the kit is included. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Academic Rank (Professional), Career Development, College Faculty, Employment Qualifications, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Librarians, Library Surveys, Nontenured Faculty, Performance, Promotion (Occupational), Questionnaires, Research Libraries, Tenure, Tenured Faculty
Association of Research Libraries, Systems and Procedures Exchange Center, Office of Management Services, 1527 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC. Office of Management Services.
Identifiers: Association of Research Libraries; Faculty Status