ERIC Number: ED330353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Travel Policies in ARL Libraries. SPEC Kit 161.
Cramer, Michael D.
This kit examines the methods and policies currently used to provide travel funding for academic librarians. The results of a survey of Association of Research Libraries (ARL) libraries (n=73) conducted in Fall 1989 are presented as well as examples of travel policies and guidelines submitted by the following respondents: the Universities of Alabama, California (Irvine), Cincinnati (Ohio), Florida, Iowa State, Johns Hopkins (Maryland), McMaster (Ontario, Canada), Miami (Florida), Syracuse (New York), Tennessee at Knoxville, Wisconsin at Madison, Yale (Connecticut), and the State University of New York at Albany. The kit also includes charts which detail the travel funding process within the organization, innovative proposals for handling travel funding, travel funding request forms, and budget outlines. Funding sources, the allocation criteria (i.e., the key elements in the decision process for funding travel and the types of expenses which are reimbursable) as well as issues and trends affecting professional and career development are identified. The survey drew a distinction between travel required to promote or improve job-related skills ("professional development") and travel undertaken to attend conferences ("career involvement"), and the results show that all responding institutions provided some level of support for both types of travel. In addition, the strongest similarities among institutions exist in the accumulation and initial allocation of funds; the strongest diversity is in the actual allocation processes. (MAB)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Budgeting, Career Development, Conferences, Financial Policy, Financial Support, Higher Education, Librarians, Library Surveys, Professional Associations, Travel
Association of Research Libraries, Office of Management Studies, 1527 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC. Office of Management Studies.