“Nature” of Professional Responsibilities vs. Professional Degree Requirements for Academic Librarians

There is a difference between what is acknowledged at post-secondary institutions as ‘minimum degree requirements’ vs what constitutes the ‘nature’ of academic responsibilities as discussed in the article by Rory Litwin, which exams the broader areas of expertise, licensed professionals, and organizations who represent professionals. In academic librarianship the University of Toronto Faculty Association supports the following minimum degree requirements, which includes professional and academic qualifications:

Minimum qualifications include an undergraduate degree, an ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science and additional advanced degrees as required for areas of expertise or equivalent professional experience.” This statement could then be followed by specific references to advanced degrees appropriate to the areas of specialization (law, business, humanities, sciences, etc.) in the job postings for available positions.

UTFA’s position is in keeping with other post-secondary institutions across Canada who aim for high standards and excellence, and who recognize, support and promote professional expertise at academic institutions. At ACRL the minimum qualifications must be:

“The master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or from a program in a country with a formal accreditation process as identified by ALA’s Human Resource Development and Recruitment Office is the appropriate terminal professional degree for academic librarians.” URL: http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/statementterminal

OCUFA is currently engaged in preparing a statement on what constitutes “the core principles of academic librarianship” ;  again, this differs from professional degree requirements, as in the case, of lawyers, medical practitioners, teachers, etc.

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