AUPP Releases New Statement on Faculty Status for College and University Librarians

For information see this website: http://www.aaup.org/report/joint-statement-faculty-status-college-and-university-librarians

The new document (January 2013) is attached in PDF format here: January2013-NewStatement

Highlights

  • “Librarians perform a multifaceted role within the academy. It includes not only teaching credit courses but also providing access to information, whether by individual and group instruction, selecting and purchasing resources, digitizing collections, or organizing information. In all of these areas, librarians impart knowledge and skills to students and faculty members both formally and informally and advise and assist
    faculty members in their scholarly pursuits. They are involved in the research function and conduct research in their own professional interests and in the discharge of their duties. Their scholarly research contributes to the advancement of knowledge valuable to their discipline and institution.”
  • ” …librarians contribute to university governance through their service on campus-wide
    committees.”
  • “In matters of internal governance, the library will operate like other academic units with respect to decisions relating to appointments, promotions, tenure, and conditions of service.”
  • “Librarians should be offered the opportunity to have either academic-year appointments with salary and benefits commensurate with those of other faculty members or calendar-year appointments with additional compensation for summer work as is customary for faculty members who take on summer teaching assignments. As with faculty members in other academic departments on campus, librarians should be responsible for the development of their promotion and tenure criteria. Because of
    the special teaching role of librarians, criteria and standards may differ from traditional classroom faculty, but they must be comparable in rigor and content. Promotion and tenure guidelines should be approved by whatever faculty body is responsible for
    the establishment of promotion and tenure procedures and policy. Faculty librarians should go through the same process of evaluation as other faculty members.”
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