What constitutes Academic Librarianship at the University of Toronto?

At the University of Toronto academic librarians are required to fulfill three areas, professional practice, scholarship and service. Combined, these three areas support permanent and academic status at the University. Our Workload Policies support this by specifically recognizing that the regular work week must permit time for these three areas. It is up to individuals to organize their professional time to meet these requirements.  Librarians are protected by the Memorandum of Agreement signed by representatives from the UofT Governing Council and the University of Toronto Faculty Association.Librarians have the right to question, review, reveal and comment on topics they undertake as part of their scholarship projects, free from institutional censorship, which includes supervisors and administrators in the library system. A detailed description of what constitutes ‘academic freedom’ at the University of Toronto is found in the MoA article five:

“The parties to this Agreement acknowledge that the University is committed to the pursuit of truth, the advancement of learning, and the dissemination of knowledge. To this end, they agree to abide by the principles of academic freedom as expressed in the following statement: academic freedom is the freedom to examine, question, teach, and learn, and it involves the right to investigate, speculate, and comment without reference to prescribed doctrine, as well as the right to criticize the University and society at large. Specifically, and without limiting the above, academic freedom entitles faculty and librarians to:

(a) freedom in carrying out their activities:

(b) freedom in pursuing research and scholarship and in publishing or making public the results thereof; and

(c) freedom from institutional censorship. Academic freedom does not require neutrality on the part of the individual nor does it preclude commitment on the part of the individual. Rather academic freedom makes such commitment possible.”

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