How is ‘scholarship’ defined for Academic Librarians at the University of Toronto?

Appointed librarians in the University of Toronto Library System (UTLS) have workloads defined as consisting of three principal areas of responsibilities:  professional practice, service, scholarship or professional creative activities (WLPP as of Oct. 3, 2015 and the Library Workload Policy currently being renegotiated).

Scholarship is defined as “Research and scholarly contributions, including academic, professional and pedagogical contributions or activities such as publications, editorial or adjudication work, developing subject expertise, bibliographies, conference presentations, research projects and professional creative endeavours.” (UofT Library Workload Policy and WLPP).

UofT librarians negotiate and/or plan their annual goals (workload) at the time of their annual reviews in the spring. The annual percentages, 80% professional practice, 20% service and scholarship, aid individuals in planning their annual workload/goals. Goals are understood as workload and shared across our three campuses according the WLPP. Scholarship is defined as ‘self-directed’ and protected by the academic freedom clause, article V, in the Memorandum of Agreement.

As UofT Librarians revise their current policies for promotion and appointment, we turn to other colleagues to review what they have in their agreements. Close to home, are the librarians at the University of St. Michael’s College. There, librarians and faculty are unionized, represented by UTFA, a recognized trade union, with a single collective agreement for librarians and faculty. The collective agreement notes what constitutes scholarship as well as the ‘evidence’ for scholarship for academic librarians:

(St. Michael’s Collective Agreement October 2, 2012-June 30, 2014)

“11.8.2 Scholarship

(a) The essentials of the scholarship component are as set out in Articles 5.4 and 8.6.
(b) Achievement in scholarship, including research and creative professional work may be evidenced by the following:
(i) Published work such as books, monographs, articles, reviews or scholarly research expressed in media other than print;
(ii)Academic, creative, professional and pedagogical contributions and activities including development of subject expertise;
(iii) Unpublished writings and work-in-progress;
(iv) Theses and other material prepared or written under the member’s direct supervision;
(v) Adjudication of scholarly works and editorial work;
(vi) Public lectures, seminars and formal colloquia;
(vii)Design of pedagogical tools and resources for teaching and research at the post-secondary level including specialized websites for research and study purposes; and
(viii)Research projects including participation in funded research (electronic or otherwise);
(ix)Research grants and contracts awarded, name of granting body, research title, amount of award and date warded;
(x) Awards and other honours received; and
(xi)Any other materials that the member could like considered.”


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