Category Archives: Academic governance

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 … Continue reading

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Importance of Subject Expertise in Academic Librarianship

The debate of whether or not academic librarians need to have subject expertise, that is advanced post-graduate degrees in specialized subject areas  or professional creative experiences and knowledge, in addition to the standard masters degree in information studies, is not … Continue reading

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Long-Census Form back – Good work Academic Librarians!

Unlike those who have worked in public service and seen the demise of their jobs and security when they speak out, academic librarians with academic freedom have been able to be at the forefront of ensuring the long census form … Continue reading

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McMaster Administration Rejects Rights of Academic Librarians – Here we go again!

It is difficult to believe that once again our colleagues at McMaster University are facing an attack on their professional rights! “The employer is trying to remove Academic Librarians’ right to participate in academic decision making and shield their decisions by … Continue reading

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Policy on Academic Continuity at UofT – Growing Concerns – Possible Strike Feb. 27 CUPE 3902

Faculty, teaching assistants, sessionals, lab technicians, writing coaches are concerned over the Policy on Academic Continuity which sets unprecedented guidelines in teaching areas which have traditionally been the domain of the teaching faculty. Media coverage regarding this issue, see article … Continue reading

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What was faculty governance? Can it be rebuilt?

Librarians join us today to listen to Christopher Newfield, Professor of Literature and American Studies and author of Unmaking the Public University, November 11, 2014 at 4:30, Bahen Centre, Room 1190, University of Toronto, St. George campus. Newfield-Poster-Print

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SJAC Tentative Agreement between UTFA and the University administration

UTFA and the University Administration have reached a tentative agreement, including a new framework that resets the role of UTFA in representing you, a needed new policy dealing with procedural aspects of significant academic restructuring initiatives, and a lengthening of … Continue reading

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