The Status of Librarians on Campus: Challenging our Own Promotion and Tenure Tradition

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Steve Cramer, Business Librarian (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The status of librarians as faculty in academia continues to evolve. There are many campus models for library faculty with variations on rank, promotion and tenure guidelines, expectations for scholarship and service, and level of participation in faculty governance. This chapter will briefly review the pros and cons of academic librarians having faculty status but then focus on a three-year process of changing the nature of library faculty status in the University Librarians at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Those changes include finally adding ranks to our faculty guidelines after decades of having faculty status but no ranks, and next adding quality and quantity specifications to our expectations for scholarship and service. These were bottom-up initiatives driven by both tenured and untenured librarians but with full support of library administrations, the Provost, and leaders in the UNCG Faculty Senate.

Additional Information

Emerging Human Resource Trends in Academic Libraries, Eds. Nora Bird & Michael Crumpton, pp. 43-55. Rowman & Littlefield.
Language: English
Date: 2021
academic librarians, tenure, academic rank, faculty

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