Publish or Perish: A Dilemma for Academic Librarians?

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Mary Reichel Ph.D., Professor & Exec Vice Chancelor of Academic Affairs (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: A study investigated the influence of scholarly requirements on the ability of librarians to earn tenure or continuous employment. A total of 690 academic libraries at research, doctoral, and master's-level institutions participated. It was found that 374 of these institutions employed tenure-track librarians. In the case of 373 institutions where librarians were tenure-track, 60.9 percent required some evidence of scholarship, 34.6 percent encouraged scholarship, and 4.6 percent placed little or no emphasis on scholarship. Results suggest that even though most librarians tend not to publish regularly, librarians as a group do not have significant difficulty achieving tenure. Discussion of the results is provided.

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Mitchell, W. Bede and Mary Reichel. 1999. "Publish or perish: a dilemma for academic librarians?" College & Research Libraries 60, no. 3: 232-43. Association of College & Research Libraries (ISSN: 0010-0870) Version of record:
Language: English
Date: 1999
Tenure, academic publishing

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