155.5 Corresponding Rank of Library Faculty

Created by: Stephanie Ferguson on 02/05/1999
Category: 1 - Academic Affairs; 50 - Faculty Status
 
Originator: Acad. Adm. and Faculty Status Committee
Current File: 155.5
Adoption Date: 05/12/2008
Reviewed for Currency: 05/12/2008
 
Replaces File: 155.5
Date of Origin: 09/19/1977
 
Classification: Faculty
 
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155.5 Equivalent Rank of Professional Librarians

 

A. Background

Members of the professional library staff are members of the faculty. (See Article II, Section I, of the Constitution and Bylaws of the Faculty of Furman University.) Corresponding to the Constitution, professional library staff are herein referred to as library faculty. Library faculty ranks correspond to those faculty ranks established in the Guidelines of File 157.8.

 

B. Policy

Members of the library staff who hold the terminal degree in library and/or information science (e.g., M.S. in library science) or who hold subject area graduate degrees as qualifications for specialized branch library positions will have membership in the faculty and will hold library faculty rank. Corresponding ranks are specified below. The academic rank of an individual library faculty member shall be determined according to academic preparation, professional competence and stature, and quality and duration of service.

 

C. Guidelines

1. The library faculty ranks may be broadly characterized as follows:

a. Assistant Librarian: Library faculty members who have earned the masterís in library science, information science or other appropriate terminal degree but who have limited library experience in an accredited senior college or university (normally fewer than six years) usually hold the rank of Assistant Librarian. This corresponds to the rank of Assistant Professor.

b. Associate Librarian: Library faculty members who hold the masterís in library science, information science or other appropriate terminal degree, who have significant full-time library experience at the rank of Assistant Librarian in an accredited senior college or university (normally six or more years), and whose achievements as librarians, scholars, and contributors to the work of the University indicate growing competence and stature usually hold the rank of Associate Librarian. This corresponds to the rank of Associate Professor.

c. Librarian: Library faculty members who hold the masterís in library science, information science or other appropriate terminal degree, who have extensive library experience at the rank of Associate Librarian in an accredited senior college or university (normally seven or more years), and whose achievements as librarians, scholars, and contributors to the work of the University are consistent with its highest faculty rank usually hold the rank of Librarian. This corresponds to the rank of Professor.

2. The terminal degree in library and information science is the Masterís degree (ALA Policy Manual, 54.2.1). The designation of another degree as an appropriate terminal degree will be made by the Director of Libraries in consultation with the Provost and Executive Vice-President.

3. The rank of a new library faculty member will be determined by the Provost and Executive Vice-President in consultation with the Director of Libraries. Rank at appointment shall be clearly stated in the original contract. The rank of a continuing library faculty member will be determined through the promotion process (File 155.3).

4. For a fuller statement of the criteria and procedures which govern promotion and rank, see File 155.3.

5. Library faculty positions are non-tenure track.

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