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Smathers Libraries Career Development Handbook

II. Tenure and/or Promotion

The Libraries use the following criteria as outlined in Chapter Two, Section C for the conferral of tenure and promotion to higher ranks.

  1. Professional Responsibility and Working Relationships
  2. Professional Development and Scholarship
  3. Service to the Libraries, the University, the State and the Profession

The criteria for tenure and promotion are modeled upon those used by the University of Florida for academic faculty. Librarians coming up for tenure and/or promotion to the ranks of Associate University Librarian or University Librarian are expected to demonstrate a level of professional mastery, development, and achievement commensurate with the level of their counterparts in the academic colleges of the University of Florida. These criteria have been revised to relate to the annual assignments made to librarians.

The annual evaluation process, which builds on the annual assignment and goals, provides guidance regarding the level of job performance and kinds of professional and scholarly activity that demonstrate professional maturation as an academic librarian. Thus, the tenure and promotion process can be seen as a natural extension of the annual assignment and evaluation process. In order to gain tenure or promotion, librarians must achieve recognized distinction in the first criterion, Professional Responsibility and Working Relationships, and then in one of the other two criteria, Professional Development and Scholarship or Professional Service Activities.

Distinction is recognized when the evidence demonstrates sustained, high-quality contributions to librarianship (or the candidate's area of responsibility) that enhance library services, foster new knowledge, support the Universitys mission, and provide leadership to the profession. Supervisors will detail the librarian’s level of achievement and progress toward tenure and/or promotion in annual letters of evaluation.

The foundation of any judgment regarding a librarian’s qualifications for tenure or promotion is his/her performance of professional responsibility and maintenance of flexible and effective working relationships with library staff, academic faculty, and library users, along with professional development and scholarship and professional service activities. It is expected that both supervisors and members of the Tenure and Promotion Committee will look for evidence of the quality and quantity of work performed by the librarian and measure this against their experience with others at a similar rank at UF or other major research institutions. Librarians are expected, when moving from a lower rank to a higher one, to demonstrate accomplishments and expertise commensurate with the higher rank.

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