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Smathers Libraries Career Development Handbook

II. C. 2. Second Criterion:  Professional Development and Scholarship.

Standard: Distinction must be attained in either the second or the third criterion. If distinction is attained in the second and not the third criterion, performance in the third criterion must be strong, but not necessarily distinguished.

The Tenure and Promotion Committee will look for evidence of commitment to and accomplishment in research librarianship. Documented activities demonstrating that the nominee’s experience has led to a broad understanding of the field, that he/she has mastered a part of it, and that there has been intellectual development and contributions beyond those called forth by routine daily assignments are important considerations. Professional development and scholarship in a subject area will be considered if relevant to the librarian’s assignment. The Tenure and Promotion Committee will use the documentation to evaluate the nominee’s potential to continue to be a creative and contributing member of the University community. Among the considerations are the following:

  1. Scholarly Achievement
    • specific examples that the nominee has made scholarly contributions to the field, with special consideration given to scholarly monographs or substantive refereed journal articles or articles in respected non-refereed journals
    • specific examples that the nominee’s expertise has been recognized through invitations to present papers, demonstrations, poster sessions and exhibits at professional meetings, symposia, workshops, and conferences
    • specific examples that the nominee has participated at the state, regional, or national level as session moderators, panelists and conference organizers/program planners
    • specific examples that the nominee has developed library documents, printed, audiovisual instructional aids, or electronic media and/or other works of exceptional quality or creativity
    • specific examples that the nominee’s scholarly achievement has been recognized with the completion of a university accredited degree program in a subject field appropriate to his /her assignments
    • specific examples that the nominee has developed original uses of other technologies to solve library problems
  1. Grants and Other Funding.
    • specific examples that the nominee has identified areas where the Library might qualify for outside funding from either public or private sector sources and developed successful proposals
    • specific examples that the nominee has helped a professional organization develop a grant for funding bibliographical projects to benefit all research libraries or staff of research institutions
    • specific examples that the nominee has contributed to the field of librarianship through a professional development leave awarded by UF or through fellowships, internships, or study leaves granted by national or professional associations.


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