Tenure and Promotion Season at the Library

At many colleges and universities it’s tenure and promotion season, when major decisions are made about continuing employment and promotions for faculty members. Some of our librarian readers may be sweating their own tenure cases, as some academic librarians have faculty status, and some librarians may be supporting other faculty members as they prepare documentation to prove that they’ve been doing good work. If you have experience in either of these areas that you’d like to share, please leave your thoughts in the comments! (And note that you must first create an account to join the discussion.)

Academic libraries contribute to faculty teaching and research, two of the major categories on which faculty are generally evaluated for decisions about tenure and promotion. How can libraries and librarians support the review process and thus demonstrate library value?

The Value Report suggests that we examine how library characteristics can be connected to faculty:

  • Publication output
  • Grant proposals
  • Funded grants
  • Conference output
  • Textbook publication
  • National juried show exhibits
  • National or international awards
  • Citation impact
  • Patents
  • Consultancy/advisory work (p. 47-48).

Any and all of the above faculty activities and outputs may be represented in tenure and promotion portfolios. How can libraries help with the documentation or make use of the documentation to strengthen our case for library impact?

Does your library provide a citation database for faculty? Do faculty members use it or do librarians help them use it in order to demonstrate the impact of faculty publications? There’s a potential for library impact!

Does your library provide electronic resources that faculty integrate into proposals, articles, and reports? There’s another potential for library impact!

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