ACRL Standards Committee Association of College and Research Libraries

Review and Respond to ACRL Framework for Academic Librarian Employment and Governance Systems

  • 1.  Review and Respond to ACRL Framework for Academic Librarian Employment and Governance Systems

    Posted Oct 21, 2017 11:26 AM

    Dear SC Members,


    Thank you so much for reviewing ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (Drafted Sept. 28, 2017).  We submitted our review report to SLHE Task Force on October 18, 2017.  The chair of the Task Force was impressed with our thorough reviews.  She will get back to us in early November 2017.


    In the meantime, we received ACRL Framework for Academic Librarian Employment and Governance Systems drafted by Status of Academic Librarians Standards and Guidelines Review Task Force in September 2017. 


    The final draft of the framework was derived from six existing documents consisting of a mixture of guidelines, standards and statements.  The Task Force rescinded "Guidelines for Academic Librarians without Faculty Status" and "Standards for Faculty Status for Academic Librarians," revised "A Guideline for the Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure of Academic Librarians," and kept existing version of the documents for a) "Joint Statement on Faculty Status of College and University Librarians," b) "Statement on Certification and Licensing of Academic Librarians," and c) "Statement on the Terminal Professional Degree for Academic Librarians."


    The proposed framework would "provide a structure and allow individual libraries the flexibility to determine what will work best within their institution in modifying a shared governance system that provides a foundation on which to build and define the intellectual role of librarians on their campuses"[1].


    November 3, 2017 is the deadline to respond to the document for "ACRL Framework for Academic Librarian Employment and Governance Systems" and its associated Transmittal Form.  Please find the documents in the attachment.


    Note:


    [1] ACRL Status of Academic Librarians Standards and Guidelines Review Task Force, "ACRL Framework for Academic Librarian Employment and Governance Systems," p. 2. 


         


    Thank you so much indeed!  I am looking forward to working with you on this project.  Have a great weekend!


     


    Amanda


     


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    Amanda Xu


    Chair, Standards Committee


        


     



  • 2.  RE: Review and Respond to ACRL Framework for Academic Librarian Employment and Governance Systems

    Posted Oct 31, 2017 10:35 AM

    I have concerns about the solicitation of comments, it doesn't quite seem like enough (printed in August, one listserve of Administrators and 2 experts)... but if everyone else is fine with it then I'm fine.

    I'm not sure it should be called a Framework.... I think it's more of a Guideline since each institution will have to modify it to fit their institutions and governance procedures.

    On page 7&8, they indicate that for non renewal of contract the appointment must be probationary.  I have worked at 2 institutions where this is not the case.  Non renewal of contracts can happen to anyone with proper written notice.   And at those institutions, no reasons are required.  This works for all faculty positions.  As the guideline is written, it would go though major revisions for those institutions.

    On page 11, b should not be labeled... it is a Note so it should go directly under a.  And they are missing the closing bracket for the Note.

     

    That's it for me.

     

     

     



  • 3.  RE: Review and Respond to ACRL Framework for Academic Librarian Employment and Governance Systems

    Posted Nov 01, 2017 07:53 AM

    I agree with Katherine re: pg. 11. Other than this, I approve the framework as written. I have no objection to the transmittal form as written either.

     

    Scott



  • 4.  RE: Review and Respond to ACRL Framework for Academic Librarian Employment and Governance Systems

    Posted Nov 01, 2017 08:00 AM
    I agree. Binh Le



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  • 5.  RE: Review and Respond to ACRL Framework for Academic Librarian Employment and Governance Systems

    Posted Nov 01, 2017 12:41 PM

    Here are my comments. I recommend the document be returned for major revisions. Overall, the "framework" reads like four existing documents were combined into one with little review or revision of each. It would make sense to have one cohesive guideline with an introduction explaining the various parts, and one set of notes at the end.

    Transmittal form:

    I agree with Katherine regarding the solicitation of comments. It was just disseminated on one email list and there were no public hearings. Only two experts were consulted. It would be helpful to know what institutions they are from, only the name of the library is listed. Also, I assume this document applies to librarians who work at community colleges. Should an expert from that type of institution be consulted? And lastly, in the document it mentions three examples of shared governance documents. Were these consulted in the process of revising this document? Should that information be a part of the transmittal form? And should there be a variety of governance documents that were reviewed for different types of librarian status and different types of institutions?

    I reviewed the ACRL Policies and Procedures regarding the definition of a framework. It is defined as follows: Framework is intended to connect inter-related core concepts for student learning in information literacy appropriate to a variety of contexts. I agree with Katherine that guidelines would be more appropriate.

    Also, it is proposed that two documents be retired. Is "rescinded" the proper terminology ACRL uses?

    The document:

    About the Framework section:

    • I am a little confused about this part. On page 2, paragraph 2, they recommend three documents stay in their existing condition: Statement of Faculty Status..., Statement on Certification and Licensing..., and Statement on Terminal Professional Degree.... All three documents are included in full in this document. Should that be noted somewhere? They are also all over five years old. Should they be updated or a statement added to them that they were reviewed and re-approved as is? If they are to be apart of this document, should the separate documents be rescinded on the standards page? 
    • Page 2, paragraph 4. I think this recommendation is more appropriate for the transmittal form.
    • Page 2, paragraph 1, line 7: I question the use of the first person here.
    • page 2, paragraph 3: the AAUP Redbook should be cited

    Joint Statement on Faculty Status...

    • It does seem a little odd to have these documents included verbatim in this new guideline. 
    • Page 4, paragraph 2: There are sentences missing here.
    • I would suggest that this document be updated to reflect the varied roles librarians have. It emphasizes librarian who teach (page 4, paragraph 6, line 6). 
    • page 5: Two links in the notes do not work. There is also a new edition of the AAUP Documents and Reports (11th). I get the feeling that this document was not reviewed or updated, just copied into the framework.

    Employment categories...

    • page 6: I would suggest separating promotion from tenure, or including a separate line for promotion without tenure. There are librarians with faculty status who are not tenure track but do have avenues for promotion. 

    Suggested functions:

    • add promotion to non-tenure track faculty review

    Guideline for the Appointment...:

    • p. 9: Examples for evidence in promotion feel outdated and missing key ways librarians support the missions of the libraries and universities (such as curriculum reform, collection development, data and research support)  and strongly biased towards instruction librarians.  
    • p. 11: this was copied from the original document and formatted wrong. The note started in 3b extends to 3e and the end of the bracket.
    • p.17: the notes reference an outdated version of the Standards for Faculty Status that the task force recommends be retired
    • p. 17: notes: none of the links work and I think are referencing outdated documents
    • p. 18: about the Guidelines: the document is now called a Framework, although I am recommending that it remain a guideline.
    • p. 18-19: Copies of statement on the certification... and statement on terminal professional degree are inserted. Both were last approved in 2011 and I assume need to be re-approved or updated. Also, they are placed in the document without context.

     



  • 6.  RE: Review and Respond to ACRL Framework for Academic Librarian Employment and Governance Systems

    Posted Nov 01, 2017 01:48 PM

    Thank you so much, Nancy, Katherine, Scott and Binh Le for your thoughtful review and vote!  I agree with Nancy that the document should be returned for major revision.  In addition to what Katherine and Nancy already commented, I would like to add the following:

    • Page 2, paragraph 4: ACRL Guideline for the Screening and Appointment of Academic Librarians has changed its name to: ACRL Guideline for Recruiting Academic Librarians.  It was approved by the Board at ALA Annual Conference in June 2017.  The document should use the new name.
    • Page 11, 3b-3e is the note section under 3a.  3f-3j should be 3b-3f.
    • Page 14 VI Dismissal procedures, Section B, section b, it is out of context to have the word "and3.A statement of charges, framed by the chief executive officer..."
    • Page 16, numbering system for VIII. Procedures for imposition of sanctions other than dismissal should be consistent with the entire document.  Use upper case A, and B
    • Page 17, numbering system for X. Academic freedom and protection against discrimination should be consistent with the entire document.  Use upper case A and B
    • Page 18 About the Guidelines.  Add institutional affiliation to Task Force members, e.g. Allyson Mower, University of Utah, etc.

    Amanda

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    Chair, ACRL Standards Committee



  • 7.  RE: Review and Respond to ACRL Framework for Academic Librarian Employment and Governance Systems

    Posted Nov 03, 2017 01:48 PM

    I recommend that the document be returned for the formatting edit.   

    I especially agree with Katherine on the probationary statement!

     

    Thanks,

    Kim



  • 8.  RE: Review and Respond to ACRL Framework for Academic Librarian Employment and Governance Systems

    Posted Nov 03, 2017 01:49 PM

     

     



  • 9.  RE: Review and Respond to ACRL Framework for Academic Librarian Employment and Governance Systems

    Posted Nov 03, 2017 02:25 PM
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    Dear SC members,

    Thank you so much for your review on ACRL Framework for Academic Librarian Employment and Governance Systems!  I incorporated all of your comments into the report and submitted to the originating group on time.  I hope the Task Force will consider our suggestions.  I will keep you informed of the process.  Attached please find our review report.  Thank you so much indeed!  Have a great weekend!

    Sincerely yours,

    Amanda 

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    Amanda Xu

    Chair, ACRL Standards Committee     

     



  • 10.  RE: Review and Respond to ACRL Framework for Academic Librarian Employment and Governance Systems

    Posted Nov 03, 2017 02:25 PM
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    Dear SC members,

    Thank you so much for your review on ACRL Framework for Academic Librarian Employment and Governance Systems!  I incorporated all of your comments into the report and submitted to the originating group on time.  I hope the Task Force will consider our suggestions.  I will keep you informed of the process.  Attached please find our review report.  Thank you so much indeed!  Have a great weekend!

    Sincerely yours,

    Amanda 

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    Amanda Xu

    Chair, ACRL Standards Committee