The practice of librarianship is a multifaceted discipline in which library faculty engage in a broad spectrum of professional endeavors. As specialists, librarians are responsible for providing access to information, document delivery, collection development and preservation, digitization, technological expertise and support, bibliographic control and organization, instruction, reference, outreach services, and administration and planning. FAU Libraries’ faculty are partners with other academic faculty and contribute to the University’s goals of teaching, research, and service.
This document serves as a guide both for candidates who are eligible for promotion in rank, and for the individuals charged with the responsibility of evaluating those candidates. It describes in detail the timetable, policies, and procedures associated with all aspects of the review process. In addition, it outlines the basic assumptions and criteria that underlie the process.
The attached criteria and procedures will ensure librarians an opportunity to be reviewed on equitable terms that adequately recognize the differences in individual positions and contributions, within a reasonable time, for promotion within the FAU Libraries. The promotion review process is a qualitative evaluation rather than a mere quantitative check-off. Promotion of candidates is not automatic.
This document will be updated on a continuing basis to maintain compliance with University requirements and the changing environment of academic librarianship. Review and/or revision of this document may be undertaken at the request of the majority of library faculty, the Dean of University Libraries, or the Provost. Recommended revisions are forwarded to the Provost by the Dean of University Libraries. The URLs, links, typographical, or spelling errors within this document will be revised as necessary and will not require the request of the majority of the library faculty, the Dean of University Libraries, or the Provost.
Florida Atlantic University Libraries Promotion Guidelines