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Smathers Libraries Career Development Handbook

I. A. 2. Non-Tenure Accruing Professional Ranks

Library faculty with the rank of Assistant-In, Associate-In or Senior Associate-In Libraries are so named at the time of appointment. In order to receive the higher ranking, there must be a documented record of distinction in performance including demonstration of professional expertise, innovation, mature judgment, and creativity in a particular area of expertise. Appointment to these ranks are non-time limited and non-tenure accruing.

  • Assistant-In Libraries is the beginning rank for persons whose duties require basic professional skills and techniques in a specialized area. Faculty in this rank are responsible for technical, service or other functions relating to library wide operations and performance. Faculty at this level carry out responsibility within defined areas and under the guidance of a more senior faculty. Professional judgment is used in interpreting Library and University policies in planning and developing assigned tasks. Three years of employment as Assistant-In Libraries are required prior to promotion to the Associate-In Libraries rank.

    Assignments may include solving library problems requiring knowledge of human resources, staff development, budget, systems programming and/or networking, media, etc. The principles of information science, analytical and interpretive skills, and specialization are required. The incumbent participates in and contributes to departmental planning and departmental implementation of policies, programs and services.

    Minimum Qualifications: The incumbent shall have a master's degree in Library Science and/or a master's degree in an appropriate area of specialization. In some cases a bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization and three years related professional experience may be substituted. The equivalent training, experience and/or education in the area of bibliographic theory and practice as applied to highly specialized areas; e.g., archives, rare materials, and special collections may be acceptable.

  • Associate-In Libraries is the second highest rank for persons whose duties require substantial knowledge of professional skills and techniques in a specialized area. Faculty in this rank are responsible for highly complex technical, service or other functions relating to library-wide operations and performance. Mature professional judgment, a broad perspective of the library and the university, and excellent analytic skills are required to work at this level. Decisions made at this rank frequently have wide ranging implications and generally require skill in planning and organizing, imagination and resourcefulness in problem solving and initiative in dealing with long-range issues. Work is performed with great independence for the incumbent to set goals and choose methods of accomplishments.

    The scope of assignment at this level is broad; the incumbent often serves as the final authority for responsibility assigned. Incumbents must demonstrate recognized mastery of a complex field or a major area of service expertise. Responsibility for planning, developing and implementing policies, programs and services of major library units is frequently assigned at this level; outstanding contributions to planning and development beyond the functional unit are expected. With excellence, they perform technical, bibliographic, public service or administrative tasks requiring maturity in terms of both knowledge and experience.

    Minimum Qualifications: The incumbent shall have a master's degree in Library Science and/or a master's degree in an appropriate area of specialization and three years of experience. In some cases a bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization and five years related professional experience may be substituted. The equivalent training, experience and/or education in the area of bibliographic theory and practice as applied to highly specialized areas, e.g. archives, rare and special collections, etc. may be acceptable. Ordinarily, an appointment at the Associate-In level shall constitute promotion from the Assistant-In level.

  • Senior Associate-In is the highest rank for persons whose duties require substantial knowledge of professional skills and techniques in a specialized area. Faculty in this rank are responsible for increasingly complex technical, service or other functions relating to library-wide operations and performance. Mature professional judgment, a broad perspective of the library and the university, and excellent analytic skills are required to work at this level. Decisions made at this rank frequently have wide ranging implications and generally require skill in planning and organizing, imagination and resourcefulness in problem solving and initiative in dealing with long-range issues. Work is performed with great independence for the incumbent to set goals and choose methods of accomplishments.

    The scope of assignment at this level is broad; the incumbent often serves as the final authority for responsibility assigned. Incumbents must demonstrate recognized mastery of a complex field or a major area of service expertise. Responsibility for planning, developing and implementing policies, programs and services of major library units is frequently assigned at this level; outstanding contributions to planning and development beyond the functional unit are expected. With excellence, they perform technical, bibliographic, public service or administrative tasks requiring maturity in terms of both knowledge and experience.

    Minimum Qualifications:The incumbent shall have a master's degree in Library Science and/or a master's degree in an appropriate area of specialization and five years of experience. In some cases a bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization and seven years related professional experience may be substituted. The equivalent training, experience and/or education in the area of bibliographic theory and practice as applied to highly specialized areas; e.g., archives, rare materials, and special collections may be acceptable. Ordinarily, an appointment at the Senior Associate-In level shall constitute promotion from the Associate-In level.

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