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Although librarians in approximately one-third of Association of Research Libraries (ARL) have a rank or status similar to other faculty, their activities, responsibilities and involvement vary considerably. A survey was conducted to determine the autonomy of library faculty organizations and their role in library and university governance, and results are compared with a similar 1983 survey. Almost all faculties meet regularly and their activities include: discussion of library policies and problems (93% versus 100% in 1983); participation in new library faculty appointments (30% versus 10% in 1983); sponsoring other types of activities, such as speaker presentations (92%), workshops (69%), social events (62%), in-house newsletters (46%); and other library publications (23%). All respondents either formally or informally advise the library administration, with the following methods: advisory committees (61%); library faculty executive group (32%); advise head of the library (69%); and advise university groups outside the library (69%). Fifty-three percent of faculty organizations are chaired from within, while 33% are led by the head of the library (as opposed to 32% elected from within and 63% chaired by the library head in 1983). Seventy-two percent have elected faculty organization officers, 96% of which are elected by organization members. In sum, the survey demonstrated that library faculty organizations tend to have a major influence on library decision-making and an increased level of autonomy and self-governance. Faculty organization constitutions and bylaws from 14 universities are included, and 18 related reading sources are recommended. (MAS)

Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Comparative Analysis, Faculty Organizations, Governance, Librarians, Library Administration, Library Associations, Library Planning, Library Policy, Library Role, Research Libraries, Surveys

ARL Publications Department, Association of Research Libraries, Suite 800, 21 Dupont Circle, N.W., Washington, DC 20036.









Autor: Massey, Susan A.; Sheble, Mary Ann

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10040&id=ED378986



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