Revised Statement on Librarians

The AAUP has published a revised version of the 1973 joint Statement on Faculty Status of College and University Librarians. The statement—originally formulated by the AAUP, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and the Association of American Colleges (now the Association of American Colleges and Universities)—calls for the granting of faculty status to librarians involved in teaching and research. The new version of the statement adds language about the teaching and information-access roles of librarians and the role of librarians in university governance and outreach, and it reaffirms their need for academic freedom and tenure. Also added to the statement is a recommendation for salary adjustments for fiscal-year appointments.

The statement was revised by a joint subcommittee of the AAUP’s Special Committee on the Status of Librarians in the Academy and the ACRL’s Committee on the Status of Academic Librarians. Subcommittee members included Stephen Aby (University of Akron), Caroline Bordinaro (California State University–Dominguez Hills), Regina Koury (Idaho State University), Connie Strittmatter (Montana State University), and Deanna Wood (University of New Hampshire).

The revised statement was adopted as policy by the ACRL at its 2012 annual conference and by the AAUP’s national Council in November 2012. It will be printed in the 2013 Bulletin of the AAUP.

Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 10, 2013