July 10, 2001 TO: Library Faculty FROM: Marianne Gaunt RE: Librarian Titles
This memo is in response to questions about librarian titles and the concurrent use of professorial titles. Under University Regulations, librarians have ranks equivalent to other members of the faculty. Attached are two documents: University Regulations & Procedures Manual, Book 3, Section 3.3.2, Academic Ranks and Equivalencies, indicating rank equivalencies and University Library Policy with Respect to Qualifications for Appointment at Librarian Rank which reiterates the University Regulations.
In the libraries, the University ranking titles of Librarian I, Librarian II, etc., are used. While faculty who are engaged in teaching, research, library or other academic service, hold equivalent ranks, members of the teaching departments, library, general and cooperative extension are not authorized by the University to interchangeably use specific ranking titles. The criteria for reappointment and promotion for different ranking titles are also different.
Further, position titles, assigned at the time of appointment, and subsequent position title changes are addressed internally and subject to the approval of the University Librarian. It is reasonable that titles appearing in Academic Position Profiles may change due to reassignment or changes in responsibilities. When there are changes to a librarian's responsibilities which warrant a different title, the campus director/AUL will direct that request to the University Librarian for final approval.