Library Association (CoALA) Webinar:
Academic Librarians and the
Faculty Model: History, Trends, Challenges
Sponsored by the
Colorado Academic Library Association (CoALA)
Presented by Carol Smith
Library Director, Nielsen Library, Adams State University;
2014-2015 CoALA President-Elect
Thurs, Aug 13, 3pm – 5:00pm
Both the American
Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the Association of College &
Research Libraries (ACRL) uphold tenure-track faculty status as the national
standard for academic librarians, yet librarians at many institutions are either
non-tenure track faculty or not considered to be faculty at all. Librarians at
Adams State University, for example, held faculty status from at least as far
back as the 1940’s and up until May 1988, when it was revoked.
Since arriving at Adams
State University in Fall 2013, Library Director Carol Smith has been passionately
advocating for the restoration of faculty status for librarians at Nielsen
Library. As part of this ongoing initiative, she’s conducted extensive research
into the history, trends, and current challenges of both the faculty model in
general as well as the faculty model as it is specifically applied to higher
education librarianship. This is a topic central to academic librarianship, yet
one that is not typically covered in library school curricula.
In this webinar, we’ll
learn more about the fascinating history of the professoriate in the United States,
consider how, when, and why librarians were integrated into the faculty model,
and then collectively discuss current trends, issues, and challenges to
librarian faculty status, both nationally and regionally.
All are encouraged to
attend this free CoALA webinar, including out-of-state attendees. Hope you can
More information to
follow about attending the meeting via Adobe Connect.