AAUP Claims Librarians Are Faculty Too

, Malcolm A. Kline, Leave a comment

Well, they do get that degree in library science. “College and university librarians share the professional concerns of faculty members,” the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) states. “Academic freedom is indispensable to librarians in their roles as teachers and researchers.”

“Critically, they are trustees of knowledge with the responsibility of ensuring the intellectual freedom of the academic community through the availability of information and ideas, no matter how controversial, so that teachers may freely teach and students may freely learn. Moreover, as members of the academic community, librarians should have latitude in the exercise of their professional judgment within the library, a share in shaping policy within the institution, and adequate opportunities for professional development and appropriate reward. Faculty status entails for librarians the same rights and responsibilities as for other members of the faculty. They should have corresponding entitlement to rank, promotion, tenure, compensation, leaves, and research funds.”