As Role of Librarians Evolves, Some Colleges End Their Faculty Status

Librarians on many campuses have long been considered faculty, but some institutions are now reclassifying the position as a staff job as they reassess the role of their research libraries more broadly.

The move to take faculty and tenure status away from librarians has generated controversy and raised questions about whether their role should be narrowed and what the future of the job should be. Some administrators say the position must shift with the changing model for university libraries. But even though their role is changing, librarians say they belong on the faculty because they continue to support their campuses through research, scholarship, and teaching.

Last month the University of Virginia announced that all future librarians will be classified as university staff. The librarians are now considered non-tenure-track faculty, and current employees will retain that status.

And East Carolina University is weighing a plan that may strip its future librarians of faculty status, their ability to earn tenure, or both.

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