If library/information science is a true academic discipline, then academic librarians must reevaluate the acceptability of publications in other fields if they are to be considered academic faculty members in the field of library/ information science. This was perceived to be the issue by the Purdue University Library faculty when they altered the tenure and promotion document to require that consideration for promotion and tenure be based on publication in library/information science. The issue has been raised by the growing number of librarians with non-library/information science Ph.D.s who prefer to publish in the area of their Ph.D. A survey of ARL libraries indicates, however, that only a relative handful of academic libraries presently supports requirements similar to those adopted by the Purdue library faculty.


Librarians, Tenure

Published in:

College and Research Libraries 42(Nov 1981): 571-5.

Date of this Version

January 1981