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Smathers Libraries Career Development Handbook

II. C. 2. Second Criterion: Professional Development and Scholarship.
Standard: Candidate must attain distinction in either the second or the third criterion. If distinction is attained in the third criterion, then performance in the second criterion must be strong, though not necessarily achieving distinction.
The Tenure and Promotion Committee will look for documented evidence of commitment to and accomplishment in research librarianship. Important considerations include documented activities demonstrating that the nominee has developed a broad understanding of the field, acquired expertise in the field, and demonstrated intellectual development and contributions beyond those called forth by routine daily assignments. Professional development and scholarship in a subject area will be considered if relevant to the librarian’s assignment. The Tenure and Promotion Committee will use the documentation to evaluate the nominee’s potential to continue to be a creative and contributing member of the University community. Examples of the two areas covered by the second criterion are as follows:

  1. Scholarly Achievement
    • Contributes to scholarship in the field. Special consideration will be given to scholarly monographs and refereed journal articles. Consideration will also be given to published conference proceedings and respected non-refereed journals
    • Receives invitations to present papers, demonstrations, poster sessions and exhibits at professional meetings, symposia, workshops, or conferences, thereby demonstrating external recognition of  expertise
    • Participates in professional conferences at the state, regional, or national level as a session moderator, panelist, or conference organizer or program planner
    • Develops library documents, instructional aids, or other works of broad value, in print, electronic, or audio-visual form, which demonstrate exceptional quality and creativity
    • Completes a university-accredited degree program in a subject field appropriate to assigned responsibilities
    • Develops original uses of other techniques or technologies to support the mission of the libraries and the University
  1. Grants and Other Funding


    • Develops successful proposals for external funding from either public or private sector sources
    • Assists  a professional organization develop a grant for funding bibliographical or other projects
    • Contributes to the field of librarianship through activities pursued through a professional development leave awarded by UF or through fellowships, internships, or study leaves granted by national or professional associations



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