Dr. Xue-Ming Bao

Associate Professor /Systems/Digital Librarian
Seton Hall University Libraries
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ 07079-2671
973-275-2399 (O)
baoxuemi@shu.edu
http://pirate.shu.edu/~baoxuemi

Turning the Pressure into a Positive Force:
Going through the Promotion and Tenure Process in Academic Library Environment

 

Dr. Bao will discuss the academic environment and ACRL’s guidelines for appointment, promotion and tenure of academic librarians. He will relate his personal experiences of going through the tenure and promotion process at Seton Hall University and how he turned the pressure into a positive force.” He will also talk about his experiences of serving on the University Library Rank and Tenure Committee to review evaluation and promotion procedures for other librarians.

 


 

Outline

  1. Dual identity

     

  2. Macro environment
    1. ACRL Guideline for the appointment, promotion and tenure of academic librarians
      • Criteria and procedures
      • Use of the Guideline
    2. State of faculty status in academic libraries in the USA
    3. Debate over librarians getting tenure and faculty status

     

  3. Micro environment
    1. My personal experiences of going through the tenure and promotion process at Seton Hall University Library
      • Knowing the requirements
      • Seeking advice from your librarian colleagues
      • Annual review
      • Leadership issue
      • Publication issue
      • Formal application
      • Evaluation and interview by the University Rank and Tenure Committee
      • Provost interview
    2. On the opposite side of the table
      • My experiences of serving on the Library Rank and Tenure Committee

 


Biographical sketch:
Xue-Ming Bao has worked as a systems/digital librarian at Seton Hall University Libraries since September 1997 and earned his tenure and promotion to associate professor in September 2003. Prior to Seton Hall, he worked as Assistant Director at the Belleville Public Library and Information Center (1995-97) and Head of Community Learning Center, Paterson Free Public Library (1991-94) in New Jersey. He received his Ed.D. (1989) and MLS (1991) at Northern Illinois University.