Professionalism & Leadership

Paper: Research Abstract

Faculty Status: Academic Elevation, Job Satisfaction, and Performance of Health Sciences Librarians

Monday, May 6
2:20 PM - 2:35 PM
Room: Columbus IJ (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Objectives : This research explores the impact of faculty status in health science libraries by looking at factors that contribute to individual and institutional outcomes. It is hypothesized that librarians with faculty status are more likely to score higher in terms of esteem and motivation, satisfaction in their work, and as a result, high performance and job effectiveness which benefits the institution.
Methods : An online survey will be distributed via both the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries listserv, to which most academic health science library directors subscribe, with instructions to forward to their staff and to the Medical Library Association's Medlib-L listserv. The survey will collect demographics data, information regarding faculty status, and score respondents in the domains of esteem, satisfaction, and performance.
Results: 313 valid responses were received from librarians at 131 discrete institutions. 67% of respondents reported having some form of faculty status or faculty like appointment (FS) versus 39% with no faculty status (NFS). Preliminary results indicate that there is little difference between FS and NFS in terms of job satisfaction, esteem and self-reported performance level scores. 42% of FS and 36% NFS reported overall extreme satisfaction with their jobs. FS are more likely to participate in continuing education, research, publishing, and teaching activities, whereas the impact of faculty status is negligible on university committees, engagement with students, and grant-writing and fundraising activities. The majority of FS have never received a promotion in faculty rank at their current institution and only 11.7% have tenure.
Conclusions: There was a good response to this survey indicating a lot of interest in the topic and produced a lot of data to be mined. The analysis will be useful for institutions seeking to offer faculty status to librarians or to change their faculty evaluation criteria.

Danielle Aloia

Collection Management Librarian
New York Medical College
Valhalla, New York

Danielle Aloia, MSLS, is the Collection Management Librarian at New York Medical College. She oversees the acquisition and cataloging of new materials. She studied health science librarianship at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She’s performed original research on the use of grey literature in systematic reviews and using social media to disseminate research results.

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Marie T. Ascher

Lillian Hetrick Huber Endowed Director
New York Medical College
Valhalla, New York

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Deborah A. Crooke

Associate Director
New York Medical College, Health Sciences Library
New York Medical College
Valhalla, New York

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