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Defining Excellence in Academic Librarianship at USC (DEAL at USC): Important Considerations

When the time comes for annual or continuing appointment [tenure] reviews, how are we to document and explain to our colleagues (both within our library and within our institution), exactly what we have accomplished?

Five Important Considerations:





Merit and recognition


Dole, Wanda V. and Jitka M. Hurych (2001).  “Values for Librarians in the Information Age,” Journal of Information Ethics 10(2): 38-50 (Fall 2001).

 Ford, Barbara (1998).  "ALA President's Message: Visions, Values, and Opportunities,' American Libraries 29(1): 54 (January 1998)

Goetsch, Lori A. (2009). “What is our Value and Who Values Us? (The 2009-10 ACRL President’s focus)” College & Research Libraries News 70(9): 502-503 (Oct. 2009).

Gorman,  Michael (2000).  Our Enduring Values: Librarianship in the 21st Century. Chicago: American Library Association.

Hisle, Lee (1998). "Values for the Electronic Age: Crossroads of Profession," College & Research Libraries News 59(7): 504-505 (July/August 1998).

Vaagan, Robert and Sigrid Holm (2004).  “Professional Values in Norwegian Librarianship,” New Library World 105(5/6): 213-217. 


A.  Professional Organizations

American Library Association (2011). Knowledge and competencies statements developed by relevant professional organizations

B.  Publications

Gulati, Anjali and R. L. Raina (2000). “Professional Competencies Among Librarians and Information Professionals in the Knowledge Era,” World Libraries 10(1/2): Spring/Fall 2000

Murphy, Marcy (1991). "Preface." In Special Libraries Association. Future Competencies of the Information Professional. Washington, DC: SLA, 1991. (SLA Occasional Paper Series, Number One), v-vi.

Thompson, Susan M.  [Editor for the Library and Information Technology Association] (2009).  Core Technology Competencies for Librarians and Library Staff – A LITA Guide.  London/New York: Neal-Schuman.


Byke, Suzanne and Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen (2009).  A Leadership Primer for New Librarians: Tools for Helping Today’s Early-Career Librarians to Become Tomorrow’s Library Leaders.  Oxford, England: Chandos.

Diamond, Robert M., ed.  (2002).  Field Guide to Academic Leadership. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Ritchie, Ann and Clare Walker (eds.). (2007).  Continuing Professional Development: Pathways to Leadership in the Library and Information World.  The Hague, The Netherlands: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

 Shoaf, Eric C. (2004). “New Leadership for Libraries,” College and Research Libraries News July/August 2004: 363-365, 375.


American Association of University Professors (1999).On Collegiality as a Criterion for Faculty Evaluation.”

Connell, Mary Ann and Frederick G. Savage (2001). “Does Collegiality Count?” Academe, Nov/Dec 2001.

Bess, James L. and Carra Leah Hood (2002).Collegiality and Tenure,” Academe May/June 2002.

 Silverman, Franklin (2004).  Collegiality and Service for Tenure and Beyond – Acquiring a Reputation as a Team Player. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Merit & recognition (Awards)

A Selective List:

American Association of Law Libraries.  Awards.

 Association of College and Research Libraries. ACRL’s Achievement and Distinguished Service Awards for Librarians

 Medical Library Association.  MLA Awards and Honors.

Medical Library Association.  T. Mark Hodges International Service Award.

Special Libraries Association.  SLA Awards & Honors