AALL ALL-SIS Continuing Status/Tenure Committee
Academic Law Librarian Tenure and Employment Status Survey
Bibliography on Law (and Other) Librarians and
Tenure and Employment Status
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Here's the latest CST Bibliography on Tenure, Faculty Status, and Law Librarians
(as of December 05, 2007):
CST Bibliography in Wordperfect
CST Bibliography in PDF
What the Committee Needs/How to Contribute
In the CST Bibliography for many articles is the note: "abstract/summary
needed". If you have access to that journal and would like to read and
submit an abstract, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
(please leave the auto-generated subject line so I can flag it) and I will change
that article's note to "abstract/summary pending" and when your abstract
is included, I'll credit you for your contribution.
Both LISA and LLIS (and INFOSCIABS and other literature abstract databases)
only include articles back to the early 1980s. Several articles include many
citations to earlier literature, and there are several published bibliographies
listed that have older articles. I have not started including those; if you
are interested, I will gratefully take volunteers to look over these, convert
them to Bluebook format and write an abstract.
Another sub-project step would be to determine how much overlap are in these
different index databases. I've done that sort of thing before and it can be
tedious, but if you want to help, let me know at email@example.com
- and thanks for the assistance!
December 5, 2007
After writing the chapter on employment status in Beyond
the Books: People, Politics and Librarianship, I put aside all things tenure/status-related
and except for occasional updates to the CST survey, didn't work on any of this
for a while. But after two big projects have now been put to bed, I'm catching
up on a few misc things like this.
April 18, 2006
Not much progress on the bibliography these days. I have been reading many
of the articles and doing some further research, but that's a separate project.
February 14, 2006
I've caught up with both the Bibliography and the survey after putting it off
post-Hurricane Katrina. Two new abstracts have been added (thanks to Elizabeth
Adelman!!!). Everyone can feel free to contribute!!! Just let me know - email
me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 25, 2005
At the July 2005 Annual AALL Meeting in San Antonio, I presented the bibliography
I had compiled out of my research over the past several years, and invited the
other committee members as well as other interested law (and other) librarians,
to contribute. Like I said at the committee roundtable, I envision this to be
an on-going, collaborative, open-source bibliography, rather than a static "slice
in time" bibliography to be published in some paper journal and become
immediately out of date.
I began my research in May 2001 with several LISA (Library and Information
Science Abstracts) searches; I used "faculty status" and "tenure"
in the title fields; only later did I realize that the way that I was search
LISA - using Westlaw's gateway to Dialog - let me search the Dialog descriptors,
of which "academic status" is the descriptor which retrieves just
about all of the articles I found.
In May 2005 I finally got around to updating my initial literature search.
Of course, by then, Westlaw no longer carried LISA (it does cary INFOSCIABS,
but I don't think I tried that) and I had to use our main campus' access to
LLIS (Library Literature and Information Science, I believe). I used the subject
field "College and university librarians--Status" and brough my earlier
search up to date.
I combined these two searches, weeded out duplicates, and compiled what I considered
to be the most useful look articles into the genesis of this on-going bibliography.
(By "most useful", I excluded some articles returned by these searches
that looked like they only tangentially dealt with faculty status and/or tenure
of librarians). If an article had an abstract in the index databases, I included
it. Or if if had an abstract at the start of the article, I also included it.
For a handfull of others, I've started writing my own (those with the intitials
"BH" after the abstract; see below for how to contribute.)
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