Rank and Promotion System

Professional librarians holding a full-time continuing appointment at the University of Delaware Library hold one of four academic ranks, assigned to reflect and express the professional status and accomplishments of the individual rather than the administrative nature or level of the individual’s immediate position or responsibilities. These four ranks are: Assistant Librarian, Senior Assistant Librarian, Associate Librarian, and Librarian. The assignment of rank to the individual rather than to the position is parallel to and is modeled after faculty ranks, and affirms the principle that librarianship is a profession within the academic community. The University of Delaware Library librarian career ladder is described in detail in the “University of Delaware Library Rank and Promotion System” document linked below.

University of Delaware Library Rank and Promotion System document 2021

The 2021 Rank and Promotion System document was approved by a vote of the librarians in the professional ranks on July 27, 2020 and was subsequently approved by the Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums on December 1, 2020 and by the University Provost on December 10, 2020. The 2021 document became effective on May 1, 2021 and governs the promotion process beginning 2021/2022 and onward. The first promotion(s) to result from the 2021 document will be effective July 1, 2022.

University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press Rank and Promotion System document 2022*
* Effective May 1, 2023

The 2022 Rank and Promotion System document was approved by a vote of the Library, Museums and Press peer group on April 11, 2022 and was subsequently approved by the Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums on April 12, 2022 and by the University Provost on April 21, 2022. The 2022 document will become effective on May 1, 2023 and governs the promotion process beginning 2023/2024 and onward. The first promotion(s) to result from the 2022 document will be effective July 1, 2024.