Professional librarians holding 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, 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.
The 2016 Rank and Promotion System document was approved by a vote of the librarians in the professional ranks on September 10, 2015 and was subsequently approved by the Interim Vice Provost and Director of Libraries on September 10, 2015 and by the University Provost on April 16, 2016. The 2016 document will go into effect on May 1, 2016 and will govern the promotion process beginning 2016/2017 and onward. The first promotion(s) to result from the 2016 document will be effective July 1, 2017.