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Respect for librarians

University librarians seek faculty status and tenure.

Many more US university librarians should be tenured faculty members, argue groups representing universities and colleges, academic libraries and professors. A statement released on 10 January and spearheaded by the American Association of University Professors in Washington DC notes that librarians support research needs, contribute to intellectual and academic freedom, perform outreach and should have a right to contribute to university policy. “There's a lack of recognition as to what librarians actually do,” says Deanna Wood, an associate professor and reference librarian at the University of New Hampshire in Durham and part of the Joint Committee on College Library Problems, which drafted the statement.

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Respect for librarians. Nature 493, 567 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1038/nj7433-567b

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