Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

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.

Related links

Related links

Related links in Nature Research

Data management: Librarians or science informationists?

Budget woes sink marine archive

Environment agency reopens doors to libraries

Academia: The changing face of tenure

Naturejobs blog on tenure decline in the United States

Related external links

AAUP statement

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Respect for librarians. Nature 493, 567 (2013).

Download citation


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing