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Current shifts in the process and awarding of tenure suggest greater competition and greater expectations, therefore creating a need to show more comprehensive evidence of scholarly impact beyond citation counts. To meet this need, bibliometric tools within online subscription databases, search engines, and software applications offer indices, graphs, and other exciting data that can make a strong case for tenure across the disciplines. Because libraries offer access to these resources and librarians have the expertise in usage, these tools can be effectively shared with faculty via workshops, online research guides, and individual assistance.

Promotion and tenure outreach offers major benefits to both faculty and librarians. Faculty acquire access to online tools that can show comprehensive scholarly impact and elevate their case for tenure; and librarians can demonstrate their value by acting as a partner in research with faculty on a different level beyond the traditional method of resource assistance. In the LIS literature, promotion and tenure outreach has not been specifically defined as such until this study.


This presentation was originally given at ALA 2012 as part of the ACRL Research Forum.

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