Tips & tricks
- Don't wait till the last minute to put your dossier together.
- Good organization is crucial: you want to make it easy for the Library Reappointment and Tenure Committee to easily identify your activities. For example, create a table of contents, paginate your document
- Librarians must perform at defined levels in all three areas in order to be reappointed or be granted tenure – think of filling up three shoeboxes.
- Make sure what you have included in your CV is also included in the appropriate sections of your dossier
- Personal statement:
- Reflect on your career aspirations
- Draft it early, reflect, and modify it
- Be creative
- Sell yourself!
- Include an overview of your liaison areas: what they are, number of faculty/students served, etc.
- Professional and Scholarly Activities
- Quality and impact important
- Aim for publication in peer-reviewed journals, juried presentations/posters
- Identify your role on committees or in professional organizations
- Don’t use acronyms – spell out name of committees and organizations
- Use the correct name of library and university committees and be consistent
- Include metrics – and summarize them in a chart, such a s a list of the workshops you’ve presented, the number of attendees, etc.
- No “double counting” of achievements – you must determine the best place to put activities
- Although the candidate can include any documentation, be judicious in including user feedback and examples of your work: select letters received from Faculty, one notable example of a workshop you created – these should ideally reflect your “impact”
- Have someone else review your dossier to see if it makes sense
- Be consistent in usage of verb tenses
- Use spellcheck!
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