Here are the equivalents in most universities:
- Assistant Professor = Assistant Librarian (usually pre-tenure)
- Associate Professor = Associate Librarian (usually tenured)
- Full Professor = Full Librarian
At the University of Ottawa, the ranks are numeric and there are 5 : Librarian I, II, III, IV, V.
As such, it is difficult to equate the numeric ranks with the ranks in most other universities but the principles of rank and promotion remain the same despite the differences in name.
Why are promotion criteria such an issue for APUO librarians? One key reason is that promotion criteria are based on job function. That would be acceptable if everyone had the same job function, but the framework at uOttawa means that promotion is not globally available to everyone. In an academic environment, that is unacceptable.
In meetings with members leading up to our current negotiations, this issue was raised again and again. No one was vocally in favour of the streams of promotion (based on job function) and no one said out loud that administration should be privileged over scholarly or service activities (and yet this is what our Collective Agreement states).
Below is a table that compares criteria for promotions beyond Rank III (Associate) at Canadian universities to illustrate the point.
|Professional duties||Academic Service||Research||Teaching||Administrative||
|McGill||yes||no||C.V., statement of reasons|
|Winnipeg Promotion to III||yes||no||6 years as LII|
|Winnipeg Promotion to IV||yes||yes||no||7 years as LIII, creative work, improved academic qualifications|
|Mt. Saint Vincent Promotion to LIII||yes||yes||yes||no||additional academic qualifications or administrative service may be presented for consideration (not a requirement)|
|Mt. Saint Vincent Promotion to LIV||results in significant contribution to the profession of librarianship||yes||results in significant contribution to the profession of librarianship||no||10 years of service as LIII; assessments of library duties and scholarly and/or professional activity by four external referees.|
|Windsor, Promotion to LIII||yes, or administrative duties||yes||yes||yes||Yes, or professional duties||academic achievement|
|Windsor, Promotion to LIV||yes||yes||no|
|Algoma Promotion to associate librarian||yes||yes||no||5 years experience when candidate has a second masters degree. 10 years if she only has MLS|
|Algoma Promotion to full librarian||yes||yes||no||8 years as associate; two external references|
|Trent Promotion to LIII||yes||yes||yes||yes||no|
|Trent Promotion to LIV||yes||yes||yes||yes||no|
|Manitoba||yes (includes administrative duties if that is one’s position)||yes – internal and external||yes||yes||no||supervision of students; participation in conferences|
|Northern B.C. Promotion to III||yes||yes||yes||no|
|Northern B.C. Promotion to IV||yes||yes||yes||no|
|Cape Breton||yes||yes||yes||no||“academic qualifications” and professional development|
|Northern Ontario Medicine Promotion to LIII||yes||yes||no||7 years professional experience, 5 of which have to be in a medical school or university library|
|Northern Ontario Medicine Promotion to IV||yes||Yes, or professional leadership||no||10 years of service as LIII; 5 of which are in a medical school or university library; Sustained professional development|
|Ottawa Promotion to LIII||yes – satisfactory for 4 years||only if the candidate does not meet the other criteria||only if the candidate does not meet the other criteria||no||4 yrs as LII; performance must be “more than satisfactory” in the majority of categories in which she is evaluated.|
|Ottawa Promotion to LIV (Admin Stream)||yes||yes||sufficient quantity and significance of which deemed to be satisfactory by peers at U Ottawa.||minimum 3-year period and the overall performance of these activities has been evaluated as “more than satisfactory”.||3 yrs at rank III; member’s performance in the majority of categories is “more than satisfactory” for the past 2 years|
|Ottawa Promotion to LIV (Research Stream)||yes||yes||yes – quality must be more than satisfactory as evaluated by peers at the University of Ottawa and elsewhere, pursuant to 126.96.36.199.||Yes, for a minimum 5-year period and the overall performance of these duties has been evaluated as “satisfactory”.||6 years of experience at rank III. most recent 5 years of the period under consideration shows that the member’s performance in the majority of categories is “more than satisfactory.”|
|Ottawa Promotion to LV: (Admin stream)||yes||major administrative position (as defined in 188.8.131.52) during the 5 preceding years and the performance of these duties has been evaluated as “more than satisfactory”.||5 years of experience at rank IV.performance appraisals in the most recent 4 years shows that the member’s performance in the majority of categories is “more than satisfactory” as defined in 184.108.40.206. + 3 outside evaluations.|
|Ottawa Promotion to LV (Research stream)||The member has engaged in scholarly activities or academic service activities the quality of which is evaluated as more than satisfactory by her peers at the University of Ottawa and elsewhere, pursuant to 220.127.116.11, and pursuant to 18.104.22.168.||The member has engaged in scholarly activities or academic service activities the quality of which is evaluated as more than satisfactory by her peers at the University of Ottawa and elsewhere, pursuant to 22.214.171.124, and pursuant to 126.96.36.199.||major administrative position (as defined in 188.8.131.52) during the 5 most recent years since Promotion to rank IV, and the performance of these duties has been evaluated as “more than satisfactory”.||8 years at rank IV;most recent 6 years of the period under consideration shows performance in the majority of categories is “more than satisfactory” as defined in 184.108.40.206.+ 3 outside evaluators|
|Bishops Promotion to LIII||yes||yes||no||4 or 5 years at rank III (needs clarification); could be granted after 3 or 4 years.|
|Bishops Promotion to LIV||yes||yes||yes||can be submitted but is not necessary||6 years at LIII|
|Brock Promotion to III||yes – primary criterion||yes||yes||no||Normally after 4 years at LII|
|Brock Promotion to IV||yes||yes||yes||no||Normally after 5 years at LIII|
|Concordia Promotion to Associate librarian||yes||Significant||no||2 years service as LII mandatory|
|Concordia Promotion to Senior Librarian||yes, “good quality”||yes “good quality”||Superior over a sustained time period; this is the primary criterion||no||6 years as Associate, or earlier depending on level of achievement|