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3.8 Library and Other Learning Resources

Comprehensive Standard:

3.8.3 The institution provides a sufficient number of qualified staff - with appropriate education or experience in the student affairs area- to accomplish the mission of the institution. (Qualified Staff)

Statement of Compliance:   In Compliance.

Narrative:

The University of West Georgia provides qualified library faculty and staff with appropriate education or experiences to accomplish the mission of the university in supporting the preparation of graduates who are "prepared for professional careers based upon the content, principles, and discipline of a liberal education" [1]. Services are provided in the Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library by personnel prepared through prior education and work experience, and by in-service training and ongoing professional development, to deliver effective support for the academic and research needs of faculty, students and staff, as well as essential skills for success in lifelong learning [2]. The report for Comprehensive Standard 2.9 discusses the learning resources offered by the University library in more detail.

Librarians are members of the University faculty and hold academic rank upon appointment. Librarians are required to hold a masters degree from an institution accredited by the American Library Association.  Appointment, promotion, and tenure policies are outlined in the University of West Georgia Faculty Handbook [3].  Procedures specific to library faculty are developed by the tenured faculty in accordance with the University’s Faculty Handbook, and approved by the library faculty and university administration [4].

The library reports staffing information and statistics to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) [5] and through ACRL’s Academic Library Trends & Statistics survey [6].  In 2011-2012, the library employed 6 people in the Administrative Office, 4 in Acquisitions, 3 in Cataloging, 12 in Circulation (10.5 FTE), 2 in Government Documents, 6 in Instructional Services, 2 in Interlibrary Loan, 1 in Stacks Management, 1 in Special Collections, and 1 in Systems, for a total of 36.5 full-time faculty and staff.  A complete listing of each library staff and faculty member, including title, status (full-time or part-time), academic credentials, and experience are available  [7], [8], and [9].

The library employs graduate assistants to support Circulation, Instructional Services, and Special Collections.  Graduate assistant job duties and evaluations are conducted by library personnel in accordance with outlined procedures.  The library employs student assistants to support the Administrative Office, Circulation, Stacks Management, Interlibrary Loan, Cataloging, Serials, Acquisitions, Government Documents, and Reference.  Funds for most student assistant positions come from FWSP allotments and Student Tech Fees, both of which require annual application for funding.  The library maintains a budget allocation for additional student assistants. Student assistant training and evaluation programs are in place in each functional area.

It should be noted that Ingram Library provides services to all students, regardless of the mode of delivery of the classes they are taking. The table "Comparison of F2F vs. External-Online Student Services" provides the details on the services available to UWG students [10].

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