Librarians at Notre Dame are for the most part excellent and
are very anxious to meet, know, help and work with teaching
and research faculty. Please don´t hesitate to come to see
is if you think we can help with your research needs.
What the libraries and librarians can do for you
academic department, program and institute has an assigned
subject librarian. Usually this is someone with knowledge
and/or expertise in the particular subject area. Ideally,
during the interview process candidates should be scheduled
for a brief library "tour" given by the subject librarian.
This is a good time to ask questions about collection policies,
budgets, etc. This also gives the librarian an opportunity
to meet the candidates and to find out about special research
interests and how best to accommodate your research neds.
It also gives candidates a chance to find out whether there
are things they absolutely need that they should include
in their negotiations with the department chair or dean.
Once you´re hired, the librarian may contact you via e-mail
to insure that your immediate needs are met in terms of
collections and resources. After you´re on campus try to
meet with your librarian to go over policies and procedures.
Usually the librarian will contact you first, but please
make contact if you don´t hear anything after the first
few weeks on campus. You can find "your" librarian on this
web site: http://www.nd.edu/~colldev/staff.shtml#names.
Librarians administer individual faculty library funds as
well as the departmental funds and any endowments for your
subject. Unlike many other universities, Notre Dame actually
does seem interested in acquiring for the library the things
that faculty members need. It´s important to try to take
advantage of the possibilities. There is a fund for women
and/or gender studies. You can ask the gender studies librarian
to order material or go through your subject librarian.
We work together to pool funds for expensive purchases.
For example, a research collection of German drama by women
writers was purchased by several librarians cooperating
and "pooling" library funds. Always communicate your library
needs to a librarians. The libraries and the librarians
are very accommodating once we know what your needs are.
The libraries provide document delivery service to campus
offices. You can fill out a form online, requesting a book,
which will be retrieved, charged out to you and delivered
to your campus office building. You also have access to free
interlibrary loan service, access to electronic journals,
indexes/abstracts and other research tools from your office
or off-campus location. You can submit all library forms electronically
from the library´s
At your request librarians will conduct classes for your
students and assist your undergraduates and graduate students,
as well as yourself, with particular research needs.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) collects data
in a variety of areas on an annual basis. The overall gender
balance in the 110 Canadian and US university libraries
included in the 2000/2001 survey is 35.43% male and 64.57%
female. The gender balance in the Notre Dame libraries is
50/50. According to ARL the overall salary for women is
93.9% that of men despite corresponding experience levels
(women average 17.0 years of experience, men 16.8 years).
According to the Director of Libraries (May 2001) the same
salary differences exist at Notre Dame.
How library faculty are different from T & R faculty
librarians have faculty status, they do not receive tenure
and have 12-month contracts which are renewed every three
years. The academic ranks for librarians are staff librarian,
assistant librarian, associate librarian, and librarian.
The Library´s Committee on Appointments and Promotions differs
from other CAPs in that some members are appointed and some
elected. An assistant librarian can be a member of CAP and
participate in decisions on reappointments and promotions
to or within the ranks of associate librarian and librarian.
Librarians are eligible to serve on most, but not all, University