LAUC-D Professional Issues Committee
1998-1999 Annual Report
Submitted by Michael Winter, Chair
August 9, 1999
The committee membership consisted of Carol Larussa, John Skarstad,
Patricia French, and Sandra J. Lamprecht.
The LAUC-D Review Board (1997-1998) asked the Professional Issues
Committee to look into two areas:
1. The criteria for promotion within or appointment to the ranks of the
Librarian Series, especially regarding accelerations. Specifically, the
Review Board felt that documentation may need to spell out in greater
detail what candidates need to do in order to be considered for, and
possibly be granted, accelerated salary actions.
2. Equity and workload. A number of open discussions at Executive
Board Meetings and in one General meeting established that some members
felt that expectations regarding workload differed significantly from one
department to another, and that this raised equity issues in personnel
The committee met a number of times, exchanged a number of e-mails, and
the Chair consulted with a UCSD librarian who had chaired a similar
committee recently. It eventually made the following recommendations at a
1). We recommended against any additional detail in the documentation
regarding accelerations. In this we follow some previous LAUC committees
and, perhaps more importantly, we emphasize the idea of "reasonable
flexibility" which occurs throughout the APM, and militates against
spelling out acceleration or promotional criteria any further.
2). As far as equity/workload goes, we see that as something which is
negotiated between management and employees, and so problems in that area
have to be addressed in that context. If it isn't possible to find a
resolution that way, there are established procedures for employees to
3). More positively, we support the idea and the practice of knowledge and
human resource sharing, which could be used to help employees get a
clearer sense of what is expected for normal and accelerated progress
through the ranks.
In conclusion , we noted that there is a common concern in workplaces
today with job-related stress, and this topic was given some considerable
discussion at a General meeting. It was decided that we would hold a
stress workshop for librarians, and this event took place at the Rec Pool
Lodge on July 30 and August 2, 1999.