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Comprehensive Standard 3.8.3

The institution provides a sufficient number of qualified staff— with appropriate education or experiences in library and/or other learning/information resources—to accomplish the mission of the institution. (Qualified staff)


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The Moody Medical Library at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) is staffed by nine full-time professional librarians, all with a master’s degree in library and information science from a school accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) (1). Minimum qualifications for professional librarians are consistent with standards and guidelines by such professional associations as the ALA, the Medical Library Association (MLA), and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Annual UTMB performance evaluations are administered to ensure the librarians retain competency in the performance of their duties. Vitae and copies of college transcripts for professional library staff are on file in the library administrative offices.

In addition to the librarians, the UTMB library is staffed by 33 classified support staff. During the 2010-2011 academic year, the library had a total of 42 employees. Staff performance is reviewed annually. Key personnel are well qualified, with appropriate education or experience in library and/or other learning resources. Comparative data from the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) reported member institutions have an average of 31.8 employees at 31.8 (2). The UTMB library exceeds the average, ensuring sufficient number of qualified staff.

The UTMB Library provides librarians and classified support staff with development opportunities. Librarians regularly attend national, state, regional and local professional conferences and certified continuing education courses.In fiscal year 2010-2011, the UTMB library extended $18,605 for professional development.

The purpose of staff development is to increase the ability of the library staff to serve its public by supporting a variety of learning opportunities for all staff members. Support staff attends relevant continuing education opportunities available locally and or through the University.

Sources
1. Summary Institutional Form for Library and/or Other Learning Information Resources Staff

2. Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, Average Library Employees

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