Guidelines for Advancement in the Step Plus System for Assistant/Associate University Librarian/Law Librarian Series

These are interim guidelines. These guidelines are to be used in addition to the policies, procedures, and exhibits provided in the Academic Personnel Manual (APM) and APM-UCD.

Principles for Advancement

All Assistant/Associate University Librarian/Law Librarians are eligible for advancement review at normative time for their rank and step determined by system-wide policy. In formulating criteria for recommending greater than 1.0-step advancements, a balance has been sought between concreteness and flexibility. The criteria for advancement are clarified without specific quantitative assessments that understate or overstate the total contributions of candidates. The three areas of review are librarianship, professional competence, and university and public service. University and public service duties are expected to increase as Assistant/Associate University Librarian/Law Librarians advance in rank and step. In all cases, based on the candidate’s achievements, the University Librarian or their designee should articulate the grounds for advancement beyond simple numerical tabulations by describing the special impact or quality of the work or the scale and scope of the undertaking.

One-Step Advancement

A balanced record, appropriate for rank and step as stated in the APM 365, with evidence of a meritorious record of accomplishments in all areas of review is rewarded with a 1.0-step advancement.

One and a Half-Step Advancement

A 1.5-step advancement requires a meritorious record in all general areas of review, consistent with the candidate’s position description, with outstanding achievement in at least one area of review. Outstanding achievement in one area does not qualify the candidate for 1.5-step advancement if balanced performance is not achieved.

Two-Step Advancement

A 2.0-step advancement will require a meritorious record in all areas of review, with outstanding achievement in librarianship and in one additional area.

Advancement greater than Two Steps

An advancement greater than 2.0 steps will be extremely rare. These advancements will require truly outstanding levels of achievement in all areas of review.