70 · Survey Results: Survey Questions And Responses
Funds are allocated to the librarian’s department to pay for staff to fulﬁll librarian activities normally performed by the
librarian on Education Leave. The maximum number of such releases in one year is three. Faculty are also eligible for
Education Release and funds are used to provide “one course release” and pay for the delivery of the course normally
taught by the person on education release.
Librarians are offered professional leave according to ranks. Tenure track librarians received 15 days with pay and
Clinical track librarians receive 10 days with pay.
Librarians have leave of absence options under their collective bargaining agreement, some LOAs are with pay and
many are without pay.
Librarians may also receive ﬁnancial support from departmental funds, technology training funds, and/or from the
Librarians’ Association of the University of California. In addition, there is a special “Two-month Leave” which may be
used for professional development activities, if approved.
Librarians may design their own unique professional development leave or project, then apply for library funding from
a central fund; a committee of peers determines who receives funding. Examples of past projects include: Funding for
travel to South America where documents were scanned and oral history interviews were conducted. Time-off was
granted to complete research for a book (and later to write the book). Funding for travel to libraries around the state to
examine items included in a bibliography.
Librarians receive separate funding for both professional development and training.
Librarians, as part of their union contract, are awarded an annual sum for professional development. Librarians use this
allotment to attend conferences (such as ALA, SLA), workshops, etc., on behalf of the library and university
Occasionally we send librarians to leadership development programs like FRYE, Harvard Executive Program or internal
training programs at Columbia. We have a series of Digital Initiatives talks that librarians are encouraged to attend. We
regularly send librarians to Rare Book School.
On campus non-credit courses; In-house training programs; webinars
One day of release time per week per year up to 15 weeks for professional development purposes.
Professional and educational leaves, both without pay and up to one year. Military, medical, and FMLA leaves
depending on the circumstances of the individual.
Research funds to support photocopy, mailing surveys, travel to other libraries, etc. There is a small allocation shared by
all faculty and administered by faculty themselves through elected committee.
Research leave; leave without pay
The union and the university provide grants. One of them will give a person time off the tenure clock.
The University offers unpaid leaves of absence for employees. The Short-Term Leave of Absence for up to 30 work days
(not to exceed six weeks) or University Leave of Absence for up to 12 months. Leaves must be approved by the staff
member’s department head (this includes verifying that the employee meets the eligibility requirements for a leave). The
department must retain the staff member’s position or a comparable position.
The university permits librarians to take up to nine hours of classes on a space-available basis. As regular faculty
members, however, they are not permitted to earn a degree.
Time Grant Program for leaves of less than 240 hours.