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Item2016 census of Canadian academic librarians cross tables(2017) Revitt, Eva; Schrader, Alvin; Kaufman, AmyThe goal of the census is to build a comprehensive demographic picture of the profession of academic librarianship in Canada by collecting data about librarians working in college and university libraries in Canada. It is the intention of CAPAL to share that data for research, policy development, advocacy, and education purposes. In fall of 2015 a census project team was created to design, test and conduct the census survey. A twenty-eight (28) question census survey was emailed to 1,730 academic librarians working in colleges, universities and other institutions across Canada. The census was open between June and September, 2016 and garnered 904 responses. A User Guide and Results Summary report presenting aggregate findings was compiled and shared with the community in December, 2016. This report includes some preliminary attempts to represent relationships from the census data including: - Librarians’ geographic, visible minority, ethnicity, and sexual orientation distribution - Gender identity and age group - Percentage of respondents who are Indigenous (First Nations, Metis or Inuit) and age group - Additional hours to regular work week and age group - Appointment type and age group and much more. Item2016 census of Canadian academic librarians user guide and results summary(2016) Revitt, Eva; Schrader, Alvin; Kaufman, AmyThe goal of the census is to build a comprehensive demographic picture of the profession of academic librarianship in Canada by collecting data about librarians working in college and university libraries in Canada. It is the intention of CAPAL to share that data for research, policy development, advocacy, and education purposes. In fall of 2015 a census project team was created to design, test and conduct the census survey. The team would like to thank CAUT Research Analyst John Hollingsworth, members of the CAPAL Advocacy Committee, and the CAPAL Board of Directors for their feedback and counsel. The survey instrument was purposefully called a census. It is an enumeration of a target population and questions typically include socio-demographic information: e.g. occupation type, education level, marital status, and so on. What follows is a descriptive summary of the data. Explanatory or contextual notes are added where deemed relevant; however, no attempts are made to analyze the data. Item2018 census of Canadian academic librarians user guide and results summary(2019) Revitt, Eva; Magnus, Ebony; Schrader, Alvin; Wright, JohnThe goal of the census is to build a comprehensive demographic picture of the profession of academic librarianship in Canada by collecting data about librarians working in college and university libraries in Canada. ItemLibrary councils and governance in Canadian university libraries: a critical review(2016) Revitt, Eva; Luyk, SeanDespite the nearly 40-year history of library councils in Canadian academic libraries, scholarly literature regarding library governance and decision-making processes within the context of Canadian university libraries is almost non-existent. Nevertheless, there is evidence of a general disenfranchisement of librarians from significant decisions affecting library operations, resources, services, and the appointment and evaluation of senior administrative positions. Furthermore, it is evident that library councils in Canadian academic libraries, where they do exist, function primarily as information-sharing forums rather than as the collegial decision-making bodies they were originally intended to be. Through a close examination of the CAUT Bulletin, this paper traces the development of library councils in Canadian academic libraries. Within the framework of institutional theory and drawing from librarianship, management, and educational administration literature, the paper proceeds to critically discuss systematic barriers to collegial governance in academic libraries. Historical and anecdotal evidence suggests that administrative resistance is a continued and key obstacle to the democratization of decision-making processes in Canadian academic libraries. ItemThe role of library councils in Canadian higher education: an exploratory study(2019) Revitt, Eva; Luyk, SeanScholarship exploring the makeup, function, and efficacy of collegial governance structures within the context of Canadian higher education is limited and primarily focused on the board or the senate. This paper expands that scholarship by focusing on the governance structures of the university library. The objective of this study was to determine the extent of library councils in Canadian universities and to examine their composition, role, and function as evidenced in their governing documents. Using Karl Mannheim’s document method to analyze the terms of reference of 23 library councils, findings reveal that, overwhelmingly, library councils function as information-sharing and discussion forums rather than decision-making bodies. The paper concludes with a review of progressive language and governance practice as gathered from the document analysis. ItemWomen’s work and the library: ideological shaping of a feminized profession(2020) Revitt, EvaOverwhelmingly, librarians working at Canadian universities are considered academic staff, if not faculty. However, the role and fit of the academic librarian within the academic enterprise is overshadowed and frequently misunderstood. As alt-academics, librarians' expertise and contribution to the university's academic mission is often sidelined: the nature of the work too frequently viewed through an organizational rather than an academic lens and characterized as preoccupied with a structured set of regularized responsibilities. Drawing on the findings of my doctoral research, an institutional ethnography of librarians' work experiences as academic staff, this article argues that social relations such as those that construct work value are historically rotted and ideologically determined. I propose that our speech, text, and talk, indeed our social consciousness, is permeated by two ideological codes—women's work and the library—that structure librarians' labour in a particular way. Ultimately, I link the devaluation of librarians' work to the necessary gendered exploitation of labour that happens within a capitalist mode of production.