Appointment or promotion to the rank of Associate Librarian requires a documented record based upon three criteria specified in Section III. This includes a documented very strong performance in primary professional responsibilities (Section III A., Criterion 1), very strong performance in one of the other two areas (Section III. B or Section III. C, Criterion 2 or 3) and strong performance in the third.
Librarians appointed at the rank of Associate with continuing contract eligibility have a six-year probationary period. Librarians may be accorded up to two years of experience at a comparable research or academic library toward the six-year probationary period (see Section III.A.). An Associate Librarian who fails to qualify for continuing contract by the end of the probationary period will receive a terminal appointment.