(By Delegates Fleischauer, Beach, Kelley, Johnson, Mezzatesta, Farris, Thompson, Stewart, Walllace, Varner, Prunty, Manuel, Haskins, Gallagher, Givens, Hubbard, Dempsey, Osborne, Rowe, Compton, Douglas, Leach, Calvert, Amores, Adkins, Kiss, Doyle and Given.)

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to make
a study of legislation proposed to extend uniform faculty status to college and university librarians.

Whereas, Higher education has broadly accepted the principle that academic librarians perform a teaching and research role; and
Whereas, More than half of the librarians in West Virginia's public colleges and universities already function as faculty members, as do all librarians in the state's public schools; and
Whereas, The Legislature has made it "the public policy of the state of West Virginia to provide all of its citizens equal opportunity for employment" (as stated in West Virginia Code, 5-11-2) and in its treatment of state employees has repeatedly attempted to establish equitable systems for appointment and promotion; and
Whereas, Divided authority in the state's higher education systems has resulted in a highly inequitable pattern of employment for academic librarians, some of whom are tenured faculty, some of whom are temporary faculty, some of whom areclassified staff and some of whom are employed as "others"; and
Whereas, The West Virginia Library Association (a statewide membership organization established in 1914 for the advancement of library service and librarianship) has called this inequity to the attention of the Legislature by repeatedly proposing legislation to extend uniform faculty status to professional librarians in the state's public colleges and universities, consistent with recognized standards; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to review, examine and study the laws relating to the status of college and university librarians and extending uniform faculty status to these librarians, including consideration of the suitability of legislation proposed by the Library Association, similar to H. B. 4073 and S. B. 530; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 1997, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.