Senate Bill No. 530
(By Senators Blatnik and Jackson)
[Introduced February 19, 1996; referred to the Committee
on Education; and then to the Committee on Finance.]
A BILL to amend article seven, chapter eighteen-b of the code of
West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as
amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated
section twelve, relating to higher education; personnel
generally; and faculty status for professional
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That article seven, chapter eighteen-b of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be
amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section
twelve, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 7. PERSONNEL GENERALLY.
§18B-7-12. Faculty status for professional librarians.
Any individual now serving as a full-time librarian in a
library at a college or university under the jurisdiction of the
governing boards of the state institutions of higher education
who holds a degree in library science based upon the successful
completion of graduate work at an institution qualified and
approved to offer such degree, and any individual meeting this
definition who is subsequently hired, shall be appointed as a
full-time member of the faculty of such institution for purposes
of position title, equitable salary, promotion, tenure and
termination. Professional librarians are eligible for all
privileges common to classroom faculty, and full-time librarians
at each institution of higher education shall be regarded as an
academic department to facilitate participation in campus
Librarians with at least four years of satisfactory service
in their present state appointment shall be placed at tenured
ranks and salaries similar to classroom faculty with the same
average years of experience.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide that full-time professional librarians in the state college and university
system are considered and treated as faculty members.
This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.