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May 2001

The Librarians Association of the University of California-Berkeley, with the advice and support of CAPA, have developed the following guidelines for composing the self-evaluation.  These guidelines, which are based on the
language of the APM, should clarify and simplify the review process.

The candidate's self-evaluation is a concise narrative statement citing the most significant achievements of the review period in the four review criteria and weighs heavily in the review process.   The candidate’s  judgment in writing a self-evaluation and in assembling appropriate documentation is an indication of professional judgment which reviewers take into account.

The self-evaluation is most effective when it:


This section analyzes a candidate's performance; it is done in the context of a comprehensive statement of the candidate's job assignments and academic responsibilities for the  review period, including special projects.   Librarians should relate their activities to the more general goals of the Library and the University.

The impact and benefit of achievements in Sections II-IV to the Library, University, and the profession, should be highlighted. If no significant activity has occurred in a particular section, please state this under the appropriate heading.   The APM clearly states that "reasonable flexibility shall be exercised in weighing the comparative relevance of these criteria."   That means that no individual is required or expected to perform significantly in all areas at all the time, though as the librarian advances in rank, increasing attention is paid to activities in the wider library, institution and profession..


Supporting documentation should be selective, judiciously chosen and
relevant to the period under review.

Merit reviews, Assistant and Associate Librarian rank
When the candidate and supervisor agree that a merit  increase is warranted, documentation is normally limited to the candidate's self-evaluation and the supervisor's evaluation.  The self-evaluation should not exceed 2-3 pages; supporting documentation is normally not included.

Merit Reviews, Librarian rank and accelerated merit reviews
For accelerated merit reviews, and merit reviews in the Librarian rank, the candidate may wish to prepare a longer self-evaluation and/or include supporting documentation.  Professional judgment should be exercised in choosing documentation to include in the dossier.

Special Reviews
The self-evaluation is brief and supporting documentation is normally not included.

Career and promotion reviews:
For career status and promotion reviews, a longer self-evaluation is expected and should cover the candidate’s entire career; CAPA prefers no more than 4 or 5 pages.  Supporting documentation should be included as appropriate.

Please follow these guidelines carefully.  Their use will speed the review process while giving a clear picture of your professional contributions and


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