The Scholarship of Canadian Research University Librarians

David Fox


This article originally appeared in Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2007)

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This paper reports the results of a national survey of Canadian research university librarians conducted by the author in 2006. The study deals with the motivation of librarians to engage in scholarly activities, the requirement for scholarship by librarians at Canadian research universities, the perceived importance of scholarship as a criterion for promotion and tenure, levels and forms of participation in scholarship, and librarians’ assessment of various types of support for scholarship. The study concluded that 13% of the sample population could be considered active scholars, and suggests that there may be a correlation between level of scholarly intensity and gender.


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