The purpose of this paper is to assess the use of journalranking lists for academic librarian promotion and tenure (P&T) decision.
Using a case study, the researchers analyzed a proposed journalranking list created for P&T decisions. A quantitative analysis of peerreviewed journal articles was performed to support this analysis.
The paper shows that the use of journalranking lists for P&T decisions inadequately conflates academic librarians with teaching faculty members.
The study relied primarily on a single case study, so it may not be scientifically generalized.
This study identifies journalranking lists as an inadequate tool for the evaluation of academic librarians and encourages action to divorce the valuation of intellectual achievement from quantitative structures.
The analysis of the quantitative/metric underpinnings of intellectual labor in higher education is necessary for academic freedom.