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Haverford College

Purpose and Scope

Faculty publications are archivally important both as constituents of the College's history and as a means for informing those outside the faculty member's immediate professional community about the shape and tenor of the College's curriculum and intellectual life. Heretofore, the record of faculty publication has been either scattered in the Library's catalogs, archives, and journal indexes or unavailable except by application to individual faculty members. Lately, faculty have begun to publish their CV on websites, but this practice is not so widespread at present that alumni, students, job applicants, prospective students, or friends of the College may readily develop a picture of faculty research and publication.

The Library's database of faculty publications is designed for those on and off campus who would like a quick, unified means for reviewing published evidence of faculty research at the College. The database is searchable in several ways and will eventually link to texts or excerpts of publications when available; in the cases of works of art and music, the database, again when available, will include images and sound clips. The database does not provide an exhaustive record of faculty professional activity; rather, it offers as complete a record as it can of faculty publication taken in the broad sense of that term (see section I below).

  • Kinds of publications entered in the database
    • Monographs, textbooks, pamphlets, and other separately published works.
    • Journal articles.
    • Essays published in conference proceedings, festschriften, anthologies, and other collective works.
    • Novels, plays, poems, stories; short works in collections (first appearance only).
    • Contributions to reference works if the contribution is of substantial length (at least 1000 words).
    • Exhibitions of art works.
    • Musical works published or recorded; a musical work's premiere performance.
    • Websites with substantial scholarly content.

    The database does not include book reviews, letters to the editor, newspaper articles, short contributions to reference works, or conference papers, lectures, and similar unpublished works, granting that these too may be of interest and that they are important as contributions to scholarship. Eventually, it may be possible to include them.

  • Faculty included in the database
    • Who is in the database?
      1. Tenure track, living emeriti, and regular part time faculty (that is, faculty who currently have long-term or the prospect of long-term employment with the College) as of academic year 2001/2. As time and circumstances allow, the Library will consider including publications by deceased emeriti and by those who were tenured and died before retirement.
      2. The database may eventually expand to include publications by faculty who, though tenured, left the College before retirement and by such non-faculty as librarians, deans, etc. Publications by faculty who are on the tenure track but are not reappointed or promoted to tenure will be suppressed from public view.
    • Chronological inclusion
      1. The database, as first made public in early 2002, includes work published 1990 and forward by tenure track, living emeriti, and regular part time faculty per IIA1 above.
      2. As time allows, the database will add work published back to the beginning of their career by those listed at pt. 1 above.
      3. As time allows, the database will then add work published by deceased emeriti, faculty who were tenured and died before retirement, tenured faculty who left the College before retirement, and such non-faculty as librarians, deans, etc.