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Guidelines for Preparing Self-Evaluations

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Librarian review self-evaluation

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

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:

  • is succinct, well-organized, and coherent.
  • takes into account suggestions for professional development made by the review initiator, CAPA, University Librarian, or other administrative officers in connection with the candidate's last review.
  • emphasizes and evaluates the impact on the library and profession of major accomplishments of the review period, indicating their relative importance.
  • is realistic, and mentions failures and frustrations as well as successes.
  • identifies specific sections of co-authored reports and specific areas of committee work to which the candidate contributed, evaluating their subsequent influence in the library or profession.
  • indicates the judgment the candidate has exercised in making professional decisions on the job and in career planning.

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