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ALA survey of librarian salaries now has state-level reporting and includes smaller public libraries
Contact: Jenifer Grady
Director, ALA-APA
312-280-2424
jgrady@ala.org
For Immediate Release
September 6, 2005

ALA survey of librarian salaries now has state-level reporting and includes smaller public libraries

CHICAGO – The 2005 ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries will be available in October 2005. The annual survey report has undergone three significant changes to help managers and librarians in academic and public libraries: small libraries were surveyed; the pool of respondents was tripled to capture state-level data; and salaries are not annualized. The fourth change is that the ALA-Allied Professional Association and American Library Association Office for Research Services (ORS) are publishing it cooperatively.

Both organizations invite you to add this valuable resource to your toolkit for setting salaries, professional research and organizational and individual initiatives to improve salaries.

This survey, which has been produced since 1982, reports data on six positions in public and academic libraries: directors/deans, associate/assistant directors, department heads, managers of support staff, librarians who do not supervise and beginning librarians. The survey gives national-level mean and quartile data. The report includes analysis of salary trends and further reports on noteworthy results are generally published in American Libraries and on the ORS Web site – www.ala.org/ala/ors/reports/reports.htm. The survey includes comprehensive appendices of other sources for library salary data, the survey instrument and survey design.

The new survey includes salary data from public libraries serving populations at or above 5,000, in recognition that of the 9,138 public libraries in the United States, more than half serve less than 10,000 citizens. Previous surveys collected data from medium-sized public libraries serving populations at or above 25,000. Academic libraries are categorized as two-year colleges, four-year colleges, and universities. This year the survey adds state-level data reporting, as well as reporting in four geographic regions of the United States.

For this year's survey, the salaries of librarians who work nine- to eleven-months per year are not being annualized. Annualizing the data may have caused an inflation of salary data.

The 2005 ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries is $63 for institutional and individual ALA members and $70 for non-ALA members. It may be purchased from the ALA Store at www.alastore.ala.org.

More changes are forthcoming. ALA-APA is planning a support staff salary survey for 2005. The surveys are also Web-based. ALA-APA will be accepting proposals to conduct one or both salary surveys until September 30, 2005. See the ALA-APA Web site for details: www.ala-apa.org/salaries/alaapasurveys.html.

The research team consisted of the staff at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Library Research Center, directed by Leigh Estabrook, ORS director Denise Davis and ALA-APA director Jenifer Grady. The team would like to thank everyone who participated in the survey this year, particularly new and small libraries.

  


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“The 2005 ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries” will be available in October 2005. The annual survey report has undergone three significant changes to help managers and librarians in academic and public libraries: small libraries were surveyed; the pool of respondents was tripled to capture state-level data; and salaries are not annualized.