The State of America's Libraries
Macey Morales
Manager, ALA Media Relations

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Public and academic librarian salaries rise . . .


The mean salary of librarians in public and academic libraries in 2006 rose 4.6 percent ($2,480) from 2005. Salaries ranged from $22,000 to $253,500, with a median of $50,976.


The finding is reported in the 2006 edition of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian — Public and Academic, which includes data from more than 1,000 public and academic libraries and shows aggregated data from more than 10,000 individual salaries at the state and regional levels. Positions included are directors/deans, associate/assistant directors, department heads, managers of support staff, librarians who do not supervise, and beginning librarians.


The study was a joint project of American Library Association-Allied Professional Association and the ALA Office for Research and Statistics.


. . . But so does the cost of journals


Rapidly rising journal subscription prices have severely eroded the ability of libraries, universities, and scholars to purchase the publications necessary for research and education. While the CPI increased 73% between 1986-2004, research libraries expenditures for serials increased 273%. As long valued publications are produced in electronic formats, along with print versions, libraries frequently purchase the same information in multiple formats. This can severely impact their budgets.


The rising cost of academic journals and databases has forced colleges and universities nationwide to cut and forgo subscriptions or to find more money by dipping into budgets for books, audiovisual materials and microfilm. Journal costs at the University of Louisville, for example, rose from $5.4 million in 2000-01 to $7.2 million in 2004-05, the latest year for which data are available. During the same period, the university spent less on new books: $1.2 million in 2004-05 compared with $2.2 million in 2000-01, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.


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