For immediate release | October 14, 2013

What are you worth? ALA-APA updates pay equity bibliography

CHICAGO - The American Library Association – Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) has updated its Pay Equity Bibliography. Initially created in 2003, the updated edition is an easy-to-use resource aimed at helping librarians and library workers understand what they are worth and then use that information to advocate for better pay in an effort to close the wage gap.

The bibliography includes extensive resources on pay equity with a focus on pay equity in libraries. Attention is also paid to issues that are related to pay equity, including certification, faculty status, gender, unions and worker competencies. Salary data and statistical information is provided so library professionals understand what they are worth. Finally, the Pay Equity Bibliography provides resources on other factors affecting pay equity in libraries, including salary negotiation, pay equity legislation and various economic factors.

Thanks to the many members of the ALA-APA Standing Committee on the Salaries and Status of Library Workers (SSLW), which has updated this bibliography since the first version was created. Special thanks go to Shannon Farrell and Jennifer Dorning for their efforts updating the August 2013 version. The ALA-APA would also like to acknowledge the following students of the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, who in the graduate library and information studies course "Information Sources and Services in the Social Sciences" (LIS516) under the guidance of their professor, Dr. Lorna Peterson, contributed as well: Jacob Bigelow; Melissa Blattner; Elizabeth Estes; Melissa Friedler; Chelsea Johnson; Patrick Melfi; and Brandon Morrisey.

ALA-APA is a companion organization to the American Library Association (ALA), established “to promote the mutual professional interests of librarians and other library workers.”


Lorelle Swader


American Library Association-Allied Professional Association

American Library Association-Allied Professional Association