ALA surveys non-MLS positions

Contact: Jenifer Grady


For Immediate Release
August 8, 2006

ALA surveys non-MLS positions

CHICAGO-The first edition of the American Library Association - Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) Non-MLS Salary Survey will be available in late August. This is the first survey to collect information on a large number of the positions within libraries that do not require a MLS degree from an ALA-accredited institution.

This study is a companion report to the annual
ALA-APA Survey of Librarian Salaries published by the ALA-APA and the American Library Association Office for Research and Statistics (ORS).

The study, available at the end of August, will report data on 62 different positions such as associate librarians, library technical assistants, copy catalogers and interlibrary loan assistants, information technology managers, human resources managers, administrative assistants, accountants and development personnel. The annual salaries reported range from $10,712 to $141,924.

In keeping with the
Survey of Librarian Salaries, public and academic library results are split into smaller categories for analysis. The public libraries are separated into five categories based upon the size of the population served from very small to very large. The academic libraries examined in the survey are divided into two-year colleges, four-year colleges, universities and members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

The survey presents regional and state-level mean, quartile, and range data on all 62 positions across all nine categories of libraries. The census regions are: North Atlantic, Southeast, Great Lakes & Plains, and West & Southwest.

Survey methodology, technical considerations and detailed discussion also are provided.

The ALA Non-MLS Salary Survey will be $90 for institutional and individual ALA members and $100 for non-ALA members. It may be purchased from the ALA online store,
2006 Survey of Librarian Salaries will be $63 for institutional and individual ALA members and $70.

ALA-APA Director Jenifer Grady and ORS Director Denise Davis led the research team. The survey was conducted and analyzed by the Management Association of Illinois, led by Kristy Williams, CCP, manager of Compensation Services. The team thanks all of the 839 libraries that took part in this inaugural survey.