Brian Keith and Camilla B. Reid named winners of the 2007-2008 Sirsi-Dynix – ALA-APA Award for Improving Salaries

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For Immediate Release,

February 12, 2008

Brian Keith and Camilla B. Reid named winners of the 2007-2008 Sirsi-Dynix – ALA-APA Award for Improving Salaries

CHICAGO ‑ The ALA-APA: the Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees (ALA‑APA) is pleased to announce that Brian Keith, library human resources officer at the University of Florida Smathers Libraries, and Camilla B. Reid, associate director of the Augusta State University Reese Library, are the winners of the fourth annual SirsiDynix‑ALA‑APA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Salaries and Status for Library Workers.

The award is given to an individual, group of individuals or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to improving the salary and status of library workers in a local, regional or national setting. Keith will receive $3000 and Reid $2000 in appreciation of their work on improving salaries in their libraries.

The SirsiDynix Jury was very impressed with the scope of Keith's project, which performed a two-stage market equity review of all support staff at the University of Florida Smathers Libraries. Jury member Linda Dobb said, "It is a tribute to your hard work and political savvy that of the 150 non-faculty staff evaluated, your new job matrix resulted in equity improvements for 120 employees for a total increase of $785,108.80 in wages and benefits." One nominator lauded Keith for not only creating a new consistent set of position descriptions and responsibilities, but for "also convincing both the library administration and the University of Florida HR administration of the positive results of implementing this project."
The jury was also inspired that the project will serve as a model for other support staff areas that come under review at the university.

In April 2007, Reid submitted a comprehensive, documented, detailed proposal to the vice-president that portrayed the need for salary adjustments. Reid successfully obtained these limited resources during a period of constrained university budgets and increased competition. Jury member Mary Mallory said the proposal "reflects your belief in the value of library paraprofessionals, the importance of salary equity and your hard work to ensure that this was not a missed opportunity." The jury also recognized the purposeful strategic planning, the extent of the staff development program and the data-gathering phase, each of which served as a catalyst for this advancement of more than half of the Library's paraprofessional staff members. One colleague described her effort as "incomparable." This project may also be a model for improving faculty salaries within the Library.

A breakfast will be held to honor the winners at the American Library Association Annual Conference in June in Anaheim, Calif. The next award cycle will begin in October 2008, though nominations may be submitted now. Watch the ALA-APA Website for details -

The jury members were John Jessee, chair, Jacksonville Public Library (Fla.); Linda Dobb, Bowling Green State University (Ohio); and Mary Mallory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This award is given annually, thanks to a contribution from SirsiDynix, the global leader in strategic technology solutions for libraries.

The recipient of the award does not have to be an ALA member or a current or past library staff member. The requirement is that the award recipient's achievement(s) has been notable. Officers of the ALA or the ALA-APA are not eligible for the award, nor are members of the ALA-APA SirsiDynix Awards Jury, ALA-APA Standing Committee on the Salaries and Status of Library Workers or employees of SirsiDynix.

ALA-APA: the Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees is a service organization to the American Library Association and the library community. It has two missions: advocacy for salary improvement efforts and providing certification in specializations of librarianship.