2009 academic librarian salary survey results

Contact:Â Kathryn J. Deiss

ACRL Content Strategist

(312) 280-2529



For Immediate Release

May 5, 2009

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), in collaboration with the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), recently completed revisions to academic library position descriptions included in surveys covering salaries, benefits and other benchmarks.

Now, CUPA-HR has released the results of the 2009 Administrative Compensation and Mid-Level Salary surveys, with the first surveys conducted using the updated position descriptions. Survey results are available on the ACRL Web site at

“The first CUPA-HR survey results using the new array of position descriptions provide the opportunity to educate library directors and human resource offices about the importance of fitting salary information into the correct position descriptions,” said Tom Abbott, chair of the ACRL CUPA-HR Position Descriptions of Academic Librarians Task Force. “In the long run, the profession will have accurate reports of salaries and be able to make more informed judgments about salaries and to understand the full range of work occurring within the profession.”

The position descriptions included in the 2009 salary survey include revisions developed by the ACRL task force, in conjunction with CUPA-HR. The surveys now include descriptions for new positions, such as systems librarian and coordinator of distance education, as well as a number of updated descriptions, such as reference/ instruction librarian and catalog/ metadata librarian. The new and updated descriptions more accurately represent job duties in today’s academic libraries, allowing for better alignment of salaries across similar types of tasks.

Complete details on the revised position descriptions, along with the 2009 CUPA-HR survey results, are available on the ACRL Web site at


ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is online at http://www.acrl.org

Founded in 1946, CUPA-HR serves as a leader in the higher education human resource profession and the higher education community by delivering essential knowledge, resources and connections to enhance individual and institutional capacity and effectiveness. CUPA-HR provides vital resources to more than 11,000 higher education human resources professionals at more than 1,700 institutions. Visit CUPA-HR online at