April 20, 2014

Placements & Salaries 2013: Salaries Stay Flat; Specialties Shift


While new roles offered higher compensation opportunities as well as excitement, that growth did not extend to the full range of new librarians. Overall, starting salaries were flat, and placements decreased in school libraries. The overall average starting salary growth was lackluster, holding steady at $44,503, $62 less than in 2011. (Though this varied widely by region.)

Placements & Salaries 2013: Geography, Gender, Race, and More


Geography continues to play a key role in determining the level of salary new graduates can anticipate. Graduates landing jobs in the West fared the best: 2012 grads working in the West saw the average salary of $54,454 climb 9.3* percent above 2011 levels ($49,819) and seven percent beyond those achieved in 2010 ($50,792). This included healthy increases in salaries for public librarians (up 13 percent), academic librarians (up 7.2 percent), and school librarians (up 6.8 percent). Not surprisingly, many jobs in the West had an information technology industry focus, especially in the areas of user experience design and software engineering.

Placements & Salaries 2013: In Their Own Words

After sifting through the numbers, the real stories of expectations are told through the words of the graduates. Many of their responses read like fortune cookies.

Placements & Salaries 2013: Explore All the Data


Details on jobs and pay for 2012 LIS grads, broken down by region, type of role, school, and more. Dig through these tables to discover the details about where 2012 LIS grads are landing jobs, at what salaries, and in what kinds of roles, or see the full feature for all the analysis. CLICK HERE […]

Placements & Salaries 2013: Survey Methods

LJ received responses either through the institutional survey or individuals representing 41 of the 50 LIS schools surveyed in the United States and from 1,898 of the 6,184 reported LIS graduates. The University of Michigan and the University of Texas at Austin prepared their own surveys.

Placements & Salaries 2013: Make Sure Your School Gets Counted

DEANS, DIRECTORS, AND CHAIRS If you are a faculty member or a director and your school did not respond fully to the 2012 survey, now is the time to get started on the 2013 documentation. There are three stages in the annual LJ Placements & Salary Survey.

Into the Stacks…And Back | Not Dead Yet

Cheryl LaGuardia

It’s that time of year again: school is starting in a few days. I’m booking orientations and classes for my areas of liaison, so I’m looking forward to meeting a whole lot of new, bright-eyed students and having the privilege of introducing them to the riches of our library system. I’ve tried many different methods for teaching library resources to students over three decades of library teaching, but there’s one method in particular that seems to evoke a strongly positive response from both the students and the faculty for whose course I’m teaching the library class. What is it? Getting them into the library stacks.

Barbara Fister’s Public Voice, Lego Librarians, and Midsummer Thoughts

Cheryl LaGuardia

Finding a Public Voice: Barbara Fister as a Case Study is at long last available from ALA Editions! The volume, edited by Danielle Theiss and Diane Kovacs, is a collection of essays by academic librarians that pays tribute to the thoughtful and fearless Barbara Fister. I made a humble contribution to the book in the form of a haiku and longer poem (so called) simply because I was asked and because I had to be part of any book that recognized Barbara Fister’s many contributions to our profession. Barbara—thank you for being you, and for sharing you with the rest of us via your writing.

Kudos to the ALA Virtual Conference and What I’ve Been Hearing from You | Not Dead Yet

Cheryl LaGuardia

A shout out to ALA: I loved the 2013 ALA Virtual Conference! (most of it, anyway), because I learned a lot from the comfort of my home library. Here’s a sample.

Five Questions with Joshua Sosin, a Library-Based Digital Humanities Scholar

Joshua Sosin

Joshua D. Sosin, an associate professor in Duke’s Department of Classical Studies, will become director of the Duke Collaboratory for Classics Computing, a new digital-humanities unit of the Duke University Libraries which is supported by a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Sosin will be the first tenured faculty member at the university to have a joint appointment in the library and an academic department.