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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.