October 31, 2014

A Local Library | Library by Design

TRADITION UPDATED The Gullah Geechee heritage collection (above) is encircled by woven wood. The columns outside the entryway (r.) evoke the island’s oak trees. The library’s design (inset) combines modern technology with natural materials

To walk into the St. Helena Public Library, SC, is to become immersed in contradiction. On the one hand, it’s modern—a 21st-century library guided by a Maker space philosophy, complete with 3-D printers, an animator, recording studio, littleBits and Makey Makey kits, and more state-of-the-art technology. Seamlessly coexisting with this sleek newness is a down-home Southern warmth and natural, earthy simplicity, with architectural details that embrace links to a unique culture with connections to West Africa.

Placements & Salaries 2014: 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, now is the time to get started on the next survey. GRADUATES: If you are a 2014 graduate, make sure that your institution has your current email and mailing addresses. Ask to be included in the LJ Placements & Salaries Survey of 2014 graduates. If your institution has chosen not to participate you can still do so by contacting the author.

Placements & Salaries 2014: Public, Academic, and Special Libraries

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Public libraries continue to see positive growth and opportunity. In 2013, nearly 24% of the reported placements were in public libraries, up from 18.7% in 2012. In 2013, approximately 9.8% of grads who sought employment in academic institutions accepted positions in departments outside of the library. In addition, 23.6% of this year’s new professionals were hired as academic librarians, up from 21.2% in 2012. Placements at special libraries (4.0%), government libraries (1.9%), and LIS vendors (1.4%) held steady in 2013.

Placements & Salaries 2014: More to the Story

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Salary gains and losses only tell a portion of the placement story for the graduating class. Of the 2,023 graduates responding to this year’s survey, approximately 81.4% said they were employed. This was down slightly from the 2012 class, however, 66.9% of those employed were in a permanent, professional position, up from the previous year’s report. Reports of jobs defined as temporary or contract positions declined. Graduates accepting positions outside of LIS increased.

Placements & Salaries 2014: The Impact of Region and Demographics

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Salary growth for the 2013 graduating class, while not soaring, made a positive move of 2.6% from $44,503 in 2012 to $45,650, finally breaking through the $45,000 barrier. There is no denying that location is everything in achieving higher than average starting salaries for new LIS grads. Once again average salaries in the West outpaced the other regions by an average of 28.7%, though they did not have the same meteoric rise as previous years. Salaries for women mirrored the same growth rate of 2.6% as the overall starting averages, while men’s salaries grew at a slightly higher acceleration of 3.5%. Minority status more closely matched the other salary and placement trends identified for 2013 than it has for some time. In previous reports graduates self-identifying as members of minority groups earned higher average salaries than all of their counterparts. In 2013, this trend reversed when minority grads reported salaries 2.6% less than the overall average.

Placements & Salaries 2014: Explore All the Data

Details on jobs and pay for 2013 LIS grads, broken down by region, type of role, school, and more. Dig through these tables to discover the details about where 2013 LIS grads are landing jobs, at what salaries, and in what kinds of roles, or see the full feature for all the analysis.

Careers for Info Utopia: The optimism of a new semester | Blatant Berry

John Berry III

The beginning of each semester always rejuvenates me. There is nothing more stimulating than those first few sessions with a class of expectant students, arriving with their high energy, curiosity, and desire to participate and impress. My new class at Pratt Institute’s SILS came to New York from all over America and the world. The students range in age from their 20s to their 60s, which has so often been typical of my LIS classes. It is a great privilege and honor to work with them to try to answer the accursed questions that continue to plague our profession.

Bigger on the Inside | Programs That Pop

ALL DRESSED UP Getting in the spirit of Doctor Who Day were staffers (l.–r.) Mary Hearth, Willow Hearth, Aimee Villet, Linda Dyndiuk, and 
Rob Lorino

DOCTOR WHO Day began as an idea for a teen program, but it blossomed to include patrons of all ages, since adults and kids often asked if they could attend the Doctor Who episode screenings that young adult librarian Aimee Villet hosted at the Robbins Library. Library staff in every department were enthusiastic about contributing the needed 75 hours of time for the all-­Saturday program, with episode screenings, trivia, crafts, a costume contest, a fan art gallery, a TARDIS hunt, and a TARDIS photo booth. (TARDIS [time and relative dimension in space] is Dr.Who’s time machine for the uninitiated.)

Feedback: Letters to LJ, October 1, 2014 Issue

Libraries have a product interface problem, is a glut of librarian candidates good or bad for the profession, and more feedback to the October 1, 2014, issue of Library Journal.

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Peter Brantley named Director of Digital Library Applications at NYPL, Carol Mahoney appointed Acting Director of the Boston Public Library Foundation, Kathleen Pope named CEO at Windsor Public Library, Ont., and more people news from the October 1, 2014, issue of Library Journal.