October 25, 2016

Placements and Salaries Survey

Library Journal's Placements and Salaries Survey

Placements & Salaries 2016: Bouncing Back


The first placements and salaries after completing library and information science (LIS) programs reported this year provide a snapshot of a healthy job market characterized by rising salary levels and work that calls for both traditional and non­traditional skills and roles.

Placements & Salaries 2016: Charting the Job Course


The LIS profession is expanding into unexpected venues. As we did last year, we focused on whether graduates were employed in the LIS field or outside of it.

Placements & Salaries 2016: Explore All the Data


Details on jobs and pay for 2015 LIS grads, broken down by region, type of role, school, and more.

Placements & Salaries 2016: Survey Methods


LJ contacted 51 accredited library and information science (LIS) schools in the United States and offered each the opportunity to participate in the survey.

Placements & Salaries 2016: Make Sure Your School Gets Counted


Deans, Directors, and Chairs: If your school did not respond fully, now is the time to get started on the next survey.

Placements & Salaries 2015: Explore All the Data

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Dig through these tables to discover the details about where 2014 LIS grads are landing jobs, at what salaries, and in what kinds of roles, or see the full feature for all the analysis.

Placements & Salaries 2015: Salary by Library Type

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Salary levels differ by library type. This year the top three library types in terms of number of placements are the public library, college/university library, and private industry. Of these three institutional types, only private industry offered salaries that exceeded the overall average at $68,424. This suggests that while graduates are finding jobs in libraries, these positions are often in libraries that cannot offer higher salaries. These top three placement situations also provide another insight: the large number of placements in private industry is an indicator of the expanding market for the LIS skill set.

Placements & Salaries 2015: Titles & Tasks from Core to Cutting Edge


Also in this article: The Expanding Info Sphere Salary by Library Type Titles & Tasks from Core to Cutting Edge Skills for the Search Explore All the Data Survey Methods Make Sure Your School Gets Counted In the field The last several years of results identified emerging employment areas that are working with LIS skill […]

Placements & Salaries 2015: Survey Methods

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LJ contacted all 49 of the 52 LIS schools in the United States and offered each the opportunity to participate in the survey. Forty-three of these schools responded. Of these, 38 schools completed an institutional survey reporting on the demographics of their 2014 graduates. Thirty-four schools contacted their 2014 graduates and elected either to send their graduates a link to the LJ web survey or to collect paper surveys that were mailed to LJ. Nine schools instead decided to provide LJ with data the school collected from its graduates and submitted in a report to LJ.

Placements & Salaries 2015: The Expanding Info Sphere


Library and information science (LIS) graduates are finding their place in a market that demands creativity, flexibility, and a solid set of LIS skills that represent the profession’s foundations and future. This year’s list of job titles reflects ones we know well from the bedrock of our field (children’s librarian, reference librarian) and those that are less familiar from the frontiers ahead (content strategy consultant, data steward). However, familiarity can be an illusion. In many cases, jobs with the same title list very different sets of job responsibilities. Answering this challenge requires job seekers to identify desired skill sets very carefully and to consider jobs with unfamiliar titles. Future job seekers may want to consider this competency-based approach when conducting their job search.