November 23, 2014

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

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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.

How To Become a 21st Century Librarian

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Before deciding librarianship is right for you, make sure you understand what today’s librarians do all day. If you want quiet and lots of time to read, think again. Today’s libraries are full of collegial, and sometimes even downright noisy, collaboration, creation, and community activities, and are as much about technology as print on paper.

Modern librarians need to be comfortable and conversant with technology, be willing and able to speak in public, and possess people skills and a commitment to lifelong learning, as the profession and the expertise necessary for success are constantly changing.

A Job By Any Other Name | LJ’s Placements & Salaries Survey 2012

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As the general economy continues its slow climb out of recession, this past year offered ongoing unemployment and stiff competition for jobs, especially for school library media specialists and reference librarians. However, despite erroneous media reports that library and information science (LIS) is a dying field, there were numerous bright spots and unprecedented gains, ranging from positive salary growth to increased numbers of placements in agencies outside of library environments, and an exciting array of descriptors available to students seeking work inside the LIS field and elsewhere. This year more than 2100 LIS graduates responded to LJ’s annual Placements & Salaries survey, representing 34.7% of the 2011 graduating class from the 41 participating programs.

Placements & Salaries 2012: Types of Placements

Specifics related to type of agency and job responsibility likewise offer other images and measures of professional achievement.

Placements & Salaries 2012: Emerging Jobs, New Titles

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“Challenges have been plentiful!” was the common refrain across the 2011 graduating class. As the general economy continues its slow climb out of recession, this past year offered ongoing unemployment and stiff competition for jobs, especially for school library media specialists and reference librarians. However, despite erroneous media reports that library and information science (LIS) is a dying field, there were numerous bright spots and unprecedented gains, ranging from positive salary growth to increased numbers of placements in agencies outside of library environments, and an exciting array of descriptors available to students seeking work inside the LIS field and elsewhere.

Placements & Salaries 2012: Geography of Jobs

Salaries for new LIS graduates exhibited healthy growth that was dependent upon multiple factors, including regional differences such as relative cost of living and population density, while longitudinal data indicates that region plays a role in salary levels.

Placements & Salaries Survey 2012: Explore All the Data

Details on jobs and pay for 2011 LIS grads, broken down by region, type of role, school, and more.