September 30, 2014

Payday | LJ Salary Survey 2014

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For many, salary discussion is the last taboo. But without knowing how their peers are compensated, it can be hard for librarians to make their case for better pay—and hard for library leaders to make the case to funders that higher salaries are necessary to attract and retain the best candidates. LJ has, for years, conducted its annual Placements & Salaries survey, which focuses on recent graduates, to dig into what beginning librarians earn in their first positions and what trends those salaries reveal. Now, with the help of more than 3,200 public, academic, school, special, government, and consortium librarians from all 50 states, LJ’s inaugural salary survey for U.S. ­librarians and paralibrarians takes a deeper look at the range of the field’s salary potential.

Queens Public Library CEO’s Compensation in The Spotlight

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The water surrounding Queens Public Library (QPL) President and CEO Thomas W. Galante just keeps getting hotter. In the weeks since the New York Daily News published a story detailing his $392,000 annual salary and the pricey renovations done to his office while QPL branches were suffering staff cuts, Galante has consistently denied any wrongdoing, even while other city officials call on him to step down from the post he has held since 2005.

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 2012: Microcosms & Gaps

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In a year that brought highs and lows for many graduates, the salary gap widened again with a 14.9% chasm between women and men.

ARL Salary Survey: U.S. Academic Librarians’ Salaries Up 1.5 Percent

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) released its annual salary survey today which showed academic librarians’ salaries in 2010-2011 increased 1.5 percent in the United States and two percent in Canada. In its ARL Annual Salary Survey 2010-2011, the organization reports that the median salary for U.S. ARL university libraries in 2010-2011 was $65,000, up […]

Out of 173 Majors, Library Science Reportedly Has Fourth Highest Unemployment Rate

The Wall Street Journal today published a sortable listing of how college majors fare in the job market, based on 2010 Census data.  Unfortunately, library science fared as one of the worst majors.  Among the 173 majors listed, library science majors had the fourth highest unemployment rate at 15 percent.  The median salary of $36,000 […]

The Long Wait | LJ’s Placements & Salaries Survey 2011

A total 1,789 LIS graduates responded to LJ’s annual Placements & Salaries Survey, representing a solid 37.3% of the approximately 4790 2010 graduates from the 38 participating schools. Read all about what they’re experiencing, where the jobs are, and salary trends, and dig into the data here.