Re: [Videolib] Salaries in higher ed
Sun, 13 Jul 2003 11:06:47 -0500

Yes, the prospects aren't good for academic librarians, but if you look at what
they pay humanities faculty (at least at my institution) the salaries are pretty
comparable. Unless faculty pay is increased, librarians pay probably won't
increase either.

I have been a library paraprofessional for 14 years, and just got my degree. If
I stay at my institution, I can look forward to a $7000+ pay cut....but I knew
that when I started my program.

Sarah Andrews
University of Iowa

Quoting Steve Brantley <>:

> >
> >
> >more on salaries
> Having read some other posts on the subject, I don't want to sound
> unrealistic, but ...
> >It is really dismal. As a young librarian, with 3 years in higher
> >education and with a second masters, I make less than 10% more than the
> >original quoted stating salary. I am on a 12 month tenure track contract
> >and am expected to serve, present and publish nationally if I am to
> >progress. Given the state budget this year, we may not receive raises for
> >a 2nd year in a row. Chicago Public is in a worse position than we are
> >and, having looked around the job market, I feel like I'm in a decent
> >position. I wonder how this supposedly graying profession expects to
> >maintain motivated and high quality librarians when it is (and has been) a
> >financial sacrifice to practice this profession. I like what I do and want
> >to continue doing it, but I see what my brains and skills can do outside
> >of academic librarianship and I question the longevity of my commitment in
> >higher ed. I am encouraged by the current ALA administration making pay
> >equity a priority, but I think the real pay equity must come from
> >individuals fighting for salaries they deserve and salaries that are
> >comparable to the level of their qualifications. Otherwise there will
> >eventually be a talent vacuum in the profession, if in fact this type of
> >cycle has not already played out in libraries in the past.
> >
> >
> >At 08:50 AM 7/11/2003 -0500, you wrote:
> >>A lot of PUBLIC libraries that I know of offer even less than that to an
> >>entry-level librarian with an MLS. The way I figure it, a Master's in
> >>library science will get you the equivalent of what a Bachelor's should
> >>get you in the private sector. And, quite often, a bachelor's degree will
> >>get you, in the library world, about what the rest of the world can
> >>expect with a high school diploma or GED.
> >>
> >>-Scott
> >>
> >>At 09:16 AM 7/11/2003 -0400, you wrote:
> >>>I wasn't going say anything, but I thought to myself when I read the
> >>>posting, that I wouldn't have wanted to invest in a Masters Degree only
> >>>to be offered $39,000...hmmm!!!
> >>>
> >>>*******************************************
> >>>
> >>>At 06:03 PM 7/10/03 -0700, you wrote:
> >>>>Took a look at that recent job announcment posted on that list.
> >>>>
> >>>>"Qualifications: The University of Delaware Library seeks a motivated,
> >>>>service-oriented, entry-level librarian with: an ALA accredited master's
> >>>>degree; strong oral and written communication skills; strong public
> service
> >>>>orientation; strong interest in video and film as an instructional
> >>>>resource;
> >>>>interest in and experience with audiovisual media and computers,
> preferably
> >>>>in an academic setting; ability to create and manage web sites; ability
> to
> >>>>provide effective user education; ability to establish and maintain
> >>>>effective working relationships with diverse individuals in a busy and
> >>>>rapidly evolving instructional media environment; and, an interest in
> >>>>working with new developments in instructional media technology.
> >>>>
> >>>>Salary: Expect to hire at the entry-level Assistant Librarian level,
> >>>>$39,000."
> >>>>
> >>>>$39,000 on a Masters in an academic institution? Wow, that's pretty
> rugged
> >>>>isn't it?
> >>>>
> >>>>Good heavens I had no idea. Think I'll stay in K-12 if possible.
> >>>>
> >>>>Rick Faaberg
> >>>>
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