The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2012–2013, which analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 125 ARL member libraries during 2012–2013. Data are reported for 10,072 professional staff in the 115 university ARL libraries and for 3,823 professional staff in the 10 non-university ARL libraries. In the Salary Survey, data for university library staff are usually reported in three distinct groups: general library systems, health sciences libraries, and law libraries.
The job categories and subcategories for the university libraries in the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2012–2013 were revised and modernized after an extensive review process led by the Task Force on Reviewing the ARL Statistics, the ARL Annual Salary Survey, and the ARL Supplementary Statistics. Many of the new categories reflect librarians’ expanding roles in assessment and in the creation, stewardship, provision of access to, and preservation of digital/digitized content. The publication provides more specialist breakdowns than in previous years, includes many new tables, and utilizes the revised job categories and subcategories in order to analyze the 2012–2013 data.
The 2012–2013 data show that Canadian ARL librarians’ salaries kept pace with inflation, but US ARL librarians’ salaries did not. The median salary for US ARL university libraries in 2012 was $67,257, an increase of 1.2% over the 2011–2012 median salary of $66,467. The US CPI rose 1.4% during the same period. The experience of academic librarians in Canada was more favorable: while the Canadian CPI rose 1.3%, median salaries in Canadian university libraries increased from $85,551 (Canadian dollars) to $87,120 (Canadian dollars) a rise of 1.8%.
The ARL Annual Salary Survey 2012–2013 analyzes salary data from a number of different perspectives, including race, ethnicity, and gender. Minority librarians make up 14.5% of the professional staff in US ARL university libraries; the percentage of minorities in managerial or administrative positions is lower. Women comprise 69.3% of minority staff members. Gender-based salary differentials persist in ARL libraries in 2012–2013. The overall salary for women in the 115 ARL university libraries is 95.9% of that paid to men.
Other characteristics of ARL university libraries, such as size, public/private status, and location are also significant determinants of salary. The current state of these indicators is outlined in the Salary Survey’s introduction and extensive tables.
ARL Annual Salary Survey 2012–2013
Martha Kyrillidou and Shaneka Morris, comps. and eds.
2013 * 156 pages
ISBN 1-59407-916-1 * EAN 1-59407-916-0
The ARL Annual Salary Survey Collection provides online access to the annual editions that have been published since 2006. The cost of IP access to this collection is $500 for nonprofit organizations and $750 for all others.
ISBN 1-59407-915-3 * EAN 978-1-59407-915-3 * ISSN 0361-5669
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