ARL’s YouTube channel. The webcasts address what data are available through ARL, how these data can be used locally to make a case for better salaries, how to develop equitable salary structures, and how to analyze demographic information and trends about aging and other characteristics.Videos of four webcasts highlighting uses of data from the ARL Annual Salary Survey are now available on
The ARL Annual Salary Survey reports salaries for more than 12,000 professional positions in ARL member libraries on an annual basis. These data are used to determine whether salaries are competitive, equitable across institutions and personal characteristics, and keeping up with inflation. The survey also tracks minority representation in US ARL libraries and reports separate data for health sciences and law libraries.
The webcast series was hosted by Martha Kyrillidou, ARL senior director of statistics and service quality programs. Details about and links to each webcast follow.
Aired March 5, 2013
Provides an overview of the ARL Salary Survey, examines trends in the data, and describes recent changes to the survey.
- Shaneka Morris, Statistics Editorial Assistant, ARL
- Martha Kyrillidou, Senior Director of Statistics and Service Quality Programs, ARL
Aired May 21, 2013
Examines how libraries have used ARL's custom report services and presents strategies leaders have used to make the case for improved salaries.
- Arnold Hirshon, Associate Provost and University Librarian, Case Western Reserve University
- Carla Stoffle, Dean of Libraries (now Interim Director, Director of Graduate Studies, and Professor in the School of Information Resources and Library Science), University of Arizona
- Jeffrey Trzeciak, University Librarian, Washington University in St. Louis
“We had an associate director position come open…I was asked [by the university] what the salary comp would be for the position,” said Arnold Hirshon. “I checked with Martha [at ARL] and I said, if I gave you the following keywords, because every title is going to be different from library to library, can you give me comparable salary information? She gave me very useful information that actually helped to show that we were currently under budgeting…to be able to fill the position.”
Using ARL Salary Data to Establish and Maintain an Equitable Salary Structure for Faculty Librarians (video)
Aired September 10, 2013
Explains how the University of Florida Libraries used data from the ARL Salary Survey to implement an internally and externally equitable salary structure for faculty librarians and provides an overview of ARL’s Transforming Research Libraries program.
- Brian Keith, Associate Dean for Administrative Services and Faculty Affairs, University of Florida Libraries
- Judy Ruttenberg, Program Director for Transforming Research Libraries, ARL
Aired November 5, 2013
Examines the enormous staffing changes occurring in research libraries, in terms of both demographics and demand for skills.
- Mark A. Puente, Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs, ARL
- Stanley Wilder, University Librarian, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
“Research libraries are smack in the midst of the biggest transition in staffing that we will ever see,” said Stanley Wilder. “We are experiencing now a full-scale changing of the guard [due to retirements] but we’re also seeing enormous changes in the demand for skills in research libraries…demand for new skills is actually crowding out demand for traditional library functions, even reference.“
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.