Magazine article American Libraries

ALA Salary Survey 1986: Figures Managers Need for Setting Competitive Salaries

Magazine article American Libraries

ALA Salary Survey 1986: Figures Managers Need for Setting Competitive Salaries

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ALA salary survey 1986:

Figures managers need for setting competitive salaries

LIBRARY MANAGERS, JOB-HUNTING librarians, and personnel directors frequently call the ALA Office for Library Personnel Resources (OLPR) to learn what salaries are being paid to librarians in particular positions in particular libraries in particular regions. To help answer these questions, ALA began conducting a periodic survey in 1982 of salaries established and paid. The survey covers academic libraries of all types and public libraries serving populations of at least 25,000.

The library community has reacted favorably to the ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries, first published in 1982 and again in 1984. In 1986 the survey was repeated and its results were published in July. As before, the ALA Office for Research worked with OLPR to produce the 90-page report. The Library Research Center at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, again mailed the survey and processed the returns.

The research center sent the questionnaire to a random sample of 1,445 academic and public libraries in January 1986. The sample was drawn from 20 groups of libraries created by stratifying five type-of-library categories by four regions of the United States. The five library types surveyed were: small public (serving populations of 25,000 to 99,999), large public (serving populations over 100,000), two-year college, four-year college, and university. The four regions are those commonly used in national statistics: North Atlantic, Great Lakes and Plains, Southeast, and West and Southwest. The survey form was similar to the one used in 1984.

25 tables display data

Usable responses were received from 1,107 libraries, nearly 77 percent of those selected. The results are displayed in 25 tables that are the bulk of the report. Thirteen tables show the low, mean, and high for scheduled starting salaries and the low, mean, and high for maximum salaries for each of 13 positions based on figures from formal salary schedules. Thirteen other tables display the low, mean, and high of salaries actually paid for the same positions. In addition, one table shows the low, mean, and high of salaries paid to beginning professionals in 1986 regardless of positions. …

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