Magazine article Library Administrator's Digest

Sone Encouraging Stastics Here!

Magazine article Library Administrator's Digest

Sone Encouraging Stastics Here!

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While I was at the ALA conference I picked up the latest edition of the Statistical Report of the Public Library Data Service, which is published annually by PLA and is chock-full of interesting stuff from some 700 libraries, including salaries of directors. While the National Center for Educational Statistics of the USDE gathers similar information through the state libraries from about 10,000 or more U.S. libraries, it doesn't collect directors' salaries and comes out considerably later.

According to the PLDS figures, which cover the most recent fiscal year, there are now 41, yes, that's 41, library directors whose salaries are $100,000 a year or more. You might think that the biggest libraries serving the most people pay the highest salaries. Forget it. Salaries have more relationship with per capita support than to what you might perceive as responsibilities of the director.

For example, there are 20 libraries reporting that serve one million or more people, and only seven of those report directors' salaries over $100,000. (New York, Brooklyn and Queens don't report salaries of the director. Big secret, maybe. I'll bet reporters from the New York papers could get them, since it's public money, but the library community will just have to wonder.) The highest reported salary in this group, $137,000, is Susan Kent of the Los Angeles Public Library, no surprise, but the lowest, $84, 885, is June Garcia of the San Antonio Public Library. Texas has three of the million-plus population libraries, but apparently doesn't believe in competitive salaries for their directors: Houston (Barbara Gubbin) pays $87,100, and Dallas (Ramiro Salazar) pays $90,695, making the three, along with San Antonio. …

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