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CSL Jobline Gets an Update

As you probably already know, Barbara Dey has retired from the Colorado State Library (CSL) and Deb Gettings, the LRS Administrative Assistant, is the new coordinator for the CSL Jobline.

With the change in regime, we thought this would be a good time to give the Jobline an update. We are moving Jobline to a database system so that the service can be searched and customized by users?-both employers and job seekers. Set for release in January 2007, features on the new Jobline will include employer registration, customized job description templates, and searching capabilities.

In addition to user features, the new Jobline database will allow LRS to generate and report data about job openings in Colorado libraries. Based on the data collected, we hope to produce meaningful statistics about the changing library job market in the state.

For us, this is the logical next step for Jobline and has the potential to make it even more valuable to the library community.

Last week Jobline Advisory Panel members met with LRS staff to help guide decisions about development, usability, and data reporting. The panel, consisting of librarians and human resources folks from all four library types, made many helpful suggestions which are being incorporated into the new design.

Want to see what?s happening for yourself? Stop by the LRS booth at the CAL Conference for a preview of the new Jobline website. We’d like to show you what we’ve done and get your feedback.


Special Library Salaries in Mountain Region Lag Behind Nation

A new issue of FAST FACTS titled Special Library Salaries in Mountain Region Lag Behind Nation has been posted. This issue focuses on the special library sector and salaries as reported by the Special Libraries Association.


Salaries of Librarians and Other Professionals Working in Libraries Fast Facts

LRS staff frequently receive questions about library staff salaries. This Fast Facts looks at the Colorado and national average salaries of professionals that often work for libraries.


Keith Curry Lance Receives ASCLA Leadership Award

We?re so proud! Keith is the 2006 recipient of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASLCA) Leadership Achievement Award. He will be presented with the award at a luncheon during the ALA Annual Conference in June. In a recent press release, the ASCLA awards committee chair, Ruth O?Donnell, said, ?Keith?s work in library statistics and service evaluation has been vital for library development in the nation. Every library director, regardless of library type, owes him a debt of gratitude because of his leadership.?

No one is more deserving. Congratulations Keith!

On behalf of the entire LRS staff & alumni

For more information on the award:

Non-MLS Salary Survey Deadline Extended

Quoting an e-mail from Denise Davis, Director of the ALA Office for Research and Statistics:

The deadline for completing the Non-MLS Salary Survey has been extended until March 17. More than 3000 public and academic libraries were included to participate in this very important survey. The survey is being administered by the Management Association of Illinois on behalf of the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association
(ALA-APA) and American Library Association (ALA).

Please contact Jean Hannon at, or call 630-963-7600 to find out if your library has been selected for the survey, or if you would like to participate even if you have not been selected.


ALA-APA Non-MLS Salary Survey In Progress

More than 3000 public and academic library directors have received instructions for participation in the first Non-MLS Salary Survey. This survey, being conducted by the ALA Allied Professional Association (APA), will provide vital information about compensation for the majority of staff in libraries. The envelope has the ALA-APA logo. The deadline is March 3, 2006.

Because this survey utilizes a random sample, you must be invited to participate. Volunteer responses are not being accepted.

If your public or academic library is invited to participate in this survey, please do so. A high response rate is key to the success of the survey.

When the report becomes available, we wil provide a link to it on’s Staffing and Salaries page:


Changing Library Workforce – Updated Resources

Check out the new resources on the Changing Library Workforce ( webpage, including links to studies from the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.

There are also some very interesting articles & a presentation about the changes taking place in the library profession. Look for links to these articles:

* A Look at the Generations: Retirements and Rejuvenation of the Library Workforce
* A Worldwide Shortage of Librarians
* Diversity In The Library Workforce
* The Entry Level Gap
* Moving On Out
* Fixing the First Job


“””Future of Librarianship in Colorado”” Journal Articles Now Online”

Edited by LRSers, Zeth Lietzau and Nicolle Steffen, the summer issue of Colorado Libraries journal featured articles about ?The Future of Librarianship in Colorado.? See all nine feature articles from this issue on LRS?s The Changing Library Workforce page at:


ALA Reports on Librarian Salaries & Inflation

Denise M. Davis, Director, Office for Research and Statistics, American Library Association, reports the release of Librarian Salaries: Have They Kept Pace with Inflation?–an historical overview of data drawn from the ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries from 1982 to 2004. This report is available at:

Included in that report is a summary table that presents mean (i.e., average) salaries for all librarian positions for that period. That table’s direct link is

The 2005 librarian salary report will be published in the Fall as usual, and a summary article will appear in American Libraries about that time.

Contact information for ordering the 2005 report may be found at the bottom of this page: (Note: The price and ISBN number are for the 2004 edition. Do not reorder it by mistake.)


3Rs Study Article in 2005 Bowker Annual

“Retirement, Retention, and Recruitment: The Future of Librarianship in Colorado” is the title of an article in the 2005 edition of the BOWKER ANNUAL (pp. 446-51). This article provides a brief overview of the findings of the 2004 LRS study of the same name. The study was cited by Denise M. Davis, Director of the ALA Office for Research and Statistics, as “one of the more significant studies to be completed in 2004″ (p. 435).


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