Holly Cole, an LRS Alumni, was chosen to be an Emerging Leader with ALA for 2008. Holly is currently working as a Youth Services Librarian/Assistant Branch Manager with the Weber County Library System in Utah. Way to go Holly! We’re so proud!!
ALA announced this week that the 2007 edition of the “ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic” and “ALA-APA Salary Survey: Non-MLS – Public and Academic” are now available. Published by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), the survey reports the median salary for librarians is up 2.8 percent to $57,809 in 2007.
ALA Press Release & ordering information: http://www.ala.org/ala/pressreleases2007/august2007/alaapa07.htm
Do you want to know where library jobs are? Now you can see them on the map.
As the next step in its evolution, LibraryJobline.org now offers maps showing the location of current library job openings in Colorado and elsewhere. There are three ways to access the maps:
• Check out the locations of all current job openings at http://www.LibraryJobline.org/map.php,
• Search LibraryJobline.org at http://www.LibraryJobline.org/search.php and view a map of positions that meet your search parameters, or
• Login to MyJobline ( http://www.LibraryJobline.org/mylogin.php) and view a map of positions that fit your personal criteria
A recent article in Education Week shares various views on the growth of jobs in libraries and education. One expert is quoted, “from 2004 to 2014, the employment sector composed of library, training, and teaching jobs is anticipated to add nearly 2 million jobs—a jump of 20 percent.” Another expert predicts these jobs will decline 74% by 2030. The article is aptly titled, “Job Skills of the Future in Researchers’ Crystal Ball.” Read more at http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/06/20/42skills.h26.html.
This collection of national statistics about library workers is gathered by the AFL-CIO’s Department for Professional Employees from a variety of sources, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ARL, ALA, and the Census Bureau.
From ALA’s American Libraries Direct (6/6/07): “This handy, annotated compilation includes employment statistics and projections, notes on diversity and pay inequity, the wage gap, institutional variance, benefits, and unionization in the library profession.”
This document is packed with interesting tidbits. For example, here are three fun facts to know and tell…
* In 2006, there were 229,000 librarians, 119,000 library assistants, and 113,940 library technicians.
* In addition to [all] library workers being poorly paid because they are predominantly female, those library workers who are women may well be paid less than those who are men.
* Most librarians work in school and academic libraries. About one-fourth work in public libraries.
Check it out at: http://www.dpeaflcio.org/programs/factsheets/fs_2007_library_workers.htm.
LRS.org has undergone a major behind-the-scenes overhaul, switching hosts, and changing our programming language from .asp to .php. The big advantage that you’ll see from this change is that the features on the LRS-i section of the site should retrieve data much more rapidly. The downside is that you’ll need to change your bookmarks and links from .asp to .php. We have suffered some growing pains as we’ve done this, and are still catching some bad links that did not make the crossover. If you notice any dead links, or strange site (mal)functions, please let me know.
Also, for those of you receiving our feed through an RSS reader, you’ll need to repoint your readers to http://www.lrs.org/blog/rss.xml to get our feed.
Thanks for your patience.
The latest Fast Facts titled, Is $40,000 the Magic Number? may be of interest to public librarians in Colorado.
It focuses on the recent American Library Association~Allied Professional Association declaration that beginning professional librarians should be paid a starting salary of no less than $40,000.
If you would like to find out where Colorado stands in regards to this issue, check out this Fast Facts issue at:
Take a look at the recent Fast Facts titled Salaries of Staff Working in Archives. This Fast Facts examines the salaries of several positions in archives. Salary information was gathered from ALA-APA surveys, the Society of American Archivists? (SAA) A*CENSUS survey and the U.S. Department of Labor ? Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The issue can be found in our Fast Facts at http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/249_Archivists.pdf
The latest Fast Facts, Non-MLS Salaries in Public Libraries Disparate , has been posted. This issues focuses on the salaries of non-MLS positions in adult services for public libraries. This Fast Facts concludes that non-MLS positions in adult services are competitive with their peers and that the salaries of Associate Librarians(Non-MLS) are closing in on Beginning Librarians (MLS).
The issue can be found in our Fast Facts at http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/248_Non%20MLS_Public%20Libraries.pdf
Starting today, the CSL Jobline has a new name, new address, and new functionality.
New Name and Address
Library Jobline is the new name for the Colorado State Library’s online job posting service, which can be found at www.LibraryJobline.org.
By setting up an account, users will be able to customize their job seeking and job posting process. Both employers and job seekers will enjoy a newfound independence as they are able to post and search for jobs 24/7* using their customized profiles.
How does it work?
Library Jobline is a database of job openings in libraries and related organizations. Employers populate the database with their job postings and job seekers are able to search the database based on their personal criteria.
How do employers use it?
Their first time to Library Jobline, employers set up an account with their name, location, contact, and other basic information found in their typical job ad. This basic information will automatically populate that employer’s job listings from that point forward. Of course, every job is different, so each individual job posting has fields for describing that particular job. Employers can also create job profiles that can be used again and again for frequently posted job ads.
How do job seekers use it?
Job seekers will go through a similar procedure, except they will set up an account that includes specifications about the job they are seeking, like type of library and salary range. Or job seekers can bypass setting up an account and simply search the database to locate jobs of interest to them.
Why the change to a database system?
Two reasons, really. First, it was time to update the Jobline to include more interactive features that accommodate today’s library and information professionals, including searching and email alerts.
Second, as inveterate statistics geeks, the Library Research Service (LRS) staff wanted to capture all the valuable data that is generate by the online job postings. Mining Library Jobline for data will provide statistics about actual jobs in the library and information professions. Over time, consistent collection of this data will allow the LRS staff to track trends in the library job market in Colorado, providing valuable information to employers and library staff alike.
Some of the most frequently asked questions at LRS concern salaries, job availability, and the status of library jobs. These issues strike very close to home for all of us. Obviously, we already have many sources of data to answer these types of questions. However, we are always looking for more information on this very popular and important topic. Library Jobline seemed too good a data source to pass up.
Library administrators and human resources managers should note that this project is not intended to gather data on a particular library. In fact, data will be reported in the aggregate in order to encourage comprehensive reporting by users.
Library Jobline will have the same 24/7 access* users now find so convenient and unlike some national websites, it’s a free service to both job seekers and employers.
*Note, to prevent spam and other misuse of the site, job postings are reviewed by LRS staff before going live online. Most jobs will be on Library Jobline the same day they are submitted. However, depending on the day and time, some job postings may take up to 2 business days to appear on the site (i.e., job postings submitted on the weekend or during holidays will take longer).
Questions? Need Help?
There is an online FAQ included on Library Jobline. Need more help? You can contact a member of the LRS staff at LRS@LRS.org or 303-866-6900, we?ll be happy to answer your questions and get you started.
The LRS staff would like to thank the terrific, hard-working Jobline Advisory Committee and the legion of testers from libraries across the state for their wonderful suggestions, repeated website testing, and good humor during the six-month development process.
We welcome your input, please contact us with your questions and suggestions at LRS@LRS.org or 303-866-6900.