One year ago today, on January 16, 2007, the Colorado State Library Jobline moved to a new, more interactive home — www.LibraryJobline.org. In the year it’s been up, it has been a huge success — 680 job positions have been posted in nearly all types of libraries. Almost 500 job seekers have signed up for MyJobline, with 371 of them receiving email notifications and 129 getting personalized RSS feeds sent to them when jobs are posted that meet their criteria.
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