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Salary Survey Trends 2007-2008
The ARL Annual Salary Survey 2007–2008 reports salary data for all professional staff working in ARL
libraries. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) represents the interests of libraries that serve major
North American research institutions. The Association operates as a forum for the exchange of ideas and as
an agent for collective action to influence forces affecting the ability of these libraries to meet the future needs
of scholarship. The ARL Statistics and Measurement program, which produces the Salary Survey, is organized
around collecting, analyzing, and distributing quantifiable information describing the characteristics of
research libraries. The ARL Annual Salary Survey is the most comprehensive and thorough guide to current
salaries in large U.S. and Canadian academic and research libraries, and is a valuable management and
research tool.
Data for 9,983 professional staff members were reported this year for the 113 ARL university libraries,
including their law and medical libraries (937 staff members reported by 73 medical libraries and 732 staff
members reported by 75 law libraries). For the 10 nonuniversity ARL members, data were reported for 3,797
professional staff members.
The tables are organized in seven major sections. The first section includes Tables 1 through 4, which
report salary figures for all professionals working in ARL member libraries, including law and medical library
data. The second section includes salary information for the 10 nonuniversity research libraries of ARL. The
third section, entitled “ARL University Libraries,” reports data in Tables 7 through 25 for the “general” library
system of the university ARL members, combining U.S. and Canadian data but excluding law and medical
data. The fourth section, composed of Tables 26 through 30, reports data on U.S. ARL university library
members excluding law and medical data; the fifth section, Tables 31–34, reports data on Canadian ARL
university libraries excluding law and medical data. The sixth section (Tables 35–41) and the seventh section
(Tables 42–48) report on medical and law libraries, respectively, combining U.S. and Canadian data.
The university population is generally treated in three distinct groups: staff in the “general” library
system, staff in the university medical libraries, and staff in the university law libraries. Any branch libraries
for which data were received, other than law and medical, are included in the “general” category, whether or
not those libraries are administratively independent. Footnotes for many institutions provide information on
branch inclusion or exclusion.
In all tables where data from U.S. and Canadian institutions are combined, Canadian salaries are
converted into U.S. dollar equivalents at the rate of 1.1323 Canadian dollars per U.S. dollar.1 Tables 4 and
31 through 34, however, pertain exclusively to staff in Canadian university libraries, so salary data in those
tables are expressed in Canadian dollars.
1
This is the average monthly noon exchange rate published in the Bank of Canada Review for the period July 2006–June 2007 and is used
in converting 2007–2008 figures that are collected as of July 2007.
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