10 · ARL Annual Salary Survey 2008–2009
emphasizes ARL and its members’ commitment to creating a diverse academic and research library community
to better meet the new challenges of global competition and changing demographics. Further, the Diversity
Program focuses on issues surrounding work relationships in libraries while considering the impact of diversity
on library services, interactions with library users, and the development of collections, at its homepage, http://
www.arl.org/diversity/.
Women comprise 69.1% of the four racial/ethnic groups that comprise minority staff, as compared to 62.8% of
Caucasian/Other staff in all US ARL university libraries. The overall gender balance in the 113 Canadian and US
university libraries (including law and medical) is 35.8% male and 64.2% female. See Figure 2, above, and Figure
3, below, for more detail on race/ethnic and gender distribution.
Figure 3: Race/Ethnicity and Sex Distribution of Professional Staff in ARL University Libraries, 2008–2009
United States
Men Women Total
Number of Staff Percent of Total Number of Staff Percent of Total
Main 2,846 37.4% 4,754 62.6% 7,600
Medical 243 28.5% 610 71.5% 853
Law 237 33.6% 468 66.4% 705
Minority * 398 30.9% 891 69.1% 1,289
Nonminority 2,928 37.2% 4,941 62.8% 7,869
All 3,326 36.3% 5,832 63.7% 9,158
Canada
Men Women Total
Number of Staff Percent of Total Number of Staff Percent of Total
Main 281 32.5% 583 67.5% 864
Medical 10 11.4% 78 88.6% 88
Law 12 31.6% 26 68.4% 38
All 303 30.6% 687 69.4% 990
United States
and
Canada (Combined)
Men Women Total
Number of Staff Percent of Total Number of Staff Percent of Total
Main 3,127 36.9% 5,337 63.1% 8,464
Medical 253 26.9% 688 73.1% 941
Law 249 33.5% 494 66.5% 743
All 3,629 35.8% 6,519 64.2% 10,148
*
Includes staff in medical and law libraries.
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