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gender balance in the 113 Canadian and U.S. university libraries (including law and medical) is
35.53% male and 64.47% female. See Figure 1, above, and Figure 2, below, for more detail on
race/ethnic and gender distribution.
FIGURE 2
RACE/ETHNICITY AND SEX DISTRIBUTION OF PROFESSIONAL STAFF
IN ARL UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES FY 2005-06
United States
Men Women Total
Number of Staff Percent of Total Number of Staff Percent of Total
Main 2,664 37.14% 4,508 62.86% 7,172
Medical 224 27.22% 599 72.78% 823
Law 246 34.89% 459 65.11% 705
Minority5
336 29.47% 804 70.53% 1,140
Non-minority 2,798 37.01% 4,762 62.99% 7,560
All 3,134 36.02% 5,566 63.98% 8,700
Canada
Men Women Total
Number of Staff Percent of Total Number of Staff Percent of Total
Main 271 32.89% 553 67.11% 824
Medical 12 13.33% 78 86.67% 90
Law 13 31.71% 28 68.29% 41
All 296 30.99% 659 69.01%
United States and Canada (Combined)
Men Women Total
Number of Staff Percent of Total Number of Staff Percent of Total
Main
2,935 36.71% 5,061 63.29% 7,996
Medical 236 25.85% 677 74.15% 913
Law 259 34.72% 487 65.28% 746
All 3,430 35.53% 6,225 64.47%
GENDER
DATA
Many readers of previous surveys have inquired about evidence of gender-based salary
differentials in ARL libraries. Data on salary comparisons for directors also are frequently
requested. The average salary for male directors was higher than that of their female
counterparts (see Table 17); however, the number of women in the top administrative library
position has been growing steadily in recent years (63 women directors out of 112 total
directorships reported).
Looking at other job categories, though, as Table 17 demonstrates, average salaries for men
in most cases still surpass those of women in the same job category. In only 9 categories of the
27 used in the tables do the average salaries of women exceed those of men. The overall salary
for women is 95.47% that of men for the 113 ARL university libraries, compared to 94.78% in
2004-05. This shows a marked closure of the gender gap in ARL libraries in the long term in
1980-81, women in ARL libraries made roughly 87% that of men.
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Includes staff in medical and law libraries.
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