fax Part I of the survey and a printout of the data file (Part II). Alternatively, you can save the files on a disk
and mail the disk with the hard copy of Part I and Part II of the survey. Be sure to keep a complete copy of
your return, including the electronic version of the data for your files.
Instructions for Completing Part I: Summary Data
1. Part I of this survey deals with general information for the current fiscal year, 2005-06.
2. Please include the Beginning Professional Salary for Law and Medical libraries if included in the survey; if not
included, enter “N/A” in the appropriate blank.
3. Question 1. The Beginning Professional Salary is the salary that would be paid to a newly hired professional
without experience, not necessarily the lowest professional salary paid. In reporting the beginning salary,
please use a figure that is actually used or likely to be used for entry-level librarians hired by your library, even
if it is your practice rarely to hire entry-level professionals without experience.
Please report the 2005-06 Beginning Professional Salary to the best of your knowledge as it exists on July 1,
2005. Do not delay returning your survey with the expectation that more information will be available later.
4. The 2005-06 Average and Median Salary figures will be calculated by ARL from the individual data supplied.
5. Be sure to fill in the name of the reporting library and the name of the person who prepares the report.
Instructions for Completing Part II: Individual Data
1. Part II of this survey requests information on salary, sex, minority status, rank, and years of experience for all
filled positions for fiscal year 2005-06. The survey requests information for individuals; aggregate data for
each institution will be generated by computer. Vacant positions should be excluded from your report.
2. Data for the general, law, and medical libraries may be reported on separate templates; see #4 below for specific
3. Survey Form. If you are not able to submit the data in electronic form, please use the enclosed forms.
Photocopy additional sheets if you cannot list all professional positions in the space provided. You may also
use a printout from a word-processing document with all columns correctly ordered and labeled.
If you are reporting on paper forms only, list information for individuals in separate Law or Medical libraries on
sheets devoted only to each of those two branches. Check the appropriate box at the top of the form to indicate
when a sheet is only for Law or Medical library staff.
The left-hand column labeled “Name/ID” has been provided so the form can also serve as a work sheet. After
the forms have been completed, the left-hand column should be removed to ensure anonymity of the data.
Except for segregating Law and Medical library staff, the order in which staff members are entered on the form
is immaterial; enter them in the order most convenient for you.
4. Template. The templates contain data input files for general, law, and medical library data in .xls files that can be
uploaded into spreadsheet programs. They are labeled as follows:
General ARL05xxxx.xls
Law LAW05xxxx.xls
Medical MED05xxxx.xls
xxxx = Library identification number; see label on the file. The file names this year have a “05” (standing for
2005-06) preceding the four-digit library identification number to distinguish them from, and prevent
overwriting of, files you may have created in prior years.
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