8 · ARL Annual Salary Survey 2009–2010
Race
and
Ethnicity
There were 1,296 minority professional staff reported in 99 US ARL university libraries, including law
and medical.2 Note that the data for minority professionals comes only from the US ARL university libraries
following the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) definitions; Canadian law prohibits the
identification of Canadians by ethnic category.
Currently, 14.3% of the professional staff in US ARL university libraries (including law and medical) belongs
to one of the four non-Caucasian categories for which ARL keeps records. The percentage of minorities in
managerial or leadership positions in the largest US academic libraries is far lower: 6.1% are directors (7 out of
114), 6.3% are associate directors (20 out of 316), 5.3% are assistant directors (9 out of 170) and 9.4% (46 out of 487)
are branch librarians (see Table 27). Figure 1, below, depicts the overall racial/ethnic distribution of professional
staff in US ARL university libraries: Caucasian/Other 85.7%, Asian/Pacific Islander 6.4%, Black 4.6%, Hispanic
2.8%, and American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5%.
Figure 1: Ethnicity/Race of Professional Staff in US ARL University Libraries, FY 2009–2010
Caucasian/Other 85.7%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0.5%
Asian or Pacific Islander 6.4%
Hispanic 2.8%
Black 4.6%
2 Some US institutions offer their librarians the option of not reporting race and ethnicity; others forbid the tracking of racial
and ethnic classification altogether. See Footnotes.
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