University Library Questionnaire and Instructions · 89
ITW Information Technology Web Development
ITP Information Technology Programming/Application Development
MEDIA Media/Multimedia Specialists (including graphics)
PRES Preservation/Conservation
SSPEC Subject Specialist
HDACQ Head, Acquisitions Department
HDCAT Head, Catalog Department/Unit
HDCIRC Head, Circulation
HDCOMP Head, Library and Computer Systems
HDDOC Head, Documents Department
HDMAP Head, Map Room/Department
HDRBM Head, Rare Book/Manuscripts Department
HDREF Head, Reference Department
HDSER Head, Serials Department
HDOTH Head, Other Department/Service/Agency
CAT Catalogers, both general and specialized
REF Reference librarians, both general and specialized
PUBS Public Services, non-supervisory, except reference librarians
TECH Technical Services, non-supervisory, except catalogers
ADMIN Administrative and other units, non-supervisory position
The position categories used in this survey are intended to correspond roughly with the activities carried on in
libraries, not with any particular pattern of staff organization or nomenclature. Please use these categories in the
manner you feel best applies to your library. If any individual has responsibilities described by more than one of
the above categories, choose the category that is most typical of his/her general duties.
Associate or Assistant Director, and Head, Other Branch. Use these codes for all persons at these levels
regardless of the area of specialty. If an assistant or associate director is also head of a department, choose the
category that most reflects the general duties of the person currently in the position.
Specialists. These are of two kinds: Subject Specialists primarily build collections, but may also offer specialized
reference and bibliographic services; Functional Specialists are media special­ists or experts in management
fields such as personnel, fiscal matters, systems, preservation, etc. Specialists may not be, strictly speaking,
professional librarians (i.e., have an MLS). The “specialist” category would generally not be used for someone
with significant supervisory responsi­ bilities, who should instead be listed as a department head or assistant
director (see also note under Assistant Department Head, below).
Functional Specialist sub-codes. Starting with the 2004–2005 Salary Survey, the ARL Statistics and
Measurement Committee adopted a proposal from the ACRL Personnel Administrators and Staff Development
Officers Discussion Group to break down the Functional Specialist category. For each position which would have
been labeled FSPEC prior to 2004-05, instead please use one of the eight sub-codes (ARCH, BUSI, HUMRES, ITS,
ITW, ITP, MEDIA, PRES) to describe that position. If you cannot determine which sub-code to use, please use the
FSPEC code.
Department Heads. Department Heads not specifically included in the above list should be included under the
category “Head, Other Department/Service/Agency.” Head, Catalog Department should be used either for the
department that handles all cataloging, or for the head of a specialized catalog­ing unit (e.g., copy cataloging or
foreign languages). List the head of library automation and computer systems, applica­tions, programming, etc.
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