University Library Questionnaire and Instructions · 141
Please complete as much of this section as possible (US libraries only), but do not hold up the
reporting process if some of the data requested are not available. Canadian libraries should leave
these columns blank. The major change in the revised standard for the classification of federal
data on race and ethnicity is that now respondents are able to report more than one race by
choosing multiple responses to the following questions.
Race and Ethnicity: The U.S. Office of Management and Budget has revised the Standards for the
Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity and according to the new standard there will
be five minimum categories for data on race (American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or
African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and White) and one category for
data on ethnicity (“Hispanic or Latino”). Respondents will be able to report more than one race
by choosing multiple responses to the race question. The purpose of the revised classification is
to reflect the increasing diversity of the U.S. population that has resulted primarily from growth in
immigration and in interracial marriages. The new standards were used by the Bureau of the
Census in the 2000 decennial census.1 In light of these developments, we are collecting the new
classification on race and ethnicity in the ARL Annual Salary Survey on an optional basis.
Ethnicity should be indicated by coding 1 to indicate if the person is of Hispanic or Latino
ethnicity, and coding 0 otherwise. The definition of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity is: A person of
Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or
origin, regardless of race.
Race should be indicated for U.S. university libraries only, by choosing one or more responses
among the five racial categories provided here; 1=yes and 0=no. You can select multiple racial
categories for a person. The definitions of the five racial categories, listed with their respective
column names, are:
American Indian or Alaska Native (NatAm): A person having origins in any of the original peoples
of North and South America (including Central America) who maintains tribal affiliation or
Asian (Asian): A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast
Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea,
Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Black or African American (Black): A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (HawPI): A person having origins in any of the original
peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.