American Library Association. (1997-2012). Library salaries information. Retrieved November 13, 2012 from

Knowing current librarian salaries across different fields and geographic locations can help provide a benchmark for salary negotiations. In addition to providing several statistics about salary ranges, the American Library Association has included several free online resources that provide current library salary information according to geography, as well as the minimum salaries by state. Additional resources include advocacy toolkits to promote fair and equitable pay. In addition, a link is included to the Library Salary database, which contains the 2012 ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian Public and Academic Salary Report. Access to the database costs $50 for 30-day access or $150 ($250 for non-ALA members) for access for one year. The print publication can be purchased for $90. While the resource is helpful for hiring library directors, it can also be a useful resource for those seeking executive library positions.

Maata, S.L. (2012, October 15). A job by any other name: LJ's placements & salaries survey 2012. Library Journal. Retrieved from

Knowing entry level librarian salaries across various fields in different locations can help manage new graduate expectations about wages. The latest Library Journal survey provides statistics about salaries and employment for new library school graduates. More than 2,100 LIS graduates responded to the survey, representing 34.7% of the 2011 graduating class from 41 participating, accredited programs. The article provides an overview of the current marketplace, along with statistics and graphs. To note, Simmons SLIS reported the highest number of alums employed in full-time positions within a year of graduation.

The Riley Guide. (1998-2012). Evaluating and negotiating job offers. Retrieved November 13, 2012 from

Selected by an editorial staff, current links to the latest leading magazine articles and career expert commentary are organized and segregated according to the following topics: evaluating a job offer, declining a job offer, employment contracts, submitting your resignation, considering a counter-offer from a current employer, negotiating, negotiating relocation expenses, and nondisclosure agreements. Sources include,,, and Created by a university librarian who sought to create the world's leading online career resource, The Riley Guide site acts as an aggregator for finding the latest developments and tips about negotiation. It contains more than 1,600 resources about jobs, careers, and education.

Weak, E. (2012, May 11). Further questions: Do you have any etiquette tips for candidates who have received an offer? [Web log post]. Hiring Librarians. Retrieved from

Hiring Librarians blogger Emily Weak interviews library recruiters and managers about how they make hiring decisions. As an on-call librarian, Weak's brief post covers the etiquette and ethics of salary negotiation from the viewpoint of twelve library recruiters and directors at public, academic, legal, and even anonymous libraries. Information about hiring timelines, what is negotiable, as well as how to decline an offer without "burning bridges," is also included.