Librarians Unite for Equal Pay

Most librarians hold master's degrees-and most also are women, paid an average starting salary of $34,000 a year. In contrast, male-dominated job fields that require master's degrees-such as database administrators-pay nearly double the average salary of a librarian. To remedy the inequality, the American Library Association (ALA) is launching a pay equity campaign that includes support for union organizing as an effective strategy for winning better wages.

Noting that many library employees are already union members, ALA President Maurice Freedman says, "Female-dominated occupations such as teachers and nurses, have achieved significant gains by organizing."

For more information and to download a pay equity toolkit, visit www.ala.org/pio/advocacy/better_salariestoolkit.pdf. @