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Survey of Academic Library Leadership: Outlook for Library Employment, Compensation & Staffing

  • ID: 5116538
  • Report
  • June 2020
  • Region: Global
  • 54 Pages
  • Primary Research Group
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This study presents data from a random sample of 88 academic libraries in North America about their plans to add to, subtract from, or maintain their employment and staffing levels in the upcoming academic year, 20-21.  It also looks at plans for salary increases or cuts and examines plans for other employee-related expenses such as education reimbursement, employee training, travel and conference, and other expenses.  The study provides highly specific data for professional librarians, overall non-student staff, and even for library student employees, with detailed data looking at levels in Spring 2020 and expected levels for Fall 2020.  Survey respondents also discuss their attitudes towards staffing in the future, how their libraries have fared vs. other academic departments in confronting the Covid-19 driven downturn in funding at many institutions, and the extent to which they expect library staff will continue to work remotely in Fall 2020.

Just a few of this 55-page report’s hundreds of data points are that:

  • The number of students employed by the libraries in the sample in the Fall of 2020 relative to the beginning of the Spring semester 2020 is expected to fall by 14.85%.
  • 71.43% of the junior college libraries in the sample expected to spend less on employee training in the next year.
  • 50% of librarians from research universities felt that their libraries would fare better than other non-library departments in the distribution of budget cuts over the next year at their institutions, a far higher percentage expressing this confidence than by libraries at other types of higher ed institution.
  • For summer session 2020 librarians sampled expect to see approximately 44% of their staff working in the library rather than remotely.

Data in the page report is broken out by size and type of institution, by tuition level, for public and private institutions, and enrollment level.

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1. THE QUESTIONNAIRE    

2. PARTICIPANTS LIST  

  • Characteristics of the Sample    

3. SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS    

  • How many student library employees did you have starting each of the following semesters?    
  • Spring 2020    
  • Fall 2020    
  • How many total non-student full time equivalent employees does the library expect to have in each of the following periods?    
  • Spring 2020    
  • Fall 2020    
  • How many total full time equivalent librarians does the library expect to have in each of the following periods?    
  • Spring 2020    
  • Fall 2020    
  • Has the coronavirus epidemic led to or might lead to offers of severance packages, lay-offs or early retirements?  If so, briefly explain what is happening or likely to happen at your organization in this respect?    
  • What is your expectation of the impact of the coronavirus on the salaries/benefits of full time library employees who are not students?    
  • What is likely to happen to the following expenses for the library in the next year?    
  • Travel budgets    
  • Conference attendance    
  • Employee training    
  • Employee reimbursement for education    
  • How do you feel that the library will fare in terms of coronavirus-induced staff reductions or constraints on financial resources relative to the college or university norm in other departments?    
  • What percentage of library employees do you expect to see working in the library itself at each of the following times?    
  • Summer session 2020    
  • Fall semester 2020    

List of Tables

Table 1 How many student library employees did you have starting each of the following semesters?    
Table 1.1.1 How many student library employees did you have starting in spring 2020?    
Table 1.1.2 How many student library employees did you have starting in spring 2020? Broken out by personal age of the survey respondent    
Table 1.1.3 How many student library employees did you have starting in spring 2020? Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 1.1.4 How many student library employees did you have starting in spring 2020? Broken out by Carnegie Class or type of college    
Table 1.1.5 How many student library employees did you have starting in spring 2020? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 1.1.6 How many student library employees did you have starting in spring 2020? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 1.2.1 How many student library employees do you expect to have starting in fall 2020?    
Table 1.2.2 How many student library employees do you expect to have starting in fall 2020? Broken out by personal age of the survey respondent    
Table 1.2.3 How many student library employees do you expect to have starting in fall 2020? Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 1.2.4 How many student library employees do you expect to have starting in fall 2020? Broken out by Carnegie Class or type of college    
Table 1.2.5 How many student library employees do you expect to have starting in fall 2020? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 1.2.6 How many student library employees do you expect to have starting in fall 2020? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 2 How many total non-student full time equivalent employees does the library expect to have in each of the following periods?    
Table 2.1.1 How many total non-student full time equivalent employees did the library have in beginning of spring 2020 semester?    
Table 2.1.2 How many total non-student full time equivalent employees did the library have in beginning of spring 2020 semester? Broken out by personal age of the survey respondent    
Table 2.1.3 How many total non-student full time equivalent employees did the library have in beginning of spring 2020 semester? Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 2.1.4 How many total non-student full time equivalent employees did the library have in beginning of spring 2020 semester? Broken out by Carnegie Class or type of college    
Table 2.1.5 How many total non-student full time equivalent employees did the library have in beginning of spring 2020 semester? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 2.1.6 How many total non-student full time equivalent employees did the library have in beginning of spring 2020 semester? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 2.2.1 How many total non-student full time equivalent employees does the library expect to have in beginning of fall 2020 semester?    
Table 2.2.2 How many total non-student full time equivalent employees does the library expect to have in beginning of fall 2020 semester? Broken out by personal age of the survey respondent    
Table 2.2.3 How many total non-student full time equivalent employees does the library expect to have in beginning of fall 2020 semester? Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 2.2.4 How many total non-student full time equivalent employees does the library expect to have in beginning of fall 2020 semester? Broken out by Carnegie Class or type of college    
Table 2.2.5 How many total non-student full time equivalent employees does the library expect to have in beginning of fall 2020 semester? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 2.2.6 How many total non-student full time equivalent employees does the library expect to have in beginning of fall 2020 semester? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 3 How many total full time equivalent librarians does the library expect to have in each of the following periods?    
Table 3.1.1 How many total full time equivalent librarians did the library have in beginning of spring 2020 semester?    
Table 3.1.2 How many total full time equivalent librarians did the library have in beginning of spring 2020 semester? Broken out by personal age of the survey respondent    
Table 3.1.3 How many total full time equivalent librarians did the library have in beginning of spring 2020 semester? Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 3.1.4 How many total full time equivalent librarians did the library have in beginning of spring 2020 semester? Broken out by Carnegie Class or type of college    
Table 3.1.5 How many total full time equivalent librarians did the library have in beginning of spring 2020 semester? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 3.1.6 How many total full time equivalent librarians did the library have in beginning of spring 2020 semester? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 3.2.1 How many total full time equivalent librarians does the library expect to have in beginning of fall 2020 semester?    
Table 3.2.2 How many total full time equivalent librarians does the library expect to have in beginning of fall 2020 semester? Broken out by personal age of the survey respondent    
Table 3.2.3 How many total full time equivalent librarians does the library expect to have in beginning of fall 2020 semester? Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 3.2.4 How many total full time equivalent librarians does the library expect to have in beginning of fall 2020 semester? Broken out by Carnegie Class or type of college    
Table 3.2.5 How many total full time equivalent librarians does the library expect to have in beginning of fall 2020 semester? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 3.2.6 How many total full time equivalent librarians does the library expect to have in beginning of fall 2020 semester? Broken out by tuition, $    
Has the coronavirus epidemic led to or might lead to offers of severance packages, lay-offs or early retirements?  If so, briefly explain what is happening or likely to happen at your organization in this respect? Broken out by Carnegie Class or type of college    
Table 4.1 What is your expectation of the impact of the coronavirus on the salaries/benefits of full time library employees who are not students?    
Table 4.2 What is your expectation of the impact of the coronavirus on the salaries/benefits of full time library employees who are not students? Broken out by personal age of the survey respondent    
Table 4.3 What is your expectation of the impact of the coronavirus on the salaries/benefits of full time library employees who are not students? Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 4.4 What is your expectation of the impact of the coronavirus on the salaries/benefits of full time library employees who are not students? Broken out by Carnegie Class or type of college    
Table 4.5 What is your expectation of the impact of the coronavirus on the salaries/benefits of full time library employees who are not students? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 4.6 What is your expectation of the impact of the coronavirus on the salaries/benefits of full time library employees who are not students? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 5 What is likely to happen to the following expenses for the library in the next year?    
Table 5.1.1 What is likely to happen to the employee travel budgets in the next year?    
Table 5.1.2 What is likely to happen to the employee travel budgets in the next year? Broken out by personal age of the survey respondent    
Table 5.1.3 What is likely to happen to the employee travel budgets in the next year? Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 5.1.4 What is likely to happen to the employee travel budgets in the next year? Broken out by Carnegie Class or type of college    
Table 5.1.5 What is likely to happen to the employee travel budgets in the next year? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 5.1.6 What is likely to happen to the employee travel budgets in the next year? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 5.2.1 What is likely to happen to the budgets for conference attendance in the next year?    
Table 5.2.2 What is likely to happen to the budgets for conference attendance in the next year? Broken out by personal age of the survey respondent    
Table 5.2.3 What is likely to happen to the budgets for conference attendance in the next year? Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 5.2.4 What is likely to happen to the budgets for conference attendance in the next year? Broken out by Carnegie Class or type of college    
Table 5.2.5 What is likely to happen to the budgets for conference attendance in the next year? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 5.2.6 What is likely to happen to the budgets for conference attendance in the next year? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 5.3.1 What is likely to happen to the employee training spending in the next year?    
Table 5.3.2 What is likely to happen to the employee training spending in the next year? Broken out by personal age of the survey respondent    
Table 5.3.3 What is likely to happen to the employee training spending in the next year? Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 5.3.4 What is likely to happen to the employee training spending in the next year? Broken out by Carnegie Class or type of college    
Table 5.3.5 What is likely to happen to the employee training spending in the next year? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 5.3.6 What is likely to happen to the employee training spending in the next year? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 5.4.1 What is likely to happen to the employee reimbursement for education in the next year?    
Table 5.4.2 What is likely to happen to the employee reimbursement for education in the next year? Broken out by personal age of the survey respondent    
Table 5.4.3 What is likely to happen to the employee reimbursement for education in the next year? Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 5.4.4 What is likely to happen to the employee reimbursement for education in the next year? Broken out by Carnegie Class or type of college    
Table 5.4.5 What is likely to happen to the employee reimbursement for education in the next year? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 5.4.6 What is likely to happen to the employee reimbursement for education in the next year? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 6.1 How do you feel that the library will fare in terms of coronavirus-induced staff reductions or constrains on financial resources relative to the college or university norm in other departments?    
Table 6.2 How do you feel that the library will fare in terms of coronavirus-induced staff reductions or constrains on financial resources relative to the college or university norm in other departments? Broken out by personal age of the survey respondent    
Table 6.3 How do you feel that the library will fare in terms of coronavirus-induced staff reductions or constrains on financial resources relative to the college or university norm in other departments? Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 6.4 How do you feel that the library will fare in terms of coronavirus-induced staff reductions or constrains on financial resources relative to the college or university norm in other departments? Broken out by Carnegie Class or type of college    
Table 6.5 How do you feel that the library will fare in terms of coronavirus-induced staff reductions or constrains on financial resources relative to the college or university norm in other departments? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 6.6 How do you feel that the library will fare in terms of coronavirus-induced staff reductions or constrains on financial resources relative to the college or university norm in other departments? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 7 What percentage of library employees do you expect to see working in the library itself at each of the following times?    
Table 7.1.1 What percentage of library employees do you expect to see working in the library itself in summer session 2020?    
Table 7.1.2 What percentage of library employees do you expect to see working in the library itself in summer session 2020? Broken out by personal age of the survey respondent    
Table 7.1.3 What percentage of library employees do you expect to see working in the library itself in summer session 2020? Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 7.1.4 What percentage of library employees do you expect to see working in the library itself in summer session 2020? Broken out by Carnegie Class or type of college    
Table 7.1.5 What percentage of library employees do you expect to see working in the library itself in summer session 2020? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 7.1.6 What percentage of library employees do you expect to see working in the library itself in summer session 2020? Broken out by tuition, $    
Table 7.2.1 What percentage of library employees do you expect to see working in the library itself in fall semester 2020?    
Table 7.2.2 What percentage of library employees do you expect to see working in the library itself in fall semester 2020? Broken out by personal age of the survey respondent    
Table 7.2.3 What percentage of library employees do you expect to see working in the library itself in fall semester 2020? Broken out by your college or university is public or private?    
Table 7.2.4 What percentage of library employees do you expect to see working in the library itself in fall semester 2020? Broken out by Carnegie Class or type of college    
Table 7.2.5 What percentage of library employees do you expect to see working in the library itself in fall semester 2020? Broken out by enrollment    
Table 7.2.6 What percentage of library employees do you expect to see working in the library itself in fall semester 2020? Broken out by tuition, $    

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