(CHICAGO) At the American Library Association (ALA) 2007 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, January 19 – 24, the ALA-Allied Professional Association: the Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees (ALA-APA) Council adopted a resolution to endorse a nonbinding minimum salary for professional librarians. The resolution states that: “over three-quarters of respondent library workers support the establishment of salary minimums for librarians, with the most common salary figure cited being $40,000.”
The resolution endorses a minimum salary for professional librarians of not less than $40,000 per year.
The goal of the ALA-APA is to promote the mutual professional interests of librarians and other library workers. Its two focus areas are direct support of comparable worth and pay equity initiatives, and other activities designed to improve the salaries and status of librarians and library workers; and certification of professionals in specializations beyond the initial professional degree .
The 183-member ALA-APA governing body passed the Resolution on January 22, 2007.