Standing Committee on the Salaries and Status of Library Workers

During the 2002-2003 ALA presidency of Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman, the ALA Better Salaries and Pay Equity for Library Workers Task Force accomplished many activities that laid the foundation for the Standing Committee on the Salaries and Status of Library Workers and its subcommittees.

The ALA-APA Bylaws state that “there shall be a standing committee of nine members, appointed by the ALA-APA Board of Directors, to guide ALA-APA activities in support of better salaries, comparable worth, pay equity, and similar programs related to the status of librarians and other library workers. This committee will report to the ALA-APA Council at each regular meeting.”

Charge (approved January 22, 2007)

To provide training and information, recommend standards, suggest strategies, and undertake research to:

Acting as a resource on the pay equity issue for the American Library Association:

  • Maintaining a liaison from the Standing Committee to the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE)
  • Maintaining an active network and database of resources in support of these issues
  • Supporting equal employment for all library employees

To promote and advocate pay equity and equity in the workplace as it affects all library employees by:

All in support of and promoting the larger goals of the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association.

Salary Negotiation – Ins, Outs, and In Between

Webinar held: May 13, 2021

Brief Description:

Panelists discussed how salary decisions are made, what compensation packages consist of, and how to highlight strengths. In addition to talking numbers, panelists also discussed the difference and benefits of collective bargaining compared to individual salary negotiations, and how collective bargaining affects pay equity and equality.

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Current Roster


Angela Jones (Chair, 2023 – 2024)

Jane Billinger (Member, 2022 – 2024)

Mimi S. Davis (Member, 2022 – 2024)

Nicollette M. Davis (Member, 2022 – 2024)

Rosemary Farrell (Member, 2023 – 2025)

Jaime Gonzalez-Vicker (Member, 2023 – 2025)

Lindsay Hall (Member, 2022 – 2024)

Sam Helmick (ALA Board Liaison, 2021 – 2024)

Eboni Henry (Member, 2022 – 2024)

Scott Hertzberg (Member, 2023 – 2025)

Malana Krongelb (Member, 2023 – 2025)

Louisa Lebwohl (Member, 2022 – 2024)

Michael Monahan (Member, 2023 – 2025)

Ly Nguyen (Member, 2023 – 2025)

Leah Richardson (Member, 2022 – 2024)

Jennifer Walker (Member, 2022 – 2024)

Beatrice Calvin (Staff Liaision)