RECENT investigation has led us to wonder if the remuneration of librarians has made anything like the progress which sanguine people are wont to say it has. Or, since it is always distasteful to harp on payment for work, we ask has librarianship advanced, as shown in the salaries paid, in a manner commensurate with the services rendered If the librarian were receiving the acknowledgment that his position, from its nature, ought to command, his salary should compare in some way with the salaries of his municipal colleagues. Does it It is true the salaries of librarians have advanced, but does not the prewar ratio of difference between them and the salaries of the borough accountant, the medical officer, the borough engineer, remain constant We believe it does. An example occurs to us, where the prewar salary of the town clerk was 1,000 and the borough engineer's was the same, while the medical officer received 800. The librarian had 400. Today the town clerk has 2,000, the doctor 1,300, and the engineer 1,750, but the librarian has 750. He is still in the same, if not in a worse, position, relatively, than he was before the war. And 750 is not a low salary, as library appointments go nowadays. The simple truth is that municipalities do not, and frankly say they do not, regard librarians as professional men. So, in this line alone, much remains to be done.
New Library World – Emerald Publishing
Published: Mar 1, 1927
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