Professional level librarians and archivists in the US tend to be paid a
higher wage if the position requires a graduate level degree (ex. MLIS).
Pay grades are often education based but institutions will sometimes lower
the minimum qualifications (ex. BA degree) so they can pay less but prefer
someone with a higher level of education to do the job. And there are
people who will take the job because they want to get into this field that
has limited opportunities and/or they have the means and support to take a
low paying job and still make a living. For example, I received my first
experience in the field as an unpaid intern but I was taking out school
loans and had the privilege to fall back on my parents if I really needed
it. A lot of people can't do that so low pay can limit the pool of
The big issue you are getting at is a super complicated systemic one
involving the US' form of government, public funding, and capitalism that
certainly relates to this issue but does get very political.
On Mon, Sep 20, 2021 at 5:29 AM Darren Ingram <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Not going to focus on the institution, but the wage level in general.
> Are wages that low in the U.S.?
> Here 15 USD is about 12.70 EUR. Here a supermarket worker would earn either
> a little under this figure (or over it -- depends on the exact working
> relationship/number of years work). Add to this uphike for working at
> evenings/nights/weekends/public holiday. Plus, Finland is thought by many
> to have a "high" tax rate -- dependent on your tax class -- but we don't
> have to then pay for expensive healthcare insurance. Employers and
> employees pay a proportion of tax to cover healthcare and social costs such
> as unemployment funds and the like. People don't get made bankrupt here
> over healthcare bills, or the very small "co-pay" we had. For example, I
> had a double lung transplant a few years ago - my co-pay was a few hundred
> euros for the hospital stay. Each year my co-pay ceiling for medicine (that
> costs thousands of euros each time) is under 700 euros a year.
> Over here our librarians and archivists feel they have a low pay rate, but
> it is not as low as this indicative rate. I get the point about budgets
> being limited and that "something is better than nothing" but still...
> Darren Ingram
> On Mon, 13 Sept 2021 at 21:05, Adrian Cosentini <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > For any institution that wants to do A/V preservation on the cheap, I
> > have one word of warning. In the long run, it's going to cost you and
> > you plenty. Also if you're lucky maybe not too many originals won't be
> > trashed. My grandmother had an old expression. Going cheap is the most
> > expensive way to go. 15$ an hour! Hah!
> > On Monday, September 13, 2021, 01:47:55 PM EDT, Jon Roren <
> > [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > If there is a CRISIS, then institutions should be willing to spend the
> > proper money for it. Nobody gets a Master's degree with the goal of
> > a $15/hr job.
> > If there is a CRISIS, these institutions should suck up to the local
> > wealthy people and raise the money to prove why it's important and to pay
> > for a job done right the first time.
> > (accidentally sent a "reply" instead of "reply all" -- Sorry CB)
> > On Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 10:33 AM Stroman, Elissa <[log in to unmask]
> > wrote:
> > > The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech
> > > University is hiring an Archival Associate in our Audio Visual
> > department.
> > > The essential job functions include overseeing the digital migration of
> > > analog audio, video, and film; processing A/V collections, creating
> > finding
> > > aids, and producing metadata for recordings; and administering repair
> > work
> > > and preventative maintenance for analog transfer equipment.
> > >
> > > This is a full-time benefits-eligible staff position located in Lubbock
> > > Texas, starting at $15 per hour.
> > >
> > > A direct link to the hiring website and job description (position
> > 25524BR)
> > > can be found here:
> > >
> > > This Archival Associate position is also listed on the Texas Tech
> > > library's employment page:
> > > https://www.depts.ttu.edu/library/about/employment/
> > >
> > > Any questions can be directed to me.
> > >
> > > [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
> > >
> > >
> > > Elissa Stroman, PhD (she/her)
> > > Unit Manager in the Audio Visual Department
> > > at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
> > > Texas Tech University
> > > Box 41041, Lubbock TX 79409
> > > 806-834-0998
> > > Editor, West Texas Historical Review
> > >