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 cost
> 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 getting
> 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:
> >
> >
> > 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
> >