Economic Status of Law Librarians Committee

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TYPE

Process Committee

PURPOSE

The committee on the Economic Status of Law Librarians is responsible for the compilation and publication of the AALL Biennial Salary Survey.

CHARGE

The committee shall:

  • Review and update the survey questionnaire and position descriptions on a biennial basis, prior to the distribution of the survey.
  • Work collaboratively with ALL-SIS, PLLIP-SIS, and GLL-SIS to review and update the position descriptions for each of the library types.
  • Work with the contracted survey company and the AALL Director of Content Strategy to make sure the survey is conducted according to best practices and that the results are reported to the AALL membership.

ADDITIONAL CHARGE

During the 2020 July Executive Board meeting, the AALL Executive Board approved for the  Committee to investigate the possibility of including zip code data for the 2023 edition of the AALL Biennial Salary Survey. This includes (i) investigating potential benefits and costs associated with modifying the AALL Biennial Salary Survey to include cost of living information for reported salaries based on zip codes of the positions and (ii) preparing a written report with recommendations on feasibility, expected benefits, and costs. AALL Executive Board did not allocate any funding for this investigation. The report should be submitted to the Executive Board at its July 2021 Executive Board meeting.

TIME COMMITMENT

The time commitment is up to six hours a month, depending on the time of year, and also the cycle of the biennial release of the survey. In a year when the survey will not be published, the committee will be working with the SISs to update the position descriptions, and also to review and update the salary survey questionnaire. In a year when the survey is being conducted, the committee will work to make sure that the survey is issued according to the schedule developed, to promote completion of the survey and to review the final survey, prior to its release.

TENURE

Membership on the committee shall normally be for two years, except that the vice chair and chair will each serve three years. The returning member selected as vice chair at the end of the first year shall serve in that capacity in the second year, and become chair in the third.

SIZE

The committee shall consist of a chair, vice chair, five members, and a non-voting Executive Board and staff liaison.

STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS COMPLIANCE

  • Goal II: Engagement

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER COMMITTEES/STRUCTURES

The Committee consults with the three law library type SISs, ALL-SIS, PLLIP-SIS, and GLL-SIS, to review and update position descriptions for each AALL Biennial Salary Survey.