Ideas for Librarian Recruitment and Retention

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Welcome to resources for recruiting, recognizing, and retaining librarians, previously sponsored by the Professional Recruitment and Retention Committee and now continued by the Professional Issues and Ethics Committee. This resource is provided for the use of all Texas libraries and librarians so that they may recognize and retain quality employees in their institutions. The ideas listed in resources linked at left aim to fit within any library's budget, big or small. The committee welcomes all ideas and input from librarians around the state. 

Library and information science is an ideal choice for talented individuals who love working with people and who seek a rewarding career that combines research, technology, project management, leadership skills, and a community focus.

The Texas Library Association endorsed a minimum entry-level salary of $40,500 during 2011. According to Occupational Outlook Handbooks, salaries of librarians vary according to the individual’s qualifications and the type, size, and location of the library. Experienced librarians can advance to administrative positions, such as department head, library director, or chief information officer. Librarians with primarily administrative duties often have greater earnings.

To become a library and information science professional, a master’s degree in library and information science (MLIS), obtained through a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA), is required. Depending on which area of library and information science is entered, additional or specialized training may be required. Continued education will keep one abreast of the latest technology and information in the field.

In Texas, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Austin, and Texas Woman’s University all offer ALA accredited master’s programs for people seeking careers in a variety of settings, including academic, public, school, and special libraries. Sam Houston State University and University of Houston-Clear Lake offer programs recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). These programs are renewed and approved by the American Association of School Librarians for those pursuing work in school libraries serving pre-K through 12th grade.

Created on Apr 1, 2010 | Last updated June 03, 2014