Make Sure Your School Gets Counted

By Stephanie Maatta

Deans, Directors, and Chairs If you are a faculty member or a director and your school did not respond fully, now is the time to get started on the 2008 survey. There are three stages in the annual LJ Placements & Salary Survey.
  1. The school must provide the name and email address of the person who will serve as its contact and determine whether the school prefers to use the web or print version of the student survey. Do this online beginning in March 2009. Announcements will be forwarded to each school with the web address and other updated information.
  2. Submit the Institutional Survey. The school's contact tells LJ the number and gender of graduates, the placement activity, and what areas were easier or harder to place for graduates during the year being surveyed. This can be done after December graduation or late winter graduations.
  3. Get the 2008 surveys to graduates. Direct graduates to the web survey or distribute and collect paper surveys and then mail in copies. Numerous outreach efforts will be made through new librarian electronic lists to encourage graduates to contact their schools to participate.

For Graduates If you are a 2008 graduate, make sure that your institution has your current email and snail-mail addresses. Ask to be included in the 2008 LJ Placements & Salaries Survey. If your institution has chosen not to participate, you can still do so by contacting the author (Stephanie Maatta: smaatta@cas.usf.edu). Please answer all questions: the most frequently omitted information covers gender, salary, and type of institution/library.

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