ERIC Number: ED368363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Benefits for Professional Staff in ARL Libraries. SPEC Kit 197.
Switzer, Teri R., Comp.
The kit and flyer explore employee benefits offered to professional staff by member institutions of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). To find out about these benefits, ARL surveyed its 119 members in 1993, and received 71 replies. Of responding libraries, 100% provide health care insurance, 69% have a major medical plan, while 86.4% provide a dental insurance option and 91.9% have a life insurance plan. The benefit rate is usually a percentage of salary or a fixed dollar amount. One of the standard benefits offered is a retirement plan, with 68% offering Social Security or the equivalent as a retirement plan and about 53% offering a defined contribution plan (retirement based on total contributions and the return on investments). Only 0.8% do not offer some type of sick or annual leave. Fifty-seven percent allow professional leave to conduct research. Educational benefits are among the perks offered, with 77% offering a study privilege. Recent economic trends are making benefits more important to employees, and libraries appear to be responding to their concerns. A total of 31 policy statements from 19 libraries are included that address general benefits; sick, annual/vacation leave; disability leave; sabbatical and research leave; and educational benefits. A copy of the questionnaire and a list of 20 selected readings are also included. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Employer Employee Relationship, Fringe Benefits, Health Insurance, Higher Education, Labor Force Development, Leaves of Absence, Librarians, Library Associations, Library Policy, Library Surveys, Professional Development, Questionnaires, Research Libraries, Retirement Benefits, Salaries, Training Allowances
Association of Research Libraries, Office of Management Services, 21 Dupont Circle, N.W., Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC. Office of Management Services.