Librarians’ Association at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Professional Welfare Committee
Annual Report 2004-2005
Committee Members: Diana McDuffee (chair), Elizabeth Chenault, Nancy Kaiser, Eileen
McGrath, Andy Ingham, Philip Vandermeer
The charge of the Professional Welfare Committee is to deal with issues relating to the
clarification and improvement of the professional status and benefits of librarians at UNC
Chapel Hill. This year the committee focused on keeping the issue of librarians’ salaries
before the Chancellor, Provost, and other University leaders.
The committee began the year by meeting with the new University Librarian, Sarah
Michalak. The purpose of the meeting was to acquaint her with the work of the committee
and to learn about her goals. We were encouraged to learn that we share common goals for
librarians’ professional welfare and that she is committed to continuing the collaborative,
working relationship that we had developed with Joe Hewitt’s office.
The Professional Welfare Committee and the University Librarian have joined in
promoting the goal of raising the UNC Chapel Hill librarians’ salaries to the top quartile (a
ranking better than 28th) of ARL libraries. In addition, we compare the salaries at UNC
Chapel Hill to those at our peer institutions. The 2005 ARL salary survey shows that UNC
Chapel Hill librarians’ salaries rose 15 places last year (from 78th to 63rd). Ms. Michalak
proposed and LAUNCH supported moving librarians’ salaries another 15 places to 48th in
the next year. This would bring our salaries closer to our regional peers, i.e. Duke
University and University of Virginia. The Professional Welfare committee sent a letter to
the Provost in support Ms. Michalak’s request.
Other activities of the committee included:
Nancy Kaiser and Libby Chenault investigated maternity leave benefits per discussions in
the Faculty Council on this issue, phased retirement, job sharing, and flexible work
schedules to determine what LAUNCCH could do to support these policies and practices.
It was determined that faculty maternity leave benefits did not apply to EPAs with 12
month appointments and phased retirement did not apply to librarian positions. The ability
to offer job-sharing, employment after retirement, and flexible work schedules, however,
are options available at the library level. Mari Marsh, Director of Library Personnel,
expressed willingness to meet with individuals and/or groups to outline general benefits
policies and practices.
The committee met with new members of Faculty Council to assure that they were aware
of our interests and to foster good communications between the Professional Welfare
Committee and Faculty Council.
Judith Wegner, Chair of Faculty Council, asked Diana McDuffee to join the Faculty
Welfare committee. The committee has met once and created subcommittees. Diana has
joined the “Healthy Campus: Wellness and On-Site Health Care Services” subcommittee.
The subcommittee has not started its work.