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June 2008, Week 1


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Fri, 6 Jun 2008 11:59:26 -0500
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It seems that my place of employment bases all salaries on jobs that are
similar to your own.  Examples of this would be all directors are in the
same pay scale as are all unit secretaries.  My question to my boss is "How
do they calculate my salary since I am the only librarian that the facility
has?"  The salaries of other medical librarians are not allowed into the
picture and will not be considered.  My boss tells me that I am in the same
scale as a few others here but will not tell me who they are or what they
do. It seems that it would be a breach of confidentiality for them to share
that info.  Seems like a good way to avoid my asking for raises. All they
would have to say in response is that I fall with or are at the top of my
pay scale and I make as much or more than the others in that same pay
scale.  Again, the question being who else is in my pay scale!  After all
directors and unit secretaries know the pay scales of other directors ad
secretaries so what is the big deal about confidentiality?

"Librarians are not just good at Internet searching because we understand
how to play word games. We're good because we know where we need to go and
the quickest routes for getting there; we are equipped not just with
compasses but with mental maps of the information landscape."
- -Marylaine Block