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MLA Survey of Personnel Characteristics, 2009

The following survey was administered in early 2009 via Survey Monkey.  Respondents were given identical surveys for parts 1, 3, and 4, while Part 2 varied based on the response to the first question in that section.

Part 1:  Education and Background
Part 2:  Employment
              Part 2a:  Library/Archives
              Part 2b:  Student/Unemployed
              Part 2c:  Other Music/Library Commercial Sector
Part 3:  Scholarly, Creative, and Service Activities
Part 4:  Demographics

Part 1:  Education and Background

1.     Please indicate below the degrees/certifications/diplomas you have earned, including areas of study and years awarded.  Select all that apply.

DEGREES OR STUDY IN MUSIC  

Presented as:

BA  [dropdown list of majors]   [blank for year]
BM [dropdown list of majors]   [blank for year]
MA [dropdown list of majors]   [blank for year]
Etc.

_   BA (or equivalent)                       
_   BM (or equivalent)                      
_   MA               
_   MM, MME            
_   PhD/DMA/EdD                 
_   diploma                  
_   undergraduate coursework in music but not major                     
_   graduate coursework in music; no degree              
_   other (please specify):               

 

Choices for degree drop-downs:

musicology / music history 
ethnomusicology      
music education  
music therapy
music theory
music composition          
music administration       
music technology
vocal performance
instrumental performance        
conducting
other (please specify):                                     

PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY DEGREES AND/OR ARCHIVAL CERTIFICATION   [including year awarded]:

_   BA (or equivalent)           
_   ALA- accredited Master's of Library and/or Information Science [dropdown:  with music librarianship specialization, without music specialization]
_   Non-ALA-accredited Master's of Library and/or Information Science [dropdown:  with music librarianship specialization, without music specialization]
_   Archival Certification
_   PhD (in a subject besides music)

DEGREES IN FIELDS OTHER THAN MUSIC OR LIBRARY SCIENCE    [including year awarded]:

_   BA/BS                major:          
_   MA/MS              major:          
_   PhD/EdD            major:          
_   other (please specify)      major(s): _____________________         

 

2.     Are you actively pursuing a degree or certificate now? [dropdown]:

_   yes
_   no

Degree/certification: Major or concentration: _____________________

3.     Please list any languages other than English in which you have some proficiency and indicate the degree of proficiency on the following scale [repeatable]:

language [blank]:  

proficiency [dropdown]:

_   basic or bibliographic knowledge
_   some reading or speaking ability
_   moderate reading or speaking ability
_   fluency or near fluency

 

Part 2 for Library and Archives

1.     Please indicate below the type of institution in which you are employed.
        _   Academic or conservatory library (from each group below, select the attributes that best describe your institution)
               Highest level of music degrees granted
               _   undergraduate
               _   masters and/or post baccalaureate
               _   doctoral

               Type of institution (select all that apply):
               _   private institution
               _   state-supported institution
               _   conservatory, school of music, or conservatory within a larger institution     

               Total student enrollment at your institution:
               _   fewer than 2,000 students
               _   2,000 - 5,000 students
               _   5,000 - 10,000 students
               _   more than 10,000 students

               Total number of music majors (both undergraduate and graduate):
               _   1-50
               _   51-100
               _   101-200
               _   201-300
               _   301-400
               _   401 or more

_   Public Library
_   School library
_   Orchestra library
_   Archive or special collection not affiliated with an academic institution or public library
_   Governmental library (Federal, State, Armed Services)
_   Other library: ___________________________________

2.     Are your current position's responsibilities [check one]:

_   primarily related to music
_   split between music and non–music subjects
_   primarily unrelated to music

3.     If your current responsibilities are primarily or partly related to music, do you work in:

_   an integrated collection with no separate service point for music
_   a separate music, media, or performing arts collection housed within a larger collection
_   a physically separate branch music and/or performing arts library
_   other (please specify):

 

4.     For each task listed below, please indicate whether you have primary, secondary, or no responsibility.  [dropdowns next to each entry for primary, secondary, no responsibility]

_   administration/management of unit or library       
_   supervision (including volunteers or students)        
_   reference   
_   library instruction    
_   classroom teaching (other than library instruction)
_   circulation 
_   cataloging/ database maintenance           
_   systems/computer or technical support       
_   media technical support           
_   acquisitions
_   collection development                             
_   conservation/preservation       
_   marketing/sales/fundraising     

5.     How many years have you worked in your current position:

_   less than a year
_   5 years
_   5-10 years
_   10-20 years
_   more than twenty years

6.     How many hours per week are officially assigned to your position? ______

7.     What percentage FTE is your current position? (use your institution's definition of FTE):_____

8.     What is your annual salary range?
__ under $20,000
__ $20,000-$30,000
__ $30,001-$40,000
__ $40,001-$50,000
__ $50,001-$60,001
__ $60,001-$70,000 
__ $70,001-$80,000
__ $80,001-$90,000
__ $90,001-$100,000
__ over $100,000

 

9.     Which of the following best describes the status of your position:

_   tenured faculty
_   tenure-track faculty
_   permanent or continuing faculty (other than tenured or tenure-track)
_   professional staff
_   classified staff
_   non-renewable contract (e.g. a temporary position, however long, with a termination date)
_   other (please specify):

10.  How many total FTE staff (including librarians and paraprofessionals but excluding student, internship, or volunteer positions) work in your library? _____

11.  How many FTE librarians work in your library? _____

12.  How many total FTE staff (using the above definition) work in your department, unit, or branch? _____

13.  How many FTE librarians work in your department, unit, or branch? _____


14.  If you have an MLS, did you work as a library clerk or paraprofessional prior toearning your MLS?
_   yes [dropdown:  how long?]
_   no
_   not applicable

15.  If you have an MLS, did you work as a library clerk or paraprofessional after earning your MLS?
_   yes [dropdown:  how long?]
_   no
_   not applicable

16.  Do you have, or have you had a graduate assistantship:
_   yes, in a music library or archive
_   yes, in a non-music library or archive
_   no
_   not applicable

17.   Is your position represented by a union or bargaining unit?
_   yes
_   no

 

18. Have you ever (please check all that apply):      
_   sought the assistance of a résumé review or career counseling service?               
__  participated in a practicum or internship for professional development?
_   been employed in a library residency or fellowship program?   
_   participated in leadership training?

Continue with Part 3

 

Part 2 for Student/Unemployed

1. Please indicate your current status.
_   Student
_   Unemployed (job seeking)
_   Unemployed (not job seeking)

2.  If you have an MLS, did you work as a library clerk or paraprofessional prior to earning your MLS?
_   yes
_   no
_   not applicable

If YES, for how long? _____

3.  If you have an MLS, did you work as a library clerk or paraprofessional after earning your MLS?
_   yes
_   no
_   not applicable

If YES, for how long? _____

4.  If currently unemployed, have you worked in a professional position in a music library in the past?
_   yes
_   no
_   not applicable

5.  Do you have, or have you had a graduate assistantship:
_   yes, in a music library or archive
_   yes, in a non-music library or archive
_   no
_   not applicable

6.  Have you ever (please check all that apply):
__   participated in a practicum or internship for professional development?
_   been employed in a library residency or fellowship program?   
_   participated in leadership training?
_   participated in a mentoring program?
_   sought the assistance of a library-specific résumé review or career counseling service (MLA's Résumé Review Service or Placement Service, ALA's Placement Services)?
_   sought the assistance of a general résumé review or career counseling service (monster.com, career counseling center at an academic institution, etc.)? 

Continue with Part 3

 

Part 2 for Other Music/Library Commercial Sector

1. Please indicate the field in which you work.
_   Bibliographic utility or other commercial library service
_   Music or book publishing
_   Sound recording industry or distribution
_   Educator (including library school faculty and faculty in disciplines other than music)
_   Performing musician
_   Preservation consultation / service
_   Other: ___________________________________

2.  How many years have you worked in your current position:
_   less than a year
_   5-10 years
_   10-20 years
_   more than twenty years

3.  How many hours per week are officially assigned to your position? ______

4.  How many people work in your organization?
_   1-5
_   6-10
_   11-20
_   21-50
_   51 -100
_   101 or more

5.  What is your annual salary range?
_   under $20,000
_   $20,000-$30,000
_   $30,001-$40,000
_   $40,001-$50,000
_   $50,001-$60,001
_   $60,001-$70,000
_   $70,001-$80,000
_   $80,001-$90,000
_   $90,001-$100,000
_   over $100,000

6.  Have you worked in a music library or archive in the past?
_   yes
_   no

7.  Have you ever (please check all that apply):
__   sought the assistance of a résumé review or career counseling service?                   
_   participated in a practicum or internship for professional development?
_   been employed in a library residency or fellowship program?   
_  participated in leadership training?  

Continue with Part 3

 

Part 3:  Scholarly, Creative, and Service Activities

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

1.  Have you ever....?

_   published reviews (of books, scores, recordings, software, etc.)
_   published articles, book chapters, or encyclopedia entries
_   published books (author or co–author)
_   edited books, journals, or newsletters organized sessions or workshops (through national or regional organizations or agencies)
_   taught or led sessions or workshops (through national or regional organizations or agencies)
_   presented papers or poster sessions at national or regional conventions

CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

2.  Have you ever...?

_   given recitals (as soloist, principal performer, or featured composer)
_   received grants, commissions, or other awards or honors for artistic work 
_   published compositions
_   appeared on recording, video, or radio/television broadcast (e.g., as featured performer or composer)

SERVICE ACTIVITIES

3.  Have you ever...?

_   been appointed to a committee, working group, or task force in a professional organization
_   chaired a committee, working group, or task force, or coordinated a roundtable in a professional organization
_   served as a special officer (e.g. publicity, placement) in a professional organization
_   served as a board member in a professional organization
_   served as a panel member at a committee/subcommittee/roundtable meeting in a professional organization
_  other (please describe):

 

Part 4:  Demographic Data

1.  What is your age?

 _   20-30
_   31-40
_   41-50
_   51-60
_   61-70
_   71-80
_   81 or above  

2.  What is your gender?

_   Female
_   Male

3.  What is your race or ethnic origin? (check all that apply):

_   White
_   African/African American
_   Asian
_   Pacific Islanders, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders
_   Native American including Alaskan
_   Latino
_  Other

4. Your sexual orientation:

_   bisexual
_   heterosexual
_   lesbian/gay

5. Country ____________ and State or Province ____________ in which you work.  

6. Are you currently a member of the national MLA organization?

__yes
  For how many years?
   __ less than a year
   __ 1-5 years
   __ 5-10 years
   __ 10-20 years
   __ more than twenty years

__ no

 

7. If you currently are a national MLA member, please rate the importance of the following factors in your decision to become or remain an MLA member:  [Likert scale; 1 = Not important, 5 = Very Important]

_   Notes       
_   MLA Newsletter            
_   career advisory services (Résumé Review Service, Placement Service, etc.)
_   opportunities for mentoring and/or being mentored 
_   contact with other members of the profession        
_   conference attendance  
_   important for institutional promotion         
_  other (please describe):  

8.  If you currently are not a national MLA member, or at any time had a lapse in membership, please indicate the importance of the following factors regarding your decision:

_   MLA not relevant to my professional goals or interests            
_   change in employment position or situation      
_   cost of membership    
_   member of other relevant national music organization (e. g. AMS, Sonneck Society, SEM)
_   member of other relevant national library organization (e. g. ALA, SAA, ACRL)
_   national organization duplicates chapter offerings     
_   institution holds membership
_   non-inclusive atmosphere 
_   other (please describe):
_   not applicable

9. Please place a check mark (P) beside library, professional, or scholarly music groups other than MLA to which you currently pay membership dues:

_   national library or archival associations other than MLA (ALA, IAML, SAA, etc.)
_   state or regional library associations
_   utility or system user group (e. g. III, NOTIS, MOUG)
_   scholarly music associations (e.g. AMS, SEM, SAM,)
_   performing or composers organization or association
_   other professional or academic associations (e.g. AAUP, MENC, NATS)




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