Speaking Fees

I am trying to speak at more conferences. There are a couple of reasons why I am submitting proposals, not the least of which are my tenure requirements. I enjoy presenting and teaching, which is nice, but my library does not fund everything I do. Rachel Singer Gordon released her Speaking Fee Survey about a week ago and it is very interesting though the comments were not unexpected.

As a librarian who is currently woefully underpaid, trying to get to more conferences to speak is daunting, especially when I am not being compensated for my time or knowledge. This year I can only swing my conference schedule because of ALA TechSource (press passes) and the Emerging Leaders Program (money from LITA!). I would do both of these things anyway, but it is nice to get the boost.

I am giving a preconference at the Texas Library Association this year. It was an opportunity I felt I could not pass up. But. Though I am not a member, I work in Texas and therefore can not be paid for my time. I do not have to register to attend the conference, but I do have to pay for all travel out of my own expenses. I was told I could be given a gas card which is better then nothing, as they say.

Money and our profession is a bit of a sore topic for me lately anyway, but I hate the way academia (not just libraries) take advantage of underpaid workers who need to have certain things on their resume to advance.

–Jane, le sigh

4 thoughts on “Speaking Fees

  • November 28, 2006 at 2:22 pm

    At least that beats the Georgia Library Association which makes speakers register for the conference in addition to providing their own travel expenses. It’s not that expensive and work covers it, but still!

  • November 28, 2006 at 2:38 pm

    At least you can bunk with me at TLA if you need to (and you can do it for free).

  • November 28, 2006 at 7:28 pm

    That’s because libraries don’t bring in the money. Academia can be very lucrative if you are someone who brings in millions of grant money. Then they will send you to dozens of conferences to tout all the research you do. Unfortunately for you librarians (and my personal pocket book), the library is more of a necessary leach on the university budgets.

  • November 30, 2006 at 9:14 am

    I have the exact same issues. I would speak at more conferences if there were more perks for the effort. I love Information Today conferences because of how they treat their speakers — you feel like your contribution is appreciated. State library associations, not so much.

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