Raise sought for town librarian; Trustees ask for $7,000.
Byline: J.P. Ellery
WEST BROOKFIELD - Residents may consider $7,000 a hefty pay hike, but library trustees say the director of Merriam-Gilbert Public Library has fallen way behind in compensation.
Lisa M. Careau has been employed at the Route 9 library since 1997, previously serving as assistant librarian for children's services. In 2001, she was named interim director at a salary of $23,462 and weeks later became library director at $27,173, replacing Elizabeth Zemelka, who had resigned.
Ms. Careau now makes $34,761 annually for a 32-hour week, but Alexandra McNitt, a trustee, said that salary is considerably less than Ms. Careau's counterparts in similar size communities.
"She is underpaid un·der·paid
Past tense and past participle of underpay.
not paid as much as the job deserves
underpaid adj → in comparison with her peers," Ms. McNitt told the Board of Selectmen SELECTMEN. The name of certain officers in several of the United States, who are invested by the statutes of the several states with various powers. Tuesday. "We are looking at a $7,000 differential annually."
Trustees presented a list of comparative salaries: $40,703 in Paxton, $40,485 in Berlin and $39,226 in Boylston.
They also submitted a revised job description for Ms. Careau, listing the changes in the position since it was last revised in 1996. Trustees said the job now has a lot more responsibility attached to it and Mr. Careau has kept pace with the advent of the Internet.
She has a bachelor of fine arts The Bachelor of Fine Arts, usually abbreviated BFA, is the standard undergraduate degree for students seeking a professional education in the visual or performing arts. Also named in some countries the Bachelor of Creative Arts or BCA. degree from Clark University Clark University, at Worcester, Mass.; coeducational; chartered 1887, opened as a graduate school 1889. It was the second graduate school to be formed in the United States. Its undergraduate college (est. 1902) was integrated with the university in 1920. in Worcester and a background in retail sales and visitor services at Old Sturbridge Village Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) is a living museum located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, USA, which re-creates life in rural New England during the 1830s. It is the largest living museum in New England, covering more than 80 hectares (200 acres). in Sturbridge. She also was supervisor and art teacher at the Worcester Art Museum The Worcester Art Museum, located at 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts, is one of the largest art museums in Central Massachusetts. History and Collection Overview .
Ms. Careau was credited with increasing the library's interlibrary in·ter·li·brar·y
Existing or occurring between or involving two or more libraries: an interlibrary loan; an interlibrary network. loan circulation, overseeing the maintenance of a library Web site that trustees said receives over 1,500 hits per week.
She has established a monthly book discussion group, an ongoing art exhibition program, expanded collaboration with local schools and the town's Senior Center. She also set-up an active Friends of the Library group, handled the library's municipal budget, has organized a volunteer corps to assist staff and computerized a lot of the library's records.
One of a board of town officers chosen annually in New England communities to manage local affairs.
Noun 1. selectman - an elected member of a board of officials who run New England towns Barry J. Nadon Jr. said yesterday that a $7,000 pay raise in these tough economic times is hard to swallow, but "I don't have a problem with it."
He said $7,000 may be too much all at one time and proposed talking with Ms. Careau to see if $3,500 now and the other $3,500 later would be sufficient.
"I want to make it feasible for us," he said.
He and Selectman David M. Eisenthal said the next step is to meet with the town's Advisory Committee on finances on January 14 to see what members think about a pay raise of this magnitude.
"If we propose something, it needs to be approved (by voters) at a town meeting," Mr. Eisenthal said.