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Know Your Worth: Mastering the Art of Salary Negotiation (ECLI Webinar Series 2024)

  • 07/17/2024
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom

This ECLI webinar will explore strategies for negotiating salary and other employee benefits during the hiring process. Offering the perspectives of a library director as well as a library science professor, Melissa De Santis and Emily Vardell will discuss the value of negotiating salary, as well as explore salary benchmark resources which can support effective negotiating. They will also discuss how identifying and quantifying personal skills can provide evidence for proving your worth. Finally, they will conclude with how to evaluate and negotiate benefits beyond salary including student-focused negotiation tips. The discussion of negotiating strategies and communicating techniques will provide a foundation for navigating these sometimes difficult conversations. The format for the webinar will be a presentation followed by a Q&A period.

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This webinar is brought to you through a partnership with the Early Career Librarian Initiative (ECLI), a volunteer-based group within SCC/MLA. Please note: This class does not offer continuing education credit.

This class meets NNLM Goals to support a highly trained workforce for biomedical and health information resources and data, improve health literacy, and increase health equity through information. By registering for this class, you are agreeing to the NNLM Code of Conduct.

Note: If you can't attend the live session, register anyway so that you may receive the recording after the event.


  1. Articulate the Value of Effective Salary Negotiation
  2. Research and Analyze Librarian Salary Benchmarks
  3. Identify and Quantify Personal Skills and Achievements
  4. Develop a Negotiation Strategy and Communication Techniques
  5. Evaluate and Negotiate a Competitive Compensation Package
  6. Examine Student-focused Negotiation Tips

Speaker Information

Melissa De Santis is the Director of the Strauss Health Sciences Library at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She has been in her current role for eight years and has been working as a librarian for over 25 years. As a library director, her role includes offering and negotiating positions to librarians. She has participated in mentoring several librarians through formal and informal processes. She has been active in professional associations at the state, regional, and national level. In her free time she enjoys taking vacations, running, and spending time with her husband and dogs.

Emily Vardell, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University. She teaches graduate courses on the foundations of library and information science, reference services, research methods, and health sciences librarianship. Emily studies health information behavior, focusing on health insurance literacy and how people make health insurance decisions. She earned her PhD from the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017 and her Master of Library Science degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2007.

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