madcow shares this article from Mother Jones about "how teacher pay leaves many scrounging during the summers to make ends meet."
madcow adds, "You may have heard of Dave Eggers, the author of the article who also wrote A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius."
Is it relevant to LIS? Considering that many media specialists are teachers, I think it's relevant. Also, replace "teachers" with "librarians" in the following quote, and you'll be nodding your head.
"We love teachers, we think they're saints, but most of us consider unavoidable the fact that they are underpaid and often have to work two or three extra jobs to maintain a middle-class existence.
The latest statistics put the average teacher's salary at about $46,000; some teachers earn a little more, some a little less (the average teacher's salaryâ€”not the starting salaryâ€”is $38,000 in Kansas, $36,000 in New Mexico, and $32,000 in South Dakota). Overall, that's about the same that we pay pile-driver operators ($45,980) and about $8,000 less than the average elevator repairman pulls down. Meanwhile, a San Francisco dockworker makes about $115,000, while the clerk who logs shipping records into the longshoreman's computer makes $136,000."