$21,280 starting salary in a Virginia public library system

$21,280 starting salary in a Virginia public library system:
There is really no need for a study. The study will, however, provide quantitative evidence to support the self-evident–that $21,280 is a paltry starting salary for a professional with a master’s degree (who may be carrying sizeable student debt incurred while earning that degree). A study of salaries in other libraries in the region won’t, however, tell the whole story.

this makes me wonder…. I mean the willingness to take on debt to me is a private matter and has much to do with personal choices. But… the low salary, that speaks to the merit the local people assign to the role of librarians… it is problematic.