More on the mythical librarian shortage

Up there with WMDs and the Social Security “crisis”, it would seem, is the librarian shortage – another pernicious fib that resists debunking. Library Dust’s Michael McGrorty weighs in:

A common complaint among current and former students is that they entered library school with the expectation that jobs would be not merely available, but plentiful. This information did not rise into the consciousness of thousands of people independently, but came for the most part from the schools themselves, and if not, was certainly not contradicted by them. Now, when the market is shrunken, the members of that loose cartel continue to accept students and produce graduates at a pace which ignores the reality of the market—because there has never been a penalty for encouraging the dreams of library students, and because, after all, that is their business.

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