Employment & Work Stories

Beyond the Dewey Decimal

SFGate is running This Industry Outlook on librarianship.
They say public library systems nationwide are faced with a librarian shortage, beacause nearly 58 percent of professional librarians will reach age 65 between 2005 and 2019, according to the 1990 census.

\"It\'s the information age, and librarians are the information specialists,\" said Kevin Starr, state librarian for California.\"

Library strike or lockout deadline set for July 4th

Bob Cox alerts us to This Release that says the union representing 2,400 library workers in
the City of Toronto has requested and been granted a \"no board\" report,
starting the countdown to a strike or lockout. The Ministry of Labour has set
July 4th, 12:01 a.m. as the deadline for the library workers.

Of Work and Suff

Here\'s 2 stories sent in by Bob Cox on what\'s doing in American libraries these days.

Libraries Face Staffing Shortages says More than 30,000 of the roughly 125,000 school, public, and college and university librarians in the country--about one-fourth of the total--are expected to reach retirement age by 2009, according to the American Library Association.

While NCSU says Twenty-seven library workers, including all six security guards, have received layoff notices. Spending for new books will be slashed.

I keep seeing these two seemingly contradictory stories repeated again and again.

The Librarian Shortage: a New Perspective

This story discusses the national librarian shortage and shortages in other female-dominated professions. Although this casts a new and interesting spin on the shortage discussion, I am looking forward to reading your comments about librarianship as a female-dominated profession.

Few check out the work, so librarian hiring lags

Here\'s another one of those \"library jobs are everywhere\" stories.

All the usual stats are there, 58% of professional librarians will reach the age of 65 between 2005 and 2019, 831 openings with only 260 applicants at ALA, and The average salary for a 2001 library school graduate is $32,891.

Where did I go wrong?

Someone writes \"
Poor Shawna graduated as an English major from Yale, and now she can\'t find a meaningful job anywhere....how many of us were frightened, unemployed English majors? (I took mine from University of Chicago and hopped right into library school. :)

Full Story \"

I still wonder about Cheaters at the \"good schools\".

Librarian Crunch

Ender, The Duke of URL passed along This One [subscription required] from Businessweek on how there\'s a librarian crunch.

They say ALA winter job fair in New Orleans, had 214 applicants for 318 jobs and 25% of librarians are due to retire within the next seven years. LA libraries have 10% of their openings unfilled, though Ender points out they don\'t talk about salary anywhere.
Check out the March 11th print issue. I\'m not sure on that date, can anyone help us out with a good citation?

The Question Mark Stops Here!

Lee Hadden writes: \"The Wall Street Journal for March 6, 2002, has an article on page B8
by Nancy D. Holt, in the column \"Workspaces: A Look at Where People Work.\"
The photo shows the desk of Tina Wilcox, who is president and \"Chief
Creative Officer\" of Fame. Her desk is shaped like a question mark, and the
layout has proved remarkably functional, from the meeting space at the
curved top of the punctuation mark to the storage shelves in the dot at the
bottom. It is also packed with symbolism. Looks like the perfect desk for
the reference staff of a library.
If you have an account, you can read more about it at: wsj.com.\"

Call For Contributors LISJobs

Rachel writes \"Info Career Trends, a bimonthly electronic newsletter focusing on professional development issues for librarians, is again seeking contributors for its next issue. This thematic issue focuses on the topic of \"Rejuvenating Your Career,\" and I\'m in search of short, practical articles describing how librarians have successfully battled burnout, overcome those mid-career (or early-career!) blahs, or switched courses midstream.

Please see contributor guidelines. Past issues are archived online ; be sure to peruse previous articles to get an idea of ICT\'s needs and tone.

Send all queries to [email protected]. \"

Librarian shortage looms

Another Story on the big \"Shortage of Librarians\"

This one finally adresses the salray issue. They say the average starting salary of Simmons College graduates with a master\'s degree in library science was $36,000 last year, and the director earns $64,834 annually after 20 years on the job.This is longest story on this issue I\'ve seen in the popular press.

Money is the number-one reason more men and women are not going into the field, said Charles Michaud, director of the Turner Free Library in Randolph and the only male library director in the region.\"


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