This collection of national statistics about library workers is gathered by the AFL-CIO’s Department for Professional Employees from a variety of sources, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ARL, ALA, and the Census Bureau.
From ALA’s American Libraries Direct (6/6/07): “This handy, annotated compilation includes employment statistics and projections, notes on diversity and pay inequity, the wage gap, institutional variance, benefits, and unionization in the library profession.”
This document is packed with interesting tidbits. For example, here are three fun facts to know and tell…
* In 2006, there were 229,000 librarians, 119,000 library assistants, and 113,940 library technicians.
* In addition to [all] library workers being poorly paid because they are predominantly female, those library workers who are women may well be paid less than those who are men.
* Most librarians work in school and academic libraries. About one-fourth work in public libraries.
Check it out at: http://www.dpeaflcio.org/programs/factsheets/fs_2007_library_workers.htm.
So, where’s the final data you ask? It will be at least another month until the final data from the 2006 Public Library Annual Report is available. (Note, the preliminary data file is posted on the LRS.org homepage.) I apologize for the delay, but we had half a dozen libraries that were late submitting their reports. Unfortunately, we all pay the price when a library is late submitting its report because the data file is not considered final until it goes through the next two levels of federal edit checks which can only happen after all the statewide public library data is received.
Watch this space for an announcement of the final data…or feel free to email me with questions or concerns.
Thanks for your patience.
Preliminary results of the 2006 Public Library Survey are available and posted at
LRS.org has undergone a major behind-the-scenes overhaul, switching hosts, and changing our programming language from .asp to .php. The big advantage that you’ll see from this change is that the features on the LRS-i section of the site should retrieve data much more rapidly. The downside is that you’ll need to change your bookmarks and links from .asp to .php. We have suffered some growing pains as we’ve done this, and are still catching some bad links that did not make the crossover. If you notice any dead links, or strange site (mal)functions, please let me know.
Also, for those of you receiving our feed through an RSS reader, you’ll need to repoint your readers to http://www.lrs.org/blog/rss.xml to get our feed.
Thanks for your patience.
Public librarians may be interested in two recently posted Field Initatied Studies (FIS).
The Graphic Novels FIS is a summary of responses from public libraries to the inquiry regarding where to shelve graphic novels.
The Instant Messaging FIS is a summary of responses received from public libraries regarding an inquiry about policies on instant messaging using the libraries computers.
You may click on the titles above or see our Field Initated Section for more information.
We’ve just published a new Fast Facts – Statewide Courier Saves Libraries Thousands in Shipping Costs Each Year. This FF is the result of a study to determine the cost-effectiveness of the statewide Courier. And yes, the courier is very cost-effective.
The latest Fast Facts titled, Is $40,000 the Magic Number? may be of interest to public librarians in Colorado.
It focuses on the recent American Library Association~Allied Professional Association declaration that beginning professional librarians should be paid a starting salary of no less than $40,000.
If you would like to find out where Colorado stands in regards to this issue, check out this Fast Facts issue at:
The Colorado State Library (CSL) announces the appointment of Zeth Lietzau as Associate Director of the Library Research Service (LRS). Lietzau has served as a Research Analyst of LRS since 2003, and has worked as Information Services Librarian at the Belmar Branch of Jefferson County Public Library since October 2004.
Lietzau received his Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Denver and his BS in Spanish from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN. He is a member of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL).
As an LRS research analyst, Lietzau has been instrumental in transforming the web presence, LRS.org, into a dynamic web site that offers interactive statistics, and in the redesign of the CSL’s LibraryJobline.org. He has also overseen projects such as the annual Colorado School Library Survey and the current Courier Cost Analysis Study, and has been involved in a number of LRS publications.
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) just released Literacy in Everyday Life, the most recent publication of the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL). This report provides extensive information on the literacy of American adults age 16 and older and changes in their performance since 1992. Furthermore, it examines the relationship between literacy and several demographic variables including education, occupation, and income.
Findings include the following:
* Women have closed the gap with men in Quantitative literacy. They are doing better than men in Document and Prose literacy.
* Younger and older adults have lower literacy than adults in other age groups.
* Median weekly earnings increased with each level of literacy.
* At each higher level of Prose literacy, more adults were employed full time.
* Approximately 51 percent of adults with Below Basic Document literacy and 43 percent with Below Basic Quantitative literacy believed their job opportunities were limited a lot by their lack of computer skills.
* The percentage of parents who never helped their school-age child with homework declined at each higher Prose literacy level.
* Approximately half of US citizens of voting age with Below Basic Prose and Document literacy reported voting in the presidential election of 2000 compared with 84 percent of citizens with Proficient Prose and Document literacy.
Full results are available at: http://nces.ed.gov/naal/
The latest Fast Facts, Non-MLS Salaries in Public Libraries Disparate , has been posted. This issues focuses on the salaries of non-MLS positions in adult services for public libraries. This Fast Facts concludes that non-MLS positions in adult services are competitive with their peers and that the salaries of Associate Librarians(Non-MLS) are closing in on Beginning Librarians (MLS).
The issue can be found in our Fast Facts at http://www.lrs.org/documents/fastfacts/248_Non%20MLS_Public%20Libraries.pdf