AMERICAN LIBRARIES has accepted for publication an article entitled “Racial and Ethnic Diversity of U.S. Library Workers” along with a sidebar based on a longer manuscript titled “U.S. Labor Market for Library Workers.” The full text of the latter work will be published as an issue of FAST FACTS. The AL article and sidebar are expected to appear in the May 2005 issue.
We would like to add new pages to LRS.org that provide links to data collection forms being used by local academic, public, and school libraries in Colorado. Do you have a form for collecting data about reference transactions? computer use? programs and program attendance? meeting room reservations? technology assistance? scheduling class visits to the library? Etc.
Please send links to your forms, if they are already available online, or send Word, Excel, or PDF files that we are free to post on this page. If you cannot share a paper form in any digital format, fax it to us and we will scan it. In short, we will be happy to receive forms in whatever format they already exist.
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Under School Libraries, under Impact Studies, note the addition of a link to a new survey. Since the 2000 publication of How School Librarians Help Kids Achieve Standards: the Second Colorado Study, more than a dozen states have conducted similar studies. We thought it was about time to start documenting how such studies are being used and how they are making a difference for school libraries and librarians. If you work in a school library or with school libraries, please take a minute or two to respond to this survey.
One of the best-kept secrets on the U.S. Census website is the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Data Tool. Via a fairly simple interactive interface, it is possible to learn the number of library workers of the three types included in the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC): librarians, library technicians, and library assistants (clerical). For each type of library worker, you can obtain the number of individuals by gender and race/ethnicity. The geography for which data are available goes from U.S. to localities. The one serious drawback is that library workers are not identified by library sector: academic, public, school, special. Still, if you are interested in the diversity issue facing the profession, this is a treasure trove of data.
We’ll be doing some available data research here at the LRS and publishing it both in the library press and our own FAST FACTS later in 2005. Watch for it.
Meanwhile, look at how your own state and community stack up at: http://www.census.gov/eeo2000/index.html.
Are you and your colleagues talking about the retirement, retention, and recruitment issues facing librarianship? Is anybody asking what the outlook is for librarians? Every 2 years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics issues a new series of 10-year national projections for three types of library workers: librarians, library technicians, and library assistants (clerical)–not to mention just about any other job you can think of. The latest at this writing is for 2002-12. (Release of the 2004-14 projections is scheduled to be announced in the November 2005 issue of the MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW.)
Learn about the employment outlook for library worker jobs nationwide on the BLS site at: http://data.bls.gov/oep/servlet/oep.noeted.servlet.ActionServlet?Action=empoccp.
Consult your state labor department about the possible availability of similar projections for your state and smaller units of geography. For contact information, see: http://www.dol.gov/esa/contacts/state_of.htm.
Check out the new sections of our site at http://www.lrs.org/interactive!
LRS-i has new budget calculators for academic, public, and school libraries, a dynamic public library statistics page, and school library profiles.