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.