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.

–Keith
lance_k@cde.state.co.us