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What is the value of an MLIS to you?

June 2012

Forbes.com recently posted an article on “The Best And Worst Master’s Degrees For Jobs,”  and a Master’s in Library and Information Science was ranked the No. 1 worst degree. These rankings were based on mid-career median pay and estimated rate of growth of careers in 35 popular degrees. The results of our 60-second poll “The …

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Our new American Libraries feature article– “Who’s the Boss”–is now available

July 2011

Last November, we asked you in a 60-second survey to share your opinions about privatization and public libraries. We just published the results of this study as a feature article in American Libraries: “Who’s the Boss? Does Private Management Have a Place in Public Libraries?”. Access the article here. The study’s results were also summarized …

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Results from the 60-Second Survey: What is the Value of an MLIS to You?

June 2011

Over the last two weeks of May, librarians, library staff, and library school students weighed in on the LRS 60-Second Survey “The Value of an MLIS Degree to you.” Almost 2,500 people from every state and 15 countries, representing all library types, responded. Around 1,300 respondents left comments, sharing additional thoughts on the value of …

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New 60-Second Survey: What is the Value of an MLIS to you?

May 2011

In 2008 Library Research Service launched our first 60-second survey, “What is the Value of an MLIS to You?,” in response to lively discussions about this topic on various listservs. Close to 2,000 library professionals weighed in, with over 1,000 leaving thoughtful comments about the MLIS degree. Three years later, as libraries and the environments …

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Results from the 60-Second Survey: Privatization of Public Libraries

December 2010

For the past month, library staff have weighed in on our survey about the privatization of public libraries.  More than 2,500 people from every state and 15 countries responded, making this our most popular 60-Second Survey yet.  The nearly 1,500 comments we received with additional thoughts on privatizing the management of public libraries made it …

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AL Publishes Article: Booking to the Future

December 2010

American Libraries will be publishing Jamie Helgren’s (DU-LRS Research Fellow) article on the Future of the Book in their January/February issue. See the article, “Booking to the Future” online now at: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/features/11302010/booking-future.  This article is based on the LRS 60-Second Survey: The Future of the Book conducted earlier this year. Several LRS staff members contributed …

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Privatization Survey Update: Help Us Represent the Opinions of Library Staff Across the US

November 2010

So far, we’ve had a great response to our 60-Second Survey on privatization! However, our geographic representation is a bit skewed. Nearly three-fourths of our respondents come from just 9 states–those that are colored in the map above. In contrast, the remaining states–those in white–are each represented by less than 2% of the survey respondents. …

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New 60-Second Survey: Privatization of Public Libraries

November 2010

Recently, the New York Times published an article about the privatization of public libraries. This article described the trend in some communities to turn over the management of public libraries to private organizations. In response to this article, library staff engaged in spirited online discussions about whether libraries should be privatized. Taking notice of these …

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