The Future of Librarians in the Workforce —
An important IMLS research study of current and future library staffing needs is now underway. This important study will produce estimates of the size of the library workforce and the skills required of current and new workers now and in the next ten years. It will also be used by IMLS policymakers and others who determine federal, state and local policy, and for educators of librarians and others who work in libraries.
Currently, the groups of special and public surveys have been distributed. If you have received a survey notice, please use your unique survey link to access and fill out the survey. If you have lost or misplaced your unique survey link, please contact Sarah via email at: Sarah@libraryworkforce.org.
We will be sending out the survey information and links to academic and school libraries in January, 2007.
Your help is very important to this project! Please help spread the news about this project to your colleagues. For more information, please visit the project website at: http://libraryworkforce.org.
From: Sarah Aerni
Research Assistant, School of Information and Library Science
I encourage you to participate in this important study about librarianship in the U.S.
10) Enter to win an LRS messenger bag.
9) Get the latest Fast Facts…and suggest topics.
8) Catch up on the latest LRS research, like the current Return on Investment study for public libraries.
7) Pick-up your free, official LRS pen.
6) Find out if you qualify to participate in the Third Colorado School Library study.
5) Hear about Keith’s latest travels and Nicolle’s Jack Russell Terrier (just wanted to see if you were paying attention).
4) Share your research needs with LRS staff.
3) Meet the LRS staff…put faces with those email addresses.
2) Learn about podcasts coming soon to LRS.org.
1) Discover what the new LibraryJobline.org can do for you.
As you probably already know, Barbara Dey has retired from the Colorado State Library (CSL) and Deb Gettings, the LRS Administrative Assistant, is the new coordinator for the CSL Jobline.
With the change in regime, we thought this would be a good time to give the Jobline an update. We are moving Jobline to a database system so that the service can be searched and customized by users?-both employers and job seekers. Set for release in January 2007, features on the new Jobline will include employer registration, customized job description templates, and searching capabilities.
In addition to user features, the new Jobline database will allow LRS to generate and report data about job openings in Colorado libraries. Based on the data collected, we hope to produce meaningful statistics about the changing library job market in the state.
For us, this is the logical next step for Jobline and has the potential to make it even more valuable to the library community.
Last week Jobline Advisory Panel members met with LRS staff to help guide decisions about development, usability, and data reporting. The panel, consisting of librarians and human resources folks from all four library types, made many helpful suggestions which are being incorporated into the new design.
Want to see what?s happening for yourself? Stop by the LRS booth at the CAL Conference for a preview of the new Jobline website. We’d like to show you what we’ve done and get your feedback.
A new issue of FAST FACTS titled Special Library Salaries in Mountain Region Lag Behind Nation has been posted. This issue focuses on the special library sector and salaries as reported by the Special Libraries Association.
LRS staff frequently receive questions about library staff salaries. This Fast Facts looks at the Colorado and national average salaries of professionals that often work for libraries.
We?re so proud! Keith is the 2006 recipient of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASLCA) Leadership Achievement Award. He will be presented with the award at a luncheon during the ALA Annual Conference in June. In a recent press release, the ASCLA awards committee chair, Ruth O?Donnell, said, ?Keith?s work in library statistics and service evaluation has been vital for library development in the nation. Every library director, regardless of library type, owes him a debt of gratitude because of his leadership.?
No one is more deserving. Congratulations Keith!
On behalf of the entire LRS staff & alumni
For more information on the award: http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=News&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=119809
Quoting an e-mail from Denise Davis, Director of the ALA Office for Research and Statistics:
The deadline for completing the Non-MLS Salary Survey has been extended until March 17. More than 3000 public and academic libraries were included to participate in this very important survey. The survey is being administered by the Management Association of Illinois on behalf of the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association
(ALA-APA) and American Library Association (ALA).
Please contact Jean Hannon at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 630-963-7600 to find out if your library has been selected for the survey, or if you would like to participate even if you have not been selected.
More than 3000 public and academic library directors have received instructions for participation in the first Non-MLS Salary Survey. This survey, being conducted by the ALA Allied Professional Association (APA), will provide vital information about compensation for the majority of staff in libraries. The envelope has the ALA-APA logo. The deadline is March 3, 2006.
Because this survey utilizes a random sample, you must be invited to participate. Volunteer responses are not being accepted.
If your public or academic library is invited to participate in this survey, please do so. A high response rate is key to the success of the survey.
When the report becomes available, we wil provide a link to it on LRS.org’s Staffing and Salaries page: http://www.lrs.org/topics.asp#staff.
Check out the new resources on the Changing Library Workforce (http://www.lrs.org/workforce.asp) webpage, including links to studies from the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.
There are also some very interesting articles & a presentation about the changes taking place in the library profession. Look for links to these articles:
* A Look at the Generations: Retirements and Rejuvenation of the Library Workforce
* A Worldwide Shortage of Librarians
* Diversity In The Library Workforce
* The Entry Level Gap
* Moving On Out
* Fixing the First Job
Edited by LRSers, Zeth Lietzau and Nicolle Steffen, the summer issue of Colorado Libraries journal featured articles about ?The Future of Librarianship in Colorado.? See all nine feature articles from this issue on LRS?s The Changing Library Workforce page at: http://www.lrs.org/workforce.asp.