Retirement, Retention, and Recruitment: The Future of Librarianship in Colorado

In the fall of 2003, the Library Research Service undertook a survey of library personnel in Colorado, attempting to address the “3Rs”—Retirement, Retention, and Recruitment—in the profession. Results were reported in a number of publications:

Closer Look ReportPDF document

The full report of the study, this PDFPDF document contains 189 pages worth of information.

Quotable FactsPDF document

This small brochurePDF document hits the highlights of the study.

PowerPoint Presentations

3Rs PowerPoint PresentationPowerPoint document given at the 2004 Colorado Association of Libraries Conference.
QuotesPowerPoint document from the LRS presentation at CAL
Is there a future in librarianship?PDF document (PDF) given at the 2008 Annual Membership Meeting for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SLA.

Fast Facts based on the study

Articles from The Bowker Annual Library and Book Trade Almanac, 2005

Note: These articles are posted with permission from The Bowker Annual Library and Book Trade Almanac, 2005, published by Information Today, Inc., 143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055-8750. Copyright Information Today, Inc.

LRS Publications

The following publications include articles written and/or edited by the LRS staff.

Other Studies

Wyoming Library Workforce Survey 2008

In 2008, the Wyoming State Library administered a workforces study for librarians in Wyoming.
WY Workforce Study

University of North Carolina (United States)

In September 2004, IMLS awarded the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill nearly $1 million to conduct a two-year study of the future of librarians in the workforce. This study is in progress.
The Future of Librarians in the Workforce
Key Documents

Museums, Libraries and Archives (MLA) Council (United Kingdom)

Recruit, Retain and Lead: The Public Library Workforce Study
This study was designed to help recruit, retain, support, and develop a workforce appropriate to the current and future needs of public library service. The aim was to increase the amount, and quality, of information available to library managers and educators to inform decision-making.
Executive Summary

University of Alberta and Tandem Social Research Consulting (Canada)

The 8Rs: Canadian Library Human Resource Study
This two-year national study looks at the important facets of library human resources from organizational and individual perspectives.
Project Overview

Articles & Miscellany

Diversity Counts
A study by the American Library Association about gender, race, and age in the library profession. Accessed December 21, 2009 at

Hallam, Gillian. “A Worldwide Shortage of Librarians.” Updated October 18, 2005, Australian Library and Information Association. Accessed January 13, 2006 at