[library-media] Library Workers: facts and figures

Juan Lee jtlee at utah.gov
Wed Aug 19 19:24:09 MDT 2009

Dear Colleagues,
The Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO just released a very
interesting Fact Sheet about library workers. I encourage you to take a
look at it:

Some of the interesting facts include:
In 2008, there were 197,000 librarians, 44,000 library technicians, and
101,000 other education, training and library workers.
Work once performed only by librarians is now often performed by
support staff... 73% stated that they are now performing tasks
previously performed by Masters of Library Science (MLS) librarians at
their library, or have the same or similar duties as MLS librarians at
other institutions.
58% of librarians in the U.S. are projected to reach the retirement age
of 65 between 2005 and 2019
Forty percent of library directors plan to retire between 2007 and
Librarians, technicians, and assistants are predominantly white. 
Librarians are mainly between the ages of 45 and 55, and assistants are
more likely to be under 35 years old.
In 2008, 13.8% of all librarians were minorities:  6.6% were black or
African American, 3.6% were Hispanic or Latino, and 3.6% were Asian.
 In 2008, women accounted for 83.5% of all librarians.
While men accounted for only 16.5% of librarians in 2008, they
accounted for 47% of library directors in academic settings and 35% in
public libraries in 2006.
In 2008, median weekly earnings for women were 79.9% those of men.  For
most women of color, the earnings gap is even larger:  African American
women earned just 70¢ for every dollar earned by men in 2008.  Hispanic
and Latina women earned just 63¢ for every dollar men earned.
The Fact Sheet includes more information on the wage gap, regional and
institutional variances in salaries, benefits, the difference unions
make in wages, and librarians in the recession.
Thank you to American Libraries Direct for this link.

Juan Tomás


Juan Tomás Lee, State Data Coordinator/Library Consultant
Utah State Library Division
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