May 28, 2022

Statistics: Higher Education: The Library/Archives Workforce in U.S. Public and Private Institutions (New Numbers)

The National Center of Education Statistics recently published a report with of newly released statistics (2012) using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) spring 2013 data collection.

The report (27 pages; PDF) includes enrollment, financial, employment, and graduation numbers.

Below, we highlight Table 5 from the report that offers some new numbers about the full-time and part-time librarian, archivists, and curators workforce in two-year and four-year institutions of higher learning in the United States. pubs2013 2013183.pdf (3)

* The glossary of terms on page B-3 provides a formal definition of the the librarians, curators, and archivists category.

Previous Years

See Tables 481 and 482 in the 2012 Edition of the Digest of Education Statistics and the note below.


Changes To The 2012-13 IPEDS Data Collection and Changes To Occupational Categories For The 2012-13 Human Resources Data Collection (via NCES)

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Enrollment in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2012; Financial Statistics, Fiscal Year 2012; Graduation Rat… by LJ’s infoDOCKET

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