January 18, 2022

“143,518 US Public Library Workers are Keeping Their Communities Informed, Connected and Engaged – But Their Jobs May Be At Risk”

From a Post on The Conversation by:

  • Rachel D. Williams
    Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, Simmons University
  • Christine D’Arpa
    Assistant Professor of Library and Information Sciences, Wayne State University
  • Noah Lenstra
    Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, University of North Carolina – Greensboro

In 2018, there were 143,518 library workers in the United States, according to data collected by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. While newer data isn’t available, the number is probably lower now, and recent history suggests more library jobs may be on the chopping block in the near future.

As library and information science researchers, we are concerned about library worker job insecurity.

During the Great Recession, the economic downturn between late 2007 and mid-2009, thousands of librarians and other library staff lost their jobs. As local governments cut spending on libraries, the size of that workforce shrank to 137,369 in 2012 from 145,499 in 2008.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.