Sunday, July 16, 2006

The Impending Librarian Shortage

More talk of the "impending national librarian shortage." Missouri University's School of Information Science and Learning Technologies will receive $615,365 from the federal government.

This money will be used to recruit and educate 9 doctoral students.

With many librarians set to retire, especially those in senior positions, the grants are intended to aid in the education of those seeking to enter the profession and bolster its ranks. According to a 2004 study by the American Library Association, 45 percent of current librarians will reach age 65 between 2010 and 2020.

Meanwhile, a partnership of Nevada libraries and the distance program at the University of North Texas received about $700,000. 40 Students will receive about $10,000 to help pay tuition.

"The program is designed to education librarians because there is an anticipated shortage. Many of the skilled librarians are expected to retire shortly, so we are trying to increase the numbers to replace them," said Sara Jones, state librarian.

Still no sign of the "anticipated shortage." I'm sure we'll all see it rear its ugly head soon, won't we?

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