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By Katharine T. A

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Act (LSCA), this report summarizes the current status of professional staffing in California's libraries. Following a brief history of the project and a summary of related research, a discussion of project methodology describes the mailing of separate surveys to the directors of 251 academic, 169 public, and 529 special libraries in California to collect data pertaining to current staff, projected need for librarians, and recent hiring. Survey results from 391 respondents are presented in 18 multi-part tables. It is concluded that: (1) minorities, especially Hispanics and Blacks, are underrepresented in California libraries; (2) in comparison with some other specializations, fewer persons are probably qualified to fill children's librarian positions; (3) there is a need for technical services librarians for public libraries; (4) the ability to speak a second language is an advantage for job seekers; and (5) respondents e xpect to more than double the number of children's and technical services librarians hired per year. A 23-item bibliography is provided. Appendices include the survey forms; the results of a subsequent, related survey of California library school students; and a map depicting regions used for table breakdowns. (KM) * Reproductions supplied by!DRS are the best that can be made * * from the original document. * *********************************************************,4************* IL & OENINTMENT OF EDUCATIO

Topics: Qualifications, Librarians
Year: 2016
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