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Demographic Trends among ARL Library Professionals Explored in Research Library Issues

Stanley Wilder, image © Louisiana State University

In the latest issue of Research Library Issues (RLI), Stanley Wilder, dean of libraries at Louisiana State University, illustrates recent demographic changes in the professional population of Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member institutions. Wilder focuses on delayed retirements and the coming “youth movement,” hiring and staffing trends, and specific subsets of the population, including Canadians, historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, women and men, and millennials.

In the introduction to this issue of RLI, Steven Mandeville-Gamble, university librarian at University of California, Riverside, says, “Wilder’s articles serve as…a call to action for leaders in the profession by identifying where they should put their energies in addressing the emerging needs of their organizations and addressing disparities in the profession as a whole.”

The complete table of contents with links to the articles follows:

Research Library Issues no. 295 (2018) is freely available from ARL Digital Publications.

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.

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