The first in a series of articles by Stanley Wilder, dean of libraries at Louisiana State University, examines delayed retirements and the coming “youth movement” among professional staff in ARL member libraries. Wilder begins this piece by observing, “Library professionals have never been older.” That is about to change, according to Wilder, who goes on to discuss how and when these demographic changes are likely to occur.
“Delayed Retirements and the Youth Movement among ARL Library Professionals” (PDF) is the first installment in the Workforce Trends in Research Libraries series by Stanley Wilder to be published by the Association of Research Libraries in 2017. The series is hosted on the ARL website at http://www.arl.org/workforce-trends and will be collected in Research Library Issues when complete.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.