Libraries and Librarians Aren't About to Disappear

Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, Jan 05, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This post is a response to recent reports that "libraries and archives to be among the fastest-declining industries in America." At frist glance the numbers are significant. "Employment change in libraries and archives from 2007 to 2016 was -80.3 percent, with a current employment total of 33,033." But is the decline that dramatic? "The RSL Research Group, which reported in 2015 that there were 139,213 full-time employees at public libraries, 44,623 at school libraries and 85,752 in academic libraries." This would mean employment was more-or-less stable. Still, the perception persists and the story continues to be printed. 

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