A Strong Future for Public Library Use and Employment

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The latest and most comprehensive assessment of public librarians' education and career paths to date, this important volume reports on a large-scale research project performed by authors Jose-Marie Griffiths and Donald W. King. Presented in collaboration with the Office for Research and Statistics (ORS), the book includes an examination of trends in public-library employment, such as

  • Staff structure and educational level of staff
  • Outsourcing of library functions
  • Quality-of-life and quality-of-service assessment

This book serves as a crucial guide to public library administrators as they plan for staffing in years to come.

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1 Executive Summary
2 The Strong Upward Trend in Use of Public Libraries
3 Public Libraries Are Used for Many Purposes
4 The Value of Public Libraries and Taxpayer Return on Investment
5 Public Library Operations
6 Status of Public MLS Librarians
7 Evidence of Career Paths of Public MLS Librarians
8 Ten-Year Forecast of the Number of Public MLS Librarians in the Workforce
9 Librarian Employment and Library Experience during the Past Three Recessions (1974–2004)


Jose-Marie Griffiths

Jose-Marie Griffiths is Vice President for Academic Affairs and University Professor at Bryant University in Rhode Island. Her research spans more than 30 years in information science and technology. She has performed groundbreaking work in a wide range of areas. This research and leadership is reflected in several books and more than 100 other publications. Griffiths's accomplishments have been recognized by several prestigious appointments and awards, including three presidential appointments and service on many blue-ribbon panels and committees. She was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and received the Award of Merit and the Research Award from the American Society for Information Science and Technology and was also named one of the Top 25 Women on the Web in 1999. Griffiths completed her undergraduate degree in Physics with honors and a PhD in Information Science from University College London.

Donald W. King

Donald W. King is currently Honorary University Professor at Bryant University in Rhode Island and an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences. King, a statistician, cofounded Westat, Inc., a statistical consulting and survey research company, in 1961 and served as president of three research companies--King Research, Home Testing Institute, and Westat Surveys--until the mid-1990s. After retiring, he continued research on a pro bono basis with Drs. Jos̩-Marie Griffiths and Carol Tenopir. King's 50 years in research have emphasized economic cost modeling and surveys dealing with libraries and scholarly publishing, as well as marketing research and political polling. His numerous publications include 17 books (4 award-winning) and more than 150 other publications. King's work been recognized by the Chemical Heritage Foundation (Pioneer in Science Information), the American Statistical Association (Fellow), and the American Society for Information Science and Technology (Research Award and Award of Merit), and has received many other awards and honors. He received a BS and MS in statistics from the University of Wyoming (1959, 1960).

"This book is well organized and full of data and information that help explain the significance and value of public libraries. Each chapter includes notes that help identify sources of additional reference information and there is a very useful index at the end. I recommend this book as an important resource."
--Catholic Library World

"This book is an excellent resource for library administrators ... plan to take it to your next board or budget hearing."
--Public Libraries

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