ERIC Number: EJ713208
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May-1
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The Entry-Level Gap: Breaking in to the Profession Is Harder than Ever--If You're Fresh out of Library School
Holt, Rachel; Strock, Adrienne L.
Library Journal, v130 n8 p36 May 2005
Data from the library job market and mounting anecdotal evidence show that there is cause for alarm. The number of full-time, professional positions in libraries is dwindling, salaries continue to be depressed, more entry-level positions are being liquidated or "deprofessionalized," and qualified job seekers are having trouble securing work. Meanwhile, an industrywide MLS recruitment drive is in full swing, ensuring another large crop of graduates will be spilled out into the job market each year. Even with this bumper crop of new professionals, library administrators complain about the lack of qualified applicants for available positions. The authors of this article investigated the job landscape from their perspective as new librarians, identifying potential course corrections for the profession.
Descriptors: Personnel Selection, College Graduates, Employment Opportunities, Employment Qualifications, Job Applicants, Labor Market, Job Search Methods, Library Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States