Survey of Academic Library Leadership: Hiring Plans & View of Libary Science Schools
We asked: How many MLS grads did you hire in the past year?
Approximately 76% of respondents answered this question; 29.17% of all those surveyed did not hire any MLS grads in the past year and another 25% hired one while 10.42% hired two and 7.29%, three. 4.16% of all respondents hired more than three MLS grads in the past year, with a maximum of seven. More than 19% of public institutions sampled hired three or more MLS grads in the past year while less than 6% of the private institutions did the same. All of the institutions hiring three or more MLS grads in the past year were MA/PHD granting institutions or research universities. All hiring four or more and the overwhelming majority of those hiring three or more were colleges/universities with enrollment more than 10,000 students enrolled, FTE. Schools charging less than $8,000 per year in annual tuition were much less likely than others to have hired one or more MLS grads in the past year but otherwise tuition levels did not seem to matter much as a factor in predicting hiring rates.
The study presents detailed data about academic library hiring plans for MLS/MLIS grads and for information technology specialists (without a specific library science degree) for the upcoming year; it also presents this data for the past year. In addition, the study offers the opinion of 96 library directors, provosts and deans about how they view the quality of graduate library programs and what skill areas they feel current grads excel and in which areas they are lacking. The study also details those skill areas which today’s academic library leadership finds difficult to find in the current library labor market. In addition to detailed data on plans to hire MLS/MLIS grads, the study provides specific data on the recent past and future plans to hire information technology specialists without a library science degree.
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