Census Data Analysis Reveals Much about American Librarians

Through a LinkedIn librarians group, I noticed this analysis of US Census data to learn about American librarians and the profession.

The count of librarians captured my attention: 636 in 1880, 307,273 in 1990, and 212,742 in 2009. The decline over twenty years is striking. Many of us know about people who have lost jobs, been downsized, switched professions …

Yet how many “Librarians” didn’t put themselves down as “librarians?” I’m not sure I did that for the last Census. I don’t usually identify myself thusly on my taxes. Is the change more related to shrinking professional opportunities than the diversifying of librarianship and the roles information professionals can take?

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