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Libraries and the Demographic Shift

Libraries and the Demographic Shift

Commented Sep 18, 2012 at 09:50:20 in Books

“Part of the "problem" is that there aren't that many people going to graduate school to begin with. According the Cenus Bureau, the number of Hispanics holding bachelor’s degrees was 14.1 in 2011. Among blacks it climbed to19.9 percent. But, only 10% of the total US population has a graduate degree! So, its rather difficult to get more representation of "color" with those numbers. College is expensive, never mind going to grad school. Few can afford it, no matter what group you belong to. Perhaps the MLS should be a BS so more can go into the field. By the way, I'm a Hispanic librarian but I don't speak Spanish. Many 2nd and 3rd generation Hispanics do not speak the language nor are part of a cultural comunity. Maybe its time to rethink infusing the profession with ethnicity and race and just concentrate of keeping the profession alive, relevant and vital instead?”

thesamuraixx011 on Sep 23, 2012 at 14:50:17

“Shifting it from a Masters to a Bachelors isn't the answer. It's just like saying instead of a 4 year bachelors let's make it 3!

You're not solving the root cause(s) of the problem (i.e. access to funding) by shifting it down.

Keeping the profession alive and relevant doesn't mean changing education requirements that have been in place for years. Becoming a librarian is a Profession similar to becoming a medical doctor or architect. Medical school is expensive and people of color are underrepresented as medical doctors, surgeons, etc. Yet, I do not hear calls for less years spent in medical school.

In other words, if you want to keep your profession alive, don't sell it short. Keep the degree requirements high and make a case for it to the American people that Librarians are still relevant to mine data and help people because the media (including internet searches, newspapers, and journals, etc) are/can be unreliable.”