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Title:Workforce Planning and the School Library Media Specialist
Author(s):Solomon, Paul; Rathbun-Grubb, Susan
Subject(s):School librarians -- Recruiting -- North Carolina
Instructional materials personnel -- Recruiting -- North Carolina
Librarians -- Retirement -- North Carolina
Employee retention -- North Carolina
Library and information science
Labor studies
Abstract:This article utilizes data collected through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)–supported Workforce Issues in Library and Information Science 1 (WILIS 1)1 survey of graduates (1964–2007) of the five library and information science master's programs in North Carolina to consider career patterns and what these career patterns tell us about recruitment, retention, and retirement of school library media specialists (SLMSs). A life course approach is used to interpret the survey data and to suggest areas needing attention in recruiting and retaining SLMSs and planning for their retirement. Perhaps the most noteworthy finding is that a major influence on turnover of SLMSs is the lack of opportunities for career growth and development. Suggestions are offered for enhancing career development opportunities for SLMS.
Issue Date:2009
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In Library Trends 58(2) Fall 2009: pp. 246-262.
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright 2009 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-01-09

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