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Title:Public Librarianship as a Career: Challenges and Prospects
Author(s):Rathbun-Grubb, Susan; Marshall, Joanne Gard
Subject(s):Public librarians -- Recruiting -- United States
Library and information science
Labor studies
Abstract:Over twenty-five years of research has shown that in spite of low salaries, few opportunities for advancement, and challenging work environments, most public librarians are satisfied overall with their jobs and careers, primarily because of the intrinsic rewards of the profession. In this article we present results from the Workforce Issues in Library and Information Science 1 (WILIS 1) project1 that are related to public librarianship. We give an overview of the careers and perspectives of current and former public librarians with respect to their experience of the challenges and rewards of public library service, and compare their views with those found in previous research.
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. 263-275.
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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