Library Trends 50 (4) Spring 2002: Midlife Career Decisions of Librarians


Library Trends 50 (4) Spring 2002: Midlife Career Decisions of Librarians. Edited by Daniel F. Phelan and Richard M. Malinski.

The career stages of librarians were once much clearer than they have become today. The new graduate chose a path (public services, technical services, or later some aspect of systems) and followed it to retirement, middle management, or upper administration. The occasional shift from one area to another occurred, but the librarian who changed from reference to technical services or from academia to public libraries was rare. This is no longer the trend for many reasons. Two of the major forces bringing about this change in the library world today are technology and aging. Technology has changed the nature of the profession and forced or influenced some to consider leaving it. The aging of the librarian population has been well documented and this phenomenon will drastically reduce the numbers of experienced librarians in the profession in just a few short years.

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