I can't make this, and have been sounding like a broken record on the topic
at ALISE for several years. The fact is we do not have reliable data about
placements. In fact we have damn near *no* data on the topic, which we
should have started collecting along about the time the Laura Bush money
started pouring in. Until we do have something resembling hard data we are
going to be doing a lot of dithering.

If, and I think that is a big if, the BLS has something resembling hard
data on professional jobs that *require *the MLS then we have a start. I am
by no means convinced that they do, particularly in the public library
arena, but am willing to be convinced. In many, many, PLs there is a really
blurry line between MLS required, and some combination of experience, a BA,
and maybe an MA in something at least vaguely related to libraryland. AMar
Mann needs to be questioned very closely on exactly how BLS parses out
their data.

Charley Seavey

On Sat, Jan 19, 2013 at 7:01 PM, Kathleen DeLong <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

>  In the face of negative messages about the value of the library degree
> and the future of the profession, what can we do as library professionals
> and educators to send a collective message about recruitment into the
> profession and into libraries? Do we have reliable data about jobs and
> placements? Do new graduates have the skills to compete successfully in a
> turbulent and often tight job market?  What can ALA do to support new
> graduates, as well as other job-hunting professionals, in building their
> library careers?  Please join us for  focused discussion featuring Amar
> Mann of the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, David Connolly the Classified
> Advertising Coordinator for ALA, Allyson Evans who is a future graduate,
> and Louise Spiteri the Director of Dalhousie University School of
> Information Management on *Friday, January 25, 3:30 -5:00 pm at the Grand
> Hyatt in the Anderson Ampitheater.* ****
> ****
> *
> ****
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> Kathleen De Long, PhD, MPM, MLIS
> Associate University Librarian
> University of Alberta Libraries
> [log in to unmask]
> (780) 492-7675 voice
> (780) 492-8302 fax

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