Re: [Videolib] Wired for Retirement

deg farrelly (
Wed, 06 Apr 2005 10:54:57 -0700

Of course, if true market forces (supply and demand) kicked in, librarians'
salaries would go thru the roof!

"Yes, we have an MLS librarian... But we had to pay $150,000 a year, to get

My prediction is that across all areas, librarianship will become more and
more a para-profession. In much the same way that you may see a nurse
practitioner rather than a doctor now. (No flaming that nursing is not a
para-profession, please - it's just an illustration.)

Libraries will be run by MBAs or similar, as much work as possible will be
outsourced (book jobbers already provide books pre-cataloged, pre-processed,
and shelf ready)

deg farrelly, Associate Librarian
Arizona State University at the West Campus
PO Box 37100 
Phoenix, Arizona  85069-7100
Phone:  602.543.8522

> From: Blaine Waterman <> > Reply-To: "" <> > Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2005 09:49:46 -0700 > To: "" <> > Subject: RE: [Videolib] Wired for Retirement > > Gary, > I share your concerns for the profession generally, at least public > libraries. A large chunk of current librarians started in the 70s and > will soon retire. With relentless state and local budget cutting and a > common (mis)perception that the Internet IS a library, I would not be > surprised if many retirees go unreplaced.

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