Member Demographics Study

ala member demogrpahics study logoSeptember 2014 Demographics Update (.pdf)

40,582 current member responses as of September, 2014

Members - Take the ALA Member Demographics Survey !

The ALA Committee on Diversity and the ALA Membership Committee approved the work of a task force to develop a member demographics questionnaire.  This ongoing member survey helps ALA take a big step toward knowing itself and being able to describe itself to others.  

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Comparison: ALA Members to Bureau of Labor Statistics count of librarians, detailed by percentage of age range (.pdf)

Comparison: ALA Members to U.S. Census/ American Community Survey count of librarians, detailed by percentage of age range (.pdf)

Explaining differing librarian demographics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (.pdf)

In comparing numbers from sources that provide employment information, it is important to understand the sources - and whether their results are compatible. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics provides employment information about librarians in the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) and also in the Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey (CPS). The data in these two sources come from two different surveys. The surveys have different purposes, samples, and results. We explain the difference in this one-pager.

 

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