January 2017 Demographics Update
37,666 current member responses as of January 2017
ALA 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)
BLS Sources about Librarians 2016 (.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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