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1 Strange New Librarians and Especially Canada Stanley Wilder University of Rochester

2 Not the Oldest Profession 1.Marine Architects 2.Judges 3.Podiatrists 4.Psychologists 5.Librarians

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9 Not the Baby Boom

10 No, It’s Just Us

11 In Sum: We’re Different and Something’s Going to Happen In order of certainty… 1.High retirement rates 2.Youth movement 3.No crisis

12 ARL Youth Movement Not What it Used to Be

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14 The Future of Youth: ARL in 2020

15 Will There Be a Shortage? Library school enrollment quadruples Many new hires have no library degree ARL hiring: few new professionals annually Anecdote: non-IT search pools healthy Is it possible to have a shortage in a profession with a one-year master’s degree?

16 Transition Not Crisis: The Case of Canada

17 Perennially Old chart, 2000 will do

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19 Jim Neal’s “Feral Professionals” Work in non-traditional library jobs (IT, fundraising, HR, publishing, instructional technology, etc.) “Bring to the academic library ‘feral’ set of values, outlooks, styles, and expectations.”

20 Feral Professionals They’re not like us: –Youth –Task –Education- they’re not “feral librarians” –Male-ness –Diversity –Compensation

21 And They’re Growing

22 Emergence of Two Tracks –Compensation –Management Opportunities –Prestige

23 A Good Thing?

24 Citations for Wilder’s Articles on the 2005 ARL Data New Professionals: Folksy Chronicle of Higher Education version: More serious pre-print version: Aging and the Emerging Youth Movement: Pre-print of the ARL Bimonthly Report article: t-27022/Youth%20Movement%20for%20Bimonthly.docx t-27022/Youth%20Movement%20for%20Bimonthly.docx


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