WEDNESDAY, OCT 05, 2011
A Look at a Few of the Librarians Behind Social Explorer's Recent Data Analysis
Librarians love Social Explorer, and now we have 12 more reasons to love them back. As census data show, men make up a small proportion of the population of librarians, but a number of them have brought this minority into the spotlight with the publication of the Men of the Stacks calendar. (See Zack as Mr. January at left, and Brett as Mr. March below.) This summer, Social Explorer conducted an analysis of data on librarians, offering a picture of the profession today and outlining trends over decades. “Librarians in the U.S. from 1880-2009: An analysis using 120 years of census data” Among the findings:
- Today, 83 percent of librarians are women, but in the 1880s men had the edge, making up 52 percent of the 636 librarians enumerated.
- In 1930, male librarians were truly rare, making up just 8 percent of the librarian population.
- Male librarians out-earned female librarians in 1950 and 1990, but by 2009, median wages for the two sexes were within $100 of each other