Attracting Young People at CILIP

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  • Introduction
  • Introduction
  • The solutions
  • Picture of IC or other new library buildings here.
  • Picture of librarian using technologies Picture of librarian in dusty room full of books
  • Attracting Young People at CILIP

    1. 1. Attracting Young People into the Librarianship Profession Sarah Newbutt
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Staffing Crisis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The importance of recruiting young people </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Barriers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New professionals’ views on what’s stopping young people from entering librarianship </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Solutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New professionals’ views on what we can do to attract more young people into librarianship </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Overview <ul><li>Staffing Crisis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The importance of recruiting young people </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Barriers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New professionals’ views on what’s stopping young people from entering librarianship </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Solutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New professionals’ views on what we can do to attract more young people into librarianship </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Of the 16 respondents… <ul><li>4 were aged between 18-24 years old </li></ul><ul><li>11 were aged between 25-39 years old </li></ul><ul><li>1 was over 40 years old </li></ul><ul><li>1 didn’t give an answer to this question </li></ul>
    5. 5. What barriers do you see facing young people wanting to enter the librarianship profession? <ul><li>Invisibility of the profession </li></ul><ul><li>Negative stereotypes </li></ul><ul><li>Qualifications required </li></ul><ul><li>Poor careers advice </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of job opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Money - low salaries </li></ul>
    6. 6. Overview <ul><li>Staffing Crisis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The importance of recruiting young people </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Barriers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New professionals’ views on what’s stopping young people from entering librarianship </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Solutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New professionals’ views on what we can do to attract more young people into librarianship </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. The Solutions <ul><li>Self-promotion </li></ul><ul><li>Increase awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Increase visibility </li></ul><ul><li>Engagement with Web 2.0 technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Banish negative stereotypes </li></ul>
    8. 8. Communication <ul><li>“ Lack of public awareness </li></ul><ul><li>is often behind under-appreciation of the </li></ul><ul><li>LIS sector ” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Better communication to counter ‘ invisibility ’ of key LIS work ” </li></ul><ul><li>Library & Information Update </li></ul>
    9. 9. School Librarians <ul><li>“ a recent survey discovered that the average age of school librarians was 50” </li></ul><ul><li>“ We can’t let schools become book-free zones” </li></ul><ul><li>Times Higher Education </li></ul>
    10. 10. New Libraries, New Librarians The Information Commons at The University of Sheffield http://www.shef.ac.uk/library/libsites/ic.html
    11. 11. National Action <ul><li>Television campaigns </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian’s Day </li></ul><ul><li>A Face of Librarianship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is the Florence Nightingale of the Library World? </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Breaking Down Stereotypes <ul><li>Librarians are highly qualified professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians work with technology, not just books </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians are young! </li></ul>
    13. 13. Ultimately, we need a change in attitudes <ul><li>This is what we’re up against… </li></ul>Eugene Adam

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