Recruiting, Training, and Retention of Science and Technology Librarians
Edited by Patricia A. Kreitz, JoAnn DeVries
Routledge – 2007 – 286 pages
Since the 1950s there has been a persistent shortage of sci-tech librarians, and as more librarians retire or change positions, the prospect looms that the profession will only depopulate further. Tackling this difficult challenge, Recruiting, Training, and Retention of Science and Technology Librarians gathers together into one source the perspectives of top library administrators and managers as well as front-line librarians who present the latest research and practical strategies to find, train, and keep those valuable specialized professionals. This book explores in depth timely issues and presents creative perspectives and innovative solutions to this persistent problem in subject-specialized libraries.
As the baby-boom generation of science and technology librarians begins to retire, training and keeping sci-tech librarians will become even more crucial. Recruiting, Training, and Retention of Science and Technology Librarians discusses the “replacement gap” problem in libraries, including who should be recruited, how they should be trained, and how to retain them once hired. Several authors address the field’s long-standing specialist vs. generalist debate, bringing new data and experience-driven perspectives to this challenging issue.
Topics in Recruiting, Training, and Retention of Science and Technology Librarians include:
Patricia A. Kreitz, MA, MLS, is currently Director of Technical Information Services for the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, a national laboratory of the Department of Energy managed and operated by Stanford University. She is responsible for a diverse set of information management and delivery services including Web services and architecture, publications and media services, the Archives and History Office, and the library and HEP databases. She has written on scientific information management and is active in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of ALA.
JoAnn DeVries, MLS, served as Associate Librarian and Reference Bibliographer at the Magrath Library on St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is now retired.