All US public libraries are invited to complete this new survey to help us
better understand public library staff roles, hiring and retention
practices, and equity, diversity, and inclusion work. The survey was
developed by PLA's Measurement, Evaluation, and Assessment Committee
<https://www.ala.org/pla/about/people/committees/pla-meac> in response to
field-wide discussions and demand for actionable data about evolving staff
roles and diversity and inclusion staffing efforts.
Five reasons why your library should complete the survey:
1. Library leaders need up-to-date and accurate information about
staffing and diversity.
2. Contribute to powerful, actionable, and inspirational results for
library staff across the country that can help to answer pressing questions
- What are libraries doing to recruit and retain diverse staff?
- What are libraries paying directors and new librarians?
- What types of staff roles exist in US public libraries?
3. The result will provide nationally representative data to inform and
engage elected officials, the media, and funders to increase awareness of
and support for library workers. PLA will share the results in a freely and
publicly accessible report.
4. Your participation helps PLA create tools, resources, and
professional development opportunities that are more useful for you in
building and advancing equity in your library.
5. The 2021 survey data will create a baseline. When this survey is next
administered in 2024, we will be able to see how the field has evolved. We
will be able to track and share these trends with the profession.
To complete the survey, login to your library's *free* Benchmark
<https://librarybenchmark.org/> account at librarybenchmark.org. Click on
"Surveys" in the menu, and you will see this survey listed under "Open
Surveys." All public library directors should have received an invitation
with login details; if your library did not or if you have any questions,
please contact [log in to unmask] Please submit your library's responses
by January 14, 2022.
Wynter Giddings (she/her), MLIS
President, Maine Library Association
Manager of Adult Services & Technology, Curtis Memorial Library