Librarianship, as a field, has a major diversity problem. According to the American Library Association’s Diversity Counts, in 2009–10 (the most recent year for which we have numbers), 85.2 percent of credentialed librarians and 72 percent of library assistants were white. Two years ago, St. Paul faced a similar problem. Citywide, the workforce was 82 percent white. Yet the city population is only 60 percent white, and the school age population, 22 percent white.
In the negative world of library budgets, cutting one’s losses can be counted as a win. This is what happened December 14 in St. Paul where the City Council passed an FY12 budget that will reduce the public library’s operating budget by only $600,042, instead of the $976,622 proposed in August. “In Saint Paul, we […]