Promoting science librarianship

Mar 3, 2006 by

A popular subject in science librarianship these days is how to recruit and retain the next generation of said science librarians. Two tidbits about the subject:

  • the 7.2 issue of LiveWire, the ACS newsletter for librarians features an article by Emily Wixson in the form of a blog. The title of the post/article is Promoting chemistry librarianship through library science graduate school practicum experiences: field projects to inspire future chemistry librarians. Readers are invited to leave their comments.
  • Linda Eells is conducting a survey on the factors on the recruitement and retention of science librarians. You will find her research statement in the extended entry.

From an email sent by Linda Eells to various listserves:


Please excuse any duplication or cross posting. I am trying to reach as many practicing science and technology librarians and information professionals (post-MLS) as possible.

Please share your educational background and work experience with me by completing a short survey! The results will be used in a study designed to refine the focus of sci-tech librarian recruitment initiatives, and identify new venues in which to advertise science librarianship as a challenging, rewarding career choice. In addition, results could prove useful in identifying useful or important education and experience requirements to include in job descriptions, and help identify factors important in retaining those highly qualified individuals hired as a result.

Participation involves the completion of a short online survey requiring an estimated 10-15 minutes of your time. Please note that completing the survey is voluntary, and responses do not identify specific individuals or their institutions. All responses will be published in aggregate form.
The survey is available at:

I will collect responses until March 13, 2006.

Thank you!

Linda Eells
Science Librarian
Entomology, Fisheries and Wildlife Library University of Minnesota

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