MLA Survey of Personnel Characteristics
You are invited to participate in the 2009 MLA
Survey of Personnel Characteristics
In 1997, a study was conducted by
the Working Group Surveying Music Library Personnel Characteristics of the
Music Library Association (MLA).
The study had three broad objectives: 1) To provide a statistical
snapshot of the organization’s members and the types of libraries in which they
are employed, the varieties of responsibilities in which they are engaged,
levels of education, and many other facets of their employment, 2) to confirm
“commonly held assumptions” about outside activities engaged in by MLA members, and 3) to discern reasons why
music librarians choose not to join the organization or allow their memberships
to expire. The summarized results of this study were published by chair David
Lesniaski in Notes in 2000.
This research project will
replicate the original study with some revisions to the original instrument to
address the needs for clarification and additional study articulated by the
working group. The study seeks to
ascertain the degree to which this personnel profile has changed in the last
decade and to test theories about how the profession has evolved since the
original study. Simultaneously, the current demographic
make-up of the profession will be studied and compared to the results of the
original survey in order to ascertain trends in representation of ethnic
minorities in music and fine-arts librarianship. These numbers will be contrasted with national trends in the
library and information profession and to representation of traditionally
underrepresented ethnic minority groups in the constituencies we serve.
Both of these objectives are
significant and have been endorsed by the Board of the Music Library
Association and select members of the Working Group that conducted the original
Participation in the study is
completely voluntary and anonymous.
You need not be a member of MLA to participate. Participation is encouraged from anyone
interested in music and performing arts librarianship. The survey will be
available to respondents from January 30, 2009 to March 16, 2009. Data analysis for the study will take
place in 2009. Results will
be made readily available to the MLA Board, membership, and all interested
parties. Dissemination of results
will be made through presentations and publications contingent upon acceptance
of proposals and abstracts for those events.
For information and participation, please see:
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Please contact the principle
Mark A. Puente
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You must be 18 years of age to
participate in the study.