MLA Survey of Personnel Characteristics, 2009
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, with the raw data and a summary of findings in the MLA Clearinghouse.
In 2009, Mark A. Puente and Susannah Cleveland replicated the original study, with some revisions, 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. Further, greater demographic analysis was brought to bear on the data in order to compare MLA's demographic profile with that of similar organizations and the constituencies served by MLA members. This data has been summarized and will appear in Notes in 2011. Click the links below for more information about the survey and resulting data.
Report and Statistical Summary
Survey (HTML) (PDF)
Raw Data - filtered for MLA members only (Excel file)
Raw Data - not filtered (Excel file)
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