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How moms can solve the Library Bubble: Sustainability of librarianship through family-friendly management policies. Cassandra Watt, 2014 Simmons GSLIS Alum 2012. Motherhood and the Library B ubble. Women in Libraries.

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How moms can solve the Library Bubble: Sustainability of librarianship through family-friendly management policies

Cassandra Watt, 2014 Simmons GSLIS Alum 2012

Motherhood and the Library Bubble

Women in Libraries

  • 85% of librarians are women, but women make up only 52%of library directors
  • Wage gap is worse for librarians than other, similar professions
  • The Library Bubble is more apparent in women than in men
  • Female librarians tend to leave the profession in their early 30s and rejoin in their late 30s or early 40s
  • Women starting their career later and retiring later than their male counterparts contribute to a sustainability crisis in the LIS profession

Why?

  • Female librarians with children face challenges balancing family and career obligations
  • Women are much more likely than men to be primary caregivers of small children
  • Female librarians with young children tend to have a greater need for family-friendly policies than their male counterparts

Library Bubble

  • Over 55% of Librarians are over 50
  • Only 17% under 40
  • Library Bubble Challenges: Sustainability of profession? Advancement and placement for younger workers?

Why?

  • Academic and Public Libraries tend to lack family friendly management policies
  • Many librarian positions require nights, early mornings, weekends, and on-call hours, and part-time positions are scarce because they tend to be filled by senior librarians
  • Family benefits available to librarians do not tend to be as generous as benefits available in other, similar professions, such as tenure track academics

Women, Work, & Motherhood

  • Family-friendly management policies help women stay working and to advance in their careers
  • Some policies are: Daycare friendly shifts, flextime, ability to work from home, pump rooms, and paid maternity leave