Staffing trends in college and university libraries

Gillian S. Gremmels (Library, Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, USA)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Publication date: 7 June 2013



The paper aims to discern, document, and analyze current staffing trends in college and university libraries.


The author gathered information from the literatures of library and information science and higher education.


The paper details six trends across public and technical services affecting librarians, non‐MLS professionals, and paraprofessionals. The presentation of trends is followed by a discussion of three concerns the author has about these trends.

Research limitations/implications

The paper covers trends in college and university libraries but does not specifically address community college libraries. Community colleges may have similar issues, as well as unique trends; further research is encouraged.

Practical implications

Library managers will be able to compare developments in their libraries to the profession‐wide trends. They will also be able to link to a large body of literature on the topic.


This kind of comprehensive look at academic library staffing does not seem to have been published recently.



Gremmels, G.S. (2013), "Staffing trends in college and university libraries", Reference Services Review, Vol. 41 No. 2, pp. 233-252.

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