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Library Assistants in the Year 2000

WithA. Ann Dyckman

Library assistants are already a crucial component of libraries. However, they are often overlooked, underpaid, and unappreciated, and a steady supply of replacements is taken for granted. As technology drives the field of information management, the importance of a highly trained, dedicated staff will continue to grow. Yet demographic changes in the American workforce will make such employees difficult to recruit and a challenge to retain. At the same time, major changes in our society will revolutionize the way institutions do business.