The American Library Association released its annual Diversity Report, and the numbers were quite surprising.
The library industry has long been a bastion of diverse representation.
While the majority of libraries across the country still are dominated by white male patrons, a small number of libraries are becoming more diverse.
Here’s how the report breaks down the library community.
Library of Congress The number of people in the library system has dropped by a third since 1950, according to the association.
It’s down by nearly a quarter since 1980, according a 2015 report.
Public Library of Philadelphia The number dropped by almost half since the mid-1990s.
It was a library for a generation.
Now, the library is a place where students learn and work.
National Library of Washington, D.C. The number has dropped from 788 in the 1980s to about 576 in 2010.
It has become more diverse as a result.
The Metropolitan Library System The number is up about threefold from 2007 to 2018.
It is now a library with more than 6,000 employees, with more women, people of color and LGBTQ people among its staff.
National Endowment for the Humanities The number increased by nearly 30 percent between 2000 and 2017, from 1,927 to 2,868 people.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has noted that libraries are experiencing a renaissance, but the numbers are still declining.
“We know that libraries can change the world,” AAUW president Michelle Goldberg said in a statement.
“Libraries are also a crucial part of communities.
This is why the AAUw applauds the work of the Library of America and other agencies that are making significant investments in libraries.”
National Museum of African American History and Culture The number fell by about three-quarters since 1970, from 4,638 to 2 and a half million people.
National Archives and Records Administration The number decreased by about five-tenths of a percentage point since 1970.
National Park Service The number also decreased by almost two-tens of percentage points.
Library and Information Science Museum The number actually increased from a little more than 20,000 to more than 42,000 people.
The U.S. Library Association The number declined by nearly one-tieth of a point from 2020 to 2022.
National Center for Science Education The number rose from 7,700 to over 50,000.
American Library Associations The number jumped from almost 4 million to nearly 18 million.
American Institute of Architects The number had decreased by more than a half-point from 2017 to 2019.
National Association of Colleges of Pharmacy The number went from 4.5 million to over 11 million.
American Academy of Arts and Sciences The number from 2017 went from 8.2 million to more a half a million.
American Booksellers Association The numbers decreased by a little over one-half from 2016 to 2018, from 6.2 to 3.8 million.
National League of Cities The number in 2018 went from 3.4 million to about 3.3 million.
Association of American Publishers The number did not increase.
National Science Foundation The number, which has gone down from almost 5 million to less than 3 million.
Association for Computational Linguistics The number was down from a bit over 5 million in 2016 to less the year before.